About Technical Safety BC

On September 20, 2017, BC Safety Authority began operating under the name Technical Safety BC. Our new identity and new name reflect the changes we have made to be more innovative, effective, and connected to better serve our clients and improve technical safety. Read the news release here.

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.

Our mission is to build your confidence in safety systems for life – through a focus on risk and support for innovation. Our vision is: Safe technical systems. Everywhere.

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: Assessment, Education and Outreach, Enforcement, and Research.

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 Accident Prevention Model provides more information on our approach to safety. 


Our Mission

We build your confidence in safety systems for life – through a focus on risk and support for innovation.

Our Vision

Safe technical systems. Everywhere.

Our Values

  • Simplicity
  • Authenticity
  • Accountability

Learn more, in our 10-Year Strategy.

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