The Ontario government has moved the date on which a repeal of the “industrial exception” for engineering work performed on production machinery or equipment would have taken effect. The repeal will now come into effect on September 1, 2013 instead of March 1.
The province delayed the repeal at the request of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). “Without this six-month delay,” says CME president and CEO Jayson Myers, “manufacturers would face new safety compliance rules, requiring a certified professional engineer to inspect and approve various processes and installations beyond the current regulations. This would add significant cost and burdensome red tape to your operations. We now have a window of opportunity to better assess the impact of this change (the exception has been in place for the past 29 years) and to work with policymakers to develop a solution that reflects the realities of our business climate.”
Is your workplace affected? Take PEO’s self-audit
Professional Engineers Ontario encourages workplaces to determine whether the repeal affects them by conducting a self-audit. Check out PEO's free compliance tool kit and other resources.
If the audit indicates that your workplace is not in compliance with the change, a one-year extension of the September 1 deadline is available through PEO.
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