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Technical Safety BC: State Of Safety Report 2017
Technical Safety BC has released its State of Safety 2017 Report. The interactive, online document provides an overview of incidents and injuries related to technical equipment observed over the previous year, and the organizationís efforts to understand and manage safety risk. The fully digital document provides an array of data including the number of incidents reported to Technical Safety BC in the last year, injuries, number and type of permits issued, number of assessments, incident investigations, as well as information on risk reduction and enforcement activities.
Industry Sectors

FortisBC: Find A BC Contractor
FortisBC provides online search service to find a contractor in BC by region, location, customer type, and services and products.
Information Sources

Build With Propane: Resource Site On Propane Use In Homes
Propane Education & Research Council site provides information and resources on propane and its uses in homes.

Technical Safety BC: Ask A Gas Safety Officer
Technical Safety BC lists answers to various questions asked of their gas safety officers.
Issues & Performance

CSA: Purchasable B149.1-15 Natural Gas & Propane Installation Codes
CSA-B149.1-15 Natural Gas & Propane Installation Code applies to the installation of natural gas & propane appliances & equipment. $299 CDN

CSA: Purchasable Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code
CSA Group sells Canadian Standards Association B149.1 (R2015), Natural gas and propane installation code. It supersedes the previous editions, published in 2010, 2005 and 2000 by CSA. $238.00

FortisBC: Natural Gas Safety Before & After Floods & Storms
FortisBC provides information and resources describing natural gas safety considerations for before and after floods & storms.

FortisBC: Safety Tips For Natural Gas
FortisBC covers safety related issues such as call before you dig, right of way, CO, indoor air quality, meters, appliance safety, emergency preparedness and gas odours.

FortisBC: What To Do During Forest Fires & Evacuation Alerts
FortisBC describes what to do if you have been ordered to evacuate your home, if there are natural gas service outages, and what to do when you return home.

Technical Safety BC: 2009 Changes To Safety Standards Act
Technical Safety BC describes changes to regulations under the Safety Standards Act resulting from the implementation of labour mobility agreements with Alberta and the other provinces and territories. It outlines changes to the Safety Standards General Regulation, Gas Safety Regulation, and Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation. (PDF)

Technical Safety BC: Approved Certification Marks For Gas Appliances
Technical Safety BC bulletin contains updated approved certification marks for gas appliances. (PDF)

Technical Safety BC: BC Gas Contractor Notification Requirements For Completion, Installation, Alteration
Technical Safety BC directive Gas Contractor Responsibilities Gas Notification Requirements For Completion, Installation Or Alteration is being issued by a provincial gas safety manager pursuant to section 30 of the Safety Standards Act. The directive clarifies the notification requirements that permit holders must comply with when submitting declarations for installation permits.

Technical Safety BC: Directive On B149 1 & 2 Interpretations
Technical Safety BC directive provides clarification on several sections of the Canadian Standards Association B149.1-10 & B149.2-10 Natural Gas and Propane Code.

Technical Safety BC: Gas Incident Reporting Requirements
Technical Safety BC directive describes reporting requirements for incidents that occur in a residential home involving gas technology. (PDF)

Technical Safety BC: Information Bulletins On Gas Safety
Technical Safety BC provides online access to bulletins on code and safety issues for gas products and procedures.

Technical Safety BC: Online BC Safety Monetary Penalties & Penalty Calculator
Technical Safety BC says when they find safety hazards or individuals who are not making their work or equipment compliant, they take progressive enforcement action. They may issue a monetary penalty up to $100,000, depending on criteria provided in the Monetary Penalties Regulation. They now have a Monetary Penalty Calculator on their website.

Technical Safety BC: When To Take Gas Appliance Out Of Service
Technical Safety BC describes how to be prepared with a process for putting appliances safely in or out of service when they have been subjected to a flood, fire or any other form of natural disaster.

Technical Safety BC: Which Jurisdiction Applies For Electric & Gas Safety?
Technical Safety BC administers the Safety Standards Act and associated regulations that apply throughout BC, including on lands which are subject to federal regulation for other purposes. They also list the other authorities having jurisdiction in areas where the regulation of electricity and/or gas has been delegated to the local government.

TSBC: Class A & B Gas Fitter May Perform Limited Electrical Work
Technical Safety BC bulletin says the holder of a valid class A or class B gas fitter's certificate of qualification may perform a limited scope of electrical work while working under a valid gas contractor's license or applicable operating permit, as per section 8 of the Gas Safety Regulation.

TSBC: Gas Installation Permit & Safety Jurisdiction in BC
Technical Safety BC information bulletin details the jurisdictional requirements between Technical Safety BC and local government in areas where local governments administer the Safety Standards Act.

WorkSafe BC: Gas Service To Be Disconnected Before Demolition
WorkSafe BC says if youíre planning the demolition of a house or other structure, you must ensure the natural gas service is safely disconnected before demolition begins.
Procedures

FortisBC: Builders, Developers & Engineers
FortisBC provides information for builders, developers and engineers, with sections on builder services, builder resources, industry innovations, trades & partners, as well as incentive programs.

FortisBC: Ordering Gas Services For Builders & Developers
FortisBC site includes details on ordering construction services, service removal/building demolition, and their priority service arrangement. Click on Builder Resources to access a Builder Developer Toolkit.

FortisBC: Resource Site For Homes, Businesses & Building Trades
FortisBC site provides documents and tips covering gas services, billing, energy efficiency, appliances & equipment, safety, environment, and more. Select either For Homes, For Businesses or For Building Professions & Trades to go to that section.
Product Supply

FortisBC: BCUC Approves Lower Natural Gas Commodity Rates In 2011
FortisBC has received approval from the BC Utilities Commission to lower natural gas commodity rates for the majority of customers in BC. The rate decreases will take effect April 1, 2011.
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