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Seminar to focus on Pre-Start Health & Safety Reviews: Are you in compliance for changes to your machinery and equipment?

Toronto, ON -- April 16, 2001 -- Information, strategies and techniques to deal with the issues Pre-Start Health &...

Health & Safety

April 16, 2001
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — April 16, 2001 — Information, strategies and techniques to deal with the issues Pre-Start Health & Safety Reviews (PSRs) and comply with Ontario Regulation 528/00 will be the focus of a seminar taking place in Toronto May 23, 2001. The seminar is being presented by S.A.F.E. Engineering Inc. and Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine.

In Ontario, the rules for the installation of new machinery and equipment in an industrial facility require a Pre-Start Health and Safety Review (PSR) before new equipment is operated. The regulations must be taken into consideration when machinery or equipment in installed or moved, and can apply to maintenance and repair operations involving machines or machine guards.

The PSR program was established by the Ontario government to help ensure health and safety in the workplace, as it shifts the liability for compliance to professionals. But MRO professionals need to know all the details to protect their company and its employees. Importantly, the advice that staff engineers or outside consultants provide mean they can be held liable under the Occupational Health and Safety Act should something go wrong.

Safety expert Simon Fridlyand, P.Eng., will present this comprehensive half-day seminar. His company, S.A.F.E. Engineering Inc., specializes in Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews.


This is an important, informative event for anyone involved in the construction, reconstruction or alteration of any equipment, machines or devices in industry. PSRs are required for a variety of circumstances, including machine guarding, racks and racking systems, potentially explosive processes, dust collectors, molten metal and foundries, the storage and dispensing of flammable liquids, lifting devices, and where occupational exposure to hazardous substances can result.

Ontario’s Regulation 528/00, an amended subset of Regulation 851, requires a PSR before certain hazardous machines, devices or processes are made operational.. The regulation also specifies that a professional engineer who is licensed in Ontario must conduct a review for the majority of situations specified by the regulation.

The owner of the equipment also is responsible for ensuring that the individual conducting the review carries professional liability insurance, as well as hold a certificate of authorization from the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).

Either an employee engineer or outside consultant can perform the PSR, but employee engineers who give advice and provide certification can be held liable under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and, significantly, there is no statute of limitations. The person whose stamp or signature is on the report is responsible under the Act, and the signature is valid forever.

The seminar will cover practical advice, tips and suggestions to correctly handle PSRs and protect those who provide the reviews and reports. Make sure your operation is not vulnerable to charges under the Act in the years to come.


* Ontario Reg. 528/00 and its history. Compliance to the requirements of Occupational Health and Safety Act.
* Who is responsible for compliance
* When are the Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews required to be conducted
* Who can sign Pre-Start Health and Safety Review reports? Role of a Professional Engineer
* Importance of individuals who sign Pre- Start reviews to carry personal professional liability insurance
* How to deal with suppliers located outside of Ontario
* How to get members of Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) to understand the process and get involved.


Simon Fridlyand has been a professional engineer in Ontario since 1982. He is the president of S.A.F.E. Engineering Inc., a company specializing in Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews, machine and robot guarding, process safety issues such as fire and explosion safety, hazardous location classification, fire and building code compliance and fire code audits. Simon actively participates in workings of various standards and code committees such as NFPA, CSA, ULC, ASME, Ontario Building Code.

His teaching experience includes courses at University of Toronto, Ryerson Polytechnic University and many seminars sponsored by the Plant Engineering & Maintenance Association of Canada, IAPA and industry. Simon also has published many articles in industry magazines. He is currently the president of Toronto chapter of PEMAC.


The Machinery & Equipment PSR Compliance seminar will be held in Toronto from 9 a.m. to noon on May 23, 2001. Cost is $240.00 per person, payable by cheque to S.A.F.E. Engineering Inc. Breakfast is included.

For complete details, contact S.A.F.E. Engineering Inc. directly: tel. 416-447-9757, fax 416-447-0091, or e-mail