Safety Regulations Remain in Full Effect During Labour Disruption
TORONTO, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Technical Standards and Safety
Authority (TSSA), Ontario's public safety regulator, is stepping up its
enforcement of provincial elevator safety regulations to ensure public
safety during the labour dispute between the International Union of
Elevator Constructors (IUEC) and the National Elevator and Escalator
Enhanced enforcement actions include:
Increase the pace of inspections
Prioritize inspections to target high risk elevators
Review shut down policies to ensure any unsafe elevator does not pose a
public safety risk
Increase investigation of reports of unqualified/uncertified technicians
working on elevators
Conduct a targeted audit of elevator companies to ensure all work is
being done in strict compliance with safety regulations
Approximately half of Ontario's 3000 certified elevator technicians have
been off the job since May 1st in a contract dispute with four of Ontario's largest elevator companies
- Otis, Schindler Kone and ThyssenKrupp. Irrespective of the labour
dispute, TSSA continues to vigorously enforce all elevator and
escalator safety regulations and is closely monitoring the situation to
respond to any emerging public safety risk.
TSSA also issued today an information bulletin to all building owners
and elevator and escalator contractors reminding them that safety
regulations remain in full effect during the current labour dispute and
that building owners are legally responsible for the maintenance and
safe operation of elevating devices. The information bulletin is
available on TSSA's website at www.tssa.org and notes the following:
Only TSSA-registered elevator contractors employing TSSA-certified
technicians can legally carry out work on elevators and escalators.
Building owners and elevator technicians are required under the safety
regulations to report serious incidents to TSSA.
Maintenance schedules must be maintained.
Building owners and certified elevator technicians have a legal and
professional responsibility to shut down elevators that pose an
imminent safety risk to the public.
Local fire departments should be notified if designated firefighter
elevators are not working.
Recent media reports suggesting that 75 per cent of elevators in Ontario
are in some form of disrepair and pose a serious safety risk to the
public and that the four large companies representing (NEEA) have a 95
per cent monopoly on elevator operations in Ontario are misleading and
factually incorrect. Similarly, reports that elevator companies in
Ontario are self-regulated, is wholly misguided.
Ontario has one of the most comprehensive safety regimes for elevating
devices in the world. Safety regulations for elevating devices are set
by the Ontario Government and enforced by TSSA. Safety decisions are
made autonomously by the Elevating Devices Safety Program Statutory
Director and are done so independent of management, board and
government influence as explicitly set out in the Technical Standards
and Safety Act, 2000 and the Memorandum of Understanding between TSSA
and the Ministry of Consumer Services.
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is Ontario's public
safety regulator 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 safety mandate
includes 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: 416-734-2728: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, please visit www.tssa.org.