TORONTO — The latest newsletter from the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario issues a joint call from ECAO executive director Graeme Aitken and IBEW Construction Council of Ontario executive secretary treasurer James Barry to stay vigilant on construction sites during the latest wave of the coronavirus.
“We offer our continued and sincere gratitude to all IBEW and ECAO members for all you have done to this point in our continuing fight against COVID-19. Your commitment, diligence and awareness thus far have been an inspiration to our industry, other sectors and Ontarians,” said the joint statement.
Electricians and contractors are urged to develop and implement site-specific COVID-19 plans that meet Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and municipal health authorities’ requirements.
“Do not relax. The pandemic isn’t over,” state Barry and Aitken.
“We are all still battling COVID-19. So, while construction has thus far performed well, please continue your tremendous efforts to curb the spread.”
The newsletter also notes that the 25th edition of the CSA Canadian Electrical Code, Part I was to be published in January. The new edition includes over 200 additions and revisions, including a new subsection for energy storage, requirements regarding climate change adaption addressing risks from floods, and substantial changes to wiring methods.
The current version of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, which was adopted in May 2019, is still in effect until May 2022, when the next version is expected for Ontario.