CERTIFICATION, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
GUIDELINES for BRITISH COLUMBIA COMMUTER RAILWAYS
Part 27 Inspection and Maintenance of Pipeline Crossings under Commuter Railways
Section # Requirement Source/Rationale
Adapted from Transport Canada’s Standards
(a) These guidelines may be known as the "Pipeline Crossing Inspection and
Respecting Pipeline Crossings under Railways
(b) These guidelines are intended to ensure that pipeline crossings under
commuter railways are inspected and maintained in a safe manner. (c)
(c) These guidelines apply to commuter railway companies subject to the
jurisdiction of the provincial Minister of Transportation pursuant to the Railway
27.2 General Applications and Exclusions Adapted from Transport Canada’s Standards
These guidelines do not include overhead cable crossings, overhead pipeline Respecting Pipeline Crossings under Railways
crossings, and underground cable crossings.
27.3 General Conditions Adapted from Transport Canada’s Standards
(a) No person shall commence the repair, maintenance or removal of any pipe Respecting Pipeline Crossings under Railways
under a commuter railway without obtaining a written approval from the railway
company that owns, operates or has control of the commuter railway.
(b) Every owner of a pipe installed under a commuter railway, shall at all times
maintain the pipe in good working order and condition, so that:
(i) the safety of commuter railway operations is not threatened in any manner;
(ii) the safety of the public, including the lives, well-being and health of people
is safeguarded, and
(iii) the environment is protected.
27.4 Responsibility of the Commuter Railway Company Adapted from Transport Canada’s Rules
(a) A commuter railway shall ensure that the types of inspections and Respecting Track Safety
maintenance of all pipeline crossings under their railway systems are
undertaken at such frequency and by such methods so as to ensure the
safety of passengers, property and the environment..
(b) The frequency of inspections and maintenance shall be identified, in
consultation with the owners of the pipeline systems and shall refer to in
the commuter railway’s approved SMS documents.
(c) Where the owner of the pipeline systems is not available or unable to
provide the criteria for the inspection and maintenance, a BC Registered
Professional Engineer knowledgeable in pipeline systems shall
formulate this criteria.
(d) The locations of all pipeline crossing under the company’s railway shall
be identified in the approved SMS.
27.5 Qualifications of Pipeline Crossing Inspectors Adapted from Transport Canada’s Rules
(a) Employees who are required to carry out safety inspections of pipeline Respecting Track Safety
crossings shall be trained and qualified by the owner of the pipeline or
other acceptable organization for the inspection of these pipeline
(c) The training and qualification program, or the organization which
approved pipeline crossing inspectors, shall be identified in the
27.6 Special Inspections Adapted from Transport Canada’s Rules
In the event of fire, flood, severe storm, or other occurrence which might have Respecting Track Safety
damaged the pipeline crossing, a special inspection shall be made of any of
the crossings which may have been affected as soon as possible after the
27.7 Records Management Adapted from Transport Canada’s Track
(a) Each commuter railway to which these guidelines apply, shall keep a Safety Rules
record of each inspection required to be performed on the pipeline Part iv Records
crossing under their railway.
(b) Each inspection record shall be prepared on the day the inspection is
made and signed by the person making the inspection.
(c) Records must specify the pipeline crossing inspected the date of
inspection, location and nature of any deviation from these guidelines
and/or those requirements referred to in the commuter railways approved
(d) The remedial action taken by the person making the inspection shall also
(e) The owner shall retain each record for at least one year after the
inspection covered by the record.
(f) Pipeline crossing inspection records must specify the date of inspection,
the location, and nature of any defects found, and the remedial action
taken and the date thereof.
(g) The owner shall retain the inspection or test records for at least two years
after the inspection and for one year after remedial action is taken.
(h) All records shall be made available upon request to BCSA Railway Safety
(i) For purposes of compliance with these guidelines set out in this section,
an owner may retain records in an electronic system provided that:
(i) the electronic system is designed so that the integrity of each
electronic record is maintained through the application of security
measures, including means, to uniquely identify the person who made
the inspection as the author of that record;
(ii) the electronic storage of each record shall be initiated by the person
making the inspection by the following day following the completion of
(iii) the electronic system shall ensure that no electronic record can be
modified in any way, or replaced, after the record has been stored in
the electronic system;
(iv) any correction with respect to an electronic record shall be stored and
retained as a separate record apart from the electronic record that it
27.7 (v) such corrections shall only be used to correct a data entry error in the
continued original electronic record.
(vi) the electronic system shall uniquely identify the person who made the
(vii) the electronic system shall be designed to prevent the corruption of,
or loss of data from any electronic record, such as by making back up
copies of all electronic records on a daily basis;
(j) The commuter railway company shall produce and provide to a Railway
Safety Inspector any electronic record that is requested by Railway Safety
Inspector that in paper or electronic format, as specified by the Inspector.
(k) Where a commuter railway company receiving such request is unable to
provide the records immediately, the commuter railway company shall,
without delay, take all reasonable measures to provide the records.
(l) For greater certainty, this provision in no way limits an Railway Safety
Inspector powers, as set out in paragraph 28(1)(a.1) of the adopted
Railway Safety Act (Canada).
(m) All electronic records shall be available to the persons who performed the
inspections, the person responsible for the pipeline crossing and to
persons performing subsequent inspections.