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Comprehensive Safety System

We strongly believe in our Safety System, in which designers, manufacturers, installers, maintainers, owners, insurers and users (the public) join with us as partners in the management of public safety risk. By working together, we can identify and concentrate on issues that impact public safety.

We developed this Safety System concept within the National Public Safety Advisory Committee (NPSAC), a counselling body consisting of regulatory agencies across Canada. Today, working within the system, we can obtain advice and collect information from all of the other participants, and we can support these participants in their own safety activities.

In the context of the Safety System, we also develop strategies for improving safety in cooperation with the regulated industries and the Industrial Advisory Councils in each sector. Many of these Advisory Councils create working groups called Risk Reduction Groups to conduct risk analysis sessions and resolve specific safety problems.


Besides TSSA, the Safety System includes:

  • Regulated industries. Industries regulated by TSSA are responsible for equipment:
    • design;
    • manufacture;
    • installation;
    • operation;
    • maintenance; and
    • repairs and alterations.
  • Typical safety hazards that might be associated with industry participants include:
    • defective, inadequate, inappropriate, or failed devices;
    • inadequate safety culture or inadequate safety management practices;
    • inadequate, inappropriate, or lack of knowledge base or abilities; and
    • inappropriate or inadequate external conditions, such as physical environment, population, utility base, high-risk locations, etc.
  • Other organizations. Other organizations that play a role in managing public safety are:
    • consultants and advisors to industry and public;
    • financial institutions, such as insurers;
    • other regulators;
    • educators, such as technical training institutes;
    • governments at all levels;
    • certification and testing organizations;
    • standards organizations;
    • industry; and
    • media.
  • The public. This segment of the Safety System represents users of products, equipment or services. Membership in this group is diverse: amusement riders, elevator passengers, gas station retailers, users of boilers and pressure vessel equipment, homeowners with natural gas furnaces, buyers of stuffed toys and mattresses. Many incidents that occur can involve user-related factors such as:
    • knowledge base, awareness and/or abilities;
    • inadequate, inappropriate or lack of communication to users on safe equipment usage;
    • failure to follow rules and procedures;
    • negligence or honest mistakes; and
    • special conditions (e.g., health conditions).

The Safety System provides the framework that allows everyone who has a stake in public safety to make a contribution.

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