Understanding Pre-Start Health & Safety Reviews (PSR’s): Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by  On January 10, 2024

In Ontario, regulatory standards set by the Ministry of Labour encompass several facets of business operations, including the Pre-Start Health & Safety Reviews (PSR’s). To dispel common queries and elucidate the significance of PSR, here are some frequently posed questions.

What Constitutes a Pre-Startup Safety Review?

A Pre-Start Health & Safety Review (PSR) is a meticulous inspection and equipment found in industrial premises (robots, presses, lifting devices and conveyors to name a few) it also includes the use and storage of flammable liquids, explosive atmospheres, material handling systems, pallet rack storage units and the use of designated chemicals. This review becomes imperative post-modifications but prior to operational deployment. A PSR verifies:

  • Implementation of new procedural protocols for modifications.
  • Completion of requisite training for operators.

The overarching objective of a PSR is to affirm businesses align with Canadian health and safety mandates, thereby fostering a secure work environment.

Which Industries Require PSR?

While a comprehensive list is available on the Ministry of Labour’s official platform, sectors necessitating PSR compliance include:

  • Warehousing
  • Automotive
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail Distribution
  • Food and Beverage Processing
  • Paper and Wood Milling
  • Manufacturing
  • Printing
  • Chemical Processing

How Can Businesses Attain PSR Compliance?

Achieving PSR compliance mandates collaboration with specialized firms adept in technical inspections, such as HITE Engineering Corporation. Entrusted solely to licensed engineers, this comprehensive evaluation ensures rigorous adherence to prevailing compliance laws.

The process involves a detailed report delineating requisite measures for equipment and storage compliance. This report highlights potential hazards, safety concerns, and offers actionable recommendations for rectification or maintenance. Furthermore, it identifies operational inefficiencies or discrepancies.

What Advantages Does PSR Offer?

Engaging in a PSR not only guarantees adherence to Ontario regulations and related standards, but also empowers businesses to pre-emptively address latent risks. This proactive approach fortifies workers well-being, augments morale, and mitigates potential operational disruptions, averting associated costs.

Are There Exclusions in PSR?

While PSR is exhaustive in its scope, post-compliance, the onus of sustaining health and safety standards reverts to the company’s management cadre.

Secure Your Compliance with HITE Engineering Corporation

Should your enterprise undergo equipment or storage modifications, HITE Engineering Corporation stands ready to facilitate your PSR journey. Our cadre of licensed engineers is poised to deliver meticulous assessments, ensuring your unwavering PSR compliance.

At HITE Engineering, we help you ensure safety through engineering. Our experienced engineers and technicians have specialized knowledge in all facets of workplace safety. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you create a safe environment for your workers.


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