Cannabis may be legal but it’s still complicated, expert says

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | November 2, 2018 Cannabis is legal in Canada, but it’s a complicated issue with continued implications for both industry and society, according to one expert. BC Trucking Association president Dave Earle spoke to the Bridging the Gap Safety Conference held recently in Vancouver and said while some circumstances have changed…

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October 2018 Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

November 1, 2018 These summaries of selected work-related Construction incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Burns Core Activity: Window or glass installation, replacement, or repair Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Oct ID Number: 2018157450046 While cutting laminate glass, a worker was exposed…

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Notice from Ralph McGinn, Chair of the Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC

In the last 15 years, WorkSafeBC has made tremendous strides toward our vision of a province free from workplace injury, disease and death.  The provincial injury rate is at an all-time low, return-to-work outcomes have improved, and the worker’s compensation system is financially sound.  WorkSafeBC is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in worker’s…

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2019 Premium Rates Announcement

WorkSafeBC announces that the average base rate for 2019 is maintained at the same level as 2018, at 1.55% of employers’ assessable payroll. Lower claims costs and strong investment returns have enabled WorkSafeBC to keep the average rate flat for 2019. Together with worker and employer stakeholders, WorkSafe BC is working to reduce serious injuries…

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Proposed Surveillance Policy – Feedback Requested

In January 2018, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors commissioned an external compensation policy review. The resulting report, entitled Restoring the Balance: A Worker-Centred Approach to Workers’ Compensation Policy, was published April 2018 and contains a number of recommendations. Recommendation #41 is for WorkSafeBC to consider implementing a policy for the appropriate use of video surveillance. The…

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Construction safety includes suicide prevention

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | October 31, 2018 The construction industry is starting to look at a hidden problem with deadly consequences. Donna Grant, a marketing manager at Scott Construction, addressed the issue of suicide for attendees of the British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance’s (BCCSA) Bridging the Gap safety conference on Oct. 26 in Vancouver….

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WorkSafeBC launches impairment awareness campaign

Journal of Commerce |  News Service | October 19, 2018 VICTORIA — With recreational cannabis use legal as of Oct. 17, WorkSafeBC is launching an awareness campaign about workplace impairment for both employers and employees. WorkSafeBC has created a guide for managing workplace impairment and developing policy around the issue. A toolbox meeting guide is also available…

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Resources for employers on workplace impairment

Workplace impairment means being unfit to safely perform work. This toolbox meeting guide supports employers in speaking to workers about the causes of impairment and responsibilities for effectively managing it in the workplace. Toolbox meeting guide: Substance use and workplace impairment Guide to managing workplace impairment and developing an impairment policy

Are you ready for the legalization of cannabis?

Journal of Commerce |  News Service |  October 17, 2018 VANCOUVER — Uncertainty continues to swirl around the legalization of cannabis and how exactly it will be rolled out across Canada. With today marking the official day of legalization, the Journal of Commerce has compiled a list of prominent themes and suggestions that were made in…

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Bridging the Gap Construction Safety Conference – October 25/26

It’s that time of year again, with the 13th Annual Bridging the Gap Construction Safety Conference happening October 25/26 in Vancouver. This year’s conference theme…Preparing for Tomorrow…The Future of Health & Safety in Construction.  We kick things off with keynote speaker Terry O’Reilly, of CBC’s Radio’s Under the Influence (https://www.cbc.ca/radio/undertheinfluence), who will inspire and help…

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September 2018 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

October 10, 2018 These summaries of selected Construction work-related incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Fractured hand Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number: 2018155400032 A worker carrying an acetylene bottle (weighing 40 pounds) tripped and fell…

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UBC’s 2018 COR Research Brief Available

The Research Brief “An audit-based occupation health and safety recognition program: Does certification lead to lower firm work-injury rates?” has been posted on UBC’s website for public distribution.   The analysis has been updated and extended in this Research Brief by examining two additional years of data (i.e. 2015 and 2016).

September 2018 Work-related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

September 25, 2018 These summaries of selected Construction work-related incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Lacerated finger Core Activity: Blasting or avalanche control / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number:…

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Alberta Construction Association opposes WCB Accident Fund proposal

Journal of Commerce |  Grant Cameron |  September 26, 2018 The Alberta Construction Association (ACA) is opposing a proposal by the provincial Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) to split its present Accident Fund into two distinct and segregated components. The ACA, which represents about 3,000 firms across Alberta’s construction industry, contends such a move could, in the end,…

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B.C. industry stakeholders get ready for legal marijuana

Journal of Commerce  |  Warren Frey   |  September 26, 2018 With only a few weeks to go, the construction industry is getting ready for the legalization of marijuana. On Oct. 17 recreational marijuana will be legal across Canada, and British Columbia’s construction and safety stakeholders are preparing employers and workers for a new, yet familiar situation….

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