The PSR report
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A key part of the PSR is the written report that must be provided to the owner, lessee or employer.
The PSR report must:
- Outline the areas of non-compliance with the applicable provisions as set out in the Table.
- Include details of the measures (for example, steps, actions, engineering controls) to be taken to bring the apparatus, structure, protective element or process into compliance with the applicable provisions of the Industrial Establishments Regulation.
- Clearly state if no measures are necessary to achieve compliance.
- List the standards, specifications, calculations, risk analyses or other parameters that were used in writing the PSR report.
- Include details of the structural adequacy of the apparatus or structure for item 3 (racks and stacking structures) or item 7 (a travelling crane, overhead crane, monorail crane, gantry crane, jib crane or other lifting device suspended from or supported by a structure, or a vehicle lift or hoist).
- Set out the measures to be taken to protect the health and safety of workers while testing, if any, is carried out (testing could include debugging, commissioning, etc.)
- Include details of the special, expert, or professional knowledge or qualifications of the reviewer (for Item 8 only).
- Include the signature of the person performing the PSR and the date the report was signed.
- Include the signature and date for each person if a team is involved in performing the PSR and their areas of discipline (for example, engineer for explosive hazards, hygienist for toxicity).
For specific requirements on what a PSR report must include, see subsection 7(5) of the Industrial Establishments Regulation.
A PSR report may also list additional recommendations (if any) related to meeting other regulatory requirements, standards, guidelines, or best engineering practices. These should be listed separately from the PSR recommendations.
Where a team is involved in performing the PSR, a lead engineer may assume full responsibility for the report.
Seal the report
If an engineer carried out the PSR, any applicable requirements in the Professional Engineers Act regarding the sealing of documents would also need to be complied with.
Provide a written copy of the PSR report
A written copy of the PSR report must be provided to the owner, lessee or employer, as appropriate, by the person carrying out the PSR.
Measures to achieve compliance
If the PSR report includes recommended measures to achieve compliance with the applicable provisions, the employer must either:
- undertake all recommended measures before the apparatus, structure, protective element or process is operated or used
- provide written notice to the JHSC or health and safety representative of how compliance with regulatory requirements will be achieved, if some or all of the recommended measures in the PSR have not been taken
If the PSR report indicates that there are no measures necessary to achieve compliance with the applicable provisions, no further action is required.
In all cases, the owner, lessee or employer, must keep all documents readily accessible in the workplace for as long as the apparatus, structure or protective element remains in the workplace, or the process is used in the workplace.
Ultimately, the legal obligation and accountability rests with the owner, lessee or employer to ensure any non-compliance items are addressed.
For detailed information on what must be done after the PSR report is completed, see subsection 7(6) of the Industrial Establishments Regulation.