The legal reference point for the safety of machinery and electrical equipment in the workplace that is exported to the Canadian market is determined by the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act. This legislation also contains technical requirements and indicates the consensus standards.
Electrical safety is of primary importance (for historical reasons that also relate to the building materials such as wood, etc.). The cardinal reference in the electrical field is the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC – CSA 22.1), used by the competent authority (a.k.a. the Authority Having Jurisdiction – AHJ) in the electrical field.
The CEC requires that electrical materials be approved; in general, this requires the intervention of a third party body accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
Starting from the OHS Act, the reference standards in Canada (in general CSA, but also ANSI, ASME and ISO) apply. It is worth noting that the regulatory harmonization process in this area is now at an advanced stage, so that the application of ISO standards, appropriately integrated by national standards (CSA, ANSI, ASME, etc.) provides a solid basis for compliance.
Through pre-compliance testing, ECO Certificazioni verifies whether the product satisfies the technical requirements before its shipment and supports the manufacturers as they interact with the local authorities.