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Gas Safety
Gas Safety

Data by technology: Gas

Gas

Technical Safety BC oversees industrial and commercial use of natural gas, propane, digester gas, manufactured gas, liquified petroleum gas, landfill gas and hydrogen throughout British Columbia in accordance with the Safety Standards Act and the Gas Safety Regulation.

Incidents

In 2020, the number of gas incidents reported to us increased by 25 (83%) compared with 2019.

Technical Safety BC released its investigation reports into two fatal carbon monoxide incidents at Ruby Lake and Tulameen. These investigations documented instances of both slow and rapid-onset carbon monoxide exposures. These incidents demonstrate the hazards associated with some do-it-yourself (DIY) work and the challenges with regulating activity in this space.

The category under assessment refers to incidents reported to Technical Safety BC that were still under investigation at year-end.

Gas Incidents by Year (2016 - 2020)

To view a detailed breakdown of 2016 and 2017 data, see State of Safety 2019.

Injuries

In 2020, injuries decreased by three compared to 2019. The majority of injuries reported were related to carbon monoxide leaks and exposure.

Please note that we receive injury reporting and descriptions from operators of first responders at the time of, or immediately following the incident. Injuries may develop after the initial reports were made to us and the long-term effects of a resultant injury may not be recorded as part of our investigation.

Gas Injuries by Year (2016 - 2020)

To view a detailed breakdown of 2016 and 2017 data, see State of Safety 2019.

Permits

There were 63,278 gas permits issued in 2020, of which 61,714 were installation permits and 1,564 were operating permits.

Gas Permits by Year (2016  - 2020)

Assessments

Technical Safety BC safety officers completed 10,892 assessments of gas equipment in 2020. There were 6,084 in-person inspections and 4,808 remote inspections.
 

Assessment Ratings

Pass The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s).
Conditional Pass The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to NOT comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s). Further regulated work may only be undertaken as directed on the certificate of inspection, while the identified non-compliances are being corrected.
Fail The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to NOT comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s). Further regulated work on the affected system or phase of work, and/or operation of the regulated equipment must not be undertaken until the identified non-compliances have been corrected.

Gas In-person Inspections in 2020

Gas Remote Inspections in 2020

Safety risks

A number of non-compliances due to the venting of temporary portable construction heaters were noted in 2020. As a safety precaution, Technical Safety BC issued a directive in order to clarify language around this safety hazard.

Sharing safety knowledge

Carbon monoxide exposures are a persistent risk in our safety system. By sharing our knowledge and insights gained during our incident investigations, Technical Safety BC provides education and awareness to gas service industry professionals around preventing the production and exposure of CO.