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 Safety critical assessments and incident investigations are continuing, as per our mandate. More information here.


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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Remote assessments

To continue operations in compliance with the recommendations made by the BC Government and health experts, we will now be conducting assessments remotely, rather than in-person. At this time, physical assessments will only be conducted when we determine them to be critical to the safety system.

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 now in effect

To improve the safety of elevating devices across the province, BC has adopted the CSA B44-16 elevators and escalators safety code. The new code came into effect on April 30, 2020.

B44-16 requires a customized maintenance control program (MCP) for your elevating device(s) that reflects installation and usage. It also contains new testing requirements to ensure your equipment can operate and stop safely in all circumstances.

Learn more about B44-16 and MCP.

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.

Temporary Closure

Our offices and contact centre will be closed April 28 & 29, 2020.

Safety officers will be temporarily unavailable on April 28th, April 29th, and 30th.

To report an incident or unsafe condition, please call 1 866 566 7233.