Please help me to understand PSR law
We are a QS firm who also works with value assessment of projects. We usually work with construction firms who are into building residential properties. But, this time we are working with a small business who are into small-scale steel production. They provide raw material to garages and auto modification businesses. Since the client is based in Ontario, we have to deal with a new rule called PSR (pre-start health and safety review) that is mandated by the Ministry of Labour. As per the law, every business has to get a review done by any professional engineering consulting firms in Ontario(https://www.hite-engineering.com/). That means that we have to include the cost of review and also the cost of safety measurements in our assessment. I checked the website of the Ministry of labour, and it states that A PSR would be required when a factory produces aluminum or steel or is a foundry that melts material or handles molten material. At the same time, the exemption rule states that PSR is not required if the protective element was installed at the time the apparatus was manufactured. That statement made me confused. What do they mean by such a statement here? And, does PSR apply to every business that falls under a category irrespective of the size of the business? I hope someone here will help me out.
So sorry we don’t have expertise in this area of Canadian safety law. (We’re a US-based company). From your description, it doesn’t sound like your firm fits the requirement of being a producer or foundry, but your client does.
If I were researching this, I would start with the Ministry of Labour website or contact a Canadian professional engineering consulting firm and see if they have a phone number or website blog where you could find more information. Perhaps there’s even a professional steel-industry website or safety organization in your area that may have insight.
Good luck to you!
p.s. We’ll leave your post up in case we have a reader who can better respond to your query.