Item 6: Aluminum or steel production and foundries
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Overview of Item 6
When a factory produces aluminum or steel or is a foundry that melts material or handles molten material, a PSR for Item 6 would be triggered.
“Foundry” is defined in section 1 of the Industrial Establishments Regulation as, “the part of a building or premises or the workshop, structure, room or place in which base metals or their alloys are cast in moulds, other than permanent moulds, or where core-making, shakeout or cleaning or any casting or other dust-causing operation ancillary to the casting process is carried on.”
The applicable provisions of the Industrial Establishments Regulation are sections 87.3, 87.4, 87.5 and 88, subsections 90 (1), (2) and (3), and sections 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 99, 101, and 102.
Sections 87.1 to 87.6 apply only to foundries and deal with preventing spillage and egress. Although these sections use the term “molten material”, the definition of foundry covers only those establishments that cast metals or their alloys in moulds.
Sections 88 to 102 apply to a broader range of workplaces that use molten metals and address the space around cupulas or melting units, specifications for gangways pouring aisles, tilting ladles, cupolas, breaking scrap, galleries and mezzanines.
Out of scope
An PSR for Item 6 does not need to include a review of the melting unit itself as the applicable sections of the regulation deal with the physical set up of the workplace, as a whole and around the melting unit. There are no applicable sections for Item 6 that deal with the melting unit.
PSR for Item 6
When a factory produces aluminum or steel or is a foundry that melts material or handles molten material and a PSR is being written to determine compliance or measures to be taken to achieve compliance with sections 87.3, 87.4, 87.5 and 88, subsections 90 (1), (2) and (3), and sections 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 99, 101 and 102 of the Industrial Establishments Regulation, as applicable, the following codes, guidelines, regulation and standards should be referenced:
- Ontario Fire Code (O. Reg. 213/07) under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards and Codes of Practice
- Fire Protection Handbook, published by the NFPA
- Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook
- Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers
- Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers
- Underwriters Laboratories Canada (ULC) standards
Reviewer for a PSR for Item 6
A reviewer for Item 6 must be an engineer.
Exemptions for Item 6
There are no exemptions for Item 6, Aluminum or steel production and foundries.