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Arc Flash & Shock Training – ESTS eLearning-Online training through ECAO

Arc Flash Hazard is a subject that is undergoing increased discussion and scrutiny in today’sECAO13092017ARC.jpg safety conscious environment. Arc Flash and Shock Training for Qualified Electrical Workers is based on the latest edition of the CSA Z462 Standard. ECAO Members receive up to 40% off retail pricing. The ECAO is pleased to provide this easy online training to ECAO contractors in partnership with Electrical Safety Training System (ESTS) training provider.

The eLearning course is provided using the ESTS platform.  The intent of training workers on the standard and increase awareness of wearing the correct PPE is to provide an increased level of safety for the electrical worker. Those involved in the design, implantation and evaluation of electrical distribution systems must have an understanding of Arc Flash Hazards and how to evaluate the hazards as well as minimize or mitigate the hazard to the electrical worker.

The ESTS training courses were developed by Subject Matter Experts who are voting members on the CSA Z462 Technical Committee. So far in Canada over 16,000 workers have completed their training using the ESTS platform.

To sign up for the training and get started click here or to the Members Only page of the ECAO website or contact Cathy Frederickson at the ECAO at 416-675-3226 or at cfrederickson@ecao.org.


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Entegrus Power lines fined $70,000 after workers injured
Electrical Business

Entegrus Powerlines Inc., a Chatham, Ont., electrical utility contractor, has been fined $70,000 after two workers received electrical burns, reports Ontario’s Ministry of Labour.

Entegrus Powerlines Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to take the reasonable safety precaution of ensuring that a dedicated observer, who was competent in the task being performed, was in place. The court also imposed a 25% victim surcharge.

In August 2016, a six-person crew was changing a switch on a utility pole in Strathroy, Ont. The final steps for installing the new switch involved forming thick copper leads that would attach the switch to live 16,000-kV powerlines. The safety cover on the lines was removed during this time and not reinstalled.

Additionally, none of the crew members were assigned to act as a dedicated observer — someone competent in the work being performed who has no other duties but to continuously monitor the situation.

While workers were forming the fifth lead needed to install the switch, the end of the lead made contact with the live powerline. An energy surge went through the lead, switch and utility pole. Two of the workers were in contact with the pole at the time and suffered electrical burns.

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Ministry of Labour Sector Plans
Ministry of Labour

Each year, MOL develops and shares enforcement plans for various sectors with specific hazards. The plans have recently been updated with additional background information on hazards, and are available on their website. The plans include program priorities and things inspectors look for during an inspection.


Ontario College of Trades – Apply to join a Trade Board
College of Trades

There are a number of vacancies and upcoming vacancies at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT). OCOT is a self-governing body created to protect public interest by regulating and promoting Ontario’s skilled trades and apprenticeship system. The College of Trades Appointments Council is a non-board governed regulatory agency of the Ontario Government that is responsible for appointing candidates to the Board of Governors, Divisional Boards and Trade Boards.

If you are an Employer representative who may be interested, please visit their website for a full list of vacancies and instructions on how to apply. They are accepting applications for all positions, whether or not they are currently filled. 


Q&A: Better Quality Control Through Mobile Tech

Smartphones, tablets, and cloud-based software are becoming standard in the construction field. And while these mobile technologies are beneficial at all stages of a project, they are particularly vital to ensuring the quality of the final product.

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Latest Industry Appointments


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On-Site Mag

George Gritziotis, Ontario’s first Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) for the Ministry of Labour, is taking on a new role at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

Gritziotis has been appointed as the new registrar and CEO of OCOT, the body that regulates and promotes Ontario's 156 trades, explains an announcement.

George succeeds David Tsubouchi who has served as the College's Registrar & CEO since August 2013 before announcing his retirement this past June.

Don Gosen, chair of the board of governors for OCOT stated Gritziotis will take on the new role effective Oct. "With George's extensive industry and government experience he's a natural fit to lead the College," said Gosen in a statement.

"I'm very honoured to take on the position of registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Trades and to be able to offer my knowledge and appreciation of apprenticeship, the skilled trades, health and safety, and working with government in this important role," said Gritziotis. "I look forward to working with the board of governors, divisional and trade boards, staff, government, stakeholders, and of course members, to create an environment where the skilled trades professionals' workforce is known globally for its commitment to excellence and safety."

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Canadian Construction Association

Mary Van Buren has been appointed as incoming President once Michael Atkinson steps down April 30, 2018. While Mary will not officially start until October this year, she will be attending the CCA board meetings in Niagara Falls.

An expert in marketing, communications, strategy and digital, Mary has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and has held executive roles at leading associations and not-for-profits, including the Canadian Medical Association’s subsidiary, MD Financial Management; Export Development Canadian and in her most recent role as vice-president of marketing and IT at the Canadian Real Estate Association.

In addition to her broad business experience and financial acumen, Mary holds an MBA in International Business from McGill and a B. Com from the University of Ottawa, is bilingual and is a Certified Association Executive.

