A pre-start health and safety review is required by the owner, lessee or employer of equipment which applies to the Regulations for Industrial Establishments as per . R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851. The requirements for a Pre-Start Health and Safety Review are triggered subject to subsections (5), (7), (8) and (9) of Section 7. A Pre-Start Health and Safety Review (PSR) is required if a circumstance of this Regulation listed in Table 1 applies.
excerpt from Table 1
A process involves a risk of ignition or explosion that creates a condition of imminent hazard to a person’s health or safety.
The use of a dust collector involves a risk of ignition or explosion that creates a condition of imminent hazard to a person’s health or safety.
A Pre-Start Health and Safety Review includes a written report on the construction, addition or installation of a new or modified apparatus, structure, protective element or process. The report details the measures necessary to bring the aforementioned into compliance with the applicable provisions of the Regulation for Industrial Establishments as listed in the table from section 7 of the R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851.
The employer, owner, lessee or reviewer needs to consider the following points:
- The employer is responsible for ensuring that all requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations are complied with in the workplace. Even where a Pre-Start Health and Safety Review is not required or an exemption from the requirements of section 7 applies, the employer must ensure that workers will be protected when they use any apparatus, structure, protective element or process in the workplace.
The shaded boxes in Flow Chart 2, Existing Equipment, are to be evaluated by a person familiar with the Regulation for Industrial Establishments. Note that an evaluation is not a Pre-Start Health and Safety Review, but merely a way of determining whether a Pre-Start Health and Safety Review is required.