Pre-Start Health & Safety Reviews

Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews

HITE Engineering provides Pre-Start Health And Safety Reviews. A Pre-Start Health & Safety Review is also known as a PSR or PHSR. The Ministry of Labour enacted legislation in Ontario under Section 7 of Regulation 851 for Industrial Establishments on Oct.7, 2000. Essentially, this was the Ministry of Labour requiring industry to engage the services of a professional engineer (or industrial hygienist) to review equipment or processes when any one of eight circumstances exist.

These 8 circumstances are paraphrased as follows:

What is the Purpose of a Pre-Start Health & Safety Review?

“There are many instances of equipment which are presently in an unsafe operating condition. The standards of workplace health and safety are increasing every year. This process is a means to improve the safety of new or modified equipment, to enhance the visibility of these standards, and to educate. The goal is to apply these standards to existing equipment to bring the whole standard up to enhanced levels.”

The objective of a Pre-Start Health & Safety Review (PHSR) is to provide an in-depth examination of an apparatus, structure or process to identify any potential instances of non-compliance with the applicable provisions of the Industrial Establishments Regulation. A PHSR serves the purpose of ensuring that any such hazards are removed or controlled before the item under review is used. A health and safety assessment can be conducted prior to first use or in support of an effort to bring used/modified equipment up to present day standards.

HITE Engineering is capable of performing workplace safety reviews of all eight triggers of PSR's in house.

What is the Process of a PSR?

      • Data Collection
        • Collection of documentation and information relevant to the equipment/process under review. (e.g. Specifications, operation manuals, schematics, SDS documents, health and safety risk assessments, etc.)


      • Review of Information
        • Assessment of the collected data in preparation for evaluation. Identification of any instances of non-compliance with referenced standards.


      • Site Visit
        • On-site inspection of the apparatus or process (if required) to confirm and identify all instances of non-compliance if any exist.


      • Evaluation & Report
        • Development of a Report of Findings outlining any items of non-compliance discovered and recommendations for remediation. Signed and sealed by a licensed Professional Engineer.
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