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Using Portable Generators Safely

Portable generators are internal combustion engines used to generate electricity. They are useful when temporary or remote power is needed, and are commonly used during cleanup and recovery efforts following disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. This fact sheet discusses specific hazards inherent with the use of generators and also provides helpful information to ensure that workers and others using such equipment remain safe.

Hazards Associated with Generators:

Shocks and electrocution from improper use of power or accidentally energizing other electrical systems. • Carbon monoxide from a generator’s exhaust. • Fires from improperly refueling a generator or inappropriately storing the fuel for a generator. • Noise and vibration hazards.

Shock and Electrocution

The electricity created by generators has the same hazards as normal utility-supplied electricity. It also has some additional hazards because generator users often bypass the safety devices (such as circuit breakers) that are built into electrical systems. The following precautions are provided to reduce shock and electrocution hazards: • Never attach a generator directly to the electrical system of a structure (home, office, trailer, etc.) unless a qualified electrician has properly installed the generator with a transfer switch. Attaching a generator directly to a building electrical system without a properly installed transfer switch can energize wiring systems for great distances. This creates a risk of electrocution for utility workers and others in the area. • Always plug electrical appliances directly into the generator using the manufacturer’s supplied cords or extension cords that are grounded (3-pronged). Inspect the cords to make sure they are fully intact and not damaged, cut or abraded. Never usefrayed or damaged extension cords. Ensure the cords are appropriately rated in watts or amps for the intended use. Do not use underrated cords—replace them with appropriately rated cords that use heavier gauge wires. Do not overload a generator; this can lead to overheating which can create a fire hazard. • Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), especially where electrical equipment is used in or around wet or damp locations. GFCIs shut off power when an electrical current is detected outside normal paths. GFCIs and extension cords with built-in GFCI protection can be purchased at hardware stores, do-it-yourself centers, and other locations that sell electrical equipment. Regardless of GFCI use, electrical equipment used in wet and damp locations must be listed and approved for those conditions. • Make sure a generator is properly grounded and the grounding connections are tight. Consult the manufacturer's instructions for proper grounding methods. • Keep a generator dry; do not use it in the rain or wet conditions. If needed, protect a generator with a canopy. Never manipulate a generator’s electrical components if you are wet or standing in water. • Do not use electrical equipment that has been submerged in water. Equipment must be thoroughly dried out and properly evaluated before using. Power off and do not use any electrical equipment that has strange odors or begins smoking.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas. Many people have died from CO poisoning because their generator was not adequately ventilated. • Never use a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces such as garages, crawl spaces, and basements. NOTE: Open windows and doors may NOT prevent CO from building up when a generator is located in an enclosed space. • Make sure a generator has 3 to 4 feet of clear space on all sides and above it to ensure adequate ventilation. • Do not use a generator outdoors if its placement near doors, windows, and vents could allow CO to enter and build up in occupied spaces. • If you or others show symptoms of CO poisoning—dizziness, headaches, nausea, tiredness—get to fresh air immediately and seek medical attention. Do not re-enter the area until it is determined to be safe by trained and properly equipped personnel.

Fire Hazards 

Generators become hot while running and remain hot for long periods after they are stopped. Generator fuels (gasoline,kerosene, etc.) can ignite when spilled on hot engine parts. • Before refueling, shut down the generator and allow it to cool. • Gasoline and other generator fuels should be stored and transported in approved containers that are properly designed and marked for their contents, and vented. • Keep fuel containers away from flame producing and heat generating devices (such as the generator itself, water heaters, cigarettes, lighters, and matches). Do not smoke around fuel containers. Escaping vapors or vapors from spilled materials can travel long distances to ignition sources. • Do not store generator fuels in your home. Store fuels away from living areas.

Noise and Vibration Hazards

Generator engines vibrate and create noise. Excessive noise and vibration could cause hearing loss and fatigue that may affect job performance. • Keep portable generators as far away as possible from work areas and gathering spaces. • Wear hearing protection if this is not possible.

 

 

 

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10 more students have passed the electrical exam. 8 have passed the Construction & Maintenance electrician licence exam and 2 more have passed the 442A electrical industrial licence exam. Congrats to all.

Michael F
Kevin S
Michael P
Mike T
adam c
Adam S
Adrian F
Ala A
Aleks K
alex g

 

Callisto Construction Ltd., Guild, All Tech Contracting, Reid Electric, Grand River Enterprises, Deman Construction, KO Electric, OPG and Plan are just some of the companies that we have added/relisted to our list of companies that we helped succeed. Congrats.

 

Here is what Mr. Michael F. had to say:"I passed my 442A electrician industrial electrical licence exam. 82%. Thank you."

Excellent effort and well deserved. We are really happy for you. Enjoy your licences & the extra. Thank you for your trust & please tell more of your friends.

 

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10 more students have passed the electrical exam. 6 have passed the Construction & Maintenance electrician licence exam and 4 more have passed the 442A electrical industrial licence exam. Congrats to all.

