A formal document, in which a client requests permission to deviate from a requirement in a code or regulation without compromising safety. A variance is applicable to an individual circumstance on a single occasion and has no precedential value.

unpermitted work

Regulated work that has been done without the required permissions in place.

Technology Advisory Committee

A non-decision-making body, coordinated by BC Safety Authority and comprised of volunteer industry representatives, that has a role in identifying and advising BC Safety Authority on issues related to technical safety, regulatory change and service delivery.

strategic client

A client group whose engagement with the safety system is critical to the fulfillment of our corporate strategy and critical to safety. This group provides a focus for the business when considering the development or improvement of systems, services or processes.


An action issued to a person or company to correct non-compliant behaviour. Types of sanctions include monetary penalties, discipline orders, or other restrictions issued by a safety manager.

Safety Standards Administrators’ Group

An advisory body comprised of representatives of the ten municipalities that administer the electrical or gas regulations of the Safety Standards Act. The role of the Safety Standards Administrators’ Group is to share safety information, standardize processes and interpretations, and ultimately to promote greater consistency in provincial safety management.

safety order

A regulatory instrument issued by a BCSA provincial safety manager to prevent or reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to property. Compliance is mandatory.

residual risk

The degree of risk remaining after control measures have been implemented.  

regulated work

Regulated work is the assembly, manufacture, construction, installation, operation, testing, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a regulated product or equipment.

regulated product

Equipment and systems that are subject to the Safety Standards Act:

  • Electrical equipment and systems
  • Boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration systems
  • Natural gas and propane appliances and systems, including hydrogen
  • Elevating devices, such as elevators and escalators
  • Passenger ropeways, such as aerial trams and ski lifts
  • Amusement devices
  • Complex and integrated technical systems