Alerts and Notifications
Technical Safety Alerts and Notifications is the source for all of our latest technical safety regulatory news and updates. Read about our latest stakeholder consultations, regulatory program updates, and technical safety news.
To continue operations in compliance with the recommendations made by the BC Government and health experts, we will now be conducting assessments remotely, rather than in-person. At this time, physical assessments will only be conducted when we determine them to be critical to the safety system.
B44-16 elevating code now in effect
To improve the safety of elevating devices across the province, BC has adopted the CSA B44-16 elevators and escalators safety code. The new code came into effect on April 30, 2020.
B44-16 requires a customized maintenance control program (MCP) for your elevating device(s) that reflects installation and usage. It also contains new testing requirements to ensure your equipment can operate and stop safely in all circumstances.
Learn more about B44-16 and MCP.
Online submission of design registrations
Online submission of design registrations are now accepted as we continue to provide our services through these challenging times of COVID-19. We are accepting online design submissions for boilers; pressure vessels; pressure piping and welding; pressure fittings; and welding procedures.
Ski lift operators: winch-cat safety reminder
Technical Safety BC would like to encourage all passenger ropeway owners and operators whom operate winch aided snow grooming equipment (winch-cats), to review information bulletin B-P4 0611218 2, company policies and training of the use of winch-cats around passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors.
B44-16 elevating code training
To improve the safety of elevating devices across the province, BC’s Elevating Devices Safety Regulation has been amended to include the adoption of a new safety code for elevators and escalators, CSA B44-16. The code comes into effect on April 30, 2020. To support the code adoption, we are offering 2016 B44 Elevating Code in-person courses.
2021 Canadian Electrical Code Review
Technical Safety BC has not yet made a determination on recommendations related to the content of the 2021 Canadian Electrical Code (CEC). Our goal is to provide a recommendation that considers multiple factors, including increased safety, cost implications to industry, owners, and the public, the enabling of innovation in the electrical sector, and public policy imperatives such as energy efficiency and climate change.
Find a certified individual or licensed contractor
To support British Columbians in making informed and safety-minded decisions, we are launching two search tools: Find a licensed contractor and Find a certified individual.
Our offices and contact centre will be closed April 28 & 29, 2020.
Safety officers will be temporarily unavailable on April 28th, April 29th, and 30th.
To report an incident or unsafe condition, please call 1 866 566 7233.
Emergency repairs due to storm damage
With many locations across BC being impacted by extreme weather and power outages (see the BC Hydro outage map), it’s important to be aware of the procedures around emergency repairs. Here is a quick summary of the information you need to know during the winter storm season:
New pressure welder program is here
A new pressure welder program requires pressure welders in BC to be certified. In addition, a new pressure welder contractor licence class is now available.