Railway Safety Program moves to risk-based auditing approach


Technical Safety BC is committed to constantly improving our approach to railway safety.  As part of our commitment to continual improvement, we are starting a risk-based auditing approach to our Railway Safety Program.  This auditing approach, which we currently use in our oversight of other regulated technologies, emphasizes auditing of operators who have higher safety risk factors and histories of accidents or non-compliances with safety management systems, rules, or regulations.

A risk-based approach to auditing means that you may see a change in the frequency of audits by the Railway Safety Program, or that the timing of audits may change from what you have historically received.  Railways that have a demonstrated history of compliance and safety may see fewer physical audits and inspections, while railways with a history of issues that have needed to be addressed may see railway safety officers more frequently.

This change allows Technical Safety BC to best utilize resources in overseeing safety across the provincial railway industry.  Importantly, it focuses our efforts on those railways that demonstrate a higher degree of risk.

All railways are reminded that they must continue to maintain required records as mandated by the Railway Act, Railway Safety Act, and all associated regulations.  Depending on a railway’s risk factors (i.e. if the railway handles dangerous goods, the complexity of the railway’s switching operation), audits may be assigned randomly. Technical Safety BC will continue to communicate with all railways regarding their individual audits.

For any questions about the Railway Safety Program’s risk-based auditing approach, please email railway@technicalsafetybc.ca.

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