ESA Temporary Process Update due to Covid-19

This is an temporary update to our process due to the evolving pandemic situation. This is being sent out internally and I was asked by the Chief Public Safety Officer Joel Moody to send it to the OMFPOA executive committee so it can be distributed to your members.

As COVID19 second wave has increased risk throughout Ontario, we will be conducting ElecCheck Inspections on the basis of a visual inspection only, for the purpose of Fire Code Compliance ONLY. ESA is implementing this temporary change to the ElecCheck Process starting Monday October 26th.

The Inspection process will be a visual inspection for Fire and Shock hazards utilizing a receptacle tester/induction tester, with limited removal of covers. As a minimum, the Inspector will audit for defects such as ungrounded/reverse polarity receptacles, GFCI’s/AFCI’s not functioning properly (or GFCI’s missing within 1.5m of a bathroom sink, or outside), improper wiring methods, missing covers/fillers, damaged/deteriorated equipment, non CO/ALR receptacles on aluminum wiring, etc.

The applicants will be advised that ESA is not following the full ElecCheck process for these Inspections, and the fees will be adjusted to $266.00 +HST to reflect the reduced Inspection effort.

As always, I will keep you apprised of any changes to our process that may affect Fire Prevention across the province.

Thanks

Said Ismail P.Eng, CFEI
Senior Planner/Safety Specialist, Analytics
Electrical Safety Authority | 155A Matheson Blvd. W. Mississauga, ON, L5R 3L5
Tel: 905-712-7891
Said.ismail@electricalsafety.on.ca
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