Changes to Ontario Electrical Utility Safety Rules in 2024 (EUSR)

In Ontario, the Electrical Utility Safety Rules (EUSR) form a critical framework for ensuring safety in handling electrical utilities.

These rules are designed to prevent personal injury, illness, and property damage in the electrical utility industry. Since 1914, EUSR has been the foundation of health and safety education, providing guidance and knowledge in identifying, eliminating, and controlling hazards.

These rules are not only the minimum requirements for workplace and public safety but are also integral to meeting the legal obligations under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and other relevant legislation.

Who is Affected?

The EUSR applies broadly to anyone working in the electrical utility industry in Ontario. This includes individuals and teams involved in the generation, transmission, distribution, and use of electricity.

The rules are especially pertinent to employers, supervisors, and workers who directly interact with electrical systems, ensuring they are well-versed in safe operational practices.

What are the Changes in 2024

The 2024 revision of the EUSR brings several significant changes, particularly in the area of first aid and emergency response:

Enhanced Emergency Response and First Aid Training: Employers must develop and maintain an emergency response capability in their workplaces, including the training of personnel to meet all the requirements of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and all applicable current legislation.

Emergency Contact Information: A list of names and telephone numbers of ambulance services, hospitals, fire departments, police, and members of the company who are to be called in emergencies shall be provided at the work location.

CPR and AED Training: First aid training must include the “Life Saving” module of CPR and AED.

First Aid Kits: First aid kits meeting Workplace Safety and Insurance Act standards shall be maintained and suitably located in all workplaces and vehicles.

Provision of AEDs: AED’s must be provided, maintained, and suitably located on site when 2 or more workers are working in an energized electrical environment.

Rescue 7’s Role in Compliance

With these changes, the need for comprehensive training and equipment becomes paramount. Rescue 7 offers a range of services to assist companies in complying with these new rules.

We provide AEDs and CPR training, ensuring that workplaces are equipped and personnel are trained to handle medical emergencies.

Additionally, we offer training in Working at Heights and other vital safety areas. More information about their services can be found on their service pages.

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The 2024 updates to the EUSR mark a significant step forward in enhancing safety standards in Ontario’s electrical utility sector.

These changes emphasize the importance of being prepared for emergencies, especially in high-risk environments.

For companies looking to comply with these new standards, training and equipment acquisition are crucial steps.

Rescue 7 is ready to assist in this transition, offering the necessary training, AEDs, and support. For further assistance or inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact Rescue 7. Your safety is their priority.