Mississauga, ON – Everyone has a part to play in electrical safety, and each year a few outstanding individuals and organizations stand out in their commitment to building a safer province. Their contributions have been honoured with the presentation of the 2014 Ontario Electrical Safety Awards recognizing exceptional contributions in three categories:
– Community/Home Safety — Hydro Ottawa, for the development of its electrical safety and energy conservation educational program for elementary school children in the Ottawa and surrounding areas. The program teaches elementary students how to use electricity safely and wisely. The information is provided through free programs that highlight cautionary real life stories and demonstrations in both official languages.
– Powerline Safety — PowerStream Inc., for its exceptional efforts in promoting powerline safety initiatives directed at both consumers and workers over the past year. The initiatives included consistent powerline safety messaging targeted to consumers on PowerStream’s website, social media channels and through printed materials distributed at events.
– Worker Safety — Utilities Kingston & the City of Kingston, for their ongoing commitment to hosting their annual Safety Days for employees and contractors who work for Utilities Kingston. The overall goal is to improve safety in the workplace.
Another award, the chief public safety officer’s Special Recognition for Electrical Safety, went to Ted Wieclawek, Ontario fire marshal and chief, Emergency Management (OFMEM), and the OFMEM team for their strong commitment to placing electrical safety at the core of the storm relief during the 2013 Ice Storm in Ontario.
“ESA’s goal is to eliminate electrical fatalities and injuries in Ontario and ensure the highest level of public electrical safety,” said Scott Saint, chief public safety officer, Electrical Safety Authority. “The effort of this year’s winners to educate both workers and members of the public on important safety messages ensures we are that much closer to reaching our goal of getting to zero [fatalities and injuries].”
The awards were established five years ago to formally recognize the important contributions of individuals and organizations toward reducing electrical fatalities, serious injuries and loss.
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is an administrative authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario with specific responsibilities under the Electricity Act and the Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act. As part of its mandate, ESA is responsible for administering regulation in four key areas: the Ontario Electrical Safety Code; licensing of electrical contractors and master electricians; electrical distribution safety; and electrical product safety.