Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Sept 28, 2020

EIN 24 ESA 400Join ESA on Zoom for their first webinar of the fall, Electrically Safe Work Practices: Approaches and Rationale for Work Planning, Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation. 

Robert Mitchell, Safety and Technical Program Advisor, will be hosting the webinar.

Topics Covered:

The Ontario Electrical Safety Report

Discussion of how ESA uses data to inform our ongoing efforts to reduce the number of electrical incidents in the occupational sector.

Electrical Hazards
Review of impacts of electrical contact and catastrophic equipment failure and the role that effective work planning can have in mitigating these.

Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Mitigation
A discussion of practices for the identification of hazards and an overview of attributes for risk assessment in effective work-planning and execution.

Disconnection and Maintenance of Electrical Equipment
Review of the prescriptive requirements of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code and their relevance to hazard identification, risk assessment and mitigation.

About Robert Mitchell
​Robert started his career at the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) as an electrical inspector in the Sudbury area, and worked across Ontario in a number of regions. He has also worked as an ESA Technical Advisor and as a Training Development Specialist. Robert?s current role at ESA is Safety and Technical Program Advisor, playing a pivotal role in ESA?s workplace and aging infrastructure initiatives. As part of the workplace initiatives Robert serves as the ESA member on a number of CSA Standards including:

  • Z460 ? Control of Hazardous Energy
  • Z462 ? Workplace Electrical Safety
  • Z463 ? Maintenance of Electrical Equipment

Go HERE for more information on how to join


      Salex Welcomes New Partner: Senso by Lumini                    

LDS Salex Spotlight 400Salex is pleased to announce a new partnership with Senso by Luminii – a Canadian manufacturer of locally made LED fixtures. As of August 6, Salex will represent their lighting products in the Southwestern Ontario region.

With every product, Senso Lighting pursues a vision of providing flexible and environmentally conscious lighting solutions to upgrade the typical fluorescent office. For over ten years, the Canadian manufacturer has specialized in LED technology and embarks on a mission to illuminate commercial spaces with custom solutions that are beautiful, economical and sustainable.


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#IDEALTruckinIDEAL has a long history of offering collectible toy trucks, which have always been a popular item with electricians and contractors, So they are very excited to announce our 2020 promotion, Keep on Truckin’ with IDEAL.

This fall, participating distributors will receive two 1:24 scale, diecast Dodge RAM® 1500 pickup trucks, complete with IDEAL branding, to raffle to their customers. The toy trucks will also be available as a premium to end-users who make a qualifying purchase of a barrel of Can-Twist™ Wire Connectors during the promo period.

 

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Connected Drum Internet of Things Nexans Canada has launched a service providing cable reel tracking via connected devices. The “Connected Drum” Internet of Things (IoT) service allows customers to benefit from real-time location, theft and loss detection and management of residual cable lengths on reels. 

By tracking and monitoring a fleet of cable reels that are off-site or at subcontractor locations, significant savings can be realized. The service includes an online and mobile software platform for efficient and convenient management. This innovation provides customers with the real-time location of each reel as well as an alert system for monitoring on-site events including deliveries and pick-ups.

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ManitobaThe Manitoba government has expanded its Back to Work in Manitoba Wage Subsidy Program as part of its continued commitment to safely restarting the provincial economy.

“The Back to Work wage subsidy is benefiting hundreds of Manitoba businesses that are bringing back employees who were laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, and hiring more staff to boost their operations and provide valued services to Manitobans,” said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. “Manitoba has designed some of Canada’s strongest support programs to help relieve small businesses of unexpected financial burdens...

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EE LightingBy Blake Marchand

Energy Efficient Lighting is a LED lighting manufacturer with nearly 30 years of industry experience. One that was founded on principles of environmental sustainability and responsibility to future generations. Based out of Markham, Ontario, they offer complete lighting solutions for commercial and industrial applications.

Their product lines include conventional lighting fixtures, LED retrofit kits, complete LED luminaires, LED systems, drivers and electronic ballasts. 

 

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