February 1, 2015 Updates to OHS Regulations and Guidelines

The following guidelines accompany regulatory amendments to construction related OHS Regulations that are effective February 1, 2015.  These are both new and revised guidelines which align with the new regulatory provisions.  For information on the regulatory amendments, CLICK HERE.

Part 5 Chemical Agents and Biological Agents

G5.3-1 WHMIS application (editorial revision)

Part 8 Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment

G.8.11(2) Activity specific safety headgear (editorial revision)

Part 11 Fall Protection

G11.2(5)-1 Control zones and safety monitors as a work procedure acceptable to WorkSafeBC (editorial revision)
G11.2-2 Selecting a method of fall protection (editorial revision)
G11.2-3 Defining a fall restraint versus fall arrest system (editorial revision)
G11.2-4 Tilt-up construction (editorial revision)
G11.2-5 Fall protection in agriculture (editorial revision)

Part 12 Tools, Machinery and Equipment

G12.175 Container safety standard for roll-on/roll-off containers (issued) new guideline

Part 13 Ladders, Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms

G13.32-1 Work in high-risk situations — Inspection and testing requirements (revised)

Part 20 Construction, Excavation and Demolition

G20.26 Inspections (revised)
G20.112 Hazardous materials — Asbestos (revised)

Part 34 Rope Access

G34.1 Definitions — Boatswain’s (Bosun’s) chair (preliminary issue) new item
This new guideline provides information to help distinguish between rope access comfort work seats and bosun’s chairs.

G34.4(1)(a) Training and certification (preliminary issue) new guideline
This new guideline clarifies how rope access training relates to different disciplines of work. It also accepts an alternate code for certification of rope access technicians.

G34.5 Safe work practices (preliminary issue) new item
This new guideline clarifies how safe work practices relate to different types of rope access work.

G34.6(3) Two-rope system — Independent connection (preliminary issue) new item
This new guideline clarifies what constitutes an appropriate connection to an anchorage for the two-rope system.

G34.8 Rescue — Prompt rescue (preliminary issue) new item
This new guideline clarifies requirements for the prompt rescue of workers after a rope access incident.

G34.9 Equipment — Standards (preliminary issue) new item
This new guideline clarifies how the standards listed in Schedule 34-A apply to work involving rope access and how to apply for acceptance of alternate standards.

G34.12 Permanent anchors — inspection and testing (preliminary issue) new item
This new guideline clarifies the regulatory requirements for the inspection and testing of permanent anchors used as part of a rope access system.