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A new international standard on occupational health and safety management is currently under development with publication expected in October 2016. The second committee draft of ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety management standard systems – requirements with guidance for use  is now open, with Canadian comments requested by 1 May 2015. This follows the re-drafting of the standard to reflect comments received from the September 2014 public consultation.
Developing and sustaining teamwork on a day-to-day basis is necessary for organizations to work effectively and efficiently. Differences in attitude, skill levels, expectations and work ethic make teamwork a huge organizational challenge.
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting stakeholders’ input on the draft Technical Guidelines for Sound Management of Spent Lead-acid Batteries (SLABs).
On April 28th each year, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), along with organizations all around the world use this day, the National Day of Mourning, as an annual observance to honour workers whose lives have been lost, or affected by workplace injuries, disabilities or disease.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing to strengthen requirements related to the operation of suspended access equipment set out in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The proposal would apply to all buildings and structures where suspended access equipment may be used and where the Regulation applies. The proposal would not apply to activities subject to the Window Cleaning Regulation (Regulation 859).
The concept of workplace health and safety has changed dramatically since the Factory Act of 1884.  In the early 1900’s, the most common causes of workplace injury were cuts, lacerations and punctures caused by machinery. Fast forward to today when the gamut of workplace injuries range from chemical spills to repetitive strain injuries to death. In fact, in 2013, Ontario recorded 266 workplace deaths and 54,430 (accepted lost time injuries) workplace injuries were documented. As Canada’s largest and longest-running health and safety conference, Partners in Prevention is crucial in protecting Ontario’s 5,059,481 workers. 
The B.C. government has introduced legislation to improve workplace health and safety as part of its commitment to implement key recommendations made by Gordon Macatee, WorkSafeBC special advisor, in his WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan report released in July 2014.
Massilly North America Inc./Massilly Amerique de Nord Inc., a producer of metal twist caps and closures for the food and beverage industry, pleaded guilty and was fined $170,000 after a worker was killed by a moving platform.
With the recent announcement of the changes to Canada's Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015), a website has been released to help Canadians transition from the old WHMIS system to WHMIS 2015 which implements the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
Ontario will target hazards involving slips, trips and falls at workplaces in the industrial sector during a six-week safety blitz this winter.
General Motors of Canada pleaded guilty and was fined $160,000 after a worker was hospitalized with injuries sustained from a 2,000-pound lift table falling and crushing the worker.
Canadian winter months can bring frigid, sub-zero temperatures, and for those who work outdoors, exposure to the cold can be hazardous and put them at risk for injury. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recommends planning ahead to prevent cold-related health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.
The 2015 Partners in Training dates have been posted. Register today to secure your space at this year’s educational forums.
Siemens Canada has signed two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Seneca College and Sheridan College. These MOU signings focus on Mechatronics programs and strengthens cooperation between Siemens and Canadian colleges and universities. The Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program is a comprehensive industry skills certification offered together with partner schools worldwide. A central theme is the System Approach, a special set of teaching and learning methods developed over 25 years in Siemens technical schools in Germany.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, announced the launch of the new Canada Apprentice Loan, an important initiative that provides apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade program with access to loans of up to $4,000 per period of technical training. The loans are interest-free until after loan recipients complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years.
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, announced the launch of the new Canada Apprentice Loan, an Economic Action Plan 2014 commitment that provides apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade program with access to loans of up to $4,000 per period of technical training.The loans are interest-free until after loan recipients complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years.
The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, has announced the launch of the new Canada Apprentice Loan,  an important initiative that provides apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade program with access to loans of up to $4,000 per period of technical training. The loans are interest-free until after loan recipients complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years.
With 91 per cent of educators convinced skilled tradespeople will always be in demand, there is a strong case for connecting students to hands-on activities and accurate employment data, suggests a report released today by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA).
A college education in engineering and applied science technology opens the door to an average salary of more than $75,000 annually, for a typical engineering technology professional in Ontario.
Engineers Canada is honoured to announce the recipients of its 2014 scholarships who demonstrate great potential as they build on their engineering background by pursuing advanced degrees. The six annual scholarships are provided through the generous support of Manulife and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.
