Electrical

Electrical Code Changes: Grand Forks

14 August 2012 - 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Selkirk College
486 – 72nd Avenue
Grand Forks
V0H 1H0
BC
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Email: Kelowna@safetyauthority.ca

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Electrical Tech Talk - Generators

5 August 2015 - 8:00am - 10:00am

Ramada Inn
1311 12th St North
Golden
V0A 1H0
BC
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Telephone: 7783962171
Email: learning@safetyauthority.ca

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Tips for making the most of BCSA’s online services

New MyConnection Features

Recently, BCSA introduced some important new features to our online MyConnection client service portal.   These include:

 Licence renewal is for gas and electrical contractors. Please see our user guide for more information.

  • Improved search capabilities for permits.
    • Active Permits
    • Expired Permits
    • Expiring in 30 days Permits
    • All Permits
    • Pending Payment Permits
    • Permits By Certified Individual

BCSA continues to develop new MyConnection features based on your feedback and suggestions. If you have questions, please call 1-866-566-7233 or email contact@safetyauthority.ca

Speed up your permit by knowing the postal code

Having the postal code in advance for an installation permit you significantly speeds up the processing time

Postal code is a mandatory field for all permit applications and a permit cannot be processed without a valid postal code.  BCSA requires postal codes in order to allocate safety officers by geographic area.

How to find a postal code

  • Add Canada Post to your favourites folder on your computer, tablet, iPad or phone.
  • Use Google search.
  • Ask the owner of the property.

What to do if you can’t find the postal code

If you are not able to find the postal code of a new lot, you can:

  • Find the postal code of a nearby address and add a description to the notes area or the permit application regarding the specific location of your permit.
  • In a rural area where you are using longitude and latitude to describe a site address, you can use the postal code of the nearest post office or closest major landmark then add a detailed description to the notes area of the permit application regarding the site of your permit.

Electrical Case Study: Temporary power for sales offices and display suites in large scale residential construction

Ever wonder how large construction projects with sales offices and show suites get power when there is only a generator or temporary power established on the construction site?  BCSA pays close attention to these types of installations, since fire alarms, sprinklers, and other building code safety systems are not up and running during the construction phase of the project. 

Recently, a BCSA safety officer conducted an assessment of a large multi-family residential site under construction.  During the inspection, several significant hazards were found.  Most notably, townhouses had been energized using the temporary construction service, creating a risk of overload to the service. Had these dwellings become occupied, this could have resulted in a serious fire and shock hazard.  

An additional hazard was created by the power cable used to provide power from the temporary distribution system to the townhouses, which was not installed with the necessary mechanical protection.  Construction sites typically have heavy machinery operating and it is imperative that the power cables be installed in a manner that protects them from mechanical damage.  A break in the armoured cable can result in either a fire (if combustible material is near by) or a shock hazard if the bonding provisions have been compromised. 

To address these hazards, the safety officer first documented his findings in a certificate of inspection and contacted the electrical contractor to develop a plan to rectify the identified non-compliances.    The contractor submitted an application for a variance, as required by the Safety Standards Act, to energize the show rooms and sales offices.  The variance included a request to energize a specific portion of the site, and outlined the wiring method used to provide power to this area of the site, and the signage required at strategic locations on the site, including mark ups on the site’s safety plans.   The safety officer granted the variance and the electrical contractor completed the installation and the obligations outlined in the variance.

 To reduce the safety hazards on the site, branch circuits inside each dwelling had all un-necessary circuit conductors disconnected from circuit breakers and the heavy loads such as space heating, furnaces, dryers, ranges were also disconnected.  The safety officer then informed BC Hydro and the electrical contractor that a ‘hold connection’ be placed upon the permanent installation permit.  This ensures that when the permanent installation is ready for power, the necessary work is completed to transfer and disconnect the temporary power in the showrooms to remove the risk of a possible back feed.

When dealing with sites that have both permanent and temporary electrical systems, contractors should closely review the BC Electrical Code, specifically, Rule 76-014, which states that interconnection of temporary power installations and permanent installations shall not be interconnected unless by special permission. 

Working collaboratively with electrical contractors, other trades, safety officials, utilities, and building departments to reach safety solutions is an important part of a BCSA safety officer’s role.

Electrical Tech Talk - "The Operating Permit and the FSR"

16 July 2015 - -

The "River Room"
University of the Fraser Valley Trades & Technology
5579 Tyson Rd.
Chilliwack

BC
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Telephone: 7783962105
Email: learning@safetyauthority.ca

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Wake Up & Learn for Electrical Contractors/FSRs (MyConnection focus)

16 June 2015 - 7:00 am - 8:30 am

There is a parkade at the back of the building that allows for 2 hours of free parking.
BC Safety Authority
505 6th Street
New Westminster
V3L 0E1
BC
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