Every piece of technical equipment goes through lifecycle phases. Management of these phases is crucial to ensure ongoing safe operation. Our goal with the Lifecycle Oversight priority is to increase client knowledge so that they can better manage safety risks when installing, operating and maintaining aging technical systems.
Understanding and addressing risk is at the core of keeping people safe. In 2019 Technical Safety BC implemented risk treatment plans against three of BC’s highest safety risks (ammonia release, carbon monoxide poisoning and escalator moving walk brake failure), and is developing a fourth for electric shock. To understand our transportation technologies better, we updated transportation Hazard Maps, identified emerging risks and added them to our Risk Repository, where we continue to monitor high and emerging risks. In the wake of the 2017 Fernie incident, where three people died as a result of an uncontrolled ammonia release, we finalized and published refrigeration maintenance guidelines for all owners of refrigeration systems.
A best practice for lifecycle management is the introduction of Maintenance Control Programs (MCPs). In 2019 we delivered online functionality for Elevating Maintenance Control Programs. This serves as a key source of data on elevating devices that improves oversight. We also submitted a Request for Regulatory Amendment to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, setting new parameters for regulating amusement experiences and enabling future implementation of MCPs in this technology.
In order to ensure lifecycle knowledge is disseminated, we developed a new continuing education Training Provider Program, introduced in October 2019. By the end of the year, this program had recognized four training providers for the launch of the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code.
Oversight of the safety system depends on partnership with our clients and stakeholders to reduce reporting barriers. In December 2019, we rolled out an improved online hazard reporting system; enhancing our ability to manage hazards reported by the public.