Everything you need to know about our Voluntary Disclosure Program

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Everybody deserves a second chance and at Technical Safety BC we believe that is especially true for our province’s duty holders. 

The majority of contractors we are lucky enough to work with are excellent professionals who take pride over their jobs and care over their safety records. They understand safety regulations and are always committed to compliance. 

Nevertheless, we understand that sometimes mistakes are made, that permits are overlooked or projects are undervalued. When this happens we believe that contractors deserve a second chance at compliance, an opportunity to set the record straight and avoid any penalties they may face for non-compliant work.

Introducing the Voluntary Disclosure Program 

Launched in August 2019, our Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) offers contractors an opportunity to voluntarily disclose any work they may have performed which is non-compliant with safety standards. 

It is specifically designed to offer contractors a pathway back into the technical safety system, and to voluntarily make work compliant without facing penalties or costly fines. 

“When I became branch manager for our company’s Vancouver Island location, I was surprised to learn that the previous individual in charge had not been ensuring permits were taken out for all work, and that sometimes the permits were being undervalued. Basically, I inherited a mess. I am excited to hear about the Voluntary Disclosure Program as it will help people in industry understand their regulatory obligations and improve overall safety.”
 

Do you need to apply?

The program was constructed to help conscientious contractors make right on any oversights. As a result, while a contractor is a participant in the VDP, they will be exempt from enforcement and will be able to review, declare and make compliant all identified non-compliant work.

The VDP was not, however, designed to enable negligent parties to circumvent enforcement when they are caught.

In recent years Technical Safety BC has become ever more sophisticated at identifying and locating work that has been conducted outside of the safety system. We have the technology, the expertise, and relationships with local municipalities to identify contractors who are failing to fulfill their legal responsibilities. 

For these contractors it is not a question of if they will be caught, but when. That’s why the VDP provides an opportunity to set things right before facing enforcement. 

How to apply

Contractors interested in the Voluntary Disclosure Program can easily apply online

If accepted, they must then perform a self-audit of all regulated work for the previous two years in order to identify and rectify all non-compliances. 

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Unpermitted work
  • Undervalued work
  • Work performed without qualifications.

More information

If you have any questions or require further information get in touch with us as 1 866 566 7233 or email enforcement@technicalsafetybc.ca

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