Have you heard about our Voluntary Disclosure Program?
Over the last several years, Technical Safety BC has significantly increased its ability to locate work done outside of the safety system. This is done through a number of means, including reviewing CraigsList and online forums; through information sharing with select municipalities; and through more staff dedicated to compliance and enforcement activities. In general, if you are doing work without the proper permits or qualifications, it's not a matter of if we will find you -- it's when.
To help contractors who may have been involved in work done outside of the safety system, we've introduced a new progressive program called the Voluntary Disclosure Program. Similar to one offered by Canada Revenue Agency for individuals who owe taxes, the VDP provides contractors with a pathway into the technical safety system, and an opportunity to become compliant without the risk of enforcement action and monetary penalties (fines).
A gas contractor whose company was audited by Technical Safety BC last year told us, “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.”
How to apply
To be admitted into the VDP, a contractor must apply online at www.technicalsafetybc.ca/voluntary-disclosure-program. If accepted into the program, they must then perform a self-audit of all regulated work for the previous two years to identify and rectify all non-compliance. This includes, but is not limited to:
- unpermitted work;
- undervalued work;
- work performed without qualifications.
They must also:
- fix all technical non-compliances identified through an inspection;
- make declarations on all open and expired permits; and
- purchase and pay for all new and outstanding fees.
Have questions or need more information? Contact us at 1 866 566 7233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org