Doc Palmer's Planning & Scheduling Training Days comes back to Sudbury, Ont., October 15 - 16 at the Holiday Inn. Maintenance planning and scheduling should dramatically improve the productivity of maintenance.
Automatic Greasing Systems specialist FLO Components Ltd. has announced the schedule for its 2014-2015 Lube Basics Seminars. Scheduled cities in Ontario will include Kitchener, Mississauga, Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
July 25, 2014 - At the Skills Canada National Competition in Toronto (June 5-6, 2014), Shaun Thorson, CEO, Skills/Compétences Canada, said that the competition is a great opportunity for young people to learn about skilled trades and technology careers through hands-on activities.
Maintenance and asset management disciplines are dominated by highly trained and often very experienced engineering and technical people. There is a saying that to engineers, change is an event but for everyone else, it is a process. Many changes to physical assets will impact how people work. Once the engineering project is over, operations and maintenance must live with it. Management must manage processes in a new way and different results can be measured, monitored and expected. Changes must be managed from top to bottom in any organization. Without good change management and good management of change (we’ll explore the differences) any new initiative, hardware, software, process, procedure, etc., will be at risk. We will explore considerations for any program of change in the technical and non-technical realms and arm participants with ideas on what to watch for and to ensure success with any new change.
April 16, 2015 – The SIMATIC WinCC Open Architecture forms part of the SIMATIC HMI range and is designed for use in applications requiring a high degree of client-specific adaptability, large and/or complex applications and projects that impose specific system requirements and functions.
April 16, 2015 – Emerson Process Management introduces the Rosemount 705 Wireless Totalizing Transmitter for installation on new or existing turbine meters or pulse devices to deliver average flow and totalized flow volume over time. The totalizing transmitter also delivers predictive diagnostics data to indicate instrument health and support timely maintenance to intervene on issues before they impact operations.
April 16, 2015 – Anderson Power Product (APP) now offers environmental boots to protect their dual pole SB 50, SB 120 and SB 175 connectors from water, dirt, chemicals and UV. The IP64 rated, durable soft sided environmental boots’ shield the SB connectors from water and dirt in both the mated and unmated condition.
April 13, 2015 - New UltraGreen high-pressure water jet pump units, the latest convertible units from NLB Corp., feature environmentally-friendly Tier 4F engines that comply with the latest EPA emissions regulations and can reduce operating costs.
April 14, 2015 – Changing linear pitch on Uhing rolling ring linear drives is now fast and easy using a lever control option on the drive unit. The pitch control lever permits manually setting and changing linear pitch independently of the drive motor speed or other controls. This means that motors and devices in a machine may continue operating at production speed without interruption while the drive unit's linear pitch is changed or adjusted to better meet application requirements.
The Sensor Connection, a division of Harold G. Schaevitz Industries LLC, has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with the addition of the model TCA-MS-K-1. This Single Channel Type K Thermocouple Amplifier Module converts the low output voltage signal from a Type K thermocouple probe to a single independent linearized 0 to 5 VDC output voltage.
A new pharmaceutical-grade Pin Mill, model CIM-18-S316 from Munson Machinery, grinds friable powders, flakes and granules into controlled particle sizes ranging from coarse to fine. Unlike conventional Pin Mills in which the static outer disc is removable but the inner rotating disc is not, the outer and inner discs can swing away from the unit on cantilevered arms, providing full access to both sides of both discs and the mill housing for rapid cleaning and sanitizing.
The new HemiPleat Synthetic dust collector filter from Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) combines a high efficiency synthetic media with proprietary open-pleat technology for exceptional performance and long life in harsh, humid environments. The washable media is resistant to moisture and can handle heavy dust loading conditions and/or hygroscopic or sticky dusts generated in food, pharmaceutical and many other processes.
Peerless Electronics is stocking the 060L312166 from Danfoss. The 060L312166 is part of the rugged Danfoss KPS thermostat and temperature switch series.
Hemco CleanAire Hepa and Carbon Filter Paks are designed to be mounted inline in the exhaust ducting from a fume hood or contaminant source up to 1,500 cfm. 
