We oversee the design, construction, installation, and operation of refrigeration equipment throughout British Columbia.
The Safety Standards Act applies to everyone who installs, alters, maintains or operates regulated equipment, which includes boiler, pressure vessel and refrigeration equipment. All licensed contractors are required to keep up to date with changes in the Act and Regulations.
Safety Standards General Regulation
Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation
Fee Setting Criteria Regulation
To understand the joint responsibility for regulation of pipeline systems of unfired pressure vessels between Technical Safety BC and the BC Oil and Gas Commission, refer to the Memorandum of Understanding and Schedule A of the Memorandum of Understanding.
All licensed contractors need to have access to the codes required by their licence class. The following organizations can provide this information:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
National Board Inspection Code
Welders working with power engineer, boiler, pressure vessel and refrigeration technologies must also know their employer’s quality control program.
Pressure welders in BC required to hold certificate of qualification
Working with industry, we have designed a nationally recognized pressure welder certificate of qualification program that assesses a welder’s skills and abilities. This program ensures all pressure welders in BC have the capabilities that are required by the relevant codes and standards.
Ammonia safety awareness
Ammonia safety awareness is one of Technical Safety BC’s top priorities. We work closely with industry professionals to improve refrigeration systems safety, raise awareness around the risks presented by ammonia equipment, and offer education and training opportunities to help mitigate safety risks.
Over-pressurization protection in ammonia refrigeration systems
Technical Safety BC introduced a safety order for ammonia refrigeration plants in March, 2021 to address safety concerns around secondary coolant over-pressurization in new and operating ammonia refrigeration plants in BC.