Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation approved – January 2017

At their January 2017 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors (BOD) approved 14 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation. Strikethrough versions of the approved amendments, along with explanatory notes and the related BOD Resolution, will be available for reference in early February.

The amendments relate to the following:

  • Section 1.1, Definitions, consequential amendments to the definitions for combustible and flammable liquids
  • Section 4.56, General Conditions, work area guards and handrails
  • Section 4.81, 4.82 and 28.9, General Conditions, environmental tobacco smoke
  • Section 5.71(2), Chemical Agents and Biological Agents, combustible or flammable air contaminants
  • Section 6.4, Substance Specific Requirements, asbestos inventory
  • Sections 6.58.1 to 6.69, Substance Specific Requirements, lead
  • Sections 6.110 to 6.112.7, Substance Specific Requirements, respirable crystalline silica and rock dust
  • Section 12.83.1, Tools, Machinery and Equipment, new section, chassis dynamometer
  • Section 13.11, 14.1 and 14.2 Cranes and Hoists, construction material hoists
  • Section 14.5, Cranes and Hoists, rated capacity indication and Section 14.11, Cranes and Hoists, support structure
  • Section 14.81, Cranes and Hoists, limit devices
  • Section 20.2, Construction, Excavation and Demolition, notice of project
  • Section 22.12(1) and (2), Underground Workings, underground supervisors
  • Section 26.13.4, Forestry Operations and Similar Activities, new section, saw chain shot

Between July and October 2016, there was extensive province-wide consultation on the proposed amendments, including public hearings. Copies of all written submissions and the transcripts of the oral hearings can be found on

These amendments will become effective May 1, 2017. The OHS Regulationwill be updated at that time.