March 26, 2015 - Spectro Analytical Instruments’ Amecare M2M service offers the continuous remote monitoring of select Spectro ICP spectrometers to proactively ensure their integrity of operation and reduce the risk of downtime. The service is offered in combination with Spectro’s Amecare Preventative Maintenance programs.
March 26, 2015 - A patented portable tube fin removal tool that features a new aggressive rack-and-pinion feed mechanism and side ratchet to rapidly peel back HRSG tubes has been introduced by ESCO Tool.
I was asked to come on site to a petrochemical facility to investigate problems with a fan. It was a pretty standard design fan. They had a recent rash of failures and the problem was brought to the attention of the global maintenance group.
Siemens is building an open cloud platform for analyzing large datasets in industry. This will provide a platform for data-based services such as Siemens offers for predictive maintenance, asset and energy data management. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can also create their own applications to exploit the open infrastructure for data analytics. For example, data can be analyzed to optimize operation of the OEM's machinery fleets (Platform as a Service). It is intended that the new cloud platform will utilize the technologies of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Based on SAP's in-memory technology, the SAP HANA Cloud Platform is an open platform that enables customers and developers to develop, extend and operate apps in the cloud.
Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) replacement parts has released a new Tom’s Toolbox video that highlights the importance of proper handling and storage of bearings. Tom’s Toolbox videos are available for viewing on Motion Industries’ MiHow2 YouTube channel, which was established in 2012. 
Applying a lean program successfully in any maintenance operation requires a toolset. This set is labelled 5S and is filled with principles designed to turn a wide variety of tasks performed by different people in different ways into standard work output. Before 1997, many at Parker Canada’s cylinder facility thought implementing that toolset would be a waste of time, but when Parker Canada Division implemented it as a way of life, the culture it created proved its wisdom.
A newsprint mill contacted me the other day. They had a single-stage gearbox that had been noisy from the first day of operation after it had come back from refurbishment at a local shop. Due to the unusual noise, they were taking weekly vibration analysis measures looking for something wrong with the gearbox.
Choosing a flowmeter can be difficult because there are many technologies, kinds of flow and operating conditions. Universal Flow Monitors’ upgraded website (www.flowmeters.com) helps users make better flowmeter decisions, according to Erik Rosaen, vice-president of marketing.
Richmond, BC, a dynamic and rapidly growing municipality near Vancouver, faces serious challenge from flooding. Built on several low-lying islands in the Fraser Delta, the city has an average elevation of just one metre above sea level. In order to keep Lulu Island, the main population centre, from being inundated by high levels of ocean and river water, the City has constructed a system of dikes and pumping stations. This system is being extended through a combination of dike extensions and pump upgrades that feature KSB Amacan P axial-flow submersible motor pumps.
Fluke Connect will be presented with the top honour in the Innovation Awards software category this week at AHR Expo held at McCormick Place in Chicago. This is the fifth honour for Fluke Connect since its launch in May 2014.
With the colder months approaching, it’s the ideal time to start preparing for winter and Goodway recommends performing proper maintenance and cleaning on chiller systems after shutdown to avoid future headaches.
Martin Engineering announced the design and manufacture of a custom moulding cell for its polyurethane conveyor belt cleaners. By mixing, forming and curing its own designs in the modular work station — rather than subcontracting the production as most suppliers do — the company is taking complete control of the entire process, allowing one-day turnaround on most orders and even same-day shipping in many cases.  As a result, customers from any region in the world can benefit from rapid deployment of belt cleaners meeting the highest standards for quality control. 
Question:  “Dear Ken, one of our Aquamaster 631 on board ship drive units is experiencing an ingress of seawater into the hydraulic gearbox unit while leaking lubricant into the sea, I believe this is due to the numerous drive shaft seal failures we have experienced in the past. I have included some photos of the oil and unit reservoir sight glass and would like some advice I can share with management to help resolve this occurring problem.
PEM visited the Siemens Calgary plant, which is one of eight repair facilities located across Canada. The facility specializes in maintenance technologies and focuses on electric motor repairs, turbomachinery, and mechanical and electrical engineering services.
