Alternative Safety Approaches

Alternative Safety Approaches fees changed April 1, 2014

New fee schedule effective April 1, 2014. Read the consultation results on the fee change for Alternative Safety Approaches.

The Legislative Assembly made changes to British Columbia's Safety Standards Act in 2011. These changes provide owners and operators of equipment covered by the Act with the opportunity to take an "alternative safety approach" in order to comply with the objectives of the Act.

The Alternative Safety Approaches Regulation was made effective April 1, 2011. 

There are two options within the Alternative Safety Approaches program:

1. A Safety Management Plan, or
2. An Equivalent Standard Approach.

Both approaches provide the owners or operators of equipment with flexibility in how to manage safety. A Safety Management Plan is a broad approach and includes the safety of an entire facility, while an Equivalent Standard Approach applies to one aspect of an installation or operation. It is important to understand that these approaches are voluntary and optional.

For a brief overview on Alternative Safety Approaches, please read the Alternative Safety Approaches Backgrounder.

For full information about Alternative Safety Approaches, please click here: Alternative Safety Approaches.

ASA Consultation

In developing the manuals and processes to support the ASA, BC Safety Authority conducted a series of consultations with stakeholders to gain insight and input into the program. The Safety Standards Act was changed in response to stakeholder concerns regarding the prescriptive nature of many regulations. With the changes, owners and operators may now:

  • Streamline the approval of new and innovative technologies;
  • Use alternative approaches where prescriptive regulations are perceived to be a barrier to trade and investment; and
  • Adopt and implement best practices for managing safety as established in other jurisdictions.