Announcement – Trevor Alexander

From: Diana Miles, President and CEO It is with very mixed feelings that I am sharing the news that after 19 years with WorkSafeBC, Trevor Alexander will be leaving us in the middle of March. Trevor has advised me that he has accepted the position of President & Chief Executive Officer with WCB Alberta. Trevor…

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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…

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December 2018 work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

January 17, 2019 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: Puncture wound to leg Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2018-Dec While framing a gable end on a residential construction…

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BC government releases asbestos exposure report

For information only and not an endorsement – this article is shared to ensure members have the context and understanding of current issues that impact the Construction Industry. Journal of Commerce News Service  | January 3, 2019 VICTORIA — The Government of British Columbia has released a report with a wide range of recommendations on…

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Building Smart by Mitigating Thermal Bridging

BC Housing is offering a 3-hour seminar and webinar on January 30, 2019 entitled Building Smart by Mitigating Thermal Bridging that provides an overview of thermal bridging outlining useful guides and tools to help with the assessment of thermal bridging in new energy codes and standards. Find out more and register here.

December 2018 work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

December 20, 2018 These summaries of selected work-related incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Fatal Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2018-Dec A worker fell 10 feet through an unguarded stair opening to a concrete…

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Happy Holidays

Just a quick note to thank all of our Board Member and Association Partners for all of their efforts in 2018.  We hope that you have an enjoyable holiday season and come back refreshed in the New Year!

New info sheet | Asbestos-containing pipes in municipal underground works projects

Please note that a new information sheet as been posted: Asbestos-containing pipes in municipal underground works projects. The network of asbestos-containing pipes in B.C. is aging or failing. As a result, it is being replaced over time. Municipalities, contractors working on municipal projects, and other employers have responsibilities for the safe handling and disposal of…

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Certificate of Recognition Program

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division (“PRRD”) would like to thank you all for your submissions on the Certificate of Recognition Program. The stakeholder feedback received by the Board of Directors informed its decision-making on the policy changes.  Stakeholder comments are available to view from clicking on the links to the 2017 consultation and the…

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BCCSA explains programs, tools through animation in new video

Journal Of Commerce  | News Service | December 3, 2018 VANCOUVER  – The BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) has released a new animated video to give a visual representation of tools and services that it offers the construction industry. The video explains the alliance offers resources, training, consultation and research to approximately 40,000 companies that employ roughly…

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Proposed policy amendments regarding instalment model for quarterly reporting

WorkSafeBC calculates assessments based on payroll. Employers with an annual assessment of $1,500 or more are generally required to report payroll and remit assessment premiums on a quarterly basis. At issue are changes to policy to reduce reporting requirements for these employers. These changes are intended to simplify reporting and payment requirements for employers and…

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Overdoses Still Plaguing the Trades

For information only and not an endorsement – this article is shared to ensure members have the context and understanding of current issues that impact the Construction Industry. Journal of Commerce  | Warren Frey  |  November 21, 2018 Men working in construction are still at the most risk of dying from an opioid overdose, but a…

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Safety Differently

On behalf of Jeff Lyth at QSP Leadership – some upcoming ‘new view of safety’ events that they are either hosting or participating in. As always please ‘like’ and ‘share’ news of these events on social media, and please forward this to anyone you feel would be interested. Todd Conklin Vancouver November 7 Safety Differently…

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Code Recommendations Draw Mixed Reviews

Journal of Commerce  |  Warren Frey  |  November 14, 2018 The B.C. government has received 29 recommendations from an independent panel appointed to review the province’s Labour Relations Code, garnering a variety of reactions from industry stakeholders. “There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that by a two-to-one majority the review panel recommended…

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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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