Ministry of Labour Launches Public Engagement – Hazardous Work for Youth

From the Ministry of Labour:

British Columbians are invited to provide feedback on what types of work are too hazardous to be done by youth under age 16, and in some cases, under 19.  This is the next phase of the work the Ministry of Labour has undertaken to protect the health and safety of working children and youth, and to bring B.C. in line with international child employment standards and other Canadian jurisdictions.

The Province has launched a consultation site where stakeholders and the public can review and comment on a proposed framework that outlines the types of jobs that could be defined as hazardous and unsuitable for young workers.

The consultation can be accessed through government’s engagement site at:   https://engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc

In developing the proposed framework, Ministry staff examined WorkSafeBC injury data and other jurisdictions’ labour laws relating to hazardous employment.  Based on that information, a number of industries have been identified, and are being considered for B.C.’s hazardous work regulation for young people. These include areas within: construction, forestry, food processing, oil/gas and power and asbestos abatement.

To access the Information Bulletin:   https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022LBR0008-000617