Technologists and technicians should be familiar with all legislated codes and standards that may limit their scope of practice in the supply of works and services. For example, members should be aware of limitations placed on their work by the Building Code, the Engineers Act and so on.
It is the responsibility of members to know the potential workplace practice limitations – they should not rely on their provincial association for Technology Professionals to define this.
Other external standards can have a direct or indirect influence on how work is performed. As examples, these can include, but are not limited to:
- Occupational Health and Safety: Legal requirements that must be met by all workplaces.
- Building Code: Sets out technical provisions for the design and construction of new buildings.
- Standards Council of Canada (SCC): Facilitates the development and use of national and international standards and accreditation services to enhance Canada's competitiveness and social well-being.
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO): The world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. These include the requirements for quality management and environmental management systems as well as for a wide range of individual products and industry sector-specific needs.
In summary, there are many standards that can help define how an organization or an individual conducts themselves in the course of their work.
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Technology Professional to identify which standards are applicable to their work and to incorporate the requirements into their working practices.