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Refrigeration Safety

We oversee the design, construction, installation, and operation of refrigeration equipment throughout British Columbia.

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Refrigeration Regulations

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 Act

Safety Standards General Regulation

Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation

Fee Setting Criteria Regulation

Monetary Penalties 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:

CSA International Vancouver

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

National Board Inspection Code

Power Engineering Books Ltd

Welding Regulations

Welders working with power engineer, boiler, pressure vessel and refrigeration technologies must also know their employer’s quality control program.


What Are the Leading Technical Safety Risks in BC?

Read our comprehensive safety report and learn more about the incidents, hazards, and initiatives that shaped the safety system in BC in 2022.

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.


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Ammonia Education & Awareness

We continue to evolve the Ammonia Safety Awareness Program to improve education, training and awareness.


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