Safety Tips

Safe technical systems are BC Safety Authority’s top priority. Fortunately, many safety risks can be reduced or avoided through education and prevention.

With this in mind, we’ve put together the following safety tips sheets to help identify and reduce risks related to some common activities. We encourage you to download and share this important safety information to help reduce risk.

Safety Tip - Safely ride escalators & elevators

Accidents happen but most are preventable.

Here are a few things to keep in mind so you can ride elevators and escalators safely:• Hold children or packages with one hand and always hold ontothe escalator handrails firmly with the other hand.

  • Use extra care when getting on and off an escalator, watch thedirection of the moving steps and clear the exit area promptly.
  • Be extra careful riding escalators if you wear bifocals, are ridingwith young children, or if you are wearing loose or long clothing.
  • Make sure your shoelaces are tied when you ride the escalator.
  • Don’t go in the opposite direction of the escalator.
  • Don’t climb onto or ride the handrail.
  • Don’t let children sit on steps or stand too close to sides.
  • On moving walkways, stationary passengers should stay to theright and let those walking pass on the left.
  • Keep feet away from the sides of escalators and don’t leanagainst or over the sides.
  • Don’t run up and down escalators.
  • Take the elevator (not an escalator) if you use a cane or walker, if youhave a child in a stroller, or if you have both hands full of packages.
  • When riding the elevator, don’t try to stop a closing door with hands,feet, packages or anything other than the “door open” button.
  • Pay attention to the signs around elevators and escalators; they willtell you what to do in case of an emergency.

BC Safety Authority, in partnership with the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, supportsElevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week during the second week of November each year.

If you have questions about elevator or escalator safety, contact your local BC Safety Authorityoffice, call toll-free at 1.866.566.7233, or visit our website at www.safetyauthority.ca.

Electrical, Gas, Elevating Devices and Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Refrigeration Fees (2015-2017)

BC Safety Authority is proposing an increase of a weighted average of 9% over the next three years to fees for the electrical, gas, elevating devices and boiler, pressure vessel and refrigeration technologies. Additional changes are also proposed for specific fees.

Status: Closed (decision pending)

This consultation is now closed as at September 15, 2014, 12:00pm PDT.

Review the consultation material

Read the discussion paper (including the proposed fee schedules)
View the proposed electrical fee schedule
View the proposed gas fee schedule
View the proposed elevating devices fee schedule
View the proposed boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration fee schedule
View the proposed homeowner fee schedule

Learn about the feedback already received

Read the Frequently Asked Questions for the 2015-2017 fee consultation
Read the comments received to date
Number of comments received to date: 55

Provide feedback

Thank you to those who provided their feedback. All comments received will be moderated and posted on our website according to our Content Submission Guidelines.

Meeting schedule:

Tuesday, August 5

Elevating devices clients
Webinar and in-person meeting

Wednesday, August 6

All clients
Webinar meeting

Tuesday, August 26

Elevating devices clients
Webinar and in-person meeting

Summary results of the consultation

Results will be communicated in the coming weeks.


A decision will be rendered once consultation feedback has been reviewed and taken into consideration.


Contact us at feecomments@safetyauthority.ca

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