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April 1, 2011 11:17 AM

Conestoga Receives Quality Assessed Facility Designation

Conestoga’s commitment to safety excellence was on display at a special ceremony today when the institution was awarded the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) Quality Assessed Facility designation for successful completion of an extensive assessment, education and review program to ensure the highest standards of human and technical safety.

Conestoga Receives Quality Assessed Facility Designation

“This is an important designation for Conestoga as it shows our commitment to safety and to providing an environment that promotes continuous improvement,” said Tim Schill, Associate Director, Facilities Planning and Management.

The Quality Assessed Facility Program (QAFP) program is designed to reduce safety risks, increase efficiency through planned maintenance, prove due diligence to internal and external stakeholders, and create a workplace culture that values safety.

As part of the program, TSSA technical experts conducted thorough audits of all relevant regulated systems and equipment at Conestoga, including pressure vessels, hydrocarbon fuel appliances including venting and fuel handling systems, as well as the processes through which they are operated and maintained. Inspectors then worked with college employees and contractors to provide training and create action plans to address all potential safety concerns.

In recognition of their achievement, Conestoga personnel were presented with a TSSA plaque and banner that will be displayed in the Facilities Management office. Quality Assessors will return to conduct scheduled reviews of the facility to reassess equipment, review procedures and report results.

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is one of Canada’s premier polytechnic institutes. Recognized as leaders in applied education and research, we provide a comprehensive range of programs that prepare our graduates for success in business, industry and the community.

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