Fuel lines and tanker trucks crisscross the Province and are vital to business and
the general public. Our team regulates natural gas, propane, and fuel oil from the
point of production to the end use in a home or business including the transmission,
distribution, transportation, and utilization of the fuels. This team also regulates
the fuel that powers our vehicles such as gasoline, natural gas, diesel, and propane
from production to filling up your gas tank.
Our TSSA fuels team works with industry partners and others to protect the public,
environment, and properties from fuel-related hazards that can cause spills, fires,
and explosions. They perform design reviews, inspections, and the licensing of facilities,
pipelines, tankers, and specialized equipment while providing environmental oversight
and reviews of properties if there is a liquid fuel spill or leak.
Their responsibilities don’t end with the equipment or properties. They regularly
inspect and register contractors, certify technicians, and collaborate directly
with the industry and the public through call centre interactions, educational forums,
and collaborations with other organizations such as the Fire Marshal’s Office. Our
expertise is applied in the development and maintenance of the regulations, standards,
and codes that impact the safety of all Ontarians.
Our Inspectors are on the front line every day as they review sites and
facilities as part of periodic inspections or at events, like fuel spills or pipeline
strikes. Their role in safety oversight extends to the inspection and auditing
of the industry contractors or technicians as well as collaborating within the
profession to address variances or provide guidance on the regulations and codes.
Inspectors at TSSA have a heightened level of independence and are born problem-solvers
who relish the fact that every day provides a unique set of challenges. Fuels Inspectors
may come from a variety of backgrounds, including service technicians and gas fitters.
Our qualified Fuels Inspectors have at least five years of experience working with
fuels and fuel equipment and have, at a minimum, their Oil Burner Technician 1
(OBT1) and/or Gas Technician 1 (G1) certificates, while petroleum focused Fuels
Inspectors require their Oil Burner Technician 2 (OBT2), Gas Technician 2 (G2),
and Petroleum Mechanic (PM) certificates.
Our Engineers bring safety to the forefront even in the early stages of
design as they review and approve new facility or equipment designs or consider
modifications to existing ones that require a variance approval. Some of our Engineers
have a focus on the environment and the impact of spills and leaks. The work of
our Engineers informs and influences the direction of future regulations and codes.