New Law Strengthens Technical Safety In Ontario
McGuinty Government Protects Families and Communities
Ontario is enhancing public safety for families and communities across Ontario by improving the accountability and transparency of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
Ontario's Technical Standards and Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009 comes into force on May 1, 2010.
Among other things, the act:
- Requires the TSSA to appoint a Chief Safety and Risk Officer who independently reviews TSSA activities and prepares public reports,
- Gives the Auditor General the option to audit the TSSA.
With the review of propane safety completed in 2008 and the Technical Standards and Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009 now in force, the ministry has taken significant steps to address the recommendations of the panel and protect the safety of Ontarians.
- The TSSA was established as a not-for-profit corporation in 1996.
- It administers and enforces public safety in these key areas in Ontario: upholstered and stuffed articles, boilers, pressure vessels and operating engineers, amusement and elevating devices and fuels safety.
“Ontario is a leader in public safety standards and we’ve taken another big step forward today. These changes keep us aligned with the best practices around the world.”