At Technical Safety BC we believe that if given the information they need, safety system participants like yourself will take responsibility and comply with the Safety Standards Act.
We believe in providing you with the tools to identify ways to improve safety in order to produce a self-enforcing system that expects the best out of people. However, when duty holders neglect their safety responsibilities we will intervene through enforcement actions.
What is the enforcement process?
The Compliance and Enforcement team works to increase duty holder participation, connection, and better behaviour within the province's safety system. However, where individuals have resisted attempts to become compliant, safety managers have a range of tools at their disposal to enforce the Safety Standards Act.
1 - Identification
The enforcement process begins with the identification of non-compliance.
In recent years Technical Safety BC has become ever more sophisticated at identifying and locating work conducted outside of the safety system. We have the technology, expertise, and relationships with local municipalities to identify contractors who are failing to fulfill their legal responsibilities. For these contractors it is not a question of if they will be caught, but when.
2 - Enforcement action
Once identified, safety officers may decide to intervene to highlight non-compliance. If action isn’t taken to correct non-compliance, safety managers have the power to take enforcement action. This includes:
- Issuing warning notices
- Issuing compliance orders
- Imposing monetary penalties
- Issuing discipline orders
3 - Reviews and appeals
Enforcement decisions by safety officers and safety managers may be reviewed or appealed.
Review - You can request that an enforcement decision made by a safety officer be reviewed by the provincial safety manager within 30 days of receipt of the decision. To request a review you must complete and send the Safety Manager Review Request Form 1077 to Technical Safety BC.
Appeal - To challenge a decision made by a provincial safety manager, including a review of a safety officer decision, an appeal must be filed within 30 days of receipt to the Safety Standards Appeal Board. This is an independent body authorized to hear appeals of certain Technical Safety BC decisions.
The above applies to all of our technologies with the exception of railways, which is governed under the Railway Safety Act.