Health and Safety Pre-Start Reviews

What is Pre-Start Review (PSR) and how can CR CONSULTING assist you with it?
Pre-start review is a report where all hazards associated with the operation of a machine or process are identified according to Table 1, OHSA Regulation 528/00, s. 7.  A PSR document also details all health and safety measures in compliance with approved domestic and foreign standards and codes.

A pre-start review is a document specifying only what you should do in terms of safety, and who should be held responsible if an accident occurs.
Most safety projects start with the PSR, and then extend to risk assessment, mechanical and/or electrical documentation, bidding documentation, material, labour, start-up, verification, etc.  If there is too much responsibility to deal with this on your own, you should involve somebody else, like a product manufacturer, machine integrator, or professional engineer. They will help you to meet all needed legal requirements.

For all your safety issues we can offer a turnkey solution that will surely cost you less.
CR CONSULTING, as an independent service provider, prepares pre-start reviews or complete turnkey solutions based on current legal requirements.   We rely on extensive exposure to safety issues.

No PSR is needed if you qualify for an exemption.
You can challenge legislation as long as you play by the rules.  Current safety legislation has clear provisions when a pre-start review is not mandatory.  For example, a paint spray booth that is properly certified, documented, and installed according to manufacturer's instructions and applicable standards and codes, qualifies for a PSR exemption.

Section 7 of OHSA Regulation 851 pushes for lower accident rates; however, it is also about establishing greater consistency in measures with which industrial workers are protected.
In other words, look for domestic standards and codes, and if they are not specific enough to your problem search what you can find across the border.   If this yields no result, turn your eye towards the standards of the European Union.  The wind may again blow from Europe as it was with ISO9000, where consistency in quality was its main objective.  Ontario safety legislature pushes for consistency in safety measures by enforcing use of equipment certified in accordance with approved standards and codes.

The safety legislature draws attention to the greater responsibility of the industrial business owners towards safety, because most of the machine builders are not under legal obligation to provide acceptable safety solutions.
For example, the scope of safety measures may change depending on how the particular machine is integrated in the process.  In other words, the people who directly run the business become central figures in providing safe industrial environments by practicing due diligence  in maintaining the equipment.

In this review, we identify potentials for injuries, prepare risk assessments, and propose safety solutions involving technical documentation, budgeting, and urgency assessment.  In addition, you will have at hand all necessary supporting elements for long-term health and safety planning. Could all your safety concerns be solved overnight? Probably not, but by taking the initiative you will ultimately do more good to your business than you ever expected.

The other way of promoting hazard prevention is through training.   All we know if you raise hazard awareness to your personnel, an accident is less likely to happen.  We can assess your safety needs and prepare then help you execute a customized training program on your site.


CR CONSULTING would be pleased to work with you in satisfying the Ministry of Labour with a Health and Safety Pre-Start Review tailored to your production line.
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