BCSA Fact Sheet

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BCSA Fact Sheet: Updated April 2009
FACT SHEET
British Columbia Safety Authority
Corporate Profile
The BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded, not-for-profit corporation that: • Oversees the safety of technical systems for a specific set of industries ranging from electrical and gas to boiler, ice rink, elevator and escalator, amusement ride, ski lift, and railway. Spans residential and commercial settings, serving both individuals and businesses. Is responsible for administering the provincial Safety Standards Act, the Railway Safety Act, and related regulations. Is responsible for ensuring the ongoing sustainability and relevance of BC’s technical safety system. Was formed in 2004 to oversee safety services previously provided by the Province of BC. Has more than 290 staff who are experts in their field.
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Complete List of Industry Sectors
• • • • • • • Amusement rides Boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration systems Electrical equipment and systems Elevating devices, such as elevators and escalators Natural gas or propane appliances and systems, including hydrogen Passenger ropeways such as aerial trams and ski lifts, and Railways, including rapid transit
Strategy for Safety: The Accident Prevention Model •
Education

Enforcement

Research

Inspection
Our goal is to prevent accidents. To achieve this goal, we have begun to operate following a new Accident Prevention Model. This model puts an emphasis on education and also incorporates enforcement, research and inspection. We believe safety is a right, not an option, achievable through our Accident Prevention Model.
Vision: We inspire safety excellence in British Columbia. Mission: We partner with British Columbians to enhance the safety of technical systems,
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BRITISH COLUMBIA SAFETY AUTHORITY 505 – Sixth Street, Suite 200 New Westminster, BC V3L 0E1 PHONE: 778.396.2000 Toll Free: 1.866.566.7233 FAX: 604.660.6215 www.safetyauthority.ca
BCSA Fact Sheet: Updated April 2009
Services
All with the goal of preventing accidents, our services include: • • • • • Educating the public about safety issues as well as certifying individuals & licensing contractors Supporting clients in the development of equivalent standards agreements, and auditing their safety management plans Inspecting technical work and equipment, including collecting information through incident investigation and registering new equipment and designs Conducting research, including contributing to provincial and national code development and updating regulations for each industry sector we oversee Enforcement, including ensuring that there is a level playing field in being a part of the safety system of BC
Statistics on our Services in BC
(for 2008) • • • • • • • • • • • We conducted 293 inspections of amusement rides. We had 373 active amusement rides registered with us. We conducted 9,578 inspections of boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration systems. We issued more than 65,000 electrical installation permits. We conducted almost 41,000 electrical inspections. More than 23,000 elevating devices registered with us. We completed 2,866 inspections of elevating devices. We conducted more than 13,000 inspections of gas installations. We conducted 195 passenger ropeway inspections. More than 3,000 hours spent conducting safety assessments of the 4 classes of railway operations We are one of only 24 organizations worldwide to be accredited by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as an Authorized Inspection Agency.
Offices
• • • • We have 28 offices serving the public. Our corporate office is in New Westminster, and our regional offices are in Coquitlam, Kamloops, Kelowna, Langley, Nanaimo, Prince George and Victoria. Information and some services are available by phone at 1-866-566-7233 and through www.safetyauthority.ca. www.bconline.gov.bc.ca provides access to e- services for gas and electric permits.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA SAFETY AUTHORITY 505 – Sixth Street, Suite 200 New Westminster, BC V3L 0E1 PHONE: 778.396.2000 Toll Free: 1.866.566.7233 FAX: 604.660.6215 www.safetyauthority.ca
BCSA Fact Sheet: Updated April 2009
Senior Management
• • • • • • Harry Diemer: President & Chief Executive Officer Trevor Fedyna: VP, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer Phil Gothe: VP, Stakeholder Engagement Shelley Milne: Corporate Secretary & VP, Legal and Policy: Catherine Roome: Chief Operating Officer Diane Sullivan: VP, Human Resources
Corporate Governance
• • • • • • We are governed by a Board of Directors with 13 members, three of whom may be appointed by the Minister responsible for the Safety Authority Act. The Board Chair is Peter Cook. The Board oversees the conduct of the business, and ensures that all major issues affecting the business and affairs of the organization are given proper consideration. A Governance Manual guides the Board and defines best practices. Each Director must sign a disclosure statement and comply with the BC Safety Authority’s Conflict of Interest Code. In 2008, there were four Board committees: → Finance and Audit Committee → Governance and Human Resources Committee (also serves as the Nominating Committee) → Regulatory Review Committee and, → Strategic Issues Committee
For more information, visit www.safetyauthority.ca or contact:
Ariela Friedmann Leader, Corporate Communications & Media Relations British Columbia Safety Authority 778-396-2131 ariela.friedmann@safetyauthority.ca
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BRITISH COLUMBIA SAFETY AUTHORITY 505 – Sixth Street, Suite 200 New Westminster, BC V3L 0E1 PHONE: 778.396.2000 Toll Free: 1.866.566.7233 FAX: 604.660.6215 www.safetyauthority.ca