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Robert Bronk new CEO of OCSECAO13092017ROBERT.jpg
Daily Commercial News

The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) announced at its Annual General Meeting on Aug. 30 that Robert Bronk will become their new Chief Executive Officer in October.

Bronk joins OCS from the Ontario Industrial and Finishing Skills Centre, where he has spent more than five years as the training centre’s executive director. Bronk also played for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League, including the Grey Cup championship-winning team in 1983.

He succeeds Sean Strickland, who left the OCS in March after eight-and-a-half years as CEO to pursue new opportunities in the construction industry.

The Ontario Construction Secretariat is a joint labour-management organization formed in 1993 to represent the collective interests of employers and employees in the unionized ICI construction industry.


Industry Events


ECAO Annual General Meeting (AGM)

ECAO’s 2017 AGM is being held on September 21st at the Westin Airport Hotel.

Following the official ECAO Board Meeting and awards presentation, the keynote speaker will be Norm Keith from Fasken Martineau to address the issues of drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. As keynote speaker, he will present “Clearing the haze of marijuana and other drugs in the workplace.”

Norm Keith will also be the keynote speaker at the IHSA’s annual general meeting being held on October 4. To learn more about the event, visit the IHSA AGM web page.


Are you aware of the rules and employer obligations of weed in the workplace?

Changing cannabis laws require employers to reset expectations on cannabis use in the workplace. Educate those responsible for managing cannabis in your workplace. Educate your employee population on how to comply with cannabis regulations and industry standards. 

Cannabis at Work is the leading source in Canada for cannabis jobs, recruitment services, online industry training, and workplace impairment training. We also write about industry trends, offer cannabis policy conferences, and speak at other events.

Cannabis at Work is holding a conference and work shop this November, if contractors are interested they will be offering a 15% discount on the training.


Cannabis at Work Conference & Master Class

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Monday, November 27 | 8:00am – 4:30 pm
Registration for Day One only: $350 | $300 early bird
Use this link for a 15% discount

Day Two - Master Class
Tuesday, November 28 | 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Registration for Day One and Two combined: $800 | $750 early bird
Use this link for a 15% discount
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Mississauga Convention Centre | 75 Derry Road West | Mississauga, ON

Learn more about the event: visit the conference page online


Partners in Prevention Regional Conference Series

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) has a number of regional health and safety conferences set up over the next few months, in Ottawa, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Visit their website for details, including agendas and registration information. 


ECAO hosting open house on Sept. 20

Please join us for our open house on Wednesday September 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at our office located at 10 Carlson Court, Suite 702. 

Appetizers and drinks will be served. All ECAO members, associate members and industry partners are invited. Please RSVP to ecao@ecao.org.


The Boss Man – Nic Bittle – to Speak at ECAO in September

As part of its 2017 Professional Development Series, ECAO is pleased to welcome Nic Bittle on Sept. 28. He will be presenting A FOREMAN’S FIELD GUIDE TO DEVELOPNG YOUR WORKFORCE – What Smart Leaders are doing to Develop Their Workforce.

Nic Bittle is the founder of Work Force Pro and works with contractors that want to prepare and develop their workforce to lead with impact, act like a pro, and perform at their best on a daily basis. Nic is author of three books: Small Business, Big Mistakes; Perform Like the Boss and Good Foreman; Bad Foreman.

Cost for each seminar is $525 tax included. Seminars run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.  Space is limited so register today. Please visit ECAO website for more information or to register.

MORE DATES AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER. In addition to the ECAO seminar, several of our local ECAs have scheduled Nic for November 28 and 29, but November 27 and 30, and December 1 are still available. If you wish to book Nic for your ECA please contact Cathy Frederickson at 416-675-3226 ext. 3130 or cfrederickson@ecao.org.


ESA License Holder Meetings

The ESA is holding their annual Licensed Electrical Contractors & Master Electricians meeting this fall.  This is a great opportunity to get updated on ESA’s yearly strategy and to ask any relevant questions regarding contractor licensing.

There are 2 dates to choose from:
October 17 − North Bay
November 21 – Mississauga

To review locations and time or to register for one of the dates click here for the registration form.


ECAO Associate Members


2018 ECAO Calendar – Advertisers Wanted!

The Member Services Committee and the Associate Members’ Executive Council of ECAO are pleased to announce the development of our next calendar.  This calendar is designed to be a handy reference tool for all electrical contractor members providing date reminders, safety tips, and contact information as well as providing an advertising opportunity for the product suppliers and service providers to ECAO members.

Associate Members receive a 20% discount. If you are interested in submitting an advertisement for our 2018 Industry Calendar, please contact Cathy at cfrederickson@ecao.org for the information package. The calendar is sent out to over 1000 contacts. 


Member Benefit Highlight- Nebs

As a member of Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario, you’ll be receiving exclusive savings on business products through our 2017 Perfect Partner program


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