Review of Ontario's Propane Safety Launched



    McGuinty Government Orders Broad Review of Propane Safety in Ontario


    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The McGuinty government today announced a comprehensive safety review of
storage, handling, location and transport of propane in Ontario. The review
will focus on propane-related legislation and regulations compared with
internationally-recognized best practices.
    The government has appointed Dr. Michael Birk and Ms. Susana Katz,
independent experts, who will look at all aspects of propane safety in Ontario
including enforcement and inspection and report to the Minister of Small
Business and Consumer Services. The review will begin on September 8, 2008 and
will be completed within 45 days.

    QUOTES

    "In light of the tragic propane explosion in Downsview it is time to take
a closer look at the safety of the propane industry in this province and take
whatever steps are necessary to protect citizens," said Harinder Takhar,
Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services.
    "The explosion raises some important questions and we have a
responsibility to answer those, including asking ourselves whether the
standards are adequate," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Dr. A. Michael Birk is a tenured Professor at Queen's University. He
        has taught undergraduate courses in Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics
        and Turbomachinery. He has taught graduate level courses in
        Conduction Heat Transfer, Radiative Heat Transfer, Two-Phase Flow and
        Advanced Topics in Thermal Fluids Engineering. He conducts research
        on the safe transport and storage of pressure liquefied gases,
        specialized components for turbomachinery and industrial heat
        transfer.

    -   Susana Katz is a Professional Engineer and former Director and Chief
        Inspector for gas safety for the government of British Columbia. She
        has managerial and technical experience in both government and
        private industry. She is experienced in fields such as management of
        safety programs, quality assurance, standards development, equipment
        design and manufacturing, metallurgy, urban rail transport problems,
        destructive and non-destructive testing, welding and management of
        safety programs.

    LEARN MORE

    -   http://www.tssa.org/home/default.asp?loc1=home
    -   http://www.gov.on.ca/MGS/en/Home/STEL01_039054.html

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    BACKGROUNDER
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                REVIEW OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS FOR PROPANE
    

    Propane Review

    The government has retained two independent experts to conduct a
comprehensive review of storage, handling, location and transport of propane
in Ontario and report to the Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services.
    The experts will look at all aspects of propane safety in Ontario
including enforcement and inspection. The review will start on September 8,
2008, and will be completed in 45 days.
    The experts will work with the government, the Technical Standards and
Safety Authority (TSSA), the propane industry, the municipal sector, other
provinces, and other stakeholders to review the current propane-related
legislation. The review will focus on the Technical Standards and Safety Act,
2000, and Ontario's regulations compared with internationally-recognized best
practices.
    Following the review of propane safety the government may review the
safety of other volatile fuels.
    Other entities are investigating the occurrence at the Sunrise facility.
This is not a review of that occurrence. This review will not make any
findings of fault.

    
    Scope of the Review

    The review will examine and make recommendations on the legislative
    framework to enhance propane safety including:

    1.  Ontario's legislative requirements for the safe storage, handling,
        location and transport of propane.
    2.  The standard setting criteria and process in Canada and how these
        compare to international processes.
    3.  Administrative procedures/requirements.
    4.  Trades personnel training, education and certification requirements
        for the storage, handling and transportation of propane.
    5.  Operator obligations.
    6.  Distance and zoning requirements/guidelines for propane storage
        sites.
    7.  Inspection and reporting requirements.
    8.  Emergency management plans at propane sites.
    9.  Offences and enforcement.
    10. Whether a review of Ontario's legislative framework for any other
        fuels is needed.
    11. Other matters considered to be advisable.

    The review will include a comparison of Ontario's legislative framework
with leading international jurisdictions.

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For further information:

For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416)
326-1939; Ciaran Ganley, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8659

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