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Last week, Ontario’s Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, the Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, announced a second round of initiatives aimed at reducing red tape and regulations for a variety of sectors.  The full details can be found here.

This new legislation includes an update on TSSA’s Operating Engineers Alternate Rules as follows:

TSSA’s Operating Engineers Alternate Rules have been approved by the Minister of Government and Consumer Services to supplement the existing Operating Engineers Regulation 219/01:

  • The Operating Engineers Alternate Rules remains in place,
  • The Alternate Rules do not replace it and
  • Public safety remains a top priority for TSSA.

The newly approved Alternate Rules will provide: 

  • Organizations with two alternative paths (Path 1 & Path 2) to achieve safety and compliance outcomes beyond the Operating Engineers regulation. 
  • A flexible pathway for Operating Engineers to achieve certification. 
  • An alternate means to maintain electronic logbooks for all regulated plants. 

The Alternate Rules are meant to address several concerns, specifically that: a) the current regulation is too prescriptive; b) it imposes a burden on business; c) it does not create an incentive for business to be technologically innovative; and d) it exacerbates operating engineer labour supply issues.

Path 2 requires plant owners and users to customize site-specific risk and safety management plans, which TSSA will start accepting for review on November 2, 2020.

Path 1 of the Alternate Rules introduces several factors for risk rating plants beyond just the installed power rating of a plant (kilowatts), the sole component considered in the current regulation. Path 1 launch is scheduled for February 22, 2021.

Revised certification requirements for Operating Engineers is planned to come into force in May 2021.

More information on Operating Engineers Alternate Rules can be found in the FAQs on the TSSA website.