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State of Safety 2019 Alternative Safety Approaches

Alternative safety approaches



Alternative Safety Approaches (ASAs) are developed with owners and operators in the oil and gas, propane, bio-energy, LNG, and institutional sectors. This approach provides an alternative to safety requirements that are consistent with the safety objectives of the Safety Standards Act.

We oversee the acceptance of ASAs for all technologies in accordance with the Safety Standards Act and the Alternative Safety Approaches Regulation.

Key statistics


incidents or injuries related to Alternative Safety Approaches


Safety Management Plans in 2019


Equivalent Standard Approaches in 2019

Incidents and injuries

There were no incidents or injuries related to Alternative Safety Approaches in 2019.

Alternative safety approaches

There are two types of alternative safety approaches:

  1. An Equivalent Standard Approach, which usually applies to one aspect of an installation or operation; or
  2. A Safety Management Plan, which is a broader approach and can apply to the safety of an entire facility.

These options apply in different situations, based on the proponent’s needs. However, the application process and Technical Safety BC’s service delivery for each varies, except in scale.

In 2019, 33 Equivalent Standard Approach and 13 Safety Management Plans were reported to us.

Alternative safety approaches in 2019


Assessments and audits

As a performance-based approach to achieving compliance with the Safety Standards Act, assessment of that performance is done using standard audit processes consistent with the International Standards Organization standard ISO19011—Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems.

Audit findings for sites operating with an accepted ASA are categorized in a manner similar to as-found conditions for traditional inspection-based assessments. The audit process used by Technical Safety BC assesses how the procedures and processes identified in the ASA meet or exceed the objectives of the Safety Standards Act, to minimize risks, hazardous installation or operation.

The assessments and audits were rated as follows:

Assessments and audits in 2019