Removing capitalized values of permanent disability awards from the experience rating calculation

At their meeting on May 25, 2017, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the release of a discussion paper with options and draft policies to stakeholders for comment. WorkSafeBC’s experience rating (ER) Plan was introduced in 2000. Under the ER Plan, employers whose claim costs are lower than those of their peers receive a discount on…

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Consultation on the Occupational Exposure Limit Review Period for Chemical Substances

June 12, 2017 Dear Stakeholder: Each year the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) publishes a list of substances for which they have set new or revised Threshold Limit Values (TLVs), retained TLVs, or withdrawn TLVs. A TLV is an airborne concentration of a chemical substance from which nearly all workers are believed to…

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BCSA proposing fee increases for 2018-2020 – your feedback wanted

BC Safety Authority would like your feedback on our proposed 2% increase to our general fee schedules, as well as new compliance and enforcement, certification renewal and commercial gas installation fees for 2018-2020. In order to participate in this consultation: Visit: www.safetyauthority.ca/fee-consult Read the discussion paper and other consultation materials Provide feedback through the online…

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WorkSafeBC to hold rate consultation sessions

WorkSafeBC’s senior management team will be travelling the province in July to talk with employers about insurance rates for the coming year. During these sessions, the organization will provide an overview of WorkSafeBC’s preliminary rates for 2018, outline injury trends in British Columbia, and advise employers on what they can do to reduce injuries, as…

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2017 New or Revised ACGIH Threshold Limit Values and B.C. OELs

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) provides that Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) for hazardous chemical substances are generally determined with reference to the Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) set by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). Each year, the ACGIH publishes a list of substances for which they have set new or revised…

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National Floor Covering Association

Message from the NFCA Board of Directors When everyone agrees that improvement is not only needed but desired, change becomes possible. For almost 30 years architects and specification writers have had access to the NFCA floor covering reference manual to guide floor-covering installations through the construction process and become part of that improvement. Yet the…

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Young Worker Update

Every day, 26 young workers are injured on the job — that’s one person every 55 minutes. Starting a new job, especially a first job, can be a little scary, but it shouldn’t be dangerous. That’s why WorkSafeBC needs your help to better understand young workers’ awareness of workplace health and safety issues. Please share this…

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Culture, regulation and education drive Canadian safety evolution

Journal of Commerce | OH&S | by DON PROCTER  | May 22, 2017 In 1886, the Workmen’s Compensation for Injuries Act passed in Ontario was the first compensation act for employees in Canada. It made it possible for workers to take legal action against employers. While working conditions had improved significantly several decades later in many industries, it was the…

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13 Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

There were 13 changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the Regulation) that took effect May 1, 2017. Generally, they include changes to streamline, clarify, and update specific regulations, but some sections, such as the ones pertaining to silica and lead, have been significantly expanded. Changes that are relevant to construction include the following: Silica…

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Betty Spalton Scholarship

The Betty Spalton Trust Fund was established in 1999 to provide financial support to individuals obtaining educations in the fields associated with the road building and heavy construction industries.  As one of the goals of this fund is to encourage diversity in the industry, preference is given to females and/or members of minority groups.  The…

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Cone Zone snags work zone speeders

Journal of Commerce | OH&S | by JOC NEWS SERVICE  | May 16, 2017 VANCOUVER, B.C. – This month the Vancouver Police Department is partnering with the Work Zone Safety Alliance and WorkSafeBC to kick off the seventh annual B.C. Cone Zone Campaign with an enforcement blitz at a roadside worksite on Burrard Street in Vancouver. Last year, one roadside…

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April 2017 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC – Construction

Injury Type: Multiple fractures, internal injury Core Activity: Site surface preparation Location: Interior B.C. Date of Incident: 2017-Apr ID Number: 2017178260005 A worker was operating a single-drum, padfoot, vibratory soil compactor at a construction site. While compacting fill in the reverse direction, the worker experienced a medical event and fell from the operator’s seat to…

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Drivers cautioned about worker safety as Vancouver road construction set for 25 per cent uptick

Vancouver Sun | PATRICK JOHNSTON | Published on: May 14, 2017 Commuters take note: Monday morning Vancouver cops will be on the look-out more than ever for drivers breaking the law around a downtown road construction site. WorkSafe BC estimates the coming months will see 25 per cent more road work than the same period last year and…

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VRCA leadership forum discusses weed in the workplace

Journal of Commerce | ASSOCIATIONS | by RUSSELL HIXSON | May 8, 2017 With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promising to legalize recreational marijuana use by next year, many employers are curious how they will deal with the issue among their workforce. While much of the legislation and specifics around what constitutes impairment is up in the air, a panel at the…

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Safety culture a bigger factor than union or non-union label

Journal of Commerce | OH&S | by JEAN SORENSEN | May 9, 2017 Onsite safety culture, rather than union or non-union culture, is more of a determinate of incident and fatality rates, state several industry stakeholders who have worked in safety roles. Mike McKenna, executive director of the BC Construction Safety Alliance, said he had not seen conclusive data that indicated…

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