Justin D
Luciano
Mark C
Nemanja M
Paul W
Tim B
Callen K
Lain C
Ghaith Y
Graham S

 

Ozz, MWS Solutions, IBEW135, Metro Wide Electrical, Prodomax, Accel Electric and Pepsi are just some of the companies that we have added/relisted to our list of companies that we helped succeed. Congrats.

 

Here is what Mr. Lain C. had to say:"Hi Sam. Yes I wrote and passed the 442A exam. 94%."

Here is what Mr. Graham S. had to say:"I passed my exam. I scored a 70% on the dot. Communication systems was an area I did not score well on. But all is good. I am an electrician now and that is all that matters.

Thanks for your help. Have a great day!!"

 

Excellent effort and well deserved. We are really happy for you. Enjoy your licences & the extra. Thank you for your trust & please tell more of your friends.

 

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10 more students have passed the electrical exam. 10 have passed the Construction & Maintenance electrician licence exam. Congrats to all.

Steven  A
Kevin B
Christopher   
Shane B
Dave G
George A
Mike G
Fabian P
Rob C
Shawn B

 

Black & Mac, Omega Electrical, and Panson are just some of the companies that we have added/relisted to our list of companies that we helped succeed. Congrats.

 

Here is what Mr. Dave G. had to say:"I got 79. Thanks."

 

Excellent effort and well deserved. We are really happy for you. Enjoy your licences & the extra. Thank you for your trust & please tell more of your friends.

 

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10 more students have passed the electrical exam. 10 have passed the Construction & Maintenance electrician licence exam. Congrats to all.

VIKRAM  S
Mark M
Guillaume  R
Alex A
Connor I
Linord H
Bryan  K
Steven H
Alan  H
Nuno  C

 

Canada Power Products, Electrical Services, Rainbow Electric, Plan, Guild, Olkamar and Fitzpatrick are just some of the companies that we have added/relisted to our list of companies that we helped succeed. Congrats.

 

Here is what Mr. Mark M. had to say:"Yes. I passed. Thanks for the follow up..aced it..thanks so much..It was hardwork after been out of school for 12 years. 98%."

 

Here is what Mr. Guillaume R. had to say:"I passed. Thank you, my score was 83%"

 

Here is what Mr. Alex A. had to say:"yes I have I literally wrote it the day after our last class session! I passed with a 72(unfortunately) but a pass is a pass! The only times I was studying was during our class sessions which really helped me alot! I did not do the csa app either. Your class was absolutely amazing and I will reccomend it to every one that is looking for extra help for when it comes to the test! Thank you very much and may you have yourself a merry Christmas and a happy new year!"

 

Here is what Mr. Connor I. had to say:"Yup wrote last week and passed. Passed with a 79, will be recommending your class to friends for sure."

 

Here is what Mr. Bryan K. had to say:"Yes I have and I passed thank you for your help with the course it was really helpful. I have told my friends 2 are gonna sign up soon."

 

Here is what Mr. Linord L. had to say:"Yes I passed. my apprentice is really getting the best experience! Haha Merry Christmas! Thanks for the help."

 

 

Excellent effort and well deserved. We are really happy for you. Enjoy your licences & the extra. Thank you for your trust & please tell more of your friends.

 

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10 more students have passed the electrical exam. 10 have passed the Construction & Maintenance electrician licence exam. Congrats to all.

Robert M
Mathew M
Hibert G
Jai  M
Daniel M
Daniel  L
Robert
Stephen  D
Patrick S
Steven  B

 

Black & Mac., Metro West Electrical, Marlen and Stackpole are just some of the companies that we have added/relisted to our list of companies that we helped succeed. Congrats.

 

Here is what Mr. Robert M. had to say:"just got my results that I passed today. I would not have been able to do it without your questions. Thanks so much and I'll recommend your course to anyone who's writing!"

 

Here is what Mr. Matthew M. had to say:"I just got results back passed. Glad that I found your class it really was the difference in my successful exam result thank you."

 

Here is what Mr. Jai D. had to say:"I sat my exam in September and passed.

Thanks for your website for helping me. I live in Australia and

flew over for the Red Seal exam and passed on my first attempt with 77%.

Thanks again."

 

Here is what Mr. Daniel M. had to say:"Yes I wrote the IP. Using the tools you provided really helped me with the exam. I passed with a 77. I was very happy with that result."

 

Here is what Mr. Daniel L. had to say:"I passed guys. 81%. Thank you."

 

 

Excellent effort and well deserved. We are really happy for you. Enjoy your licences & the extra. Thank you for your trust & please tell more of your friends.

 

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Class pic December 2018

10 more students have passed the electrical exam. 10 have passed the Construction & Maintenance electrician licence exam. Congrats to all.

Brian  V
Russ K
NARINDERVIR S
Shang  H
Steven A
Jared O
Mathew  H
Luke H
JULIAN P
Jason F

 

Electrostar, FOS Electric, Hydro One, Electrical System Integration and Maintenance, Symmtech and Chrysler Canada are just some of the companies that we have added/relisted to our list of companies that we helped succeed. Congrats.

