CSA Z432 Third Edition Open for Public Review!

CSA Z432, Safeguarding of Machinery, is the basic standard for Canada when it comes to most types of machinery. Only Power Presses and Press Brakes, and Industrial Robots are covered separately in their own standards. CSA Z432 provides guidance on important topics, like:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk reduction through the Hierarchy of Controls
  • Guard design requirements
  • Safeguarding device application requirements, and
  • Instructions and information for use

This standard should be used by everyone in Canada responsible for the safe design of machinery used in Canadian workplaces, and for the safety of workers who use machinery in their daily tasks.

CSA has just opened public review on CSA Z432, Safeguarding of Machinery, third edition. If you are a user, a builder of machinery, or an evaluator of machinery, this is your opportunity to see the draft of this important standard, and to make comments to help the Technical Committee improve the standard on your behalf.

To access the public review copy, you must register on CSA’s Public Review system. Registration is free and allows you to get read-only access to the drafts of all new standards that CSA is preparing to publish. The time you take to read and comment on new standards is very valuable to the Technical Committees, as it helps us to correct areas where misunderstandings or confusion may exist, and to add material where it is needed.

See the Draft

Review closes 2-Jan-2016, so don’t delay!

If you need more information, please contact Jill Collins at CSA Group.


Public Review: CSA Z1006 Management of Work in Confined Spaces.

CSA Z1006 Management of Work in Confined Spaces  is now available for Public Review. 

As new standards are developed, and existing standards are revised, they are made available for public review and comment. If you are interested in Confined Space Entry, and would like an opportunity to review the proposed changes to the standard, read on!

Management of work in confined spaces, New Edition | CSA Public Review System

This Standard specifies requirements for and provides guidance on the activities required to manage all aspects of work in confined spaces in accordance with the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle and management system principles such as those set out in CSA Z1000-15, Occupational health and safety management. This Standard specifies requirements concerning management commitment, leadership, and participation, assignment of roles and responsibilities, identification of confined spaces, identification of hazards, risk assessment, selection and application of controls, design considerations, training, monitoring and measurement, emergency response, documentation, internal audits, and management reviews.

Five informative Annexes provide guidance on implementing this Standard’s normative requirements, including sample forms that can be customized for the specific needs of the user.

This Standard provides:

(a)   An overview of the steps an organization needs to take to establish and maintain an effective confined space management program;

(b)   Safety information for workers entering confined spaces and for persons responsible for ensuring the safety of such workers; and

(c)   Requirements for confined space emergency preparedness and rescue.

Clause 4 specifies general requirements for a comprehensive confined space management program.

Clauses 5 to 8 specify requirements for planning and implementing a confined space management program. Clause 5 specifies roles and responsibilities. Clause 6 specifies requirements for hazard identification and risk assessment, development of entry procedures, emergency response planning, and assessment of worker capability for performing assigned duties within a confined space. Clause 7 specifies requirements related to training, Clause 8 specifies requirements related to controls, emergency response activities, and documentation.

Clauses 9 and 10 specify requirements related to incident investigation and analysis, corrective actions, internal audits, and management reviews. These activities can help ensure worker safety and facilitate continual improvement of a confined space management program.

Changes in this edition include:

a)    Improved flow and readability of the document with the inclusion of additional flowcharts and tables and restructuring of content and clauses;

b)    Added two additional informative Annexes to elaborate and provide additional information on rescue planning and atmospheric testing, monitoring and instrumentation;

c)    Updated the document to harmonize with CSA Z1000, Z1001 and Z1002; and

d)    Elaborated on the information on workspace design and modification.

Use the following link to access the draft standard and comment on any issues you may see in the document: Management of work in confined spaces, New Edition | CSA Public Review System

Thanks to Jill Collins at CSA Group for this notification.

CSA Z462 – Workplace Electrical Safety Public Review

CSA Z462 – Workplace Electrical Safety is now available for public review on the CSA web site. This standard is the Canadian implementation of NFPA 70E and IEEE P1584, covering electrocution and arc-flash hazards in the workplace.

Public Review Draft of Z462-12

Because of the importance of the Z462 Standard to the electrical sector, CSA staff have decided to set up the draft on the new On-line Public Review System. This system is integrated with several on-line social networks and has been made available to a wide international audience. Automatic notification will go out to all people and organizations that have expressed interest in CSA’s electrical standards (thousands of stakeholders).

There are two major differences in the way this new on-line review system works:

1.       The reviewer must first register with the system to gain access to the draft standards (name, affiliation, country, and e-mail address).

– the reviewer must have a valid e-mail address (identity)

2.       The document is only available on-line (no download) and it is reviewable only in pieces for commenting purposes.

– similar to the members’ ballot comments, the system automatically collects and sorts the comments by clause number.

Note: the new review page is also accessible via a link located at the top of the old Review Page (https://review.csa.ca/opr/opr_list.asp) – identified as “New: …Electrical public review drafts”.

For more information on this standard, please contact the CSA Project Manager, Mr. Dave Shanahan, dave.shanahan@csa.ca, or call him at 1-800-463-6727.