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State of Safety 2019 Inspections




Technical Safety BC assesses the safety of work in a number of different ways, including both physical assessments (inspections) and by using predictive algorithms that support safety officer decision making. Together, these methods allow us to target the areas of highest risk to the public, while maximizing efficiency and effort.

Key statistics


physical assessments (inspections) completed


pass rate for the 52,314 pieces of equipment inspected


total as found

Compliance of duty holders' work

At Technical Safety BC, we refer to a person who owns regulated products or performs regulated work as a duty holder. When physically assessing the work of a duty holder, our safety officers provide a rating of:

Over 10,000 hazards were found during safety officers’ inspections in 2019. While 72% of the inspections confirmed duty holders to be compliant with their responsibilities, in other instances, 296 severe hazards were found, followed by 1,117 major hazards, and 4,217 moderate hazards. The rest of the hazards found were deemed minor or insignificant.

An example of a severe hazard is exposed bare live conductors that are accessible and pose an imminent shock hazard. An example of a minor hazard is cables, raceways, or conductors showing signs of wear and in need of replacement or repair.

Note: The BPVR, Electrical, and Rail technologies do not have a Conditional Pass rating. Alternative Safety Approaches audits and assessments are rated differently. 

Compliance of duty holders' work by technology in 2019


As-found hazard assessments

Supported by data collection efforts and predictive algorithm technology, safety officers are able to prioritize sites and equipment with the highest safety risks and hazards.

In 2019, safety officers were able to significantly increase the number of physical assessments (inspections) conducted. The high yield was attributed to our Structure Resources Allocation project, which allows safety officers to focus on sites proven to have higher hazard levels.

The number of physical assessments (inspections) in 2019 decreased for ammonia plants in comparison with years past, as safety officers in 2017 and 2018 increased inspections in response to the Fernie ammonia release incident.

As-found hazard assessments by technology in 2019