ESA Response to COVID-19
November 18, 2020 UPDATE
The COVID-19 virus and the global pandemic has affected the manufacturing of some electrical equipment, impacting the completion of some projects. The Electrical Safety Authority is committed to working with the industry to find solutions to minimize the effect.
August 6, 2020
The Electrical Safety Authority has implemented procedures and strict protocol to reduce the spread of COVID-19 for our employees, our customers, and the public.
July 29, 2020
Safety & Technical Training
As the government continues a gradual, staged approach to reopen Ontario, ESA is assessing how we can safely resume in-person classroom training while adhering to Ontario Public Health guidelines. ESA is continuing to monitor key public health indicators and Stage 3 restrictions as efforts begin to reschedule previously postponed in-person classroom courses. If you are registered in a postponed ESA course, we will notify you in the next couple of weeks of the rescheduled date. Please note that online courses are continuing as scheduled.
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 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. If an onsite inspection is determined to be required, please review the guidelines below on how to prepare for your inspection.
Guidance Regarding InspectionsBased 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. If an onsite inspection is determined to be required, please review the guidelines below on how to prepare for your inspection.
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...
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