14-53 Safety Officer, Gas - Regular Full Time, Union

Location: 
Prince George
Salary: 
$35.30/hour – $40.88/ hour

The Safety Officer is accountable to the Regional Business Leader for maintaining and enchancing public safety by educating the public and industry and ensuring that codes, regulations and standards of safety are understood and observed.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and covering letter quoting competition number 14-53.

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Gas and electrical equipment safety in floods

It's that time of year when many areas of the province are preparing for higher than usual water levels and potential flooding.  There are serious gas and electrical safety implications to consider if you are living or working in an area experiencing flooding. BC Safety Authority (BCSA) reminds homeowners and businesses to take precautions with gas and electrical appliances when flooding is expected.

BC Safety Authority statement regarding investigation into Crystal Mountain Resort chairlift deropement

New Westminster, BC, March 6, 2014—Jason Gill, Provincial Safety Manager of Passenger Ropeways and Amusement Devices for BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today issued the following statement:

“On Saturday, March 1, 2014 at approximately 11:00am, an incident was reported to BC Safety Authority involving the full deropement of a fixed-grip double chairlift where three chairs struck the snow, two of them carrying passengers.  The incident occurred at Crystal Mountain Resort (near Kelowna) on the Blue Chairlift at tower #2.  

BC Safety Authority statement following Crown Counsel’s announcement that no charges will be approved against Babine Forest Products

New Westminster, BC, January 10, 2014—Phil Gothe, Vice-President, Technical Programs for BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today issued the following statement: 

“Following Crown Counsel’s announcement that no charges will be approved in relation to the tragic explosion and fire at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake on January 20, 2012, BCSA is now preparing to release publicly our full incident investigation report.  The report will provide additional information into BCSA’s investigation process and findings. 

“BCSA will release its full report during the week of January 13, 2014, to coincide with the release of WorkSafeBC’s investigation report.  Our full report was not previously released in order to avoid compromising Crown Counsel’s review of WorkSafeBC’s referral. 

“BCSA continues to work with industry to implement our Recommendations Report arising from the Babine incident, as well as the three safety orders that have been issued since 2012 to improve safety in the wood processing industry.” 

BCSA’s full report will be posted on our combustible dust webpage at: www.safetyauthority.ca/combustible-dust 

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BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licenses and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research. 

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BC Safety Authority Warns of Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC (December 3, 2013)—BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is urging British Columbians to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) and to take proper precautions to keep themselves and their families safe.

Six recipients to be honoured for safety excellence at BC Safety Authority’s Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards

New Westminster, BC, November 29, 2013—Six recipients representing multiple technology sectors will be awarded BC’s highest safety honour at BC Safety Authority’s 2013 Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards.

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will present the awards to six individuals and organizations in recognition of their exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of technical systems safety.

WHAT:         BC Safety Authority’s Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards

WHERE:      River Rock Casino Resort, Main Show Theatre,

                    8811 River Road

                    Richmond, BC

WHEN:        Monday, December 2, 2013

                    Registration at 10:00 a.m

                    Awards ceremony from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHO:         The Honourable Judith Guichon

                    Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

                    Keynote Speaker: Jay Ingram
                    Discovery Channel

                    Brian Cook, PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services

                    Excellence in Electrical Safety Award Recipient

                    Nechako Green Energy Ltd.,

                    Excellence in Boiler, Pressure Vessel and

                    Refrigeration Safety Award Recipient

                    Barry Cavens, Cavens and Associates

                    Excellence in Gas Safety Award Recipient

                    Corrie Archer, Otis Elevating Company

                    Excellence in Elevating Safety Award Recipient

                    D’Angelo (Danny) Cox, Dan Cox Consulting

                    Excellence in Passenger Ropeway Safety Award Recipient

                    Forest Products Manufacturing Advisory Group,

                    Excellence in Systems Safety Award Recipient

WHY:           Honouring excellence in technical safety.

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Six recipients announced for BC Safety Authority’s Lieutenant Governor Safety Award

New Westminster, BC, November 14, 2013—Six recipients from multiple technology sectors have been selected to receive BC’s highest safety honour at BC Safety Authority’s 8th annual Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards.

The awards, which will be presented by BC Safety Authority on December 2, 2013, recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of technical systems safety in BC.

“BC Safety Authority is proud to recognize the outstanding work of these individuals and organizations,” says Catherine Roome, President and CEO of BC Safety Authority. “Their efforts enhance public confidence in safety systems.  Whether their passion for safety stems from a catastrophic event, or from years of building on ideas and awakening others to their insights, they are exemplary in their risk awareness.  We thank them for sharing BC Safety Authority’s commitment to safe technical systems, everywhere.”

