Learn: in:
» back to Search Results

Course rating of 0 Vendor rating of 5

The objective of this 1 day course is to provide participants with the knowledge and the tools to undertake a Pre-Start Health and Safety review.

Course Outline
At this workshop you will learn how to:

Determine when a pre-start health and safety review is required
Obtain an exemption from a pre-start review
Assign control reliability requirements
Avoid a costly Ministry of Labour mandate retrofit
Specify appropriate compliance in your bid documents
Address robotic, press and machinery hazards


The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulation 851 “Industrial Establishments” was amended in October 2000, requiring that a Professional Engineer’s report be prepared whenever a process or equipment addition or modification involves any of the following: flammable liquids, safeguarding devices, racks or stacking structures, risk of ignition or explosion, dust collectors, molten metals, lifting devices, hazardous or designated substances.


This course will focus on the guidelines for conducting pre-start health and safety reviews (PHSRs) and cover the standards and regulations for machine guarding. You will learn more about relevant legislative regulations, where and when to apply a PHSR, exemptions, and Ministry of Labour guidelines. The course will also incorporate design considerations relevant to PHSRs, due diligence and employer obligations, risk assessment and reduction, and safety relays and control reliability.

To prepare participants to undertake a pre-start health and safety review, identifying when it is needed and following the required codes and standards.

Who Should Attend
Plant managers, equipment designers, equipment integrators, project managers, project engineers, robotics integrators, automation professionals, technical specialists, controls designers, maintenance managers, plant safety personnel, auditors, union safety reps, and owners.

Special Feature
Participants will receive a USB thumb drive containing the presentation material for future reference.

Program Outline

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Section 7 of the Regulation for Industrial
• Establishments
• Reviewer's qualifications
• Ministry of Labour guidelines
• Applicable regulations, codes and standards
• Decision flow charts
• Exemptions and supporting documentation
• Required documentation
• Report content

Safeguarding of Machinery
• Risk assessment
• Control reliability
• Safety checklists
• Safe distance calculations
• Standards and regulations

Flammable Liquids
• Definitions
• Storage requirements
• Fire separations
• Spill control
• Ventilation
• Dispensing
• Related sections, legislation, codes and standards

Racking and Stacking Structures
• Professional Engineer's drawings and calculations
• Exemption and supporting evidence

Explosion Hazard
• Explosive mixtures
• Isolation of equipment
• Ventilation
• Explosion venting, baffles, chokes and dampers
• Exemption for spray booths

Dust Collectors
• Ignitable dust
• Location and fire separation requirements
• Explosion design and venting
• Exceptions

Molten Metals
• Spillage prevention
• Risk assessment and engineering controls
• Means of egress and passageways
• Operating and maintenance space requirements
• Grandfather clauses

Lifting Devices
• Definition
• Load markings
• Initial examination
• Controls
• Protection of the operator
• Applicable standards and related sections
• Exemptions and supporting evidence

Occupational Exposure
• Biological and chemical agents
• Designated substances
• Exposure limits
• Engineering controls
• Ventilation
• Air sampling
• Applicable regulations and standards

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

There will be a 40-minute lunch break in addition to a refreshment and networking break during the morning and afternoon sessions.

    Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:30    Session begins
4:30    Adjournment


Tom Norton

Tom Norton has been involved in the automation industry since 1987 and has spent the last thirteen years supporting installations of safety devices including safety light screens, laser scanners, safety interfaces, and interlocking devices. Mr. Norton is an electrical engineer and a member of the PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario) and the CSSE (Canadian Society of Safety Engineering). He is also an active member on several CSA technical committees including the Code for Power Press Operation, Industrial Robots and Robot Systems, Safeguarding of Machinery, Hazardous Energy Control (Lockout), Risk Assessment and Management, and the CSA OHS Standards Program Steering Committee. 

Mr. Norton works for a consulting firm called Absolute Engineering Solutions, which provides pre-start health and safety reviews, equipment audits, and safety training on a variety of subjects such as risk assessment, machine guarding, safeguard selection, and control reliability. In the course of his career, he has been a guest speaker at the National Safety Conference on Metalworking, Pulp and Paper Health & Safety Conference (Ottawa), the CSA Conference (Toronto), the Robotic Industries Association National Conference (Michigan), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering National Conference (Ottawa), and several IAPA  events and Conferences.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

0.7 CEUs /7 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
Map & Reviews
EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center
[ View Provider's Profile ]


This course has not yet been rated by one of our members.

If you have taken a course through this vendor please log into your account and leave feedback for this vendor. You will be helping ensure our members get directed to the best training facilities.

Here are some reviews of the training vendor.
The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

This course currently does not have any dates scheduled. Please call 1-877-313-8881 to enquire about future dates or scheduling a private, in house course for your team.

This page has been viewed 3155 times.