Administrative Items Regulation

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Published: 2012

AR 16/2004 ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS REGULATION (Consolidated up to 170/2012)
ALBERTA REGULATION 16/2004
Safety Codes Act
ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS REGULATION
Table of Contents
                1       Interpretation
General
                2       Mines exemption
                3       Safety codes officer identification
                4       Safety codes officer probationary certification
                5       Service of orders and notices
                6       Format and content of orders
                7       Information system
Reporting Fires, Accidents and Unsafe Conditions
                8       Reporting and investigating fires
                9       Fire investigation report
              10       No fire insurance
              11       Insurance companies reporting fires
              12       Reporting in the gas discipline
              13       Reporting in the plumbing discipline
              14       Reporting in the private sewage disposal discipline
              15       Reporting in the electrical discipline
              16       Reporting in the elevating devices discipline Seals and Stamps
              18       Complex projects
              20       Design of amusement rides
Architect, Engineer Review
              21       Review of building
              22       Review of sprinkler system
              23       Review of fire alarm system
              24       Review of wood foundation
Repeals, Expiry and Coming into Force
              25       Repeals
              26       Expiry
              27       Coming into force
Interpretation
1   In this Regulation,
                                 (a)    “Act” means the Safety Codes Act;
                                 (b)    “Alberta Building Code” means the Alberta Building Code 1997 declared in force by the Building Code Regulation (AR 50/98);
                                 (c)    “architectural work” means the preparation of designs for the erection of, construction of or addition to a building but does not include engineering work;
                                 (d)    “engineering work” means the preparation of designs for electrical, mechanical and structural systems or components of buildings and includes applicable geotechnical engineering work and the design of pressure equipment;
                                 (e)    “Fire Commissioner” means the Fire Commissioner employed by the Government within the Department of Municipal Affairs;
                                 (f)    “plans” include drawings;
                                 (g)    “professional engineer” means a person who is permitted to practise engineering under the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act;
                                 (h)    “registered architect” means a person who is permitted to practise architecture under the Architects Act.
AR 16/2004 s1;35/2007;68/2008;170/2012
General
Mines exemption
2(1)  For purposes of applying the Act and the regulations under the Act, “electrical system” does not include electrical systems used in mines regulated by the Mines Safety Regulation (AR 292/95).
(2)  The regulations under the Act do not apply to the design, manufacture, construction, sale, installation, operation, occupancy and maintenance of elevating devices used in mines regulated by the Mines Safety Regulation (AR 292/95).
Safety codes officer identification
3   Identification of a person as a safety codes officer consists of an identification card that
                                 (a)    has a photograph of the person,
                                 (b)    is signed by the person,
                                 (c)    states the person’s name and number of the person’s certificate of competency,
                                 (d)    states that the person is a safety codes officer appointed under the Act,
                                 (e)    states the discipline and competency level to which the person’s powers and duties relate,
                                 (f)    states the expiry date of the identification card, and
                                 (g)    purports to be signed by an Administrator.
Safety codes officer probationary certification
4(1)  On receipt of an application for designation as a safety codes officer, an Administrator who is authorized to issue certificates of competency and to designate the powers that a safety codes officer may exercise may issue a probationary certificate of competency to the applicant if
                                 (a)    the Administrator believes that the applicant’s training and experience are adequate to enable the applicant to function adequately as a safety codes officer in a specific discipline, or
                                 (b)    the applicant has partial qualifications and is diligently undertaking the process of completing qualifications to permit a certificate of competency to be issued.
(2)  The Administrator shall not include authorization to exercise the powers under section 49 of the Act in a designation of powers for a safety codes officer who holds a probationary certificate of competency.
(3)  A probationary certificate of competency must contain an expiry date.
Service of orders and notices
5(1)  An order issued, confirmed, revoked or varied under the Act and a written notice required by the Act to be issued must be served
                                 (a)    in the case of an individual,
                                           (i)    by personal service,
                                          (ii)    by leaving it for the individual with a person apparently at least 18 years of age at the individual’s current or most usual dwelling place,
                                         (iii)    by sending it by registered mail to the individual’s last known address, or
                                         (iv)    by sending it by facsimile or other form of electronic transmission to the individual’s last known facsimile number or electronic address, if there is a record of so sending it,
                                     and
                                 (b)    in the case of a corporation,
                                           (i)    by leaving it with a director, manager or officer of the corporation, or the president, chairperson or other head officer, by whatever name that person is known, of the corporation,
                                          (ii)    by leaving it at the corporation’s registered office,
                                         (iii)    by sending it by registered mail to the corporation’s registered office, or
                                         (iv)    in the case of an extra‑provincial corporation, by leaving it with, at the address of, or by sending it by registered mail to the address of, the corporation’s attorney for service appointed as required by the Business Corporations Act.
(2)  The Safety Codes Council, a sub‑council of the Safety Codes Council, an Administrator or a safety codes officer may request the assistance of a peace officer in the service of an order.
