PROVINCE MOVES TO STREAMLINE TECHNICAL SAFETY LEGISLATION
– – – Discussion Paper Released, Province Requests Input from Public: Howard
Manitoba is asking for public input aimed at improving the legislation governing the safety of technical equipment such as boilers, electrical installations and elevators, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced today.
“We want inspection processes to work more smoothly to ensure the public is protected,” said Howard. “We are working on changes we think will make these laws easier to navigate and more consistent.”
The review of Manitoba’s public safety legislation has a number of key goals including:
modernization of safety standards,
consistent treatment of stakeholders across industry and sectors,
simplification and consolidation where possible,
creating consistent appeal mechanisms, and
creating a legislative framework that ensures public safety while serving stakeholders efficiently and effectively.
Enforcement will also become more consistent, as the penalties for contraventions and enforcement mechanisms currently vary from one act to the next.
A committee of industry and labour representatives will be brought together to review the submissions and make recommendations to government about implementation. The committee will include representatives from the electrical, boiler and pressure vessel, elevator, gas and oil equipment, and power engineer sectors.
The full discussion paper is available on the OFC’s website at www.firecomm.gov.mb.ca. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with Technical Safety Review in the subject line or mailed to Technical Safety Review, Office of the Fire Commissioner, 508-401 York Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 15.