BC Safety Authority releases 2016 State of Safety Report

New Westminster, BC, May 26, 2017—BC Safety Authority (BCSA) released its 2016 State of Safety Report, a comprehensive overview of BCSA’s activities and information analysis, including data on installation and operating assessments, incident investigations, as well as research and enforcement activities. The report is designed to help people understand technical trends and use the knowledge to make informed safety decisions.

“BCSA believes in a province-wide safety system that thrives on sharing safety data. This information contributes to a learning process that connects and benefits all participants in the system, even as technologies and practices change,” says Catherine Roome, BCSA President & CEO.  “While our 2016 State of Safety Report is built on real-time data, it also looks forward, providing a platform for learning that is backed by data.”

In addition to summarizing information on installation and operating permits, physical assessments, and incident investigations, BCSA’s 2016 State of Safety Report also highlights three “Safety Stories” which showcase examples of our connected and collaborative efforts toward our vision of “Safe technical systems. Everywhere.”

This year’s report also includes information on hazards found by safety officers during physical assessments, and unpermitted work discovered by BCSA.

Highlights of work undertaken by BCSA:

  • New installation permits = 111,372
  • Operating permits = 108,352
  • Compliance assessments = 44,605
  • As-Found Hazard Assessments = 46,414
  • New licences = 897
  • New certificates of qualification = 2,615
  • Enforcement actions taken (Compliance orders and sanctions) = 255
  • Information bulletins = 12

The State of Safety Report is an annual publication issued by BC Safety Authority in accordance with the Administrative Agreement between BCSA and the Province of British Columbia. 


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About BC Safety Authority
BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment, including elevating devices. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.

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