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Public Consultation – Proposed changes Rule 2-005: Application for Inspection not Required

ESA has consulted with Stakeholders to gather comments and feedback on the proposed changes to Rule 2-005: Application for Inspection not Required.

Background
Public Consultation & Feedback


Background
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation designated by the Minister of Government and Consumer Services under the Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act, 1996 to administer and enforce Part VIII of the Electricity Act, 1998 and regulations made there under.

ESA, as the regulator of electrical safety in Ontario, is responsible for regulating the safe use of electricity and electrical products and equipment in Ontario and to serve the public interest as it relates to electrical safety. The ESA is accountable to the Minister through an independent Board of Directors and an Administrative Agreement.

As an organization, ESA's overall mission is to improve electrical safety for the well-being of the people of Ontario. Its long-term vision is an Ontario free of electrical fatalities, serious injury, damage and loss. Given finite resources, ESA works in conjunction with its electrical safety partners that make up the integrated electrical safety system to fulfill its mandate.

ESA's approach is to identify significant harms and to take appropriate measures to prevent, mitigate, or eliminate them. Using this approach, ESA has developed its 2011-2015 Strategic Plan Getting to Zero: A Commitment to Safety, which establishes the strategic initiatives and 5-year goals for the organization. ESA's 5-year vision is to achieve a 30% reduction in electrical contact and fire fatalities within Ontario.

To help achieve this vision, ESA is proposing to broaden the circumstances set out in the OESC where an application for inspection is not required. The result would be an increase in available resources that could be redeployed towards prevention activities or higher risk areas, a reduction in the burden on industry, and greater electrical safety outcomes.

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Public Consultation & Feedback
ESA conducted a public consultation regarding the Proposed Amendments to the Administrative Rules under the Ontario Electrical Safety Code – "An Application for Inspection Not Required" from June 29 - August 25, 2011. During this process, stakeholders were asked to provide their feedback on each of six proposals being considered.

The proposals being considered expand upon the original exemption created under Rule 2-005 to ensure the regulatory framework continues to provide the appropriate balance between the need to ensure safety while supporting modernization and eliminating unnecessary encumbrance on industry.

In response to the feedback received, the proposal has been revised to ensure that the intent is clear. Each proposal has been modified to specifically state in which circumstances the exemption applies, who is exempted from the requirement and what equipment the exemption applies to; making the exemption clearer for both the public and the regulated community.  

As a result of the feedback received, Proposals 1-5 have been amended to address/mitigate many concerns raised. Each proposal has been modified to specifically state in which circumstances the exemption applies, who is exempted from the requirement and what equipment the exemption applies to; making the exemption clearer for both the public and the regulated community.

Also, after much deliberation and based on the feedback/comments received, ESA will not be considering Proposal Six , Extension of a Branch Circuit, for recommendation at this time.

ESA would like to thank all participants for taking the time to submit comments into the Basic Exemption Public Consultation.  Responses to specific comments are included below.

To view the consultation submissions and response to all comments submitted, please see the document below:

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Basic Exemption - External Consultation Feedback and Responses Basic ExemptionPower Workers Union (PWU) consultation submission

Supporting documentation is as follows:

PWU Contractor Example APWU Contractor Example BPWU Contractor Example CPWU Contractor Example DPWU Contractor Example E

For the updated Proposals 1-5, please see the document below:

OESC Basic Exemption - Original and Final Proposals

Notes from the consultation webinars, please see documents below:

Webinar OPCC Meeting - July 6, 2011Webinar External Stakeholders – July 16, 2011

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