COVID-19 client service update

Safety critical assessments and incident investigations are continuing, as per our mandate. More information here.

 

Assessments at Technical Safety BC
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Assessments: Inspections

Guidelines for remote assessments

You can help your remote assessment go smoothly by:

  • sending us the required documents, photos, and videos that will be requested by your local safety officers; and
  • actively responding to phone calls and emails

Guidelines for physical assessments

If your work requires a physical assessment, our safety officers will perform an OHS hazard assessment before a site visit to evaluate hazards and determine personal protective equipment (PPE) needs.

Does your site require hazard control documentation?

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Workers Compensation Act contain legal requirements for workplace health and safety that must be met by all workplaces, including Technical Safety BC.

In order to comply with these requirements, Technical Safety BC employees will not enter a site that is known or suspected to have any of the following issues until the duty holder (owner or contractor) provides hazard control documentation from a qualified individual declaring the site safe from:

  • Hazardous materials or respiratory hazards (such as asbestos, read, silica, mould)
  • Toxic gases (such as ammonia or chlorine)
  • Biological hazards (such as hantavirus or blood pathogens)

Technical Safety BC employees will not enter any sites that require a self-contained breathing apparatus including sites that have any of the following:

  • Respiratory hazards due to fire damage
  • Disturbed friable asbestos

Guidelines for physical assessments during COVID-19

Before a site visit, safety officers will perform an OHS hazard assessment that includes COVID-19 health and safety measures. Site contacts must have available for review a COVID-19 Safety Plan, exposure control plan or communicable diseases prevention plan. Safety Officers will continue to wear masks during assessments.

The BCCDC continues to recommend wearing a mask indoors, and Technical Safety BC will be supporting this recommendation during in-person assessments, as well as in our offices.

Prior to in-person assessments, our safety officers may contact you to ask the following questions to ensure they are able to comply with public safety guidelines:

  • Do you have a COVID-19 Safety Plan, exposure control plan or communicable diseases prevention plan I can review?
  • What safety precautions are currently in place at this site? (i.e. cleaning/sanitizing, hand washing stations, limiting number of persons, other precautions)
  • Can I maintain two meters of physical distancing or greater during my inspection?

Minimum Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for site visits

Your site must adhere to PPE criteria in order to support a physical inspection by Technical Safety BC:

When social distancing can be maintained:

  • Minimum PPE requirements during a site visit will include safety boots, safety vest, eye protection, gloves, hardhat and hearing protection (if needed).
  • Practice proper handwashing procedures before and after site visit.

When social distancing cannot be maintained:

  • Minimum PPE requirements during a site visit will include safety boots, safety vest, eye protection, gloves, hardhat, hearing protection (if needed), face-shield, and an approved mask. An approved mask is a surgical or non-medical mask with a face-shield, N95 mask or half mask respirator.
  • Practice proper handwashing procedures before and after site visit.
  • Site contacts are encouraged to provide masks for their employees interacting with Technical Safety BC employees.

If your site is a known COVID-19 hazard

Physical assessments at a site with a known COVID-19 hazard (such as one exposed to COVID-19) will only be performed if the risk is deemed critical to the safety system, and after all remote assessment options have been tried. Proper handwashing procedures will be followed. Minimum PPE requirements include: safety boots, eye protection, nitrile gloves, safety vest, hardhat, boot covers, Tyvek coveralls, and N95 mask (or half-mask respirator).

ASME

We continue to provide physical ASME Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) manufacturing shop inspections. To have your shop inspected, fill out our ASME Shop Inspection request form.