Glossary

The terms in this glossary provide definitions of terms commonly used within Technical Safety BC. In the case of documents issued under the Safety Standards Act, definitions provided by a safety manager for the specific circumstances shall prevail.

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Technical Safety BC's multi-faceted approach to managing technical systems safety risks through the four pillars of assessment, education and outreach, research, and enforcement.

A performance-based approach to achieving compliance with the Safety Standards Act, which allows owners or operators of regulated product or equipment to meet safety objectives in ways other than those prescribed by the regulations.

  • Equivalent standards approach (ESA): A limited-scope alternative safety approach that applies to a limited aspect of an installation or operation.
  • Safety management plan (SMP): A broad-scope alternative safety approach that may include the safety of all regulated product or equipment and regulated work at an entire facility.

Conditions observed by safety officers during physical assessments, investigations, or audits of regulated work, product or equipment, or safety systems.

A condition found by safety officers during physical assessments, investigations, or audits of regulated work, product, equipment, or safety systems where intrinsic hazards are not suitably controlled.

intrinsic hazard
Hazards that relate to the basic nature of materials or energy present.

An evaluation or review of information relating to regulated work, product or equipment. Key Technical Safety BC activities in assessment are:

  • gathering of information through inspections or physical assessments (of reported hazards and work performed by contractors or homeowners);
  • gathering of evidence through incident investigations;
  • gathering of evidence through audits or documentation evaluations (of safety management plans for example);
  • reviews of requests for permission (such as permit or ASA applications);
  • reviews of declarations and reports from duty holders  (includes incident reports);
  • reviews of qualifications for licensing or certification; and
  • reviews of product or equipment and designs when approving these for use in BC.

Assessment/Inspection Outcomes:

Pass: The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s).

Conditional pass: The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to NOT comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s). Further regulated work may only be undertaken as directed on the certificate of inspection, while the identified non-compliances are being corrected.

Fail: The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to NOT comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s). Further regulated work on the affected system or phase of work, and/or operation of the regulated equipment must not be undertaken until the identified non-compliances have been corrected.

A person or company that owns or leases regulated products or equipment.

An independent, systematic review supported by objective evidence that is focused on a system or process.