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New version of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code

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If you don't feel like paying $219 plus tax for the printed version of the new code - $195 for the PDF - you can find the amendments for free on the ESA website

electrical_safety_not_overload_outletIf you are an Ontario contractor, you need to know that a new version of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC) came into effect on May 5, 2016.

The OESC is the legal standard for all electrical work in Ontario. The revised code shows advancements in safety to help make everyone safer and hopefully reduce accidents or even tragedies.

This year’s OESC code book comes with the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) name on it. Apparently, there are savings with this year’s partnership between the two authorities. Still, it’s an expensive publication. The hard copy costs $219.00 (plus tax) and a PDF version is only slightly less at $195.00 (plus tax) info.

TIP: If you want to find the code amendments for free, simply go to the ESA website.


It’s good that the CSA are out there testing everything from electrical devices to fall arrest harnesses. The CSA is, thankfully, a meticulous agency. They don’t just put their accreditation on entire pieces of equipment, but on many sub-components. For example, a fall arrest body harness will have a d-ring and other tie off connections on it, including buckles to tie you into the harness. Each one of those components will have separate CSA logos on the them. The CSA’s trade mark appears on millions of products from around the world. Ringing the cash register each time. But keeping us all safer.

Remember, don’t work with electricity, unless you are licensed to do so.

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7 Comments » for New version of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code
  1. Mike says:

    If the ESA was really an organization determined to save us from the horrors of electrocution rather than an organization determined to BILL us to DEATH the entire code would be available as a free download. That way homeowners and contractors alike could confirm the installation proposals and methods of electrical contractors.


    • George says:

      Is is not advisable for homeowners to interpret codes. Leave it to the professionals.

      And contractors should not be looking for a hand out to insure safe and code compliant installations.


      • Dave says:

        Your comment sounds more like someone who doesn’t want any one to see that the quality of the work may be sub standard. I have seen work performed by as you call it professionals. I do believe that word may be over rated. Lets call them Legally Trained!

      • Judge Dredd says:

        you don’t interpret codes. it’s not a philosophy book. it’s a set of rules.

  2. Don France says:

    Being a Master Electrician with over forty five years experience, I have long felt that it should be a part of renewal of an Electricians Licence to have an updated code book issued to the individual at that time. At present a large information gap exists from code to those who need to know it. The average Electrician today works on word of mouth or familiar practices. The high price tag attached to both the printed and PDF versions hampers true safety for a faulse profit. Please incorporate this with Livence Renewal.

  3. Joe says:

    On the pass, the Catholic Church had the bible written in Latin and was prohibited for Catholics to have it and read it. ( remember according to them was the word of GOD) Do you really need to hide the word of God?

    That was the control key for the Church organization to manipulate all Catholics.

    Apparently some other organization copy that, and one of them is the ESA. Don France express a nice view, electrical code book or any other compulsory trades should get the whole book, or any up dates for free, when renew his or her license, or between terms, after all its to protect the public interest. Why charge so much for this electrical code book?

    As the Catholic Church change the bible from Latin to other languages Catholics became aware the fraudulent org they were, the Vail opened up and the world could see the carcasses of the beast.

    So the ESA and the OCOT are in deed beasts of fraudulent covert tax operations, can’t be understood these none profit orgs became legal operation agencies, I can smell a fish here: together with a lot more in other trades too.

    What should trades people do to eliminate these beasts out of their backs?

    Very simple,, starve them, these beasts need your,, so called trades fees, really?

    Do you need to pay some fraudulent org to work on your chosen trade?

    Listen people, we all born free human beings, and under natural laws you are all free, not free domed, so we should all apply the natural laws, we are not machines, we are people, natural people, anything we do is classified as natural, from farming to all the wonders of technology.

    Without any human minds nothing could function. So why we all follow a such fraudulent laws called the sea laws. Tax everything that’s breads, and moves, even some things cant move to, that’s absolutely stupid.

    why we allow ourselves to be in slaved?

    For those can’t understand this, its because politicians are masters or bee hives for those in the manipulation back ground. Creating fear mongering, to fear the public to comply into their bending rules.

    Any human being in full conscious does not need any bending rules nor fears propaganda. Remember; start getting back what is yours by the Divine right, The Divine or what ever you want to called; never imposed any tax, fees, fines, etc, on us, cense the foundation of this realm as we all leave in. (Its a realm got it.) Meaning we all must preserve it, and work as free people in full conscious not just in 10% of it. The reality or our realm is about to open, all these none cense fraudulent, and other negative machinations of propaganda will be exposed. Will not be any place to run, for those who are in manipulation, self greedy.


  4. Stephane Boisjoli says:

    What a ridiculous price for a code book. Especially when there’s a simplified code book written by PS Knight Co. Ltd for 1/8 of the price. If he can rewrite it again and profit, what justifies their ridiculous price? They are run like a for profit, maximum profit business, not an agency protecting the public. Health Canada doesn’t require $200 for it’s publications.

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