July 4, 2016
In June, the Ontario government introduced the proposed Bill 218, Burden Reduction Act, 2016 (first reading carried). If passed, this bill will amend section 22(1) of the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, to specify a 90-day time limit for a person to appeal to a statutory director regarding inspection orders or inspection-related seals or fees.
Originally the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, in consultation with the Technical Standards & Safety Authority, was considering a 30-day time limit for appeals to a statutory director related to inspection orders or inspection-related seals or fees. Due to feedback, the proposed time limit has been extended to 90 days.
TSSA’s statutory directors possess the overall supervisory and administrative responsibility with respect to the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 (the Act), all associated regulations and/or Minister’s Orders. Any order signed by the Statutory Director is legally binding, and must be abided by with regard to public safety regulations and procedures.
TSSA’s Statutory Directors include:
Mike Adams, Statutory Director, Boilers and Pressure Vessels, and Operating Engineers Safety Program
John Marshall, Statutory Director, Fuels Safety Program
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is Ontario’s public safety regulator mandated by the Government of Ontario to enforce provincial safety regulations and enhance public safety in key sectors of the provincial economy: Amusement Devices, Boilers and Pressure Vessels, Elevating Devices, Fuels, Operating Engineers, Ski Lifts, and Upholstered and Stuffed Articles. TSSA’s 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.