KITCHENER, ON, April 13 /CNW/ - Gordon Carl Smith, gas technician from
Guelph, Ontario, recently pled guilty to installing a gas boiler
without holding the appropriate certification, contrary to provincial
requirements under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 (the Act).
The Ontario Court of Justice in Kitchener fined the defendant $5,000,
plus the 25% Victim Surcharge, given the circumstances of the case.
Following an investigation conducted by the Technical Standards and
Safety Authority (TSSA), an inspector for TSSA's Fuels Safety Program
determined that, in September 2008, Mr. Smith installed a gas boiler at
a residence in Kitchener, Ontario and did not possess the appropriate
gas technician certification to do so. Ontario Regulation 215/01 (Fuel
Industry Certificates) and Ontario Regulation 212/01 (Gaseous Fuels)
prohibits a person from installing an appliance or thing that is
employed in the handling or use of gas unless the installer is
certified for that purpose.
While there were no injuries as a result of this violation, Mr. Smith
did perform work on a gas appliance without holding appropriate
certification and consequently undermined the certification process
that is essential to public safety. Mr. Smith was also previously
convicted in July 2008 for providing false information to an inspector.
"Failing to comply with certification requirements is a serious
offence," says John Marshall, Director of TSSA's Fuels Safety Program.
"In Ontario, all agents employed in the installation, repair or
servicing of natural gas appliances must possess valid certification,
as per Ontario Regulation 215/01."
TSSA reminds the public that any fuel-fired appliance should be
installed, serviced and/or inspected by a TSSA-certified technician. If
in doubt of a technician's certification, contact TSSA toll-free at
"Prosecution for non-compliance is an important tool of enforcement,"
adds Marshall. "However working with stakeholders toward compliance and
cooperation, often in proactive partnership, is the cornerstone of
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is an innovative,
not-for-profit, organization dedicated to enhancing public safety.
Throughout Ontario, TSSA regulates the safety of amusement devices,
boilers and pressure vessels, elevating devices, fuels, operating
engineers, ski lifts, and upholstered and stuffed articles. Its range
of safety services include public education and consumer information,
certification, licensing and registration, engineering design review,
inspections, investigations, safety management consultation, and
enforcement and prosecution activities. The organization's vision is to
be a valued advocate and recognized authority in public safety.
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