Consultation on changes for advertising and registry

Status: Closed

Technical Safety BC gathered feedback on two proposals as follows:

  1. A requirement for anyone advertising for regulated work to include identifying information, such as their business name or licence number, in the advertisements.
  2. A process by which contractors and certified individuals can apply to have records of compliance and enforcement actions taken against them removed from the registry following a period of compliance, an application, and review by Technical Safety BC.

This consultation ran from August 15 to September 30, 2019.

Proposal details 

Recent changes to the Safety Standards Act now allow Technical Safety BC to publish records of compliance and enforcement actions taken against licensed contractors and certified individuals, in addition to information about their scope of work. 

Changes to the Act also prohibit anyone from advertising or offering regulated work without the proper qualifications, such as a licence or certificate of qualification. The changes now mean that persons advertising or offering services for regulated work must hold appropriate permissions to do the work.  

In order to implement these changes, Technical Safety BC is proposing some supporting changes to the Safety Standards General Regulation.

Proposal 1 - Removing compliance and enforcement records from the registry

Technical Safety BC may publish records from our registry on all persons licensed or certified to do regulated work in British Columbia. The registry includes scope of work and compliance and enforcement information. Publishing records from the registry can provide stakeholders and the public with information and tools to help determine who to engage to do work on regulated systems and equipment.

Technical Safety BC is proposing a process by which persons may apply to have compliance and enforcement records removed from the registry following a period (seven years) of compliance. 

Proposal 2 - Identifying prohibited advertisements for regulated work

Changes to the Safety Standards Act mean that as of December 2018, a person cannot advertise or offer services that are regulated work unless they hold an appropriate licence or certificate of qualification to do that work on regulated systems and equipment.

Technical Safety BC is proposing that anyone advertising or offering regulated work must include, in the advertisements, identifying information such as their contractor licence number, registered business name, or other unique identifier in a way that is clear and easy to read.

For Information Only - Changes to Monetary Penalty Regulations

Additionally, Technical Safety BC is proposing to change the Monetary Penalties Regulation so that a monetary penalty can be issued to anyone who advertises for or offers regulated work without the proper qualifications, along with minor clarifications to the criteria that a safety manager may consider in imposing a monetary penalty. 

Consultation results 

Please read the public consultation outcome at SSA Amendments – Registry and Advertising Changes Feedback summary

More information 

Changes to the Safety Standards Act: What you need to know

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