Dialogue – Winter 2019

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Dialogue A Publication of the Ontario Electrical League Issue 41-4 • Winter 2019

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Electrical Safety Talks

emergency procedures or confined spaces. However, what is often neglected is conducting such meetings or talks that are electrical specific. For example, as a supervisor or foreperson, when was the last time you conducted a morning tailgate meeting and asked your workers to bring along their test instrument? Ask such questions as “When was the last time you used your tester”? or “Checked your leads”? Perhaps a worker dropped their tester

Editorial Focus: HEALTH & SAFETY

1 Electrical Safety Talks 1 Working Safely with PV Systems 3 Message from the Chair 3 Message from the President 6 Random Drug and Alcohol Testing 10 Hydro One: Help Us Build Safer Communities 11 Preparing for the WSIB’s new premium rate model 12 Three Risks Facing Electrical Contractors 13 OEL Health and Safety Member Benefits 14 Prompt Payment and Adjudication in Ontario 16 Internship versus Apprenticeship 18 ESA: Scheduling Site Visits under Risk-based Oversight 21 Members’ News

Len Cicero, Owner and President, Lenco Training and Technical Services M any companies will have routine or even daily safety talks. Sometimes known as “Tailboard or “Tailgate Meetings” – usually in the morning, the start of a shift or the beginning of a job onsite. Topics may vary from a site or facility specific hazard to proper PPE, fall protection, Submitted By: Infrastructure Health & Safety Association P hotovoltaic (PV) power systems, also known as solar panels, have become popular in residential and some commercial buildings. The obvious advantages are efficiency and convenience. But if they are to be a safe alternative to traditional sources of electricity, proper hazard assessments and safe work practices are needed. The installation and maintenance of PV TO ENSURE DELIVERY, MAINTAIN MEMBERSHIP! PUBLICATIONS MAILAGREEMENT No. 40032872

the day before and it is now malfunctioning. What is meant by the category rating? Now one item these days that no one seems to talk about including myself is calibration and proper function. Remember “Test Your Tester on a known live source”. A good suggestion before each day, or even prior to verifying the absence of voltage.

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Working Safely with PV Systems

systems is dangerous work, and the hazards need to be recognized and controlled or even eliminated. Due to the rapid growth of the PV industry, more workers are being exposed to those hazards all the time. Under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), employers must be sure their workers and supervisors are aware of the hazards in handling, using, and transporting PV systems. That duty applies whether workers are installing a PV system on the ground or on a rooftop, at an industrial site or at a residential site. Safety Hazards With a new technology like PV systems, there can be a false assumption that the work

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