Pre-Start Health and Safety

Section 7 of Regulation 851, R.R.O. 1990 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that a machine or piece of equipment that is operating in a factory or industrial establishment must be reviewed by a professional engineer to ensure compliance with all applicable standards including:

  • Canadian Standards (CSA)
  • European Standards (CE)
  • Ontario Electrical Safety Code
  • Ontario Fire Code

A pre-start health and safety review (PSR) is an in-depth examination of an apparatus, structure, protective element or process identified in “Section 7 Table” that is undertaken to identify any potential or existing non-compliance with the applicable provisions of the Industrial Establishments Regulation.  PSR includes a written report that outlines all areas of non-compliance and the measures necessary to achieve compliance with Ontario Acts, regulations, and guidelines as required by the following authorities:

  • Ministry of Labour
  • Ontario Electrical Safety Authority
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  • Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO)

The review is to ensure that the design requirements for electrical, electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems covering lockouts, ergonomics, and machine controls are met.  The purpose of the review is to identify and eliminate hazards by design and control using proper safety devices.  Following the review, a letter of confirmation is provided to your company to confirm compliance.