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Changes to the Safety Standards Act: What you need to know

To enhance safety for workers and the general public, the provincial government of BC has made several amendments to the Safety Standards Act which came into force at midnight, November 30. These amendments are intended to address gaps and strengthen existing safety oversight tools so that delegated authorities administering the Act, including Technical Safety BC and other local municipalities, can do their jobs more effectively.

Regulatory amendment creates new classifications for pressure welder certificates of qualification and requires a physical inspection prior to a declaration

On August 2, 2018, Ministerial Order M317, which amends the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation, the Electrical Safety Regulation, the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation, the Gas Safety Regulation, and the Safety Standards General Regulation, was signed and deposited.

Technical Safety BC launches call for nominations for 2018 Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards

Technical Safety BC is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in technical safety in British Columbia.

Technical Safety BC releases State of Safety 2017 report

Technical Safety BC has released its State of Safety 2017 Report. The interactive, online document provides an overview of incidents and injuries related to technical equipment observed over the previous year, and the organization’s efforts to understand and manage safety risk.

Stay safe during wildfire season

Drying conditions contribute to an elevated risk of wildfires across many parts of the province.  For residents in areas with a high risk of fire, there are potential hazards associated with gas and electrical equipment.

Technical Safety BC releases 2017 Annual Report

Technical Safety BC, formerly BC Safety Authority, released its 2017 Annual Report, which provides an overview of the organization’s operational and financial performance in relation to targets set in its 2017-2019 Business Plan and in alignment with their 10-Year Strategy.

Technical Safety BC following up with ammonia facilities

Technical Safety BC has been working with the refrigeration industry to help prevent ammonia exposure. We’ve been regularly reaching out to ammonia facilities to raise awareness about the dangers and prevention of accidental ammonia release incidents. The intent of our actions is focused on incident prevention and reducing safety risks. As part of this effort, Technical Safety BC issued a safety order on November 29 that outlined requirements for all public occupancy ammonia refrigeration plants to have their brine solution tested for the presence of ammonia.

Don't be tripping', warns Technical Safety BC

It seems harmless enough – a circuit breaker in your home trips. You calmly walk over to the electrical panel and reset it. But you may be putting yourself and your family at risk by not identifying the root cause of the problem. Learn more about this and other important safety tips related to electrical breakers.

Do you know about CO?

You can’t see it. You can’t smell it. You’ve probably never thought about it. But make no mistake: it’s out there. And it could kill you. We’re talking about carbon monoxide (CO), an invisible, odourless, tasteless gas produced when wood, natural gas, or anything organic burns incompletely.

Six common barbecue dangers – and how to avoid them

Before you fire up the grill this Canada Day long weekend, take some basic safety precautions! Each year, Technical Safety BC receives reports of incidents resulting from gas barbecues. The most dangerous time to use a grill is at the beginning of the barbecue season, after equipment hasn’t been used for a while.  Here are six common barbecue safety mistakes – and how to avoid them.

BC Safety Authority releases 2016 State of Safety Report

BC Safety Authority (BCSA) released its 2016 State of Safety Report, a comprehensive overview of BCSA’s activities and information analysis, including data on installation and operating assessments, incident investigations, as well as research and enforcement activities. The report is designed to help people understand technical trends and use the knowledge to make informed safety decisions.

BC Safety Authority announces changes to Board of Directors

BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chair and a new Member to join BCSA’s Board of Directors.

“The diversity of expertise among BCSA’s Board members is vital to overseeing delivery of the organization’s 10-Year Strategy,” said Richard Ballantyne, the retiring Chair. “I’m very confident that BCSA’s Board will continue to provide good governance to advance technical safety in British Columbia.”

BC Safety Authority welcomes new members to Board of Directors

BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is pleased to welcome Neil Cumming and Doug Scott to BCSA’s Board of Directors effective March 31, 2016, each for a three-year term. Mr. Cumming and Mr. Scott were appointed to BCSA’s Board by the Honourable Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing.
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