About Technical Safety BC
Who We Are
Technical Safety BC is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment across the province. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, we work with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.
Safe technical systems. Everywhere.
We build your confidence in safety systems for life – through a focus on risk and support for innovation.
What We Do
We deliver safety services across the following technologies in the province:
- Electrical equipment and systems
- Boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration systems
- Natural gas and propane appliances and systems, including hydrogen
- Elevating devices, such as elevators and escalators
- Railways, including commuter rail
- Passenger ropeways, such as aerial trams and ski lifts
- Amusement devices
- Complex and integrated technical systems involving several technologies
How We Do It
At Technical Safety BC, we take a multi-faceted approach to safety oversight that is comprised of four elements:
- Education & Outreach
Our Accident Prevention Model provides more information on our approach to safety.
ASSESSING technical work and equipment, including collecting information through physical assessment, incident investigation, and registering new equipment and designs.
CERTIFYING INDIVIDUALS and licensing contractors and operators to perform regulated work.
SUPPORTING CLIENTS in the development of alternative safety approaches, and auditing their safety management plans or equivalent standard approaches.
EDUCATING and sharing technical systems safety information with our clients and the broader public to better control risks.
TAKING ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS that promote an equitable safety system where all participants are compliant with regulations.
CONDUCTING RESEARCH, including contributing to provincial and national safety code development and updating regulations for the technologies we serve.
Our Safety Pyramid
The safety pyramid is a framework for understanding and managing technical safety risk. Our success in being a safer BC hinges on creating value in every level of the pyramid.
Learn more, in our 10-Year Strategy.