Format and content of orders
6   An order issued under the Act must
                                 (a)    be mechanically written or handwritten in a legible manner, on paper,
                                 (b)    state that it is an order,
                                 (c)    identify the section in the Act providing the authority under which the order is issued,
                                 (d)    identify the safety codes officer who is issuing the order and the employer of the safety codes officer,
                                 (e)    identify the contravention, if that is the subject‑matter of the order, including the section of the code, standard or body of rules that has been contravened, if applicable, and
                                 (f)    include
                                           (i)    the name of the person or persons to whom the order is issued,
                                          (ii)    the personal or business address of the person or persons to whom the order is issued,
                                         (iii)    the municipal address or legal description of the property on which the thing, process or activity that is the subject‑matter of the order is located,
                                         (iv)    instructions and information regarding the procedure for requesting a review of the order by an Administrator,
                                          (v)    the name, address, telephone and facsimile numbers of an Administrator in respect of the discipline of the safety codes officer who is issuing the order,
                                         (vi)    instructions and information regarding the procedure for starting an appeal of the order,
                                        (vii)    the address, telephone and facsimile numbers of the Safety Codes Council, and
                                       (viii)    notice that non‑compliance with the instructions of the order is an offence under the Act.
Information system
7(1)  An Administrator or the Safety Codes Council may maintain information systems respecting any or all matters under the Act.
(2)  Entries may be made to the information system by an Administrator or the Safety Codes Council.
(3)  When a person requests a search of an information system for variances or outstanding orders pursuant to section 63(3) of the Act, the information must be issued if all the applicable fees have been paid.
Reporting Fires, Accidents and Unsafe Conditions
Reporting and investigating fires
8(1)  Subject to subsection (2), if the responding officer of a fire department knows of a fire within the department’s jurisdiction in which a person dies or suffers an injury that requires professional medical attention or in which property is damaged or destroyed, the reporting officer must report the fire to a safety codes officer for the fire discipline.
(2)  A safety codes officer for the fire discipline must investigate the cause, origin and circumstances of every fire within the safety codes officer’s jurisdiction in which a person dies or suffers injury that requires professional medical attention or in which property is damaged or destroyed.
(3)  This section does not apply to forest fires.
Fire investigation report
9   A safety codes officer for the fire discipline who investigates the causes and circumstances of a fire must
                                 (a)    within 30 days after the date of the fire started prepare and submit to the Fire Commissioner a report in a form satisfactory to the Fire Commissioner, and
                                 (b)    immediately notify the Fire Commissioner if the safety codes officer has information that indicates the fire,
                                           (i)    is or may be of incendiary origin, or
                                          (ii)    has resulted in loss of life,
                                     and
                                 (c)    provide to the Fire Commissioner any further information respecting the investigation that the Fire Commissioner requests.
No fire insurance
10   A person, firm or corporation that sustains a loss by fire of property in Alberta on which no insurance is in effect must, within 10 days after the occurrence of the fire, submit to the Fire Commissioner a report in a form satisfactory to the Fire Commissioner.
Insurance companies reporting fires
11(1)  An insurance company licensed to undertake contracts for fire insurance in Alberta must, within 7 days after the end of every month, submit to the Fire Commissioner a report in a form satisfactory to the Fire Commissioner regarding every fire that occurred in Alberta in the previous month and in which that company is interested as insurer.
(2)  A person who sustains loss by fire of property in Alberta that is insured wholly or partially with an insurance company not licensed or registered under the Insurance Act must, within 10 days after complete proofs of the loss are submitted to the company with which the insurance is placed, submit a report to the Fire Commissioner in a form satisfactory to the Fire Commissioner.
(3)  A person engaged in making adjustments of a loss or damage by fire in Alberta must, within 7 days after the end of every month, submit to the Fire Commissioner a report in a form satisfactory to the Fire Commissioner showing the adjustments made by the adjuster in the previous month.
(4)  A person engaged in
                                 (a)    making adjustments of a loss or damage by fire, or
                                 (b)    investigating a fire, other than a peace officer or a person making an investigation under section 34 of the Act,
must immediately notify the Fire Commissioner if that person has information that indicates the fire is or may be of incendiary origin.
Reporting in the gas discipline
12(1)  Subject to subsection (2), a person who knows of
                                 (a)    a fatality involving a gas installation or gas equipment,
                                 (b)    property damage estimated to exceed $250, if it is caused by a fire or explosion, or
                                 (c)    an accident involving a gas installation or gas equipment where the accident results in injury to a person that requires professional medical attention,
must notify a safety codes officer for the gas discipline of the circumstances and details of the accident and provide the safety codes officer with any other information that the safety codes officer requests and the safety codes officer must notify an Administrator for the gas discipline of the accident.
(2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a person who knows or has reasonable grounds to believe that the accident has been reported to a safety codes officer for the gas discipline.
Reporting in the plumbing discipline
13   An operator of a public water supply system who knows of an accident or an unsafe condition related to the supply or use of the public water supply system must, as soon as practicable, notify an Administrator for the plumbing discipline.
