BC Safety Authority introduces certification program for elevating devices mechanics

New Westminster, BC, December 17, 2014—BC Safety Authority (BCSA) today announced the implementation of its Elevating Devices Mechanics Certification Program, which establishes consistent certification standards for the industry and reduces safety risks to both workers and the public.

BCSA developed the program in close consultation with the elevating industry and requires that elevating device mechanics complete a specified combination of education, training and continuing professional development.

“Industry-wide standards for training, skills and continuing education will contribute to enhanced safety for both the mechanics who work on elevating devices—including elevators and escalators—and the public who use them,” says Houssam Hamze, BCSA Elevating Devices Safety Manager.

BCSA first initiated the program on July 1, 2013, with an ample transition period to allow existing elevating devices mechanics to provide validation of credentials. Today’s announcement begins the implementation of the new certification program, which includes a 90-day final transition period for the program. As of March 16, 2015, all mechanics performing work on elevating devices in BC will be required to be certified.

“BCSA has worked closely with both industry and government to put the right business practices and regulatory framework in place to support the program,” says Hamze. “We will continue to work with the elevating industry to ensure the long-term success of this certification program.”

As part of the new certification process, mechanics will also be required to maintain and renew their certification every three years. To maintain their certification, mechanics will need to complete 24 hours of continuing education credits over the course of three years prior to renewing their certificate of qualification.

BCSA is mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment in BC, including elevating devices such as elevators and escalators.

For additional information about elevating devices safety, visit the BCSA website: www.safetyauthority.ca

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Electrical notification: BCSA to implement new security requirements when naming qualified individuals on permits

BC Safety Authority is increasing the security on how qualified individuals are named on permits. This is in response to feedback and suggestions from contractors and qualified individuals who are concerned about security and preventing fraud.

The permit application will require the following in order to find and select a qualified individual:

  1. The last six digits of the Field Safety Representative’s (FSR) Certification number. If the number is less than six digits, add preceding zeroes. (For example: 001234).
  2. The last name of the Field Safety Representative.

Implementation dates of this security feature are as follows:

  • October 04, 2014 for online permit applications through MyConnection
  • November 03, 2014 for in-person permit applications over the counter at BCSA offices and/or by phone through BCSA’s contact centre at 1-866-566-7233

If you have questions, please call our contact centre or email callcenter@safetyauthority.ca