Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New plan in place to improve fire code compliance #bcpoli

Oct. 31, 2012

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
Ministry of Justice

New plan in place to improve fire code compliance

VICTORIA - Building owners and employers are responsible for fire code compliance in British Columbia, but in the interests of long-term safety for workers, the government will now be asking high-risk facility owners to provide documentation of fire code compliance.

In the course of regularly scheduled and/or targeted inspections, WorkSafeBC will be requesting all building owners to provide documentation related to fire code compliance. The BC Safety Authority (BCSA) will request documentation of fire code compliance when performing on-site inspections of regulated equipment installation.

To assist, Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, and Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General introduced today the creation of the Fire Inspection and Prevention Initiative (FIPI). Through FIPI, WorkSafeBC will invest one million dollars in funding over two years to reduce the risk fire represents to workers in industrial operations and to improve compliance.

FIPI will improve awareness of employers' fire safety obligations and education about the BC Fire Code standards. It will also improve co-ordination between WorkSafeBC and BCSA inspectors and the OFC, which has responsibility for enforcing the BC Fire Code.

The B.C. government expects these enhanced fire code compliance efforts will improve health and safety for workers in British Columbia and provide more clarity about the accountability of industrial owners and operators and how they must meet BC Fire Code standards.

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