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

Machinery electrical equipment
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 coor­di­nat­ed 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…