COVID-19 client service update

Safety critical assessments and incident investigations are continuing, as per our mandate. More information here.

 

Inspections
Inspections

Managing Safety Risks: Inspections

Inspections

Technical Safety BC assesses the safety of work through in-person and remote 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.

Assessments help Technical Safety BC confirm that owners are complying with Regulations and the Safety Standards Act. Permit-holding contractors will often perform similar inspections, and our safety officers will step in when their expertise is needed.

Note: We use “assessment” to refer to the overall safety assessment, whereas inspection refers only to the type of evaluation made by our safety officers.

In-person and Remote Inspections

In 2020, with the onset of COVID-19, equipment and systems safety was more important than ever. Navigating the impacts of COVID-19 changed the way assessments were performed. With our clients’ and employees’ safety in mind, remote inspections became our primary method of assessment. In-person inspections were performed only when we determined them to be critical to the safety system.

Remote inspections

Remote inspections involved the same assessment protocol as in-person inspections but were conducted through reviewing documents, photos, videos, video conference, and also speaking with the client through phone, video calls, and email.

In 2020, 20,300 remote inspections were completed, compared to only eight completed in 2019. Technical Safety BC will continue to conduct remote inspections after the COVID-19 pandemic as we have learned that this capability will continue to have significant uses that benefit both clients, the public, and safety throughout the province.

Compliance of Duty Holder's Work by Technology in 2020 (Remote Inspections)

As-Found Hazard Assessments by Technology in 2020 (Remote Inspections)

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:
 

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.

Compliance of Duty Holder's Work by Technology in 2020 (In-person Inspections)

Technical Safety BC completes investigations on certain incidents reported to us in all technologies except for rail. We do not have jurisdiction to investigate rail incidents. We investigate incidents reported to us when:

  • Regulated work or regulated equipment is involved.
  • Evidence is available to help determine causes and contributing factors.
  • A learning opportunity exists to understand and document what caused the incident and to inform prevention of similar incidents.
     

Investigation Categories

Under Assessment Still being assessed by Technical Safety BC and was not assigned to a category as of time of data collection.
Severe An incident that resulted with a fatal injury and/or severe equipment damage.
Major An incident that resulted with major injury and/or major equipment damage.
Moderate An incident that resulted with moderate injury and/or equipment damage.
Minor An incident that resulted with minor injury and/or minor equipment damage.
Insignificant An incident that resulted with insignificant and/or insignificant equipment damage.

As-Found Hazard Assessments by Technology in 2020 (In-person Inspections)