SOURCE: British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

June 23, 2016 21:00 ET

BCSA Increases Compliance and Enforcement Activities in 2016

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC--(Marketwired - June 23, 2016) - BCSA took 106 compliance and enforcement actions between January 1 and May 31, 2016. Safety managers and safety officers issued 56 warning notices and 43 compliance orders and imposed seven sanctions, including six monetary penalties.

BCSA also identified and addressed over 1,200 instances where no permit was taken out for regulated work. BCSA data reveals that unlicensed and unpermitted work results in six times more safety hazards, which means that almost 40% of the time when no-permit is taken out, a significant safety hazard is created.

A new awareness campaign, launched by BCSA this week, reminds equipment owners, contractors, operators and homeowners of their responsibilities for ensuring that regulated work is done safely and regulated equipment is used properly. The campaign encourages obtaining permits and hiring only licensed contractors.

"Regulated work must comply with the Safety Standards Act, the Railway Safety Act, and all associated regulations," says Eric Samuelson, BCSA Safety Manager, Compliance & Enforcement, and Railway. "When regulated work does not comply with provincial legislation and regulations, it is not only against the law, it's unsafe."

The law authorizes BCSA to follow enforcement processes and issue enforcement actions to promote compliance with the Safety Standards Act. Failure to comply with the requirements of the Act or regulations may result in BCSA taking progressive enforcement actions, such as:

  • providing a warning notice,
  • issuing a compliance order, or
  • imposing a monetary penalty or discipline order.

It is within BCSA's authority to impose sanctions that can restrict a contractor or individual's ability to perform regulated work.

"As part of our mandate, BCSA works hard to provide education, awareness and guidance, but when that's ignored, we must enforce," adds Samuelson.

Visit BCSA's website at to learn more about why permits, licences, compliance and safety matters.

See a full listing of 2015 enforcement actions in BCSA's State of Safety Report 2015.

Are you aware of any safety risks, such as unlicensed or unpermitted work? Submit a confidential report to BCSA.

BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. 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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