Housekeeping amendments to the Prevention Manual (OHS Policies)

The Workers Compensation Act (Act) is being reviewed by British Columbia’s Office of the Legislative Counsel as part of a standard statute revision process. Changes made pursuant to the Statute Revision Act will result in editorial changes to language, as well as renumbering of sections, parts, and divisions of the Act.

At issue is the consequential revisions required for the policies in the Prevention Manual, to ensure they continue to reflect the legislation.  These changes would all be housekeeping in nature, meaning there is no change in the substance of the applicable law or policy.

WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, has authorized WorkSafeBC’s senior executive member responsible for policy development to make certain housekeeping amendments to published policy documents. Despite this, because of the broad impact of the anticipated changes, the Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a draft revision of the Prevention Manual for stakeholder information and preparation purposes.

The discussion paper, draft policy manual, and information on how to provide feedback can be accessed through the following link: 

Proposed housekeeping amendments to the Prevention Manual

The consultation period for this item will end at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019. While not currently anticipated, if any policy decision-making should be required, the Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on the proposed policy changes.