Enforcement Process

An enforcement action typically begins with the safety officer identifying a non-compliance. Failure to correct the non-compliance may result in enforcement action and, in some circumstances, action may result directly from this initial finding. Examples of compliance/enforcement actions include Technical Safety BC issuing a warning notice, a compliance order or a safety manager imposing a sanction (e.g., monetary penalty or discipline order). The safety manager will consider if a sanction should be imposed to address the non-compliant behavior based on evidence as provided by the safety officer. Learn about compliance and enforcement here.

Enforcement decisions by safety officers and safety managers may be reviewed or appealed.

Reviews of Enforcement Decisions

A client may request that an enforcement decision made by a safety officer be reviewed by the provincial safety manager within 30 days of receipt of the decision. To request a review, complete and send the Safety Manager Review Request Form 1077 to any Technical Safety BC regional office.

Appeals of Safety Manager Decisions

To challenge a decision made by a provincial safety manager, including a review of a safety officer decision, an appeal must be filed within 30 days of receipt of the safety manager's decision to the Safety Standards Appeal Board. This is an independent body authorized to hear appeals of certain Technical Safety BC decisions. To commence an appeal or find further information on the appeal process, visit the Safety Standards Appeal Board website.

Note: The appeal and review processes only apply to decisions involving the safety officer or safety manager’s legal authority under the Safety Standards Act. To submit concerns about any other Technical Safety BC conduct, please submit a Complaints and Feedback form.

You can also review previous decisions of the Safety Standards Appeal Board. Visit Safety Standards Appeal Board Decisions.

    Regulatory Notices

    Title Reference number Date
    Information Bulletin: Compliance and enforcement fees criteria IB-CE-2018-02
    Information Bulletin: Compliance audits IB-CE-2018-01
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