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Technology

Gas

 

Overview

Technical Safety BC oversees industrial and commercial use of natural gas, propane, digester gas, manufactured gas, liquified petroleum gas, landfill gas and hydrogen throughout British Columbia in accordance with the Safety Standards Act and the Gas Safety Regulation. We are responsible for delivering gas safety services to approximately 1.2 million homes in the province, though some municipalities have separate administrative agreements with the provincial government to oversee low pressure gas systems and work. 

 

 

Key Statistics


 

37

incidents reported to us.

2

injuries reported to us.

14,248

physical assessments (inspections).


 


 

Incidents

In 2018 the number of Gas incidents reported to us decreased.

The category under assessment refers to incidents reported to Technical Safety BC, but which were still under investigation at year-end.

There were three incidents ranked as major in 2018. One was caused by a gas-line hit, one was caused by fire involving a gas-powered unit heater, and one was caused by a commercial coffee roaster which caught fire during operation due to a failed exhaust fans and air-proving switch.

Injuries

The number of injuries reported to us decreased over past years.

It's important to note that we receive 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 us and the long-term effects of a resultant injury may not be recorded as part of our investigation.

Permits

In 2018, there were 55,473 installation permits issued to clients and 1,502 active operating permits.

Inspections

Technical Safety BC safety officers completed 14,248 physical assessments (inspections) of gas work in 2018. Those assessments are rated as follows:

Note: Unlike some other technologies we regulate, Gas does not have a Conditional Pass category. 

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