Electricity Distributors Association President and CEO Charlie Macaluso has made the following statement, in response to today's announcement of the successful province-wide removal of a specific electrical meter deemed by provincial authorities to represent a potential safety hazard:
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced the launch of Performance Analytics, a new suite of functionality within its award-winning StruxureWare Resource Advisor software platform. Helping more than 4,500 clients with over 20,000 users across 130 countries manage more than $30 billion of energy spend, Resource Advisor is the industry's leading energy and sustainability platform. This functionality builds on Resource Advisor's already powerful set of capabilities, which includes the ability to monitor energy and carbon markets, manage key sustainability metrics and report results to stakeholders on more than 400 types of resource streams, including utility and facility data, weather data, and water and energy usage.
Motor drives, which act exactly like an accelerator pedal that speeds up or slows down a vehicle in exact proportion to driving conditions, are the unsung heroes of the energy world. Because they regulate motors so precisely, and because motors are the major consumers of energy produced for industry, the installed base of drives save energy and keep CO2 emissions out of our Earth's atmosphere in dramatic proportions.
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, Ryerson University, and the Ontario Ministry of Energy today announced the official opening of the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory (SESG Lab) at Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) in Toronto. The facility, Canada’s first university-based smart grid laboratory, is now available to partners and collaborators seeking to test new products or operational strategies, validate grid transformation solutions, conduct research and train employees.
Facilities can quickly identify inefficiencies and energy waste with a new web-based solution offered by Hydro Ottawa's subsidiary Energy Ottawa Inc. The EnergyFlow Monitor tracks a building's energy and water use in real-time, providing valuable data to identify inefficiencies or adjust settings based on occupancy patterns. Electricity generation, such as solar PV, can also be monitored and graphically presented.
Legend Power Systems Inc. is pleased to announce that its energy saving product, the Harmonizer, has helped OCAD University lower the greenhouse emissions of their Toronto campus while saving over $20,000 per year, with a payback period of 2.6 years. The Harmonizer, a device which saves energy by regulating incoming voltage levels, has reduced the university's greenhouse gas emissions by 31 metric tons, saving 171,000 kWh per year.
January 2, 2015 – Atlas Copco Portable Energy gave tradeshow attendees an exclusive preview of its Tier 4 Final QAS 275 generator before it hits the market in the second quarter of 2015. The new generator meets Tier 4 emission standards without a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and features the latest technology that simplifies maintenance. The new generator was on display December 8-11 during the 2014 POWER-GEN International tradeshow in Orlando, Florida. 
Following a worldwide competitive process, Alberta PowerLine, a partnership between ATCO and Quanta Services, has been selected by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to design, build, own, operate and finance the Fort McMurray West 500-kilovolt (kV) Transmission Project. Alberta PowerLine is 80 per cent owned by Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company, and 20 per cent owned by Quanta Services. Valued at $1.43 billion, the project was awarded through Alberta's recently instituted competitive process.
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced new features for its Building Analytics services portfolio, which includes the addition of a scaled-back version, Building Analytics Lite. Both offers assist building owners and facility managers in optimizing operations by making fact-based improvements that are proven to lower energy costs, extend equipment life, improve occupant comfort and make a positive impact on the bottom line. Building Analytics and Building Analytics Lite are part of Schneider Electric’s suite of advanced life cycle services that combine expert guidance and services with advanced data analytics and cloud-based storage.
Toshiba Corporation today announced that it will reinforce its power systems business in North America by merging three current businesses into a new company: the thermal and hydro power business operated by Toshiba International Corporation (TIC); the steam turbine and generator (STG) business for nuclear power systems operated by Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (TANE); and the STG business for nuclear power systems operated by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC (WEC), the U.S.-based group company of Toshiba Corporation that is the world’s leading commercial nuclear energy company. The new company, Toshiba America Energy Systems Corporation (TAES), will start operation on April 1, 2015. For nuclear energy applications, TAES will work closely with WEC.
Power management company Eaton is helping utility and industrial customers optimize equipment performance and reduce downtime with an interactive digital educational tool designed to simplify circuit breaker maintenance. Created by Eaton equipment life extension and modernization experts, the Visual Instruction Book Essentials supplements traditional instruction manual information by providing visual, step-by-step training for circuit breaker maintenance and testing processes.
Nuclear energy outperforms wind and natural gas in slowing the advance of climate change, the Canadian Nuclear Association said today.

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