CETA in force!

CETA comes into force today, 21-​Sep-​2017

If you are unfa­mil­i­ar with CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, this ground­break­ing trade agree­ment between Canada and the European Union will be a game-​changer for Canada. Until today, the actu­al date for imple­ment­a­tion of the agree­ment has been a mov­ing tar­get. There were at least two pre­vi­ous dates announced by the Canadian gov­ern­ment, but each time the dates passed without the agree­ment com­ing into force due to issues that needed to be resolved.

So what does this mean for Canadians? As of today, 98% of Canadian products can now enter into the EU tariff-​free. Within two years, 99% of products will be tariff-​free. The agree­ment embod­ies much of what the EU sys­tem is based upon: Four pil­lars of free­dom are entrenched in the agree­ment.

The Four Pillars include the free­dom of move­ment of people, goods, ser­vices and cap­it­al. This philo­sophy has brought sig­ni­fic­ant prosper­ity and free­dom to European cit­izens. Within the“Schengen Area”, EU cit­izens can move freely across nation­al bor­ders without passing through cus­toms, in a very sim­il­ar way to Canadians mov­ing from Province to Province. EU cit­izens can work in any Schengen coun­try without the need for work­ing visas or cit­izen­ship in the new coun­try they have chosen. Similar freedoms exist for goods, ser­vices and money.

Under CETA, sim­il­ar freedoms are avail­able to Canadians, although with some restric­tions since CETA does not mean that Canada is now an EU Member State. Goods can flow from Canada to the EU, and from the EU to Canada without tar­iff restric­tions, except in some lim­ited cases. Businesses who want to set up oper­a­tions in the EU can do this with lim­ited restric­tions, and Canadian pro­fes­sion­al work­ers can move to the EU to staff these new oper­a­tions without the need for restrict­ive work visas. Investment in EU oper­a­tions has gained pro­tec­tions through EU law so that these invest­ments are bet­ter pro­tec­ted. Canadian ser­vice busi­nesses can now provide their ser­vice products to EU cus­tom­ers with little restric­tion. Canadian busi­ness now has free access to a mar­ket­place of 500 mil­lion new cus­tom­ers, nearly 14 times lar­ger than the Canadian mar­ket. The EU mar­ket is worth nearly €2.4 tril­lion in exports alone. This is an oppor­tun­ity Canadians can’t afford to miss.

With the instabil­ity being cre­ated by the cur­rent US admin­is­tra­tion and the bully tac­tics that are being used to force the rene­go­ti­ation of NAFTA, Canadian busi­ness should take the oppor­tun­ity presen­ted to us today to turn our eyes to the EU, a uni­on of coun­tries who are open and friendly to Canadians. People who want to work with us, who want our products and ser­vices. Many Canadians sup­port scrap­ping NAFTA if key pro­vi­sions can’t be met.

For more inform­a­tion on CETA and what it will mean for Canadians, please see Doing Business in Europe — CETA: Canada and the European Union Usher In a New Era of Trade.

21-​September-​2017 is a day to cel­eb­rate. The future looks bright!

Online Training Centre Opens

Online Training Centre Opens

You’ve been chal­lenged to start doing risk assess­ments on your machine designs, but you don’t know where to start. Perhaps you’ve bought a few stand­ards or a book or two, hop­ing to fig­ure it all out, but you nev­er seem to be able to stay focused long enough to get what you need from these mater­i­als.

You need train­ing. You start the hunt in the Google search box, but find­ing the right kind of train­ing is daunt­ing. How do you know what you need?

Search no longer! Compliance inSight Consulting opened it’s online Training Centre this month and is now tak­ing enrol­ments for the charter class in Machinery Risk Assessment!

Risk Assessment 101

Risk Assessment 101 is designed for machinery design­ers, tech­no­lo­gists and engin­eers who need to get a handle on the basics of risk assess­ment. The course includes 12 mod­ules, cov­er­ing

  • the basics of risk
  • haz­ard iden­ti­fic­a­tion and ana­lys­is
  • like­li­hood of injury
  • risk con­trol meas­ures
  • risk assess­ment work­flow
  • doc­u­ment­a­tion
  • next steps

The course includes a live class each week, unit quizzes to help learners gauge their under­stand­ing, live office hours with the instruct­or each week, a Facebook dis­cus­sion group, and much more. Students suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the course will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

The Charter Class is lim­ited to 15 stu­dents and is being offered at a spe­cial intro­duct­ory price. If you’re inter­ested, don’t waste any time, enroll right away to secure a seat.

Future Courses

Over the next few months, addi­tion­al courses will be added to the Training Centre on top­ics like CE Marking, Functional Safety, Machine Guarding, and much more. Some courses will be self-​directed, while oth­ers will have live classes as part of the pro­gram.

Our goal at CIC is to provide our cus­tom­ers with a con­veni­ent, afford­able way to get the train­ing they need when they need it. We hope to see you in class soon!

Problems with our websites

Figure holding a large red wrenchApologies

Just a quick note to all our read­ers to explain the out­ages we’ve been hav­ing.

First, I want to apo­lo­gise for the down­time and sporad­ic out­ages you’ve prob­ably exper­i­enced. We tried and failed to avoid those issues, but we think everything is sor­ted out now.

Moving house is never easy

Newspaper showing "EPIC FAIL" headlineWe out­grew the cap­ab­il­it­ies of our former ser­vice provider’s host­ing pack­age in the last few months. Our issues star­ted slowly, with occa­sion­al unex­plained out­ages, and got pro­gress­ively worse. After find­ing that we were get­ting abysmal tech sup­port from the people we had been work­ing with for a dec­ade, we decided to cut the old pro­vider off, and move to anoth­er well reviewed Canadian pro­vider.

In the last ten days we have had some issues crop up through the migra­tion pro­cess, but now we think we have everything fixed. The new serv­er is run­ning faster and bet­ter than any­thing we’ve had before, and “fin­gers crossed”, noth­ing else will come up at least for a while.

Secure services, faster server

Both ComplianceInsight​.ca and MachinerySafety101​.com should now be served auto­mat­ic­ally from our https secure ser­vice, so let us know if you see any prob­lems crop up.

Thanks for stick­ing with us through this! We have anoth­er new art­icle in the ISO 13849 – 1 ana­lys­is series pub­lish­ing soon, so stay tuned!