TORONTO, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Technical Standards and Safety
Authority (TSSA), Ontario's public safety regulator, continues to
enforce provincial elevator safety regulations during the current
labour dispute between the International Union of Elevator Constructors
(IUEC) representing elevator mechanics and contractors and the National
Elevators and Escalators Association (NEEA) representing elevator
"TSSA's mandate is specific to enforcing safety regulations, including
elevators, at all times. Public safety is paramount and TSSA will not
compromise its focus, including during a labour disruption," said
Roland Hadaller, Director of TSSA's Elevating and Amusement Devices
During the labour disruption, TSSA will allow elevators that have not
had minor maintenance tasks completed to continue operating in order to
minimize the impact on the public. TSSA will monitor the situation and
will reassess this approach if the labour disruption is prolonged. If
at any time TSSA inspectors encounter an elevator that is unsafe, it
will be immediately shut down in the interest of public safety.
Only qualified and TSSA-certified mechanics are legally permitted to
service elevators in Ontario. This requirement is a cornerstone of the
elevator safety regime and will be strictly enforced. Any mechanic
performing service on elevators without the appropriate qualifications
and certifications will face TSSA sanctions, including possible
decertification and prosecution. Similarly, any elevator company
employing unqualified and uncertified mechanics to service elevators
will face possible deregistration and prosecution.
As Ontario's public safety regulator, TSSA has no role in the current
contract dispute between IUEC and NEEA and will continue to enforce
safety regulations to protect the public. A prolonged strike is
expected to result in an increased number of elevator shutdowns, which
will cause significant inconvenience to the public. TSSA encourages
negotiators with both the IUEC and NEEA to return to the bargaining
table to expeditiously resolve this dispute.
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.
SOURCE: Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Stakeholder Communications Group
For further information:
Wilson Lee, Spokesperson
Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Telephone: 1-877-682-8772; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, please visit www.tssa.org.