Here is what Mr. Brian V. had to say:"I finished with a 93%- First Time. Thank you. Much Appreciated. Loved your course. Wouldn't have done that well without it."

Here is what Mr. Matthew H. had to say:"I passed. Thanks for everything and will pass this course on to friends looking to write as well."

Here is what Mr. Jason F. had to say:"I feeling good, I go through all your material, it very helpful, plus I use all 5 hours, thank you. I passed 80%. Thank you again."

Excellent effort and well deserved. We are really happy for you. Enjoy your licences & the extra. Thank you for your trust & please tell more of your friends.

 

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10 more students have passed the electrical exam. 10 have passed the Construction & Maintenance electrician licence exam. Congrats to all.

Justin  H
Nickolas 
Stanford  T
Kori  C
Hani  M
Andy  L
Christopher D
 Matthew D
Kelly  S
David  H

 

Hydro One, Gibraltar, Soft Wall, Platinum Power GroupInc., Proelectrical Contractors, Handy Andy Lett Contracting, Roctone Electric, IBEW, Unitech and plan are just some of the companies that we have added/relisted to our list of companies that we helped succeed. Congrats.

Here is what Mr. Kori C. had to say:"I passed. 78%. Thank you."

Here is what Mr. Andy L. had to say:"I passed. I want to thank you so very much. your course really helped me."

Here is what Mr. Matthew D. had to say:"I wrote my red seal and passed yes. I scored a 78%. Thank you."

Here is what Mr. David H. has to say:"Thanks Sam....I passed the Red Seal exam on March 1st.  your course really helped."

Excellent effort and well deserved. We are really happy for you. Enjoy your licences & the extra. Thank you for your trust & please tell more of your friends.

 

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Thank you to all our wonderfull graduates from the pre-exam course for success that ended this weekend December 9th 2018. This is the class picture for good memories. Thank you for coming to class.Class pic December 2018
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On behalf of the Ontario College of Trades (College) and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (Ministry), we would like to share with you information that impacts members of Ontario’s skilled trades system.
 
Ontario government passes Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act
On November 21, 2018, the Ontario government passed the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 which makes significant changes to the apprenticeship and skilled trades system. This includes preparing for the wind-down of the College. You can read the Ministry’s announcement on modernizing Ontario’s apprenticeship system here, including their intention to propose a replacement model for the regulation of the skilled trades and apprenticeship system in Ontario by early 2019. Passage of the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 means there are some immediate changes that come into effect.
 
Journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios now 1:1
Effective immediately, all journeyperson‐to‐apprentice ratios are 1:1 for the 33 construction trades that are subject to ratios. This means that subject to their collective agreements, employers and/or sponsors of these 33 trades can now begin to hire apprentices at a rate of 1:1 for each journeyperson.
 
Moratorium on trade classifications and reclassifications
Also effective immediately is a moratorium on trade classifications and reclassifications. This means that trades can no longer be referred to the Classification Roster for the trade classification and reclassification process. The government has committed to working with industry to gather feedback on an appropriate way to undertake trade classification reviews within the broader regulatory framework. We will update you as this process is clarified.
 
Intent to remove low-volume trades
The Ministry intends to remove 24 low-volume trades under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. The Ministry has posted this intent on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry for feedback by January 10, 2019. The posting, including instructions on how to provide feedback, can be found online in English or French.
 
Ministry and College continue to deliver key services
Also, with the passage of the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 discussions will begin about winding down the College. We would like to emphasize that at this time, the Ministry and the College will continue to deliver key services. Among other duties, the Ministry continues to register training agreements with apprentices, assess employer eligibility, and administer Certificate of Qualification exams. The College supports this work by continuing to issue skilled trades credentials (Certificates of Qualification and Statements of Membership), verify credentials at worksites across the province, and support labour mobility through credential verification.
 
Valid credentials remain a legal requirement
Valid College-issued credentials remain a requirement to engage in several trades under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. As such, the College will continue to process membership fees. Apprentices are also still required to maintain valid Statements of Membership with the College in order to hold active Registered Training Agreements with the Ministry.
 
To check the status of your membership, please access the College’s member portal at www.collegeoftrades.ca or contact the College at 1-855-299-0028 between Monday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Keeping the skilled trades community informed
Although the College continues to deliver the day-to-day functions required under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009, we are in a time of transition. We will provide information on any significant changes on OCOT’s website or by email.
With the goal of creating a stronger skilled trades system in Ontario, the Ministry and the College will work closely together to support any transition. Together, we are committed to keeping you informed of changes that impact your skilled trades work across the province.
 
Sincerely,
Jennifer Cooper
Director, Legal and Regulatory Affairs 
Ontario College of Trades
 
Sarah McQuarrie
Director, Apprenticeship Branch
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
 
 
Copyright © 2018 | Ontario College of Trades | All rights reserved.
 
Our mailing address is:
655 Bay St. Suite 600
Toronto, ON M5G 2K4
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