Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing in 2018. The proposed regulatory amendment packages under review are: Part 8, Personal Protective Clothing and…

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WorkSafeBC releases three-year strategy to reduce serious injuries in the construction sector

Richmond, B.C. (Feb. 7, 2018) — WorkSafeBC has released a new three-year plan to help employers reduce serious injuries in the construction sector. The 2018-2020Construction High-Risk Strategy is designed to prevent unsafe acts or conditions that cause workplace injuries and fatalities.   “The serious injury rate in the construction sector is much higher than in…

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WorkSafeBC releases three-year construction sector injury reduction strategy

JOC News Service ~ February 8, 2018 RICHMOND, B.C. – WorkSafeBC has released a new three-year plan to help employers reduce serious injuries in the construction sector. Titled the 2018-2020 Construction High Risk Strategy, the plan focuses on health and safety responsibilities, tools, equipment and processes, and partnership and collaboration. WorkSafeBC officers will conduct workplace inspections focused…

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Workers reminded of avalanche risks from WorkSafeBC

JOC News Service ~ February 8, 2018 RICHMOND, B.C.  – WorkSafeBC is warning employers in primary-resource industries to identify, assess and mitigate avalanche risk. Primary resource industries include forestry, pipeline construction, oil and gas, forestry, highway maintenance and mining. The organization implored those industries with worksites in avalanche terrain to improve prevention efforts and risk awareness, and…

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Alberta OHS legislation expands options for creative sentencing

Jean Sorensen ~ February 7, 2018 This two-part series will examine how changes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act have established new sentencing mechanisms that move away from the traditional punitive model to a form of “restorative justice.” Alberta has updated its Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act to push forward more creative sentencing options to…

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Recent Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Multiple injuries Core Activity: Structural concrete forming Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Jan ID Number: 2018178110001 A young worker was using an aluminum ladder to access a column form for rigging purposes. The worker fell about 4 feet to the concrete slab below. Injury Type: Lower body fracture Core Activity: House or…

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New Regulation and Guidelines

Storage Racks An amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, governing the use of storage racks, came into effect on January 1, 2018. A corresponding guideline is also available. CPI adjustments to the Act and policies Dollar amounts in the Workers Compensation Act were adjusted to reflect the consumer price index (CPI). Penalty amounts…

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2018 High Risk Strategy

The Construction High Risk Strategy (HRS) is designed to reduce the construction industry’s serious injury rate through risk-reduction tactics focused on health and safety responsibilities specific to planning and supervision and high-risk work activities. The 2018-2020 Construction HRS is focused on three areas: Health and safety responsibilities — Planning and supervision Officers will conduct workplace…

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Bentall construction tragedy remembered as work-related injuries up in 2016 over previous year

GORDON HOEKSTRA | Vancouver Sun | January 8, 2018 Friends, family and dignitaries pay tribute to four construction workers at the Burrard Street SkyTrain Station in Vancouver on Jan. 8. The men died Jan. 7, 1981, from a fall from the 36th floor of the Bentall IV tower.ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG The family comes every year to remember the…

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On the Air with The Construction Record: Silica tool a game changer on jobsites

JOC News Service | January 3, 2018 The Construction Record, Canada’s only regularly running construction industry podcast, spoke to British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance executive director Mike McKenna and Mierau Contractors Ltd. president Kevin Mierau about a new online tool for quantifying silica levels on worksites and its application both in British Columbia and across the country….

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Update on COR (Certificate of Recognition or Partners’ Program) from the Employer’s Forum

Further to our meeting on December 7th and notices shared this past week, we are sharing  update written by Dave Earle, The Employers’ Forum’s Past President, who has been intimately involved in the review and who sits at the COCA table.  His report: Members will undoubtedly have questions around WSBC’s consultation on the COR program….

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Respond to WorkSafeBC on COR by Friday December 15th

As you are well aware, a draft policy for the Health & Safety Management Program (Certificate of Recognition) went out for public consultation earlier this year.  WorkSafeBC has been developing draft practices throughout the year and have been engaged with a small working group of three employer representatives and three labour representatives since July to…

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WorkSafeBC releases ladder safety videos

Journal Of Commerce |  News Service | December 6, 2017 VANCOUVER — WorkSafeBC is reminding workers how to properly use ladders with a new series of safety videos. The six videos remind workers, employers and homeowners how to use ladders safely, both on the job and at home while setting up Christmas decorations. WorkSafeBC statistics show that…

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New WSBC Chair and Directors

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s Minister of Labour Harry Bains has appointed five members to WorkSafeBC’s board of directors. Ralph McGinn is the new board chair, and Lee Loftus, Baltej Dhillon and Kay Teschke are new board members effective immediately. Margaret McNeil, a current board member whose term ended on Dec. 1, has been reappointed for…

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