Electrical Product Safety

 Ontario Government Passes Bill 152 to Protect Consumers from Unapproved Electrical Products.

Amendments to the Electricity Act, introduced in the legislature by the Honourable Gerry Phillips on October 19th, 2006, will:

  • Enhance the Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) enforcement capability to allow us to confiscate or seize unapproved electrical products.
  • Introduce requirements for reporting all accidents and incidents.
  • Strengthen ESA's ability to grant, renew, suspend, revoke and reinstate approvals of products.
  • Permit ESA to issue Director's Orders immediately implementing new technology as they evolve rather than waiting for the Code cycle.

The passing of this bill provides the Electrical Safety Authority with increased ability to protect consumers from unapproved electrical products before, during and after the sale.

Ontario residents and workers are protected from potential electrical hazards under Ontario Regulation 164/99, the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC). This Code defines the standards for safe electrical products and installations in Ontario, and when followed protects the public, workers, contractors and business owners.

If you think a product or a product failure is a fire or shock hazard, report it immediately to your local fire authority or the Electrical Safety Authority.

If you suspect a product bears a counterfeit certification or manufacturer label, report it to the certification agency, manufacturer or the Electrical Safety Authority.

If you come across a product that is not certified to Canadian standards and does not bear the certification mark of a recognized certification agency report it to the Electrical Safety Authority.

ESA has created a Response Process for unsafe electrical products. ESA identifies unsafe products as unapproved products, counterfeit products, and certified products that have identified safety issues. Based on an unsafe product risk assessment, ESA has developed targeted response strategies for various unsafe products. Unsafe product risks are rated with corresponding importance for planning responses. Product risks that are in the high-risk zone receive priority action and aggressive response strategies.

 

Products approved for use in Ontario will bear one of the following markings -

Recognized Certification Markings

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Recognized Component Certification Markings

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Note: Electrical components bearing these marks may have restrictions on their performance or may be incomplete in construction, and are intended to be used as part of a larger approved product or system. The Component Recognition marking is found on a wide range of products, including some switches, power supplies, printed wiring boards, some kinds of industrial control equipment and thousands of other products.

Recognized Field Evaluation Agency Markings

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Recognized Panel-Only* Field Evaluation Agency Markings

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* NOTE: “PANEL ONLY” label identifies that the panel has been evaluated to the SPE-1000. It does not cover equipment that is added or connected to the panel.

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