BCSA may inspect any regulated equipment to confirm that owners are taking measures to ensure compliance with Regulations and the Safety Standards Act. Often, the contractor who holds the permit is also expected to perform these inspections and Safety Officers step in when their expertise is needed.
Resource Allocation Program (RAP)
BC Safety Authority (BCSA) issues electrical and gas installation permits to contractors. The assessments activity associated with these permits is prioritized through a rating program which uses risk-informed criteria to establish work priorities and the allocation of resources. Not every permit issued will be physically inspected by a BCSA safety officer. RAP uses current and historical data which is based on the scope and stage of work being performed; equipment environment; and safety history.
Our Resource Allocation Program takes various risk factors into consideration including location, age, performance and last inspection date. These factors affect how BC Safety Authority prioritizes inspection and assessment activity. Here are some examples:
- Compliance records of the certified individual from work previously completed.
- Records of work completed by certified individuals through hazards assessments based on “as found conditions” of installations previously completed.
- History of physical assessment: when work completed was last inspected by BCSA.
- The type of facility where the regulated work was performed.
- Type and age of regulated equipment installed.
A good safety record may not necessarily mean that you will not see a safety officer. Random checks and the interval since the last physical assessment is also factored into the resource allocation process. Should you have any questions regarding the assessment or inspection process, please contact us at 1-866-566-7233.