BCSA increases compliance and enforcement activities in 2016

New Westminster, BC, 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, 43 compliance orders and imposed seven sanctions, including six monetary penalties. 

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warning notice

A document issued to a person or company by BC Safety Authority identifying non-compliant behaviour and further advising that future non-compliance of a similar nature will result in progressive enforcement action.

working group (risk reduction related to Technology Advisory Committees)

A group of industry subject matter experts formed to address a specific safety issue, activity or project. Working groups research, analyze and make recommendations on a specific safety aspect to their respective technology advisory committee and may be dissolved when the outcome is delivered.


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.