Recipients of the Lieutenant Governor Safety Award are chosen by the Safety Selection Committee, which includes a senior staff member of BC Safety Authority and other respected individuals in the safety system.  

2013 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Excellence in Electrical Safety

Brian Cook, PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services

Brian Cook is a licensed electrical contractor and registered electrical field safety representative with over 36 years in the electrical industry.  He has published numerous papers on electrical safety and has authored and delivered curriculum on electrical systems at the University of British Columbia.  As the founder and president of PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services, Mr. Cook has made significant contributions to electrical safety by working with the home insurance industry to carry out risk assessments of residential electrical systems.

Excellence in Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety

Nechako Green Energy

Vanderhoof-based Nechako Green Energy is the first biomass heat recovery plant in the Canadian forest industry, taking steam waste from the company’s mill operations and turning it into electric power.  This innovative technology creates opportunities to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of sawmills, and offers the potential to provide surplus power to new projects in support of economic development in northern communities.  Nechako Lumber Company Ltd was one of the first companies to submit a Safety Management Plan under the Alternative Safety Approaches regulation, introduced in April 2011, and is the first company to have its plan accepted by BC Safety Authority  They are recipients of BC Hydro’s Powersmart Award and were named Clean Energy BC’s 2012 Project of the Year.

Excellence in Gas Safety

Barry Cavens, Cavens and Associates

Barry Cavens has over 40 years experience as a professional engineer, during which time he has served on numerous provincial and national committees, including CSA and BCSA Technology Advisory Committees.  He has contributed his expertise to the development of improved codes and standards in the gas industry in both Canada and the United States.  Throughout his career, Mr. Cavens has contributed to the development of emergency response plans for utilities and other organizations and has demonstrated a commitment to gas safety awareness and education initiatives, including the Call Before You Dig program.

Excellence in Elevating Safety

Corrie Archer, Otis Elevator Co.

Corrie Archer is the current chair of the BCSA Elevating Devices Technology Advisory Committee. With almost 40 years of international experience in elevating, he has been actively involved in the development of British Columbia elevating safety codes and standards for the past two decades.  Mr. Archer’s commitment to education and training within the elevating industry is evident is his instrumental role in the development and implementation of the Elevating Devices Mechanics Certification Program.

Excellence in Passenger Ropeway Safety

D’Angelo (Danny) Cox, Dan Cox Consulting

Danny Cox is a professional engineer who has worked in the ski lift industry since the 1970s.  Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in evolving a culture of safety within the industry.  As chair of the Z98 Technical Committee, Mr. Cox contributed to the development of significant safety standard changes, and his comprehensive knowledge of ski lift technology and operations has enhanced industry safety in Canada, the United States and Australia.  He is currently an independent consultant and contributor to Intrawest’s Global Risk Management efforts.

Excellence in Systems Safety (multi-technology)

Forest Products Manufacturer’s Advisory Group (MAG)

The Forest Product Manufacturer’s Advisory Group (MAG) is an industry group made up of mill operators, representing an estimated 70% of raw wood production in BC.  Following two fatal mill explosions in 2012, the group established a task force to better understand and manage risks created by combustible wood dust.   MAG has worked collaboratively with regulators, including BCSA, to facilitate compliance with the combustible dust hazard Safety Order and to develop an audit standard.  MAG members have demonstrated compliance in their own facilities, and have worked actively to engage non-members in risk reduction efforts.  Many MAG members have also initiated plans to extend these safety enhancements and training to their facilities outside BC.

THE AWARDS LUNCHEON

DATE:                        Monday, December 2, 2013

TIME:                        10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (registration at 10:00 a.m.)

LOCATION:               River Rock Casino Resort, Main Show Theatre, Richmond

Tickets to the event are $75 per person or $375 for a table of six guests. A ticket order form may be downloaded from BC Safety Authority’s website at www.safetyauthority.ca/events

The awards are made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: BC Construction Association (silver level)

FortisBC (silver level)

Murphy Oil Company Ltd. (silver level)

Nechako Lumber Co. Ltd. (silver level)

Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (bronze level)

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists – BC Chapter (bronze level)

BC Electrical Association (bronze level)

The FIOSA MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC (bronze level)

Teck (bronze level)

Black Press (media sponsor)

Vancouver Regional Construction Association (ambassador level)

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About BC Safety Authority

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Final Approval Granted for Limited Scope Electrical Work Practitioner Training Program

New Westminster, BC, October 29, 2013—BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today announced that the association for Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) has completed development of its Electrical Work Practitioner (EWP) training program. The Provincial Safety Manager has reviewed the materials submitted by ASTTBC on October 16th, 2013, and has determined that the programs for EL1 and EL2 certification meet all conditions imposed by BCSA. The Provincial Safety Manager has concluded that these training programs will promote enhanced safety for the electrical industry and the public, and allow uniform enforcement and compliance with the Safety Standards Act. Final approval has been granted to ASTTBC to operate its EWP training programs for Class EL1 and EL2 certification.

