Non-Compliant Behaviour and Associated Safety Risks

IN The context of the safety system, “non-compliance” REFERS TO EQUIPMENT OR WORK THAT DOES NOT MEET THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE Safety Standards act and associated regulations or the Railway Safety act of British Columbia. Technical safety BC frequently encounters non-compliant Behaviours, including:

• Individuals performing regulated work without a required licence
• Individuals performing regulated work without a required certificate of qualification.
• Regulated work performed without a permit.
• Regulated work performed without the appropriate permit for the scope of work.
• Failure to submit required documentation.
• Failure to provide required employee supervision.
• Work that does not meet the requirements of current regulations, rules, codes, and standards.

Safety risks associated with non-compliances can vary in scope and impact. The purpose of regulations, codes, and standards is to establish consistent, acceptable best practices that support optimal safety. When work is performed outside current requirements, it can result in safety hazards to those performing the work and to anyone who comes into contact with the equipment.

Licencing and certification processes establish a consistent baseline for the qualifications and obligations of individuals performing regulated work. Permits serve as a means of tracking and verifying where and how regulated work is being done. When work is done without the required licence, certificate, or permit there is no way of confirming the work is safe.

In 2017, Technical Safety BC conducted a comparative study of hazards found at work sites where permits were taken versus sites where work was done without the required permits. Results showed that work performed without a permit is four times more likely to result in a significant safety hazard than work performed under a permit.