COVID-19 client service update

While Technical Safety BC offices are temporarily closed, our phone lines are open at 1 866 566 7233. Our contact centre continues to provide services by email at contact@technicalsafetybc.ca. Safety critical assessments and incident investigations are continuing, as per our mandate. More information here.

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Alerts and Notifications


Technical Safety Alerts and Notifications is the source for all of our latest technical safety regulatory news and updates. Read about our latest stakeholder consultations, regulatory program updates, and technical safety news.

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Railway Safety Act: temporary exemptions

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Technical Safety BC and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have issued the following exemptions to regulatory requirements for provincially-regulated railways:

B44-16 elevating code training

To improve the safety of elevating devices across the province, BC’s Elevating Devices Safety Regulation has been amended to include the adoption of a new safety code for elevators and escalators, CSA B44-16. The code comes into effect on April 30, 2020. To support the code adoption, we are offering 2016 B44 Elevating Code in-person courses.

2021 Canadian Electrical Code Review

Technical Safety BC has not yet made a determination on recommendations related to the content of the 2021 Canadian Electrical Code (CEC). Our goal is to provide a recommendation that considers multiple factors, including increased safety, cost implications to industry, owners, and the public, the enabling of innovation in the electrical sector, and public policy imperatives such as energy efficiency and climate change.

Emergency repairs due to storm damage

With many locations across BC being impacted by extreme weather and power outages (see the BC Hydro outage map), it’s important to be aware of the procedures around emergency repairs. Here is a quick summary of the information you need to know during the winter storm season:

New pressure welder program is here

A new pressure welder program requires pressure welders in BC to be certified. In addition, a new pressure welder contractor licence class is now available.