Complying with Provincial safety regulations Toronto Hydro must comply with the Electrical Distribution Safety Regulation (Ontario Regulation 22/04). The regulation establishes safety requirements for the design, construction and maintenance of electrical distribution systems. We’re subject to an annual audit conducted by a third party approved by the ESA to: • Assess our adherence to Sections 4 to 8 of the regulation • Evaluate the appropriateness of our processes to comply with the safety standards set out in the regulation • Determine if we are correctly following our processes Toronto Hydro must submit an annual Declaration of Compliance to the ESA certifying compliance with sections 3,9,10, 11 and 12 of Ontario Regulation 22/04. In 2014, we successfully completed both the Audit and Declaration of Compliance and for the second consecutive year, Toronto Hydro achieved full compliance (without any findings of non-compliance or areas in need of improvement). We developed action plans to address some general observations that surfaced during the audit, underscoring our culture of continuous improvement. ESA inspections The ESA conducts annual due diligence inspections on recently completed construction projects. The objective of these inspections is to ensure that Toronto Hydro’s construction sites have been left in a safe manner and that work has been completed in accordance with the corresponding plan, work instruction and design standards. In 2014, the ESA conducted 20 due diligence inspections and Toronto Hydro was compliant with Ontario’s regulations in all cases. TORONTO HYDRO 2014 CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT 69 INTRODUCTION MATERIALITY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT OUR WORKFORCE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AND OPERATIONS OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE AND ETHICS G4-PR2 Addressing safety concerns from the ESA The ESA conducts random inspections on Toronto Hydro’s electrical infrastructure across the city. If an inspection raises a potential safety concern, the ESA will issue a formal letter with a required date of response. In 2013, we enhanced our internal processes to escalate and resolve these concerns more efficiently. In 2014, we resolved 21 potential safety concerns raised by the ESA in a timely manner. These concerns varied in nature and included situations such as a fallen tree resting on secondary conductors and a rotting pole.
Toronto Hydro 2014 CR Report_FINAL
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