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ITSM - Safety Bulletins / Public Announcements

The Canadian Standards Association B149 Series-15 - Installation Code for Oil-burning Equipment (Oil Code) will come into effect in Manitoba (MB) on October 1, 2018. This code has been adopted with minor amendments. Please see OFC 18-007 for more information.

The Canadian Standards Association B139 Series-15 - Installation Code for Oil-burning Equipment (Oil Code) will come into effect in Manitoba (MB) on October 1, 2018. This code has been adopted without any amendments. Please see OFC 18-005 for more information.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) issues different electrician licences based on The Electricians’ Licence Act and The Electricians Licensing Regulation. This includes journeyperson licences and limited specialized trade licences. Read OFC 18 – 002

A reference guide entitled “Gas Equipment Bulletins”, including updated versions of some previously issued Gas Notices, is now available to assist Manitoba gas fitters within the Province. The bulletins provide guidance on CSA B149 Gas Installation Code requirements and are meant to serve as explanatory documents to help interpret code and provide guidance. These bulletins do not, in any way, amend or replace code. View document (pdf).

A reference guide entitled Installing Your Grain Dryer: Information for Agricultural Producers, developed by the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) in consultation with Manitoba Hydro and other stakeholders, is now available to assist agricultural producers in getting their grain drying equipment installed and ready for operation. The reference guide provides information on both the gas (natural gas or propane) and electrical requirements for grain dryers in Manitoba. View document (pdf)

The Province of Manitoba recognizes a number of Certification Bodies (CBs) and Inspection Bodies (IBs) to provide certification, field approval, and special acceptance services for electrical equipment in accordance with The Electricians’ License Act and Regulation. Read OFC ITSM 17-005 Recognized Labels (pdf)

The Province of Manitoba recognizes a number of Certification Bodies (CBs) and Inspection Bodies (IBs) to provide certification and field approval services for gas and oil burning equipment in accordance with codes and standards adopted under The Gas and Oil Burner Act and Regulation. Read OFC ITSM 17-004 Recognized Labels (pdf)

The Office of the Fire Commissioner, in cooperation with the BC Safety Authority, the Alberta Boilers Safety Association, and the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan, has developed a document outlining harmonized requirements for historical boilers across western Canada. View document (pdf)

A reference guide entitled Guideline for Mobile Food Trucks in Manitoba has been created with Manitoba Health and the City of Winnipeg to assist mobile food truck owners navigate the system for getting their trucks permitted. In Manitoba, the Office of the Fire Commissioner (the OFC) inspects installations of gas burning equipment (which use natural gas or propane as its fuel source) and electrical equipment installed in mobile food trucks.  These inspections are conducted under the authorities of The Gas and Oil Burner Act, The Electricians’ Licence Act and corresponding Regulations. Read OFC ITSM 17-002 Mobile Food Truck Inspections (pdf). Download Guide for Mobile Food Trucks in Manitoba

Exemption from Registration Requirements for Categories A, B, C and G Category Fittings - In an effort to better align Manitoba’s requirements for pressure piping components and pressure relief valves with other provincial authorities, effective April 1, 2017, Category A, B, C and G fittings meeting the requirements in this bulletin will no longer require registration with Inspections and Technical Services. (Read OFC ITSM 17-001 Bulletin)

All elevator contractors must complete a Pre-inspection Checklist for Elevator Contractors prior to scheduling an acceptance inspection for an elevator. This checklist is required for both new and modernized elevators. Read OFC ITSM 16 -005. Download the Pre-Inspection Checklist for Elevator Contractors (pdf)

The Amusements Act, R.S.M. 2987, c. A70 - The Office of the Fire Commissioner conducts inspections of amusement rides under the authority of The Amusements Act, R.S.M. 2987, c. A70 and its regulations. The Amusements Act has application only to amusement rides used “by the public”. The public are therefore advised that the Office of the Fire Commissioner does not inspect devices which are used in private facilities or clubs, such as privately owned high performance race karts or other similar devices used for racing, for example. Read OFC ITSM 16 - 004

Amendments to the Power Engineers Regulation M.R. 40/92 - The purpose of the recent amendments to the Power Engineers Regulation M.R. 40/92 were to address provisions respecting qualification requirements for power engineer certificates (OFC ITSM 15 - 0003)

Gas Burning Equipment - Viega MegaPress System - Press-connect Fittings for Natural and Propane Gas Systems. This bulletin is to clarify the use of Viega MegaPressG press-connect fittings with respect to CSA B149.1-10 Clauses 6.9.1 and 6.15.2 (Read Safety Bulletin OFC ITSM 15 - 001)

Construction Heaters - Under The Gas and Oil Burner Act and Regulation, permits are required to connect a natural gas, propane, or an oil supply line to a construction heater. A permit must be obtained prior to the connection of the supply line to the construction heater. The utility and/or the fuel supply company will verify that a valid permit has been obtained prior to connecting the fuel source to the construction heater. (Read Safety Bulletin Revision OFC ITSM 14 - 005).

The Gas Burning Equipment - Special Acceptance/Field Approval program offered by the ITSM provides for the approval of gas burning appliances, equipment and components which are custom-made, one of a kind, built on site (Read Safety Bulletin OFC ITSM 14 - 004 issued August 25, 2014)

The Variance program offered by ITSM provides for the approval of equipment regulated by ITSM, which does not exactly meet the requirements of the governing regulations...(Read Safety Bulletin OFC ITSM 14 - 003 issued August 25, 2014)

Technical Safety Legislation Review -Manitoba is taking steps towards updating its technical safety laws.  These laws  protect public safety by ensuring that certain requirements are met in the design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of certain types of equipment that pose potential safety hazards. (go to Technical Safety Legislation Review under the Codes & Standards section to read more...) (read Manitoba News Release)

New Requirements for Elevating Devices for Persons with
Physical Disabilities
- Elevating devices for persons with disabilities (EDPPDs) will now be subject to regular inspections by Inspections and Technical Services Manitoba (ITSM) and will require a valid permit in order to be operated. (read OFC Informational Safety Bulletin) pdf (read Manitoba News Release)

Fee changes in effect September 19, 2012 to The Elevator Regulation MR 97/87 (view complete schedule of increases in pdf). Navigate to Elevator Programs for complete regulation updates. (read Manitoba News Release)

Fee changes in effect August 08, 2012; Electricians Licensing Regulation, Gas and Oil Burner Regulation, Power Engineers Regulation (view complete schedule of increases in pdf). Navigate to Electrical Program, Gas and Oil Program or Power Engineering Exams and Licensing for complete regulation updates.

Elevator Safety - OFC ITSM 11—0001 - Date Issued: May 6, 2011 (Read Safety Bulletin...) PDF