RAP may be a type of music to most, but at BCSA, RAP stands for Resource Allocation Program. Used for many years by the electrical and gas technologies at BC Safety Authority, RAP was also implemented for the passenger ropeways sector in the fall of 2014.
RAP looks at all of the operating passenger ropeways in BC and recommends the ones to be inspected for each operating period. It takes into consideration many points in order to decide which ropeways will be further assessed.
- Type of ropeway
- Date of installation
- Date of last inspection
- Number of operating hours
- Any alterations completed
- Type of area where ropeway is located
- Findings from previous inspection
- Safety officer ratings on each of the areas assigned, based on maintenance skills, operational skills and management support
The system uses a formula to consider all factors, then assigns a number for each of items above, giving a total RAP score for each ropeway.
Currently, any ropeways or conveyors with a score of over 350 will have an automatic assessment by the appropriate safety officer.
For passenger ropeways, the system creates a RAP rating score once each year and assigns inspections to safety officers at the start of August.
A RAP generated assessment may be completed as an annual inspection (before public operation) or it may be an operational inspection (during public operation).
The safety officer also has the ability to cancel a RAP generated inspection if his or her review of the RAP rating determines that an inspection is not required. This is decided in consultation with a senior safety officer.