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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

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Ethanol Handling: A Health & Safety Perspective

April 1, 2012 by Marissa Cutts

Clear best practices and improved training are crucial undertakings for owners.

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Slight increase in BC Safety Authority enforcement actions in 2011

March 27, 2012

A total of 195 enforcement actions were taken by the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) against contractors, equipment owners and others doing work or using regulated equipment in BCSA-regulated technologies in 2011, compared to 192 in 2010. As part of an

Intersections of sewers by a second utility are not unusual.
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Ticking Time Bombs

January 1, 2012 by Mark Bruce

Cross bores: increasing safety and reducing risk.