Review Of Ontario's Propane Safety Launched
McGuinty Government Orders Broad Review Of Propane Safety In Ontario
The McGuinty government today announced a comprehensive safety review of storage, handling, location and transport of propane in Ontario. The review will focus on propane-related legislation and regulations compared with internationally-recognized best practices.
The government has appointed Dr. Michael Birk and Ms. Susana Katz, independent experts, who will look at all aspects of propane safety in Ontario including enforcement and inspection and report to the Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services. The review will begin on September 8, 2008 and will be completed within 45 days.
- Dr. A. Michael Birk is a tenured Professor at Queen's University. He has taught undergraduate courses in Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery. He has taught graduate level courses in Conduction Heat Transfer, Radiative Heat Transfer, Two-Phase Flow and Advanced Topics in Thermal Fluids Engineering. He conducts research on the safe transport and storage of pressure liquefied gases, specialized components for turbomachinery and industrial heat transfer.
- Susana Katz is a Professional Engineer and former Director and Chief Inspector for gas safety for the government of British Columbia. She has managerial and technical experience in both government and private industry. She is experienced in fields such as management of safety programs, quality assurance, standards development, equipment design and manufacturing, metallurgy, urban rail transport problems, destructive and non-destructive testing, welding and management of safety programs.
“In light of the tragic propane explosion in Downsview it is time to take a closer look at the safety of the propane industry in this province and take whatever steps are necessary to protect citizens.”
“The explosion raises some important questions and we have a responsibility to answer those, including asking ourselves whether the standards are adequate.”