Reporting in the private sewage disposal discipline
14   A person who knows of an accident or unsafe condition related to the use of a private sewage disposal system must, as soon as practicable, notify an Administrator for the plumbing discipline.
Reporting in the electrical discipline
15(1)  Subject to subsection (2), any person who knows of
                                 (a)    an accident to a person, a fatal accident to livestock or a power line contact involving an electrical installation or electrical equipment, or
                                 (b)    a fire of electrical origin or suspected electrical origin
must, as soon as practicable, report the accident, contact or fire to an Administrator for the electrical discipline or to a safety codes officer and the safety codes officer must notify an Administrator for the electrical discipline.
(2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a person who knows or has reasonable grounds to believe that the accident, contact or fire has already been reported to a safety codes officer or an Administrator for the electrical discipline.
(3)  After an accident described in subsection (1), no person shall remove or interfere with anything in, on or about the place where the accident occurred until permission has been granted by a safety codes officer for the electrical discipline, unless it is necessary to do so to prevent death or injury, to protect property or to restore service.
Reporting in the elevating devices discipline
16   An owner of an elevating device or an owner’s agent must
                                 (a)    notify an Administrator for the elevating devices discipline or a safety codes officer and the safety codes officer must notify an Administrator for the elevating devices discipline as soon as practicable after an accident involving the elevating device that results in death or serious injury to a person or damage to equipment, and
                                 (b)    if requested by an Administrator for the elevating devices discipline, submit, as soon as practicable, a full written report of any accident involving the elevating device that results in death or serious injury to a person or damage to equipment.
17   Repealed AR 49/2006 s47.
Seals and Stamps
Complex projects
18(1)  If, in the opinion of a safety codes officer, the size or complexity of a project may give rise to special safety concerns, the safety codes officer may require that all plans and specifications, or any part of them, for the project’s
                                 (a)    buildings,
                                 (b)    electrical systems,
                                 (c)    elevating devices,
                                 (d)    gas systems,
                                 (e)    plumbing and private sewage disposal systems, or
                                 (f)    repealed AR 49/2006 s47;
                                 (g)    fire protection systems and equipment,
be imprinted with a seal or stamp affixed by a professional engineer if engineering work is involved or by a registered architect, if architectural work is involved or by both if both types of work are involved.
(2)  If, in the opinion of a safety codes officer, the size or complexity of a project may give rise to special safety concerns, the safety codes officer may require that the construction of any or all of the project’s
                                 (a)    buildings,
                                 (b)    electrical systems,
                                 (c)    elevating devices,
                                 (d)    gas systems,
                                 (e)    plumbing and private sewage disposal systems, or
                                 (f)    repealed AR 49/2006 s47;
                                 (g)    fire protection systems and equipment,
be reviewed during construction by a professional engineer if engineering work is involved or by a registered architect if architectural work is involved or by both if both types of work are involved.
AR 16/2004 s18;49/2006
19   Repealed AR 49/2006 s47.
Design of amusement rides
20   A safety codes officer may accept plans for the design of amusement rides with a seal affixed by an engineer who is registered in any jurisdiction.
Architect, Engineer Review
Review of building
21   An owner who intends to construct a building, other than a building described in Sentence 2.3.3.1.(2) of the Alberta Building Code, must submit evidence to a safety codes officer, before any work begins, that the owner has retained
                                 (a)    a registered architect,
                                 (b)    a professional engineer, or
                                 (c)    an appropriate combination of professionals described in clauses (a) and (b),
to carry out a review required by section 18(2), 22, 23 or 24 during the construction of the building.
Review of sprinkler system
22   An owner who intends to construct a sprinkler system described in Sentence 2.3.3.2.(1) of the Alberta Building Code must submit evidence to a safety codes officer, before any work begins, that the owner has retained a professional engineer to
                                 (a)    review the system during installation, and
                                 (b)    perform verification of the system after installation.
Review of fire alarm system
23   An owner who intends to install a fire alarm system described in Sentence 2.3.3.3.(1) of the Alberta Building Code must submit evidence to a safety codes officer, before any work begins, that the owner has retained a professional engineer to
                                 (a)    review the system during installation, and
                                 (b)    perform verification of the system after installation.
Review of wood foundation
24   An owner who intends to construct a preserved wood foundation that is required by Article 9.15.1.3 of the Alberta Building Code to be designed by a professional engineer or registered architect, must submit evidence to a safety codes officer, before any work begins, that the owner has retained a registered architect or professional engineer to carry out a review during construction.
Repeals, Expiry and Coming into Force
Repeals
25   The following regulations are repealed:
                                 (a)    the Administrative Items Regulation (AR 83/94);
                                 (b)    the Administration and Information Systems Regulation (AR 55/95).
Expiry
26   For the purpose of ensuring that this Regulation is reviewed for ongoing relevancy and necessity, with the option that it may be repassed in its present or an amended form following a review, this Regulation expires on April 30, 2016.
AR 16/2004 s26;52/2011
Coming into force
27   This Regulation comes into force on April 1, 2004.
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