Technical Safety BC releases annual State of Safety report

State of Safety 2019 Press release

British Columbia safety regulator’s annual review provides key insights into safety risks in the province


Vancouver, BC (May 25, 2020) – Technical Safety BC has released its 2019 State of Safety and Annual Report. The reports provide a snapshot of results and efforts to assure safety in the many technical systems that British Columbians interact with and rely on every day across the province. They also highlight important lessons for British Columbians as businesses and organizations re-open their doors and restart operations amidst COVID-19.

“The State of Safety 2019 report highlights that B.C. has the safest technical systems in our history, which puts the province in a strong position to build on the cooperation between business, government, and regulators to keep people safe” said Catherine Roome, President and CEO of Technical Safety BC. “We now have an opportunity to continue the momentum, bringing creative solutions forward and establish this higher level of safety vigilance as part of a B.C.’s “new normal”.”

The data in the State of Safety demonstrates trends and emerging risks for people as well as the fact that many contractors and organizations are already taking solid steps to share their responsibility for assuring safety. The report reflects improvements made to maintain safety in technical systems year over year, and shows how Technical Safety BC is in a good position to support clients and stakeholders as the province moves into its recovery phase.

Here are some of the highlights from 2019 detailed in the State of Safety and Annual Report:

  • 600 incidents reported to Technical Safety BC – up over 2018, reflecting more awareness among the public and contractor community about the importance of reporting.
  • Processed and assessed more than 236,000 permits, a 5% increase compared to 2018.
  • 555 compliance & enforcement actions undertaken by Technical Safety BC to address unsafe work and/or individuals and companies working without the proper permits or certifications.
  • 67 investigations into incidents completed to understand root causes and assist prevention efforts.
  • Applied artificial intelligence models to four technologies, increasing as-found high hazards by 117.7% in Q4 2019 compared to Q4 2018.

The reports also profile key initiatives Technical Safety BC undertook in 2019, including proposing the introduction of a new safety code for the design, maintenance and operation of amusement rides and devices; certification renewal for electrical field safety representatives and a renewed commitment to education efforts to drive behaviour change to address safety hazards around the province. The fully digital reports provide a variety of interactive charts that invite users to explore the data that has been shared, as well as links to stories that showcase the work we have done over the last year to improve safety in the province.

The Annual Report can be viewed here: And the full State of Safety 2019 report is here:

About Technical Safety BC

Technical Safety BC (formerly BC Safety Authority) is an independent, self-funded organization that oversees the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research. For more information, visit

Media contact:

Technical Safety BC Media Relations
T: 778 396 2164

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