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State of Safety 2017 - Gas

SAFETY MANAGER’S DISCUSSION
 
DATA

Safety Manager's Discussion

Due to the expansion of inspection bodies into the industry sector, we reviewed gas-fired appliance certification and approval requirements last year. Following this review, we formalized process requirements into a directive for industry to provide a better understanding of appliance certification requirements where a nationally-recognized standard exists. We also clarified the application steps for gas appliance field approvals, where no related standards exist today. It’s our hope that publication of these requirements will improve national consistency and promote alignment with the Standards Council of Canada certification agency accreditation guidelines for certification and inspection bodies operating in BC.

A 2017 national analysis of carbon monoxide related incidents identified aged gas appliance installations and their related service history as being key contributors to carbon monoxide risk. To provide guidance and lend support for gas service contractors and industry training providers, we developed a “Carbon Monoxide Guidelines for the Service Industry” manual. To be released in 2018, the manual covers key factors related to the production of carbon monoxide by gas-fired appliances, their associated service concerns, building environment, and appliance standards.

Identifying training priorities for gas safety officers continues to be a priority. Regular training programs are now being developed for new and existing safety officers that will improve assessment consistency and data quality. Improved and ongoing safety officer training programs will further enhance Technical Safety BC’s ability to identify and predict emerging technical risks.  


Brad Wyatt
Gas Safety Manager

Incidents

The following summarizes incidents involving regulated gas equipment reported to Technical Safety BC. There was one carbon monoxide exposure categorized as Severe and three incidents rated as Major.

Note: In 2016 we changed the rating scale, hence the change from three to five categories. 

Injuries

Injuries reported as a result of gas incidents in 2017 are summarized below. There were four fatalities. .

Note: Technical Safety BC receives injury reports and descriptions from operators or first responders at the time of, or immediately following the incident. Injuries may develop after the initial reports were made to Technical Safety BC and the long-term effects of a resultant injury may not be recorded as part of our investigation.

Note: In 2016 we changed the rating scale, hence the change from three to five categories.

Assessments of Regulated Work

 


 

Stakeholder Engagement

The Stakeholder Engagement team works to enhance connections between stakeholders and Technical Safety BC via standing committees, advisory bodies and issue-specific consultations. Learn more in the Stakeholder Engagement section.

Client Education Events

Technical Safety BC conducted numerous electrical learning events throughout the province in 2017. Learn more in the Client Education section.

Media Relations and Communications

In 2017 Technical Safety BC undertook 16 media relations-related actions (media releases, responses to media requests and/or interviews) and produced two technical client newsletter regarding electrical safety. We also shared general information on social media (Twitter and Facebook). Learn more in the Media Relations and Communications section.

Licensing and Certification

Technical Safety BC requires that gas equipment be installed, operated and maintained by qualified and knowledgeable professionals. In 2017, 337 new contractor licenses and 759 new Certificates of Qualification were issued. Technical Safety BC regularly issues renewal certificates for existing certificate holders. Learn more in the Licensing and Certification section.

Compliance and Enforcement Actions

The following table summarizes the enforcement actions taken in the gas technology in 2017. Learn more in the Compliance and Enforcement section.

Regulatory Instruments and Amendments

In 2017 we issued one safety order, two directives and six information bulletins related to Gas. A full listing of all regulatory instruments pertaining to the Gas technology is available here. Learn more in the Regulatory Instruments and Amendments section.