Update: Changes to the Safety Standards General Regulation and Power Engineer, Boiler & Pressure Vessels Safety Regulation

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As a follow up to the announcement Regulatory amendment creates new classifications for pressure welder certificates of qualification and requires a physical inspection prior to a declaration, below are updates on various items related to the amendment. Technical Safety BC will work on developing related processes and requirements to implement these changes which came into force Aug. 31, 2018. Please visit this page often to see updates.

Changes affecting the Safety Standards General Regulation
(specifically electrical, gas, boiler and pressure vessels, and elevating devices in some cases)

Persons making a declaration required by regulation or the Safety Standards Act must physically inspect the work before making the declaration and certifying its compliance.

  • This change enhances safety around regulated work that requires a declaration.
  • This will strengthen our compliance and enforcement system as it provides a mechanism for holding people accountable to meet this requirement.
  • There is no change in process at this time. Please continue to submit your declaration or request for inspection as before.

Changes affecting the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation

Installation permits will now be required for repair work.

  • The requirement to obtain a permit prior to performing a repair is a new requirement in the amended regulation.
  • Technical Safety BC is now working on implementing a system to administer this requirement, including defining what constitutes minor and major repairs. We will also be conducting fee consultations and developing the necessary forms. We will share more information as it becomes available.
  • While Technical Safety BC  will not be administering the requirement to obtain a repair permit at this time, all other existing requirements of the regulation remain in place. This includes the requirement for a licensed contractor to notify the local safety officer prior to performing a repair to a boiler, pressure vessel or refrigeration system.

A new class of contractor licence has been created – Pressure Welder or Class PW.

  • A new class of contractor license entitled “Class PW” has been introduced to the regulation. This license will enable a contractor to perform activities for a specific scope that is limited to the welding of pressure equipment.
  • This change clarifies who may register a welding or brazing procedure by allowing companies and individuals working on pressure equipment to obtain a more limited scope of licence for their work. Under the new PW licence class, subcontractors and companies with in-house welding expertise will be able to register weld procedures without needing a full Class A boiler contractor licence.
  • Technical Safety BC is now developing the processes to implement this new license. We will share more information as it becomes available.

Certificates of Qualification (Safety Awareness certificates and Oilwell Boiler Operators) no longer need to name a plant.

  • Operators no longer need to take out a new Certificate of Qualification every time they start working for a new plant. This addresses the challenge where operators needed to work at a plant in order to get a Certificate of Qualification, but employers are not willing to hire people without a certificate.
  • Technical Safety BC will be revising the certificate to accommodate this change.
  • Certificate of Qualification holders with renewed certificates that include the name of their plant do not need to reapply as their certificates are still valid.
  • Certificates issued after August 31, 2018 will not include the name of the plant on the card.

Applicants for Safety Awareness Certificate of Qualification no longer need to prove they have been trained in their plant’s safety procedures.

  • Holders of safety awareness certificates of qualification should know that before performing any tasks in the regulation, they must receive training from the person in charge of the safety procedures for that plant.
  • Employers may be required to provide evidence that a Certificate of Qualification holder has received training. As such, it is important to keep records and be able to produce them if requested.

Prior to performing any tasks in the regulation, holders of Safety Awareness Certificate of Qualification must be trained by the person in charge of the safety procedures for that plant.

  • Persons in charge of the safety procedures in a plant must train holders of Safety Awareness Certificates of Qualification on their plant’s safety procedures.
  • Note that applicants for Safety Awareness Certificates of Qualification no longer need to prove they have been trained in their plant’s safety procedures prior to certification.
  • Employers may be required to provide evidence that a Certificate of Qualification holder has received training. As such, it is important to keep records and be able to produce them if requested.

Applicants for a Certificate of Qualification need to provide a documentation of their work only if the Certificate of Qualification requires it as a condition for certification. 

  • This is the process we currently have in place.

Plant owners need to keep a list of all power engineers, operators, and safety awareness certificate holders employed at their plant, their certificate numbers, classes and expiry dates, and a description of their tasks and where and when they perform those tasks.

  • This supports an earlier amendment requiring operating permits for plants and will become part of the plant registration process.
  • This facilitates more efficient tracking of power engineers’ professional work experience (firing time) and linkage to the plants they operate.
  • Records need to be kept for seven years. Records can be kept in written or digital format and must be maintained at the plant.  This list must be made available to a safety officer upon request during an inspection.
  • Technical Safety BC is looking into creating a checklist or template for plant owners to use for record keeping. We will provide some further guidance on record keeping in the next few months.

The names of manufacturers must be included in design registry submissions.

  • Technical Safety BC will be working on a new form to accommodate this change.

If you have questions, please email contact@technicalsafetybc.ca.  To ensure you receive information about any process changes, please be sure to subscribe to our client newsletters

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