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2018 Annual Report

Business Performance


2018 was the sixth year in our 10-Year Strategy and a significant one in terms of our progress towards achieving the milestones outlined in that plan. As part of our effort to be connected, clear, and innovative, we created value for clients and stakeholders in several ways. For example, we:

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Identified causal factors leading to ammonia release, carbon monoxide exposure, escalator brake failure, and electrical shock through the development of fault trees. We also implemented tactics to address these factors.

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Used machine-assisted assessments to deliver high value safety products, such as education activities (Tech Talks), hazard elimination, and incident investigations in order to support better-informed decision-making among clients and the public, and increase the effectiveness of tools used to predict outcomes.

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Identified opportunities for safety upgrading and time and cost efficiencies through the execution of a continuous improvement process that positively impacted clients and employees.

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Enhanced systems for tracking and following up on key safety system records such as aging non-compliances, accounts receivable, and expired permits, while increasing the number of high volume services delivered online.

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Formalized strategic relationships and shared data with local governments administering portions of the Safety Standards Act to gain greater insight into technical safety across British Columbia.

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Expanded Technical Safety BC’s jurisdiction by obtaining authority to administer the Safety Standards Act in the electrical and gas technologies on Port of Vancouver lands within the City of Vancouver.

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Launched a review and consultation process towards a modernized safety oversight program of amusement devices in response to emerging risks such as trampoline parks.

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Began developing processes to administer a new class of contractor licence for pressure welders, which was introduced through regulation in 2018.

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Released the Fernie Memorial Arena incident investigation report and recommendations, which addressed the tragic incident where three people lost their lives, and provided information on how ammonia facility owners and operators can raise safety standards in their facilities.

“We aim to deliver a consistent level of oversight for all of the technical systems and equipment within our mandate, to help realize our corporate vision of Safe technical systems. Everywhere. for the benefit of British Columbians”
– Derek Patterson, Vice President, Regulatory Leadership & Corporate Secretary

Derek Patterson