Final recognition of the ASTTBC program means that ASTTBC will now be able to implement its processes and procedures for registered ASTTBC technologists and technicians to become certified as having completed training that will allow them to be eligible to apply for a BCSA credential to perform a restricted scope of electrical work within specialized fields.

In authorizing this program, the Provincial Safety Manager has stated that individuals who obtain a BCSA credential under a recognized training program will not be granted broad certification as electrical workers, and will not be a replacement for electrical workers who have obtained credentials issued under existing training programs, such as the electrical Red Seal program. ASTTBC-trained workers will only be granted permission to perform tasks involving electrical work being performed under a permit and under the supervision of a Field Safety Representative, and only where the work is within the scope of specialized training for technologists and technicians. Employers will still be required to utilize qualified electrical workers where the work requires the broad scope of training and experience gained by qualified electrical workers.

Under the terms and conditions for approval, ASTTBC will be required to continue consulting with industry stakeholders to identify opportunities for continued program enhancement. ASTTBC will also be required to conduct education programs for employers of technologists and technicians to promote improved understanding on the scope and restrictions for performance of electrical work by technologists and technicians. Requirements for continued education and professional development promote an improved understanding for employers, supervisors, and workers, and allow employers to make informed choices about electrical safety at their facilities.

“The ability to recognize and identify technologists and technicians who are authorized to perform this limited scope of work, enables uniform monitoring and enforcement of regulatory requirements for performance of electrical work under the Safety Standards Act,” said Ulrich Janisch, Provincial Safety Manager – Electrical. “These training programs will promote enhanced safety for the electrical industry and the public.”

ASTTBC members completing the ASTTBC’s EWP training program will be required to apply for and obtain permission from BCSA before they will be authorized to perform electrical work in accordance with Electrical Safety Regulation, Section 4(1)(b). BCSA will recognize proof of completing the ASTTBC training program to qualify for permission. To further address industry’s concerns about safety, BCSA will set terms and conditions on the work that may be performed. Development of BCSA’s application and credentialing processes is under way and is expected to be completed in early 2014. BCSA will make an announcement as to when ASTTBC technologists and technicians will be able to begin applying for the new, limited scope BCSA credential.

For more information regarding this process, the previous update (from September 25th, 2013) along with Frequently Asked Questions can be accessed at: http://safetyauthority.ca/news/limited-scope-electrical-work-practitioner-training-program-recognition-update

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About BC Safety Authority

BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.

BC Safety Authority Warns of Uncertified Riske Creek Trailers

New Westminster, BC, October 23, 2013—British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) today issued a province-wide call for any owners or occupants of mobile homes manufactured by Riske Creek Manufacturing Ltd. (www.riskecreekparkmodels.com) and its principal, Andy Tower, to contact BCSA immediately.

BCSA has identified numerous instances of mobile homes being sold by Riske Creek and Andy Tower that do not comply with gas or electrical certification standards and may be hazardous for occupants. Riske Creek and Andy Tower are prohibited from using the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) label, which is required to demonstrate compliance with safety codes.

 

BCSA has issued numerous orders to Riske Creek and Andy Tower to disclose all uncertified units sold, but these orders have not been complied with and are currently the subject of various enforcement proceedings. Riske Creek trailers have been found with unauthorized CSA labels affixed and, in some cases, no CSA labels at all – in either case the required safety certification is not present.

 

“We are asking the public to immediately contact us if you are aware of any Riske Creek trailer models,” said Wayne Lock, Provincial Gas Safety Manager with BCSA. “Uncertified installation of gas appliances creates risks such as fire or carbon monoxide poisoning which can be fatal.” Risk of fire or electrical shock is also present in the trailers which lack electrical certification. 

 

“Based on the hazards and number of uncertified trailers discovered to date, there is an urgent need for occupants of these trailers to have the gas and electrical equipment assessed for safety by qualified gas and electrical contractors,” said Lock. “Contacting BCSA is the first step in seeking options to determine if your Riske Creek trailer is safe for occupation.

 

How to report Riske Creek trailers to the BC Safety Authority:

If you have any information regarding the existence of any trailer manufactured or sold by Riske Creek or Andy Tower, please email info@safetyauthority.ca or call BCSA at 1-866-566-7233.

 

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About BC Safety Authority

BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.