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BC Safety Authority calls for Technology Advisory Committee member applications

June 3, 2015

The BC Safety Authority is recruiting members for its Gas Technology Advisory Committee. This committee is a formal advisory group that provides a forum for industry feedback on gas safety issues. The Gas Technology Advisory Committee is looking for expertise

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WHMIS phasing in changes to adopt international standards

May 21, 2015

The Canada-wide Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is changing to adopt new, international standards for classifying hazardous chemicals and providing information on labels and safety data sheets. These new international standards are part of the Globally Harmonized System for

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Ontario Ministry of Labour defines “supervisor” responsibilities

May 12, 2015

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) defines a supervisor as a person who has charge of a workplace or authority over a worker. This is a broad definition that can apply to many different people in a workplace, including

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Material handling safety blitz yields scores of infractions

February 5, 2015

From September 15 to October 26, 2014, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour inspectors conducted 841 visits to 701 workplaces and issued 3263 orders under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations. This included 130 stop work orders. Some of

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Prepare for changes to WHMIS

December 23, 2014

Data Sheets and Hazard Symbols may start appearing on construction sites in the spring 2015.

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Minimize The Risk Of Legionella In Building Plumbing Supply Systems

December 1, 2014 by DEREK BOWER

In the plumbing industry in the North America, there is an increasing focus on water quality and waterborne pathogens. For public water systems, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates 88 different contaminants, including microbial contaminants, disinfection by-products, organic and inorganic

Front of a typical boiler with the burner and controls installed.
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Safety, Savings and Sustainability

December 1, 2014 by RON AUVIL

Simple test offers several benefits.

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Fourth public review for Legionellosis Standard

October 27, 2014

A fourth version of ASHRAE’s proposed Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, is open for public comment until November 10, 2014. The standard, which will establish minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems, is intended

The identification plate found near the gas valve of the hot water heater shows the model number, the manufacturing date and the unit's serial number.
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Giant and Best Canadian hot water heater voluntary recall due to risk of fire or explosion

October 24, 2014

Usines Giant Factories Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for atmospheric gas water heater models (natural gas or propane) in 30, 40, 50 or 60 gallon capacities. The Giant and Best Canadian hot water heaters, which are manufactured in Canada, are

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CO alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes

October 16, 2014

Province now one of two jurisdictions to pass carbon monoxide laws

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Be Aware Of Potential Risks

October 1, 2014 by MICHAEL GLASCO

Just how much of a threat is asbestos to mechanical contractors?

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Take A List – Check It Twice

October 1, 2014 by hpac

Step-by-step annual servicing of gas appliances.

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Weil-McLain recalls Ultra Series Gas Boilers

June 12, 2014

Joint recall issued with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Weil-McLain

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Exciting and challenging times ahead for supermarket refrigeration

March 18, 2014

Natural refrigerants the focus of pre-CMPX symposium

John Gignac (left) founder of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation with ClimateCare past president Dave Murtland of D&B ClimateCare in Simcoe, ON.
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Co-operative launches CO monitor give away with maintenance signup

February 5, 2014

ClimateCare, a co-operative of 35 heating & air conditioning companies across Ontario, recently donated $500 to the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) dangers and to promote compulsory CO monitors in all homes. John Gignac, founder of the Foundation and

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Possible air pressure switch failure prompts action

January 29, 2014

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Boiler Company.

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Six recipients announced for BC Safety Authority’s Lieutenant Governor Safety Award

November 15, 2013

Six recipients from several sectors have been selected to receive BC’s highest safety honour at BC Safety Authority’s 8th annual Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards. The awards, which will be presented by BC Safety Authority on December 2, 2013 at the River Rock

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Dehumidifier recall due to overheating issues

September 13, 2013

A joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. affects certain model number dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. under the Danby, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree and Premiere brands. The dehumidifiers

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Comments invited on regulatory amendments to exempt consumer electrical products

April 10, 2013

The Ministry of Consumer Services is seeking comments on  Proposed Amendments to the Product Safety regulation (O. Reg. 438/07) under the Electricity Act, 1998 and has set a deadline of April 26, 2013. It is being proposed that consumer electrical products be exempted from

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An explosion of interest?

February 25, 2013

Largely unknown and sinister in their potential to harm, cross bores are the unintended intersections of utilities. In the case of gas lines intersecting sanitary or storm sewers, explosions, injury and death have resulted. Energized utilities, such as natural gas and electric distribution

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Bradley Corp. acquires Keltech

January 24, 2013

Bradley Corporation has purchased the assets of Keltech Incorporated of Delton, MI, and will operate the company as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Keltech manufactures commercial-grade electric tankless hot water systems for applications including industrial plants, hotels, stadiums, food processing and safety. Bradley Corporation

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Talking tough

November 20, 2012

The second annual Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew Contest is accepting nominations recognizing workers within the U.S. and Canada that deal with the toughest winter weather conditions. The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to the 2013

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TSSA announces revised fee structure

November 2, 2012

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) recently completed a review of its fees and revised fee schedules will come into effect as of May 1, 2013. Over the next three years boiler and pressure vessel (BPV) customers will see

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Fireplace poses explosion risk say TSSA and Health Canada

September 18, 2012

Health Canada has issued an advisory to consumers to stop using Majestic brand fireplaces that bear the trade names Insta-flame or Northern Flame (Models FSDV22, FSDV30 and FSDV32, Series). The relief dampers may not function properly causing the excess gas

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CIPH reports on status of low lead requirements

September 6, 2012

In Canada there is currently no published standard guiding manufacturers on how to certify plumbing fittings to a low lead requirement. However, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) reports that at the recent annual meeting of Canadian Advisory

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One Call – it is the law

September 5, 2012

Bill 8 – The Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012, introduced by Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey (PC) and Hamilton East – Stoney Creek MPP Paul Miller (NDP), was recently signed into law. It establishes a not-for-profit, single point-of-contact call

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HRAI tackles DIY hydrocarbon refrigerant kits

May 17, 2012

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) has launched a consumer awareness campaign about the hazards of using hydrocarbon refrigerant DIY kits for air conditioning systems.

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Oakville issues advisory note regarding geothermal installations

May 11, 2012

Following the unexpected discovery of a natural gas deposit during a geothermal drilling project, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton wrote to the Province of Ontario urging a moratorium on deep well or borehole drilling for geothermal energy installations until the necessary

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Ethanol Handling: A Health & Safety Perspective

May 1, 2012 by Marissa Cutts

This follow up article to Part 1 in HPAC April 2012 discusses operator responsibility.

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Free webinar on pending ASHRAE Legionella Standard 188

April 5, 2012

HC Info will offer a free 60-minute webinar, “Success with ASHRAE 188P and Legionella HACCP Water Plans,” on Wednesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. ET. ASHRAE Standard 188, scheduled to be released later this year, will require a Legionella HACCP