SOURCE: British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

May 06, 2016 12:30 ET

BC Safety Authority Releases 2015 State of Safety Report

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC--(Marketwired - May 06, 2016) - BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today released its 2015 State of Safety Report, a comprehensive overview of BCSA's activities and information analysis, including data on installation and operating assessments, incident investigations, as well as research and enforcement activities. The report is designed to help people understand technical trends and use the knowledge to make informed safety decisions.

"BCSA believes in a provincial safety system that thrives on sharing safety data. This information contributes to a learning process that connects and benefits all participants in the system, even as technologies and practices change," says Catherine Roome, BCSA President & CEO. "While our 2015 State of Safety Report is built on real-time data, it also looks forward, providing a platform for learning that is backed by data."

In addition to summarizing information on installation and operating permits, physical assessments, and incident investigations, BCSA's 2015 State of Safety Report also highlights longer-term trends on specific types of incidents such as uncontrolled refrigerant ammonia releases, carbon monoxide leaks, elevator leveling, and passenger ropeway (e.g., ski lift) deropements.

This year's report also includes information on hazards found by safety officers during physical assessments, and unpermitted work discovered by BCSA.

Summary of 2015 BCSA Statistics

  • New installation permits = 102,271
  • Operating permits = 94,472
  • Compliance assessments = 44,606
  • Hazard Assessments = 45,127
  • New licences = 801
  • New certificates of qualification = 3,262
  • Enforcement actions taken (Compliance orders and sanctions) = 75
  • Safety orders = 5
  • Directives = 12
  • Information bulletins = 12

The State of Safety Report is an annual publication issued by BCSA in accordance with the Administrative Agreement between BCSA and the Province of British Columbia. The full State of Safety Report is available on BCSA's website at:

About BC Safety Authority

BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment, including elevating devices. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.

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