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ASHRAE offers guidance on re-opening buildings post pandemic

May 7, 2020

“Safe operation of HVAC and building water management systems are critical components of building readiness and reopening, and ASHRAE’s resources provide a framework for developing plans in a variety of building types.”

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Updated: MCAC produces jobsite health & safety guide during COVID-19

April 20, 2020

The guide was developed in consultation with experts at OHS Global Risk Solutions.

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ASHRAE speaks to the relationship between COVID-19 and HVAC in buildings

April 20, 2020

In response to uncertainty about the role of HVAC systems in buildings and their relationship to the spread of SARS–CoV–2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease (Coronavirus), ASHRAE has published two statements to define guidance on managing the spread. ASHRAE officially

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Addressing concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other disease transmission through wastewater

April 14, 2020 by General Pipe Cleaners

With the current world health situation, many contractors have asked us if they should be concerned about disease transmission – particularly COVID-19 – through wastewater? People have been increasingly – and understandably – anxious about the transmission of Coronavirus, HIV,

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CCA issues COVID-19 protocols for construction sites document

April 1, 2020

The Canadian Construction Association document outlines prevention, detection and rapid response measures.

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Safe construction site practices

March 24, 2020

The industry best practice guide includes seven safety recommendations developed by health and safety experts in Ontario’s construction industry and endorsed by labour and management representatives.

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CMPX 2020 Postponed

March 13, 2020

“It’s amazing how fast the world moves; just 10 days ago we were confident that the 2020 CMPX Show would run as expected.”

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Recall Notice: Lennox Ductless Single-Zone and Multi-Zone heat pumps

March 10, 2020

The affected heat pumps can fail and overheat, which may pose a fire hazard.

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Declare Label for Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Fittings

February 28, 2020


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Celebrating the Awareness of ‘Bad and Ugly’ Cross Connection Controls

January 3, 2020

The Western Canada Section of the American Water Works Association has released the winning entries of its 2019 National Bad and Ugly Cross Connection Control photo contest.

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Clearing the air on ozone [Fresh-Aire UV]

November 21, 2019 by Aaron Engel

Twenty years ago, consumers knew very little about indoor air quality (IAQ) and its effects on their health in the home. Subsequent media attention and contractor awareness, saw a flurry of manufacturers offering IAQ air treatment equipment for homeowners wishing

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Bird’s Eye View

November 4, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

The costly consequences of falls at heights demand a culture shift.

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Quebec getting the lead out

October 25, 2019

Quebec will be the first province to comply with Health Canada’s new recommendations for reducing acceptable lead concentrations in drinking water.

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Enhancing facility safety with integrated HVAC controls

October 23, 2019 by Michael Hugh

HVAC systems are one example of a foundational building component business owners and facility directors recognize as a critical part of an overall connected safety strategy.

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Thermostat Recovery Program

August 15, 2019 by H.R.A.I.

The Thermostat Recovery Program (TRP) is a stewardship program focused on recovering and recycling thermostats that are no longer in use. We accept mercury-containing, electronic and mechanical thermostats and ensure that all the components, especially the mercury, are kept out

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TSSA Safety Awards Program nominations due June 1

May 10, 2019

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) put out a call for nominations for its 2019 Safety Awards Program. The program aims to acknowledge individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to public safety in Ontario. Industries included are:

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Clearing the air on ozone

December 13, 2018 by Aaron Engel

Twenty years ago, consumers knew very little about indoor air quality (IAQ) and its effects on their health in the home. Subsequent media attention and contractor awareness, saw a flurry of manufacturers offering IAQ air treatment equipment for homeowners wishing

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Study shows virtual reality motion sickness can be predicted, counteracted

December 13, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Motion sickness is poised to throw a wrench into the seemingly unstoppable rise of virtual reality, including its use among mechanical contractors. A team of researchers at the University of Waterloo have a solution. Cyber sickness, or virtual reality motion

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Deadline approaches for ASHRAE 2019 conference, technical papers

August 16, 2018

ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2019 annual conference Abstract submissions are due August 21, 2018. If accepted, final papers will be due November 30, 2018. Technical papers – 30-pages maximum, to be published in ASHRAE Transactions

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Technical Safety BC releases Investigation Report into 2017 fatal incident at Fernie Memorial Arena

July 25, 2018

Technical Safety BC has released its investigation report into the ammonia release at Fernie Memorial Arena on October 17, 2017, which resulted in three fatalities, as well as the evacuation of 95 residents from 55 nearby homes. The report provides

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Cannabis bill passes in senate, provinces prepare for legalization in October

June 25, 2018

The federal government’s bill to legalize recreational cannabis has received the green light from senators. Come October 17, 2018, the drug will be legal to purchase and consume. The third reading of Bill C-45, tabled April 2017, passed by a

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Sorting through the finer points of AC and DC voltages

May 30, 2018 by Curtis Bennett

We all know, young or old, what comes to mind when we see the word Thunderstruck: AC/DC. This serves two purposes here, one is that the band is awesome and two, it is a good segue into the next Electricity

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Call for mandatory radon testing focus of national Healthy Schools Day petition

March 29, 2018

The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) and the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) launched a national petition urging mandatory action on radon in schools and childcare programs across the country on Healthy Schools Day, held April 3,

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Backflow prevention: Protecting our water supply

March 6, 2018 by Robert Waters

In today’s modern world, maintaining the supply of safe, clean drinking water can be challenging with so many potential chemical contaminants. In addition, there are many different ways that potable water systems can be cross connected with other systems. Regulated

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Taking the mystery out of electricity in HVAC

March 2, 2018 by Curtis Bennett

How many times have you heard someone say “Who let the smoke out?” in a mechanical room. You see the infamous “black smoke” come out of a piece of electronics and everyone starts pointing fingers. We have all done it.

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Virtual reality: A new frontier for HVAC training

February 23, 2018 by Robert Waters

When most people think of Virtual Reality (VR), they often think of video games and big, geeky looking goggles covering most of the user’s face. That perception is about to change. The world of VR is exploding with new applications

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International Code Council celebrates 15-year anniversary

February 20, 2018

The International Code Council (ICC), formed in 1994, is looking ahead to its next 15 years with a focus on building safety. “Recent storms, fires and other disasters have highlighted the importance of building safety,” said Dominic Sims, code council

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Gaz Metro becomes Energir, invests in renewable energy

February 14, 2018

Gaz Metro has rebranded as Energir to align with its investment in new and renewable energy. Nearly 45 per cent of Energir’s current assets are in electricity production and distribution, as well as non-gas energy services. It currently owns 21

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Steps to Ammonia System Safety

December 15, 2017 by Dave Demma

Ammonia is a colourless gas, composed of one nitrogen molecule and three hydrogen molecules. It is produced naturally in the human body, as well as in nature (water, soil, air and so on). It has a very distinct pungent odour,

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HVAC worker and dad becomes face and voice for SickKids Hospital

August 9, 2017

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Sheet metal installer Frank Soares draws from experience to offer tips for HVAC workers dealing with a family medical crisis. By Michael Power A family crisis or health emergency can hit anyone; and for those in the HVAC