About Technical Safety BC
Who We are
Technical Safety BC (formerly BC Safety Authority) is an independent, self-funded organization that oversees the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment across the province. In addition to issuing permits, licenses and certificates, we work with industry to reduce technical safety risks.
Safe technical systems. Everywhere.
We See Genius in Diversity
When we each bring our unique perspective to the table, in the spirit of collaboration and respect, ideas improve and our impact on the safety system becomes greater.
We Foster Confidence
We communicate directly, listen actively, explain our decisions, and share what we know to build confidence in each other, our organization, and the safety system.
We Make the Complex Simple
Through simplification of our initiatives we promote understanding and engagement, making safety accessible to everyone.
As society changes, we create and adopt new ideas, skills, and tools that will enable us to meet the safety challenges of a highly-connected world.
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
We take a comprehensive, knowledge-based approach to safety oversight that is comprised of four elements: assessment; research; education and outreach; and enforcement. These four elements form the pillars of our Accident Prevention Model.
1. We assess technical work and equipment, including collecting information through physical assessment, incident investigation, and registering new equipment and designs.
2. We conduct research, gathering data through assessment and contributing to provincial and national code development and updating regulations for the technologies we serve.
3. We educate and share technical system safety information with our clients and the broader public to better control risks.
4. We take enforcement actions when required to promote an equitable safety system where all participants are compliant with regulations.
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.
We invest in an inclusive, collaborative, and courageous culture that develops innovative approaches to capably adapt to safety issues and opportunities.
We create and share information and knowledge with each other, clients, stakeholders, and the public to cultivate safety literacy and collaborate on new opportunities.
We work across the safety system to understand needs and motivations, and reduce barriers to improve safety-minded decision-making and inspire action.
We engage with clients, stakeholders, and the public to identify their needs, and deliver services that increase their attachment to, and participation in, the safety system.
We develop value-driven solutions that result in the long term sustainability of the safety system, the environment, and our organization.
We build a safer BC by identifying and addressing hazards, and we provide the tools, knowledge, and impetus to reduce incidents and injuries.
Learn more, in our 10-Year Strategy.