Public safety and business competitiveness will be enhanced with streamlined technical safety legislation. Government introduced today, May 12, a bill that merges five acts into one updated act for safe operation of certain equipment. The five acts regulate steam boilers, pressure vessels, power engineers, crane operators, elevator and lifts, amusement devises and electrical installations and equipment. The new act will also include existing fuel safety regulations. “The proposed legislation will make it easier for operators to keep pace with industry changes, without requiring legislative change,” said Mark Parent, Minister for Labour and Workforce Development. “We have consulted extensively with stakeholders throughout the process and will continue to do so to ensure the legislation is not only practical, but importantly, maintains Nova Scotia’s excellent safety record in this area and enhance public safety.” The new act will also allow recognition of tradespeople who hold licences or other credentials from outside the province, which will help trade mobility. The act will take effect six months after it has been passed in the House. Initially, it will replace and repeal the Steam Boiler and Pressure Vessel Act, the Crane Operators and Power Engineers Act and include Fuel Safety Regulations. The remaining acts will be repealed and phased-in over the next two years. The new act follows government’s Better Regulation Initiative to reduce administrative burden while ensuring the safety of Nova Scotians. It will provide common definitions for equipment operator regulated activities, and a more consistent approach to licensing and permitting, providing further clarity for individuals, tradespeople, contractors and owners.