A Note about Our Travel Policy

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We believe travel gives us a broad per­spect­ive both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. Our focus is glob­al. Our eth­ic­al pos­i­tion is clear; we believe in the health and safety of ALL people. We believe in the power of sci­entif­ic data, and in the power of con­nect­ing with oth­ers glob­ally, so we might learn from one anoth­er.

Compliance inSight Consulting Inc. began 17 years ago; we spend our time work­ing to help ensure the safety of people who work with machinery. We have cli­ents whose busi­nesses span the globe, but most are in North America. And as many of our read­ers know, Doug has always been act­ive with­in the glob­al reg­u­lat­ory com­munity, rep­res­ent­ing both our industry and Canada. (Doug has occa­sion­ally found him­self on more air­craft in a month than many air crews!)

New Travel Policy

The cur­rent US admin­is­tra­tion has made travel to the US prob­lem­at­ic or even impossible for many. Our com­pany and many of our col­leagues are among those affected by these decisions, as the glob­al com­munity scrambles to deal with what has become a daily onslaught of shift­ing US policy decisions. As a res­ult, we have decided to stop trav­el­ling to the US, effect­ive imme­di­ately, and for the fore­see­able future.

Our Solution

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Our cli­ents from the US are our friends and neigh­bours, and we are still here to help.

We will con­tin­ue to offer a vari­ety of web-​based solu­tions to our cli­ents, provid­ing train­ing and con­sult­ing ser­vices via web meet­ing soft­ware, phone and email. We are cur­rently invest­ig­at­ing cloud-​based edu­ca­tion solu­tions so we can offer a com­pre­hens­ive online train­ing portal. We will con­tin­ue to serve our US cli­ents as we have in the past, we just won’t be stop­ping by for a vis­it for a while. We hope you under­stand.

Doug Nix
Managing Director,
Principal Consultant
Kimberly Nix
Managing Director

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New CSA Standard for Machinery Electrical Equipment

Electrical Equipment of Machinery

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Industrial elec­tric­al con­trol pan­els

Most mod­ern machinery is con­trolled elec­tric­ally, or elec­tron­ic­ally. There are a num­ber of stand­ards that apply to the design of con­trol sys­tems for machinery, with IEC 60204 – 1 and it’s EN equi­val­ent, along with IEC 61439 – 1 and IEC 61439 – 2 as the pre­dom­in­ant stand­ards inter­na­tion­ally, and NFPA 79 as the pre­dom­in­ant stand­ard in the US and Canada. Until now.

CSA C22.2 No. 301, Industrial Electrical Machinery

In 2014, a pro­ject was star­ted to devel­op a new Canadian Electrical Code Part 2 stand­ard focused on the elec­tric­al equip­ment of machines. There were already two Part 2 stand­ards in exist­ence that covered Industrial Control pan­els, but not spe­cific­ally con­trols asso­ci­ated with machinery: CSA C22.2 No. 14, Industrial Control Equipment, and CSA C22.2 No. 286, Industrial con­trol pan­els and assem­blies.

This new stand­ard, entitled “Industrial Electrical Machinery”, is aimed at the same types of equip­ment covered by NFPA 79 and IEC 60204 – 1. Here’s the scope of the new stand­ard:

1 Scope


This stand­ard applies to inter­con­nec­ted mech­an­ic­al sys­tems of indus­tri­al elec­tric­al and elec­tron­ic equip­ment oper­at­ing in a coördin­ated man­ner.


This stand­ard applies to equip­ment rated at not more than 1000 V inten­ded to be installed and used in non-​hazardous loc­a­tions in accord­ance with the rules of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I.


This stand­ard applies to equip­ment that is:

  • per­man­ently installed
  • mobile
  • relo­cat­able, or
  • self powered.


The indus­tri­al equip­ment covered by this Standard is inten­ded for use in an ambi­ent tem­per­at­ure of 0 °C to 40 °C.


