Compliance and Enforcement fees introduced to level the playing field
Being compliant with regulations should not impact a contractor’s ability to be competitive. To support fairness, Technical Safety BC is introducing compliance and enforcement fees to be charged directly to those in non-compliance.
“We know that unpermitted work is more hazardous than permitted work, so compliance and enforcement activities are important for a safer BC. At the same time, we don’t believe that compliant contractors should fund compliance and enforcement activities. The new fees make it possible for those in non-compliance to bear the cost of resources used to investigate their activities,” says Eric Samuelson, Safety Manager of Compliance and Enforcement at Technical Safety BC.
As of February 1, 2018, compliance and enforcement fees will be charged for investigation of unpermitted or undervalued work, compliance audits, re-inspections, and more. See the table below for a full listing, with fee amounts.
“Resources used to identify, investigate, and work with non-compliant contractors are reflected in these fees. This means that more funding from compliant contractors and asset owners can now go towards supporting research, education, assessments, and outreach to further support our safety system,” says Eric Samuelson, Safety Manager of Compliance and Enforcement at Technical Safety BC.
See the table of fees below: