Is ABSA Part Of The Government?
ABSA is a regulatory authority, but is not a direct part of the Government.
In 1995, the Government of Alberta moved the administration of pressure equipment
safety programs from a government department to a "Delegated Administrative Organization,"
namely, ABSA. Registered under the Societies Act as a not-for-profit organization,
ABSA obtains its authority from the Boilers Delegated Administration Regulation.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs appointed ABSA's Chief Inspector as Technical Administrator
for pressure equipment safety. ABSA provides pressure equipment safety program services,
under the direction of a Board of Directors that represents both the pressure equipment
industry and the public.
Most government boiler inspectors continued their work as safety codes officers with
the new organization, ensuring that this pool of expertise and experience would not
be lost. These people formed the core of ABSA and their commitment to safety remains
the driving force behind the work that ABSA does.
ABSA is self-supporting, financing its operations through fees paid by the pressure
equipment industry and users of ABSA's services. We are responsible to the Government,
our program delivery is regularly audited by Alberta Municipal Affairs, and our Annual
Report and Three-Year Business Plan are tabled in the Legislature. The fees for ABSA's
services are set by the Board of Directors, and are approved by the Minister of Municipal
Affairs (see Fee Schedule).
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Who Are ABSA's Partners In Pressure Equipment Safety?
The key to ABSA's effective delivery of pressure equipment safety programs is our
strong partnership with industry and a number of organizations (listed below) that
work toward essentially the same goals.
Minister Of Municipal Affairs
The Minister establishes public safety policy through the legislative and regulatory
process, and administers, delegates and audits the programs that support public safety.
Alberta Municipal Affairs
On behalf of the Minister, Alberta Municipal Affairs (AMA) facilitates a public safety
system (including pressure equipment safety) in the Province, and plays a key role
in promoting safe communities and workplaces.
Safety Codes Council
The Safety Codes Council (SCC) provides a mechanism for stakeholders' participation
in the development and delivery of Alberta's safety system. The Safety Codes Council
acts as a liaison between the Minister and persons or organizations interested in
safety matters covered by the Safety Codes Act.
Boilers And Pressure Vessels Sub Council
The Boilers and Pressure Vessels Sub Council (BPVSC), a part of the Safety Codes
Council, is made up of volunteer stakeholder representatives from the pressure equipment
industry, educational institutions, and workforce associations. The BPVSC:
reviews compliance with the Safety Codes Act, provincial regulations, and national
and international standards
reviews, formulates, and recommends changes to codes, standards, and regulations
establishes competency requirements for safety codes officers
hears and rules upon appeals of orders written by safety codes officers
provides advice and other support to the Minister.
The pressure equipment industry is interprovincial and international in nature.
ABSA works with, and relies upon, a variety of other organizations, including standards-writing
organizations, other pressure-equipment jurisdictions nationally and internationally,
and jurisdictional organizations such as the National Board of Boiler and Pressure
Standards developed by standards-writing organizations including the Canadian Standards
Association (CSA) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), are adopted
as part of Alberta's legislation.
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What is the Relationship Between ABSA, the Safety Codes Council, and the Boilers
and Pressure Vessels Technical Council?
As a partner for promoting pressure equipment safety, ABSA works closely with the
Safety Codes Council.
The Safety Codes Council (SCC) was established in the 1993 to carry out the duties
defined in the Safety Codes Act (SCA). The Alberta Government, with advice of the
Safety Codes Council, sets the requirements for pressure equipment safety in
the Safety Codes Act and Regulations.
The Safety Codes Council coordinates the development of safety codes and standards
for Alberta's safety system. It assists all discipline technical councils in developing
safety codes that promote uniform, province-wide safety standards and practices.
As one of the ten technical councils that make up the Safety Codes Council, the
Boilers and Pressure Vessels Technical Council (BPVTC) is responsible for reviewing
compliance and recommending code, standard, and regulation changes to the SCC.