Dear Minister Thompson,
The Operating Engineers Advisory Council (OEAC) is a group of subject matter experts brought together at regular intervals by the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) to provide industry input and advice on the safe operation and maintenance of Boilers and Pressure Vessels in Ontario. The group members hold regulatory certification and have a shared responsibility with the TSSA, plant owners and other certified Operating Engineers to ensure that plants are operated with well-trained, certified individuals on duty to protect public safety. Council members have a broad knowledge base in facilities such as refineries, steel mills, educational institutions, food processors and powerplants. Operating Engineers in general are a group of professionals who understand the potential energy behind pressure vessel equipment which if unleashed into the community due to improper operation or mismanagement can potentially cause injury and death to workers and the public at large.
The OEAC would like to formally express to the Minister our opposition regarding the development and implementation of a PATH 2 – Risk Safety Management Plan as an “Alternate Rule” to the existing Operating Engineers Regulation O. Reg 219/01 and request an immediate moratorium be placed on PATH 2 development.