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Toronto, ON -- Engineers in industry can face jail time or massive fines under Ontario Regulation 528/00. Learn why...

Toronto, ON — Engineers in industry can face jail time or massive fines under Ontario Regulation 528/00. Learn why, and acquire strategies and techniques to deal with the issues of Pre-Start Health & Safety Reviews (PSRs) at an important seminar taking place in Toronto, Weds. 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. 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.

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.


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, facing fines of thousands of dollars as well as jail time, and, significantly, there is no statute of limitations.


* 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 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, at 2175 Shepard Ave. E, Toronto. 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 Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.