ESA Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
JUNE 30, 2020 UPDATE
Safety & Technical Training
Following the latest COVID-19 announcements from the Ontario Government, ESA has made a decision to postpone all classroom training courses and Master Electrician Examinations scheduled up until July 31, 2020.
Master Electrician Exams
ESA continues to assess how we can safely offer the Master Electrician (ME) examination while adhering to Ontario Public Health guidelines. ESA is working on resuming in-person exam sessions, as well as implementing Virtual Proctoring for ME exams in the fall. We will continue to review all procedures for the health and
safety of our customers, employees and the community.
Guidance for LEC’s/Stakeholders on the Submission of Photos or Video Files to ESA Inspectors During COVID19 Outbreak
At the Inspector’s sole discretion, they may choose to accept pictures or video’s in certain circumstance related to COVID19 or other installations. This Guidance to Industry outlines the requirements and process wherein Licensed Electrical contractors would be required to follow for the submission of pictures or videos, when asked by the Inspector to do so.
The important thing to note is when an Inspector accepts pictures or video in lieu of a physical visit, they are relying on the authenticity and accuracy of the materials submitted. Therefore the submitting person is required to provide an attestation to the accuracy of the materials they are providing, and upon which the Inspector is relying in making their decision.
Pictures and video are only accepted when the Inspectors instructs the Licensed Electrical Contractor to submit them. More information below...
Guidance Regarding Inspections
ESA’s response team has been working diligently to address the emerging issues. We are moving into circumstances that will require us to focus on the highest safety and related priorities of the province, while protecting our staff and the public. The document below is based on the latest public health guidelines and recommendations.
Guidance for Homeowners: How to Prepare for Your InspectionBased on the latest public health guidelines, ESA is using a wide range of options at the Inspector’s discretion in order to inspect electrical installations in occupied dwellings. Inspectors will be in contact with homeowners to discuss the requested inspection and make scheduling arrangements. If an onsite inspection is determined to be required, please review the guidelines below on how to prepare for your inspection.
Temporary Residential Facilities (TRFs)
New measures have been introduced to allow governments and municipalities to re-purpose existing facilities, or build temporary structures, so communities can quickly meet their local needs. The document below addresses these Temporary Residential Facilities (TRFs) and provides a deviation to the requirements of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC) that ensures facilities maintain an acceptable level of electrical safety.
Temporary Emergency Health Care Facility (TEHCF)
Given the current situation with COVID-19 and its potential impact on the capacity of the health care system, the document below highlights major electrical safety requirements when using existing buildings or temporary structures for health care.
Fees for Emergency Health Care Facilities — Mar. 31, 2020
Effective immediately Electrical Safety Authority is waiving all fees charged for work related to:
- Constructing temporary emergency health care facilities using existing buildings or structures; and
- Installing wiring for medical equipment to support patients moved from hospital to home care
As the COVID- 19 situation continues to evolve, ESA is taking additional precautionary measures to keep the Ontario public and our employees safe.
ESA is doing its part to support social distancing and help slow the spread of COVID-19.
To that end, ESA has limited operational site visits.
Additional measures taken:
- ESA has closed our offices to the public, effective Monday, March 16 until further notice. At this time access will be available for mail and courier deliveries.
- ESA has cancelled all training/Master Electrician exams/large gatherings/conferences/networking events until the end of April.
- ESA is suspending all business air travel, including domestic.
- ESA’s stakeholder engagement activities, including Advisory Councils, will be conducted over conference call or webinar until the end of April. Please contact your ESA representative to get further direction.
ESA will continue to monitor and provide updates related to COVID -19 as circumstances change.
Please contact ESA general media enquiries if you have any questions regarding these protocols.
About the Electrical Safety Authority
The Electrical Safety Authority's (ESA’s) role is to enhance public electrical safety in Ontario. As an administrative authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario, ESA is responsible for administering specific regulations related to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, the licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians, electricity distribution system safety, and electrical product safety. ESA works extensively with stakeholders throughout the province on education, training and promotion to foster electrical safety across the province.
More information on the Electrical Safety Authority can be found at www.esasafe.com, through https://twitter.com/homeandsafety and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ElectricalSafetyAuthority.
For further information:
Electrical Safety Authority
905-712-7819 or Media.ESA@electricalsafety.on.ca