Incident Reporting Requirements With Respect To Electrical Technology

29 February 2016

Reference #:  D-E3 070115 1 Revision:04

This Directive is being issued by a provincial safety manager pursuant to section 30 of the Safety Standards Act.

General Details

This Directive is being issued to businesses and contractors to clarify the reporting of incidents.  It is issued with respect to the requirements of section 36 and 37 of the Safety Standards Act and section 34 of the Safety Standards General Regulation.

Incidents involving electrical technology, which occur within the following jurisdictions, can be reported directly to the appropriate municipality:

  • Burnaby                              604-294-7944
  • Maple Ridge                       604-463-5221
  • North Vancouver (City)         604-985-7761 
  • North Vancouver (District)    604-990-2311
  • Surrey                                 604-591-4011
  • Vancouver                          604-873-7011
  • Victoria                               250-385-5711
  • West Vancouver                  604-925-7000

Specific Details

A.    Reporting of Incidents to  British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA)

An incident is an event involving technology regulated by BCSA that:
a.     results in death, injury, or damage to property and/or regulated equipment, or
b.   
did not involve death, injury, or damage to property and/or equipment but under similar circumstances, is highly likely to result in death, injury, or damage to property and/or regulated equipment.

Persons in charge of regulated work, owners of regulated products, permit holders, persons who perform regulated work, and persons who operate a regulated product or system are required to report incidents. Incidents must be reported to British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) within 24 hours of occurrence by one of the following methods:

All Incidents (Levels, I, II & III)
Telephone

  • Call 1-866-566-7233  (toll free, 24 hrs.)

 For Minor Incidents Only (Level III)
Online

Telephone

  • Call 1-866-566-7233  (toll free 24 hrs.)

 B.    Levels Of Incidents
Incidents range in severity from major (Level I) to minor (Level III). For the purposes of this Directive, incidents are categorized as follows:

Level I – Must be Reported Immediately by Telephone

  • Fatality or life threatening injury involved with the operation, installation, testing, modification, or use of the equipment.
  • The injured person(s) involved requires emergency medical attention (hospitalization). This includes, but is not limited to, major blood loss, loss of limbs, loss of an eye, unconsciousness.
  • Catastrophic damage (total loss) to property and/or equipment.
  • Estimated damages are in excess of $500,000
  • Injuries resulting from contact with electrical equipment operating at greater than 750 volts.
  • Fire and/or explosion resulting from electrical equipment operating at greater than 750 volts.
  • Near miss – no death, injury requiring emergency medical attention, or catastrophic damage to property and/or equipment occur but under similar circumstance is highly likely to occur.
  • Events requiring evacuation of employees and/or the general public from the premises or general vicinity

Level II – Must be Reported Immediately by Telephone

  • The injured person(s) involved requires professional medical attention. This includes, but is not limited to, fractures, mild burns, and shocks.
  • Extensive damage to property and/or equipment.
  • Estimated damages are between $50,000 and 500,000
  • Injuries resulting from contact with electrical equipment operating between 31 volts and 750 volts.
  • Fire and/or explosion resulting from electrical equipment operating between 31 volts and 750 volts.
  • Near miss – no injury requiring professional medical attention, or extensive damage to property and/or equipment occur but under similar circumstance is highly likely to occur.

 Level III – Must be Reported within 24 hours by Telephone or Online

  • The injured person(s) involved sustained a minor injury (example: superficial cuts, bruises) and does not require first aid or professional medical treatment.
  • Minor damage to property and/or equipment
  • Estimated damages to property and/or equipment is up to $50,000
  • Injuries resulting from contact with electrical equipment operating at 30 volts or less.
  • Fire and/or explosion resulting from electrical equipment operating at 30 volts or less.
  • Near miss – no minor injury, or minor damages to property and/or equipment occur but under similar circumstance is highly likely to occur

References:
Bill 19 – 2003                Safety Standards Act
B.C. Reg. 105/2004       Safety Standards General Regulation

Ulrich Janisch
Provincial Safety Manager - Electrical