Tess Espejo

UL Solutions


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Tuesday, April 9
3:05pm to 4:05pm

Fire Hazards of Lithium-ion Batteries and Regulatory Initiatives to Mitigate Them

This presentation will explore lithium-ion batteries, addressing key aspects such as their applications and usage, fire and explosion hazards related to lithium-ion batteries, and global and Canadian fire incident reports associated with these batteries. The presentation will cover the list of applicable standards and regulations intended to mitigate risks, and review other additional safety measures and resources surrounding lithium-ion batteries.


Tess Espejo boasts over two decades of expertise in standards, codes, and project management. She is presently at the helm of ULC Certificate Programs, overseeing crucial aspects such as Integrated Systems Testing (S1001), the safety, security, and sustainability of cannabis facilities and operations, as well as the Emergency Radio Communications Enhancement System (ERCES).

As a Voting Member on the Standing Committee for Fire Protection, Tess actively contributes to shaping the 2025 edition of the National Building and Fire Codes of Canada. Notably, she holds the position of Project Leader for the ISO International Workshop Agreement, focusing on the safety, security, and sustainability of cannabis facilities and operations (ISO/IWA 37).

Tess dedicated 17 years to ULC Standards, where she served as the Project Manager of various Technical Committees, covering diverse areas such as Cannabis, Fire and Life Safety, and Security and Intrusion Alarm. Her extensive tenure spanned three code cycles from 2006 to 2019. Additionally, she brings her insights to the Standing Committee on Hazardous Materials and Activities in the National Fire Code of Canada.

Recognized for her contributions, Tess is an Honourary Life Member of the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) and holds memberships with the Canadian Security Association (CANASA), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), and the Canadian Fire Safety Association (CFSA)."