railway classes

Types of railways regulated by BC Safety Authority:

railway accident

An event that results in injury or damage relating to the railway’s operations.


A reportable railway accident is:

An accident resulting directly from operation of rolling stock, where:

(a) A person sustains a serious injury or is killed as a result of
1) Being on board or getting on or off the rolling stock, or
2) Coming into contact with any part of the rolling stock or its contents; or

qualified professional

A person who is deemed by the safety manager or Safety Standards Act to have professional qualifications or a combination of skills and experience relevant to regulated equipment, work or activities.

qualified person

A person with an appropriate combination of education, skill, and knowledge, including as demonstrated by a certificate, to carry out regulated work or other regulated activities according to the Safety Standards Act.

physical assessment

See definition for inspection.


A form of permission that allows a person to perform regulated work, or operate regulated equipment as authorized by the applicable regulations in their field of expertise. A permit is normally associated with a specific person and site.


A person or company that owns or leases regulated products or equipment. 


A person or company authorized by the owner to manage the operation of regulated product or equipment.

operating permit

A permission issued by BC Safety Authority that allows the operation and maintenance of a regulated product or equipment. An operating permit may be issued to the owner of a regulated product or building where the product or equipment is to be operated.

monetary penalty

An administrative penalty issued by a BCSA safety manager to a person or company for specific non-compliance(s), in amounts up to a maximum of $100,000.