An Advisory Group consists of industry experts working directly on specific projects, priorities or initiatives. These groups assist the Technical Safety BC lead by providing input at the different stages of the project. Advisory groups help Technical Safety BC understand industry needs when making decisions about regulatory change and product or service development and delivery.
Technical Safety BC Advisory Groups
Project overview: Modelling the integration of technology and humanity is one of the goals set out in Technical Safety BC’s 10 year strategic vision. The Service Design project supports the strategy driving innovation, influence, knowledge, and confidence within our organization and in the safety system. The Service Design project will enable clients to conduct work with flexible tools designed for use in a changing environment, simple and consistent processes, and quality data to gain insight.
Project overview: In Fall, 2019, Technical Safety BC consulted on a maintenance guidelines document drafted to support ammonia refrigeration facilities. The guidelines were developed to help arena owners and operators with equipment integrity planning and safety management. This year, we continue our efforts by developing a toolkit that aid industry professionals in decision making. We will further use the guideline to enhance maintenance programs and develop training materials. Additionally, the forming of an advisory group will support our efforts around refrigeration safety.
Project overview: An advisory group was formed with the purpose of finalizing the format and content of the digital log book, which is a new requirement within the B44 code coming into effect on April 30, 2020.
Status: Recruitment closed
Project overview: This year, Technical Safety BC will review the CSA 2020 B149 series of gas codes and the 2019 Z662 Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems Code for use in BC. The purpose of this advisory group is to review the impact that the new gas codes would have on various parts of the gas industry, including how changes would impact industrial settings, residential settings, propane usage, equipment manufacturing, and certification. As we review the code, we also want to explore how to respond to climate concerns and incorporate the views and lived experiences of people across BC. The advisory group will meet regularly in June and July. Upon completion of the code review, Technical Safety BC will then consult with the gas industry on the proposed variations to the code for BC.
Project overview: Quality control programs are a cornerstone of safety in constructing boilers and chillers, and Technical Safety BC is extending this requirement to class B and refrigeration contractors. The advisory group will identify and mitigate challenges that class B and refrigeration contractors might face when designing, installing, and constructing under the guidance of a quality control program. The requirement for quality control programs and the advisory group’s work will also go through industry consultation later in the year. The aim of this collaboration is to build a fair and reliable quality control program for all boiler and refrigeration contractors.
Technical Safety BC seeks a broad range of expertise and experience on its Advisory Groups. Members bring their independent, well-rounded expertise to the committee as representatives of their industry sector. Members do not formally represent any affiliated association, group or organization and must be able to provide unbiased input and advice. Prospective group members should have the following general qualifications:
- A solid professional reputation within the safety system and community
- Strong ethical standards and personal integrity
- Practical knowledge of, and experience in the specific technical area
Understanding of the provincial safety system and general principles of public and worker safety
- Ability and willingness to address issues in a non-partisan manner, while considering the opinion of others and working as a team member
- Willingness and ability to attend and participate actively in discussions
Duration of project.
Group members are expected to attend one in-person kickoff meeting, unless stated otherwise and participate in ongoing discussions throughout the duration of the project. This includes conducting research, reviewing materials and when necessary, gathering input from industry peers.
Depending on the project, you may be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement on acceptance of your advisory group position.
Membership on the project specific advisory groups is voluntary in nature. Members will receive reimbursements for any Technical Safety BC travel expenses based on Technical Safety BC’s schedule of approved expenses.
The Technical Safety BC advisory groups are not official decision-making bodies but provide insight and recommendations to Technical Safety BC for consideration.
Any information shared will be considered when making project decisions and will be recorded through a quarterly report process. These quarterly reports will be shared with appropriate Technical Safety BC employees and advisory committees.
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