Frequently Asked Questions

October 2014

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Who is BC Safety Authority?

BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated by the Province 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.

Why was BC Safety Authority created?

We were created in 2004 as a result of an extensive Safety Systems Review process conducted by the Province of British Columbia between 1995 and 1997. The process concluded that safety services could be delivered more efficiently by a non-government body under appropriate legislation, guidelines and supervision.

Is BC Safety Authority a government agency?

No. We are an independent, self-funded organization created under the Safety Authority Act by the Province of British Columbia in 2004. We are authorized to administer the Safety Standards Act and parts of the Railway Safety Act.

What provides BC Safety Authority with its authority?

Under the Safety Standards Act and the Railway Safety Act, BC Safety Authority has been delegated responsibility for the administration of parts of both Acts. The Authority has also entered into two Administrative Agreements with the Province of British Columbia, which define the terms and conditions of the delegation. The Province retains responsibility for policy direction and approval of regulations.

WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY SYSTEM:

Does BC Safety Authority work with industry to improve the public safety system?

Yes, through our consultation program, we work with technology advisory committees representing the industry sectors we oversee. These committees, supported by issue-specific subcommittees, are made up of highly qualified representatives who meet regularly to discuss emerging regulatory, policy, technical and service delivery issues. We also collaborate with the Safety Standards Administrators Group which represents the 10 local governments that administer the Electrical Safety Regulation and a portion of the Gas Safety Regulation. Lastly, we consult directly with clients and stakeholders on specific issues

What action can you take if someone does not comply with safety regulations?

We can use enforcement actions as set out in legislation. These include the following:

  • Revocation or suspension of a contractor’s licence
  • Revocation or suspension of a certificate of qualification
  • Imposition of a monetary penalty
  • Issuance of a compliance order

FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY:

Is BC Safety Authority financially self-sustaining?

Yes. Public safety requires sound financial management. We are required by law to be financially independent and self-sustaining. The fees we charge our clients must cover the actual costs of providing essential safety services. In addition, we currently maintain a 10% reserve of our annual expenses.

How does BC Safety Authority generate revenue?

Revenue is generated from fees charged for installation and operating permits, licensing, certification, equipment approval and design registration. We evaluate our fees through a formalized public consultation process with the industry sectors we oversee.

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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