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  • CSA Group has released the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code), Part 1. Some of the 200+ updated topics include: renewable energy, electric heating, hazardous location classifications, equipment installation and maintenance, arc fault circuit interrupters, high voltage cable ampacities, and reduction of shock drowning in marinas.
  • The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined recently that Transport Canada still hasn’t done enough to improve railway safety since the Lac-Megantic derailment. Forty-seven people died in July 2013 when a train jumped the tracks and exploded. The TSB emphasized its concern over continued inadequate oversight of railway Safety Management Systems (SMS) and noted that, without proper auditing, it is difficult to uncover safety shortcomings. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt responded that her department is “working very hard to improve safety oversight”.
  • In Ministry news, nearly 8000 OHS orders (including 156 stop work orders) were issued during the May through August 2014 new and young worker safety blitz. The blitz was focused on industries employing a significant number of new and young workers, including the service sector, manufacturing, farming, tourism and municipalities. The inspectors focused on orientation and training, internal responsibility system and safety measures.
  • The Economist recently named Toronto the best place to live in the world!  Factors such as livability, cost of living, business environment, democracy, safety and food security contributed to Toronto coming out on top. The city ranked eighth out of 50 cities worldwide in the Safe Cities Index 2015 and first among cities in North America. Toronto placed seventh in personal safety, eighth for infrastructure safety, 11th when it came to digital security, and 21st for health security.

 

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