Fact Sheet

October 2014

Who We Are

BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, we work with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.

Our Vision: Safe Technical Systems. Everywhere.

Our Mission: We build your confidence in safety systems for life – through a focus on risk and support for innovation.

What We Do

BC Safety Authority (BCSA) delivers safety services across the following technologies in the province:

  • Electrical equipment and systems
  • Boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration systems
  • Natural gas and propane appliances and systems, including hydrogen
  • Elevating devices, such as elevators and escalators
  • Railways, including commuter rail
  • Passenger ropeways, such as aerial trams and ski lifts
  • Amusement devices
  • Complex and integrated technical systems involving several technologies

Our Services

In order to promote safe practices, our services include:

  • Assessing technical work and equipment, including collecting information through physical assessments, incident investigation and registering new equipment and designs.
  • Certifying individuals and licensing contractors and operators to perform regulated work.
  • Supporting clients in the development of alternative safety approaches, and auditing their safety management plans or equivalent standards approaches.
  • Educating our clients and the public about technical safety to better control risks.
  • Conducting research, including contributing to provincial and national code development and updating regulations for the technologies we serve.

BC Safety Authority:

  • Oversees the safety of technical systems for a specific set of industry sectors.
  • Spans residential, commercial and industrial settings, serving both individuals and businesses.
  • Is responsible for administering parts of the provincial Safety Standards Act and the Railway Safety Act, and related regulations.
  • Is responsible for ensuring the ongoing sustainability and relevance of BC’s technical safety system.
  • Has over 300 employees who are experts in their fields.

Offices & Contact Information

  • We have service locations throughout British Columbia including our corporate office in New Westminster, Coquitlam, Kamloops, Kelowna, Cranbrook, Langley, Abbotsford, Prince George, Fort St. John, Victoria and Nanaimo.
  • Information and services are available by phone at 1-866-566-7233 and through our website at www.safetyauthority.ca.

2013 Statistics

(A comprehensive presentation of our services can be found in our State of Safety Report 2013.)

  • We conducted 36,504 physical assessments.
  • We issued 715 new licences and 2,432 new certificates of qualification.
  • We issued 85,761 new installation permits and 92,373 operating permits.
  • We issued 4 safety orders, 10 directives and 18 information bulletins.
  • We issued 53 compliance orders and 16 sanctions and 36 warning notices.
  • We held 19 Technology Advisory Committee meetings and 16 Working Group meetings.
  • We offered 14 Electrical Tech Talks, 7 Gas Tech Talks and 3 Railway Town Hall meetings.

Senior Management

  • Catherine Roome: President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Sue Gagné: Vice President Human Resources and Communications
  • Phil Gothe: Vice President Technical Programs
  • Shelley Milne: Corporate Secretary and Vice President Legal and Policy
  • Brian Rowland: Vice President Operations and Service Excellence
  • Brian Simmers: Chief Finance Officer and Vice President Corporate Services

Corporate Governance

  • We are governed by a Board of Directors with 11 members, three of whom have been appointed by the Minister responsible for the Safety Authority Act.
  • The Board Chair is Richard Ballantyne.
  • The Board governs the conduct of the business, and ensures that all major issues affecting the organization are given proper consideration.
  • A Governance Manual guides the Board and defines best practices.
  • Each director must sign a disclosure statement and comply with the BC Safety Authority’s Conflict of Interest Code.

For more information visit www.safetyauthority.ca/about or contact:

BC Safety Authority Communications
Phone: 778-396-2164
Email: media@safetyauthority.ca

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