The province is seeking input on new regulations that will modernize the rules of conduct around the safe handling of fuel and equipment that operates on fuel. The regulations apply to such things as fireplaces, furnaces, propane stoves, restaurant cooking equipment, natural gas systems in hospitals and other large buildings. They will allow for more flexibility without compromising safety. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development encourages comments and suggestions from industry representatives and other interested groups, during consultations that started Nov. 4 and will end Dec. 4. A consultation paper outlining key regulatory changes will be circulated to industry representatives and can be found on the department’s website at, http://www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/buildingsafety . “This regulation review will ensure we promote the highest safety standard possible in workplaces, public places, and homes across the province, while at the same time attracting world-class business to Nova Scotia,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “We look forward to working with those who work in the industry and other interested parties to gather their suggestions and opinions during our consultations.” The revised fuel safety regulations will provide flexibility by introducing a single-signature green tag on installations requiring a registration. A green tag signifies the installation was safely completed. Other changes allowing greater flexibility in operations includes an expanded gas registration system, and self-monitored inspection system for registrations. More information about these and other changes are addressed in the consultation paper. The regulations form part of the province’s new technical safety legislation which works to enhance safety for people and property in Nova Scotia. The new Technical Safety Act will consolidate the Steam Boilers and Pressure Vessels Act, the Crane Operators and Power Engineers Act and the fuel safety regulations. This legislation will result in clearer responsibilities, wording, accountability, and consistent language. It will also allow for a more streamlined appeal process, and will replace the current advisory committees structure with one advisory board. It is hoped the act will become effective early in 2009. It is also in keeping with the province’s Better Regulation Initiative which works to improve regulation, and create a competitive business climate that supports business, while at the same time ensuring the protection of public health and safety, a clean environment and safe workplaces. The new regulations will also provide increased flexibility as a result of eliminating unnecessary and outdated requirements.