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Trends in Safety

Inspections

 

Overview

We assess the safety of work in a number of different ways, including both physical assessments (inspections) and by using predictive algorithms that support safety officer decision making. Together, these methods allow us to target the areas of highest risk to the public, while maximizing efficiency and effort. 

 

 

Key Statistics


 

51,292

physical assessments (inspections) undertaken by our safety officers.

75%

pass rate for the 51,899 pieces of equipment inspected.

1,243

hazards ranked "severe" or "major" recorded by our safety officers.


 


 

Compliance of Duty Holders' Work

At Technical Safety BC, we refer to a person who owns regulated products or performs regulated work as a duty holder. When physically assessing the work of a duty holder, our safety officers provide a rating of Pass, Conditional Pass (where applicable), or Fail.

In general, compliance rates in 2018 are consistent with those of previous years. 

Note: The BPVR, Electrical, Gas and Rail technologies do not have a Conditional Pass rating.

 

 

As-Found Hazard Assessments

When safety officers complete inspections of regulated work, they identify the hazards they find and document the single highest hazard. These as-found hazard ratings range from Insignificant to Severe. In 2018, we found more instances of Severe and Major hazards. However, we attribute this to internal changes we have made to advance our ability to find high risk hazards, as opposed to there being more unsafe work being done.

As-found hazard ratings are as follows:

  • Compliant
  • Insignificant
  • Minor
  • Moderate
  • Major
  • Severe

 

 

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