This stand­ard does not spe­cify addi­tion­al and spe­cial require­ments that can apply to elec­tric­al equip­ment that:

  • is inten­ded for use in open air (i.e. out­side build­ings or oth­er pro­tect­ive struc­tures);
  • will use, pro­cess, or pro­duce poten­tially explos­ive mater­i­al (for example paint or saw­dust);
  • is inten­ded for use in poten­tially explos­ive and/​or flam­mable atmo­spheres;
  • has spe­cial risks when pro­du­cing or using cer­tain mater­i­als;
  • is inten­ded for use in mines


This stand­ard does not apply to equip­ment port­able by hand while work­ing


This stand­ard does not apply to self-​propelled work plat­forms


This stand­ard does not spe­cify addi­tion­al and spe­cial require­ments that can apply to elec­tric­al weld­ing equip­ment with­in the scope of CSA C22.2 No. 60 or CSA/​CAN E60974-​1


This stand­ard may be used to sup­ple­ment but does not replace require­ments that already exist in a pub­lished CSA com­pon­ent stand­ard

If you are inter­ested in see­ing the rest of this stand­ard before it’s pub­lished, you’re in luck! It’s avail­able on CSA’s Public Review site until 6-​Aug-​16. You can read and com­ment on the doc­u­ment using that sys­tem, and all of your com­ments will be reviewed and dealt with by the task group that cre­ated the doc­u­ment. If you are not already registered there, you will have to set up a free account, but that only takes a couple of minutes to do. That also gives you access to all of the oth­er stand­ards that are out for pub­lic review, so if your interests are broad­er than just elec­tric­al or machinery, you can have a look at any of the oth­ers as well.

Is No. 301 needed?

I ques­tion the need for this stand­ard, as I believe that the exist­ing stand­ards already cov­er this type of machinery more than adequately and that all CSA needed to do was adopt IEC 60204 – 1 and IEC 61439, how­ever, at this point, I am one lone voice.

If you agree with me, please make your voice heard through CSA’s Public Review sys­tem. On the oth­er hand, if you like what the doc­u­ment is about, then please sup­port it.

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The Brexit Vote and CE Marking: What’s it going to mean for Canadian Exporters?

Shocked and Amazed by Brexit

UK and EU Flags against a blue sky during the Brexit VoteThis morn­ing I am shocked and amazed to learn that one of the founders of the European Union has chosen to leave that Union. Joining the EEC in 1973, the UK and oth­er European coun­tries moved toward the form­a­tion of the EU, first as an eco­nom­ic treaty, and even­tu­ally as a polit­ic­al uni­on. Today, the sep­ar­a­tion begins.

What now?

Starting today, the UK will need to determ­ine how best to get its house in order before trig­ger­ing Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This is expec­ted to take at least a couple of years. In that time, there is a pos­sib­il­ity that Scotland may hold anoth­er exit ref­er­en­dum from the UK, and may then choose to apply to join the EU. This may also hap­pen in Ireland, fur­ther dimin­ish­ing the size of the UK. We will have to wait and see what these coun­tries will choose to do in com­ing months.

What effect does this have on Canadian and US Exporters?

If you export to the EU and you have European branch offices in the UK and oth­er European coun­tries, the exit of the UK from the EU will have little effect, oth­er than on the ques­tion of lan­guage. Unless Scotland or Ireland choose to leave the UK and join the EU, AND they choose to include English as one of their offi­cial lan­guages, it’s pos­sible that English may no longer be an offi­cial lan­guage of the European Union. This could mean that instruc­tions, manu­als, oper­at­or screens, haz­ard warn­ings and oth­er text-​based inform­a­tion on your products that are provided primar­ily in English may no longer be per­mit­ted.

If you are using the ser­vices of a com­pany that provides ser­vices to “com­pile the tech­nic­al file” for your product, and that com­pany is loc­ated in the UK, you will have to find anoth­er com­pany to provide these ser­vices. This would also be true for com­pan­ies using ser­vices of com­pany act­ing as Authorized Representatives. Again, I recom­mend tak­ing a deep breath and wait­ing to see what Scotland and Ireland will do.

If a change in Authorized Representative, or per­son “author­ised to com­pile” is required, this will also impact the inform­a­tion on the name­plates on your products since the Authorized Representative’s or person-authorised-to-compile’s name and con­tact coordin­ates must be on the name­plate along with the manufacturer’s inform­a­tion. This same change will also be required on the product Declaration of Conformity or Incorporation.

What now?

Young Woman Meditating on the grassTake a deep breath. Wait.

We need to give the UK and the EU some time to determ­ine how they are going to organ­ise their divorce. This is a world chan­ging decision, and the changes will not be done without due care and atten­tion. In the mean time, we must watch and wait. Here at Compliance inSight Consulting and the Machinery Safety 101 blog, we will be watch­ing and talk­ing to our col­leagues in Europe, and we will keep you up to date as we know more.

Now, with me… breathe deeply…