OTTAWA, March 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC),
working with the Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC),
is leading a new project that will dig into the roots of a major
challenge facing Canadian crane and hoisting industry operators —
differing crane and hoisting reference standards across jurisdictions.
Key Canadian industry sectors that are driving our economic growth, such
as the construction, energy, mining, and oil and gas sectors, continue
to rely on the safe operation of cranes and hoisting equipment by
qualified personnel. A lack of alignment of equipment standards in
regulations across various Canadian jurisdictions, increases compliance
costs, hinders worker mobility, reduces safety and hurts Canada's
"Consistency in competence and safety levels is needed, and a national
approach to harmonization will help us find common ground and cut
through costly roadblocks." says SCC's Chief Executive Officer, John
SCC is preparing a report that will map out the relevant hoisting
standards referenced in regulations across all Canadian jurisdictions.
The draft report is expected to be released in April 2014.
Crane and hoisting industry operators bear the brunt of these differing
standards across jurisdictions, as they cannot easily cross provincial
and territorial boundaries without adjusting for another jurisdiction's
standards. The SCC-CHRSC project aims to align standards to improve
safety, reduce costs and boost mobility for Canadian workers and
The CHRSC welcomes this work as an important step toward a solution for
the crane and rig industry and the other sectors it impacts. "Rigging
is a vital safety skills competency when operating a crane," says Dave
Earle, Chairmain of the Rigging Working Committee of the CHRSC. "This
report will validate many concerns that industry has highlighted, and
will trigger some innovative ways to align and resolve these issues."
In 2012, as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan to stimulate business
opportunities, the federal government provided an additional $2.1 million annually to SCC to modernize Canada's standardization network. The new SCC-CHRSC
project is just one of several initiatives SCC has undertaken in
support of the Plan.
SCC is a Crown corporation within the Industry Canada portfolio. With
the goal of enhancing Canada's economic competitiveness and social
well-being, SCC leads and facilitates the development and use of
national and international standards. SCC also coordinates the efforts
of Canadians in the development and use of national and international
standards. Accreditation services are provided by SCC to approximately
500 customers, including various product certifiers and testing
laboratories. SCC represents Canada at the International Organization
for Standardization (ISO) and oversees the Canadian National Committee
of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For more
information on SCC, visit www.scc.ca, or send inquiries to email@example.com.
The Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC) promotes the
harmonization of credentials, certification standards, and regulations
relevant to cranes, hoisting and rigging, across Canada. The Council is
a focal point for national and international dialogue on these issues.
To participate or become a member, go to www.chrsc.ca or send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Standards Council of Canada
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