Safety Data

State of Safety Reports

Technical Safety BC's contributions to the safety system are detailed in our annual State of Safety Report. The report represents a comprehensive overview of safety data and analysis, compiled from incident findings, assessments, research and enforcement activities, as well as interactions with clients and stakeholders. We encourage our clients and stakeholders to use this knowledge to advance their own understanding and management of safety risks and hazards.

State of Safety 2017

Hazard Data & Incident Data

Hazards are defined as a source of potential harm to persons or potential damage to property. Hazards can include unsafe work practices, unsafe conditions, unlicensed work or unpermitted work.

Incidents are defined as a failure of a regulated product, work or operation that caused damage or injury. Incidents involving work or equipment regulated by the Safety Standards Act are required to be reported to the appropriate provincial safety manager. Technical Safety BC investigates many of these incidents to gain an understanding of safety hazards in BC and what actions can be taken to mitigate them.

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Technical Safety BC has released an investigation report on an ammonia release incident wherein a processing facility’s ruptured evaporator (also referred to as heat exchanger or cold trap) released an estimated 485 to 1,500 lbs. of ammonia from its refrigeration system.

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Fernie Investigation Report

Technical Safety BC overview of the October 2017 ammonia release incident at the Fernie Memorial Arena, including the scope of the investigation, and key findings regarding contributing factors.

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Fernie Investigation Report