Pre-Start Health and Safety Review

Mississauga, Ontario /
Sep 20, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-0920-2369

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After Participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Determine when a pre-start health and safety review (PHSR) is required
  • Know where in the workplace the pre-start health and safety review applies
  • Document an exemption to a PHSR
  • Specify appropriate compliance requirements in your bid documents (RFQs)
  • Select appropriate machine guarding based on a risk assessment

The Ontario OH&S Act and Regulation 851 Industrial Establishments requires that a professional engineer’s report be prepared whenever a process, equipment addition or modification involves flammable liquids, safeguarding devices, rack/stacking structures, ignition/explosion risk, dust collectors, molten metals, lifting devices or designated substances.

This course focuses on the guidelines for conducting PHSRs and covers machine guarding standards and regulations. You will learn when and where in the workplace a PHSR is required, exemptions and MOL guidelines. The course also incorporates PHSR design considerations, including due diligence, employer obligations, risk assessments and safety circuit performance levels.

Course Outline:

  • Regulation 851, section 7
  • Relevant standards pertaining to PHSRs
  • Ministry of Labour guidelines for PHSRs
  • Under what circumstances a PHSR is required
  • Where in the workplace a PHSRs applies
  • Due diligence and employer obligations
  • Design considerations relevant to PHSRs
  • Risk assessments
  • PHSR exemption documentation requirements
  • The PHSR report

Who Should Attend:
Plant Engineers and Managers • Process Engineers • Project Managers • Project Engineers • Manufacturing Engineers • Equipment Integrators Automation Professionals • Technical Specialists • Controls Designers • Operations and Maintenance Managers • Plant Safety Personnel

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Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration & Coffee (Day 1 only)
8:30 Seminar begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

There is a one‐hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshments and networking break each morning and afternoon. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

Standards and Regulations

  • CSA Safeguarding standards
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Ontario Regulations

Section 7 of the Regulation for Industrial Establishments

  • What is a Pre-Start Health and Safety Review
  • Where in the workplace they apply
  • When is a PHSR required
  • TABLE 1 form O.Reg. 851
  • Due diligence and employer obligations
  • Reviewer's qualifications

Safeguarding of Machinery

  • Design considerations relevant to PHSRs
  • Hierarchy of controls
  • Risk Assessments
  • Types of safeguarding
  • Safety relays
  • Safety circuit performance levels
  • Safe distance calculations
  • Documentation required for Exemptions

Flammable Liquids

  • Definitions
  • Storage and Dispensing
  • Exceptions

Racking and Stacking Structures

  • Definitions
  • Professional Engineers’ drawings and calculations
  • Exemptions and supporting evidence

Explosion Hazard

  • Explosive mixtures
  • Ventilation
  • Explosion venting, baffles, chokes, and dampers
  • Exemption for spray booths

Dust Collectors

  • Combustible dust
  • Location and fire separation requirements
  • Explosion design and venting
  • Exceptions

Lifting Devices

  • Definition
  • Load markings
  • Initial examination
  • Applicable standards and related sections
  • Exemptions and supporting evidence

Occupational Exposure

  • Biological and chemical agents
  • Designated substances
  • MSDS
  • Exposure limits
  • Ventilation
  • Air sampling

The PHSR Report

  • Minimum requirements
  • Typical layout
  • Things to include
  • Drawings
  • Owners' obligations

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Tom Norton, P.Eng., CRSP, CHSC

Tom is an electrical engineer and has been conducting pre-start reviews for the past 13 years. He is president of Absolute Engineering Solutions Inc. and participates in many CSA technical committees.

He is a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals and many CSA technical committees, including Safeguarding of Machinery and the OHS Standards Program Steering Committee.In the course of his career, he has been a guest speaker at several WSPS events, the National Safety Conference on Metalworking, Pulp and Paper Health & Safety Conference, CSA Conference, RIANational Conference and the CSSE National Conference.


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Fee & Credits
Early Registration Fee:

$695 + taxes

Fee after August 9, 2019:

$795 + taxes

  • 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 7 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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