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Unsafe Condition Reporting

The owner (or designate) of pressure equipment must promptly report any “unsafe condition” to ABSA:

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  • Call or e-mail an ABSA office or any ABSA Safety Codes Officer.
  • After hours: if the situation is critical (posing immediate danger), call the Edmonton switchboard at (780) 437-9100. The message will provide after-hours phone numbers for contact. For non-critical situations, notify ABSA the next business day.

Follow up with a written report. Refer to ABSA’s Unsafe Condition Reporting Form (AB-139).

Reporting unsafe conditions is a requirement under the Safety Codes Act. See Section 59 of the Safety Codes Act and Section 35 of the Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation.

If unsure whether an unsafe condition should be reported, discuss the situation with an ABSA Safety Codes Officer.

What Unsafe Conditions Must Be Reported To ABSA?

An “unsafe condition” relating to pressure equipment is a condition of that equipment that could result in an accident leading to injury, death, or property damage.

Unsafe conditions include (for example):

  • pressure components found to be faulty in design or manufacture
  • malfunction of safety devices
  • improper operation of the pressure equipment
  • inappropriate components or materials
  • unauthorized repair or alteration
  • loss of containment
  • cracking
  • corrosion
  • improper repairs
  • “near misses” (events that could have caused injury or damage).

 

When Must An Unsafe Condition Be Reported?

Unsafe conditions must be reported promptly by the owner, by calling or e-mailing an ABSA office or any ABSA Safety Codes Officer. After hours, if the situation is critical (posing immediate danger), call the Edmonton switchboard at (780) 437-9100. The message will provide after-hours phone numbers for contact. For non-critical situations, notify ABSA the next business day.

Under the Safety Codes Act, “owner” can mean:

  • the owner of the pressure equipment
  • the leaseholder of the pressure equipment
  • the person in charge
  • the person who has care and control of the pressure equipment
  • or, the person exercising the powers and authority of ownership at that time.

If unsure whether an unsafe condition should be reported, discuss the situation with an ABSA Safety Codes Officer.

What Written Reports Are Required?

All verbal or e-mail reports must be followed up by a written report.

Refer to ABSA’s Unsafe Condition Reporting Form (AB-139). The owner may submit the report in a different format, but must provide all information listed on the form.

Report all available information regarding the unsafe condition, including:

  • company name
  • name of owner/person in charge
  • description/detail of unsafe condition
  • location of the pressure equipment involved
  • equipment involved
  • date of reporting
  • name and phone number of person reporting
  • other persons who have been or will be notified.

Submit the written report to ABSA at the address on the form.

What Happens After An Unsafe Condition Is Reported?

An ABSA Safety Codes Officer will determine what additional investigation or reporting will be required. For more information on the powers of the ABSA Safety Codes Officer, see Sections 34-35 of the Alberta Safety Codes Act.

Why Report Unsafe Condition?

The reason for reporting unsafe conditions is to prevent accidents.

By gathering, analyzing, and summarizing information about unsafe conditions, ABSA is able to:

  • issue Alerts, Notifications or Directives
  • recommend Regulation changes
  • recommend Code and Standard changes.

What Legislation Applies To Unsafe Conditions?

  • Alberta Safety Codes Act, Sections 1(1)(v), 5, 34, 35, 48, 59
  • Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation, AR 49/2006, Section 35

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Last modified: October 7, 2015