BCSA FAQ's

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Frequently Asked Questions
BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Who is the BC Safety Authority? The BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization that inspires safety excellence in British Columbia by partnering with business, industry and the general public to enhance the safety of technical systems, products, equipment and work. We are responsible for overseeing the safety of the following industry sectors in BC: 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 Why was the BC Safety Authority created? We were created as a result of an extensive Safety Systems Review process conducted by the Province of British Columbia between 1995 and 1997. The process concluded that safety services could be delivered more efficiently by a non-government body under appropriate legislation, guidelines and supervision. Is the BC Safety Authority a government agency? No. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization created under the Safety Authority Act by the Province of British Columbia in 2004. We are authorized to administer the Safety Standards Act and parts of the Railway Safety Act. What provides the BC Safety Authority with its authority? Under the Safety Standards Act and the Railway Safety Act the BC Safety Authority has been delegated responsibility for the administration of those Acts. The Authority has also entered into two Administrative Agreements with the Province of British Columbia, which define the terms and conditions of the delegation. The Province retains responsibility for policy direction and approval of regulations.
IMPROVING THE SAFETY SYSTEM:
Does the BC Safety Authority work with industry to improve the public safety system? Yes, through our Consultation Program, we’ve created six technology committees representing the industry sectors we oversee. These committees, supported by ad hoc issue-specific subcommittees, are made up of highly qualified representatives who meet regularly to discuss emerging regulatory, policy and technical issues.
BRITISH COLUMBIA SAFETY AUTHORITY 505 – Sixth Street, Suite 200 New Westminster, PHONE: 778.396.2000 TOLL FREE: 1.866.566.7233 FAX: 778.396.2064 www.safetyauthority.ca
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What action can you take if someone does not comply with safety regulations? We can use enforcement actions as set out in legislation. These include the following: Prosecution Revocation or suspension of a Contractor’s Licence Revocation or suspension of a Certificate of Qualifications Imposing a Monetary Penalty Issuance of a Compliance Order In addition to the services you provide, how are you improving the public safety system? We are: Entering into partnerships and sponsorships with organizations that share our commitment to enhancing public safety Analyzing and using data gathered through inspections and incident investigations Developing risk management systems, including identifying and managing high risk situations How does the BC Safety Authority promote public safety? We: Produce and distribute safety information Run public education programs Participate in trade and consumer shows throughout the province Present the annual Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Public Safety, and Are redeveloping our website to be more interactive and informative.
FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY:
Is the BC Safety Authority financially self-sustaining? Yes. Public safety requires sound financial management. We are required by law to be financially independent and self-sustaining. The fees we charge our clients must cover the actual costs of providing essential safety services. In addition, we have established a three-month operating reserve. Under the terms of our Administrative Agreement with the Province of British Columbia, we are required to maintain this operating reserve. How does the BC Safety Authority generate revenue? We charge fees for our safety services through a user-pay model. We evaluate our fees every two years through a formalized public consultation process with the industry sectors we oversee.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please see our Fact Sheet, go to our website at www.safetyauthority.ca, or contact: Ariela Friedmann Leader, Corporate Communications & Media Relations British Columbia Safety Authority 778-396-2131 Ariela.Friedmann@safetyauthority.ca
BRITISH COLUMBIA SAFETY AUTHORITY 505 – Sixth Street, Suite 200 New Westminster, PHONE: 778.396.2000 TOLL FREE: 1.866.566.7233 FAX: 778.396.2064 www.safetyauthority.ca
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