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.
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.
BC Safety Authority proposed 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 were also proposed for specific fees. The new fee schedules will be effective January 12, 2015.
The final decision was posted on October 10, 2014, 2:30pm PDT.
This consultation was closed on September 15, 2014, 12:00pm PDT.
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This consultation is now closed. Thank you to those who took the time to provide their feedback on this issue.
Summary results of the consultation
BC Safety Authority has come to a decision on all proposed changes.
Taking into account stakeholder feedback, BC Safety Authority has revised proposals in its final decision. For more information on the decision announcement, modifications and rationale for each change, please review the decision document.
Effective: January 12, 2015
1. Electrical, gas, elevating devices and boiler, pressure and refrigeration fees will be increased by an average of 3% in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Refer to the appropriate fee schedules for specific changes.
2. Fee cap on electrical installation permits valued over $1 million will be removed.
3. The removal of the fee cap on electrical operating permits for distributed sites will be phased in over a three year period. The fee cap for this type of operating permit account holder will be:
- 2015: $2,120 (3% increase)
- 2016: $4,000
- 2017: $8,000
- 2018: Account cap removed.
In elevating devices
4. To encourage better safety outcomes, a fee multiplier for re-assessments performed on elevating devices (new installations and major alterations) that have failed their final assessment will be implemented as follows:
- 2015: fees for the second re-assessment, and each additional re-assessment thereafter, will be billed at 2x the initial assessment rate.
- 2016: fees for the first re-assessment will be billed at 1.5x the existing billing rate. Fees for the second re-assessment, and each additional re-assessment thereafter, will continue to be billed at 2x the initial assessment rate.
5. Installation permit fee schedules for fully detached and multi-unit dwellings will be combined.
In boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration
6. Hourly rates for design registration fees for boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration will be replaced by standardized flat fees.
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