September 2015 Guideline Updates

Many sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Workers Compensation Act (“Act“) have associated guidelines. Guidelines are intended to assist with providing ways of complying with the legislation, not to provide exclusive interpretations. Guidelines generally provide information on administrative matters and on technical matters not already addressed by policy. Periodically, guidelines are updated…

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September 2015 Policy Updates

The Prevention Manual contains policies of WorkSafeBC with respect to prevention matters under the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Consequential policy amendments have been made to the Prevention Manual in response to changes to provisions in the Occupational Heath and Safety Regulation. The Prevention Manual (1 mb) is provided here…

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September 2015 Regulatory Amendments

Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act were made in September 2015 . The online Regulation and excerpts and summaries of the Act are updated once the amendments come into effect. Part 1 Division 6 – Workers’ Compensation Board Section 81 Board of directors [Amended] Part 3 Division 12 – Enforcement Section 186.1 Compliance agreements  [Enacted]

Policy consultation on the Partners in Injury and Disability Prevention Program (Partners Program)

At their meeting on September 8, 2015, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper with options and draft policies to stakeholders for comment. The Partners Program is a voluntary incentive program intended to motivate B.C. employers to take a proactive role in occupational health and safety. Employers registered…

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Notice of 2015 Public Hearings

September 21, 2015 Dear Stakeholder: Notice of 2015 Public Hearings The Board of Directors approved public hearings to be held in October 2015 regarding the proposed new Lower Maximum Administrative Penalty Regulation (OHS Citations) and changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to Employer Incident Investigations. OHS Citations: Proposed New Lower Maximum Administrative…

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Interim OHS Compliance Agreements Policy and Housekeeping Change to Policy D12-196-7

September 15, 2015 Dear Stakeholder: OHS Compliance Agreements Policy (D12-186.1-1) At its June 2015 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved a new policy on OHS Compliance Agreements (D12-186.1-1). This policy came into effect on September 15, 2015 and will apply on an interim basis until it is replaced by a final policy on January 1,…

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Amendments to the Prevention Manual

September 1, 2015 Dear Stakeholder: At its July 2015 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the deletion of three policies from the Prevention Manual. Policy R8.10-1, regarding personal clothing and accessories, is guidance material that is not appropriate as policy and is fully addressed in a guideline. Policy R8.22-1, regarding footwear, unnecessarily duplicates information in…

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Bill 9: Final Legislation Enacted

On August 4, 2015, several provisions of Bill 9, the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2015, were brought into force by Order-in-Council. What’s changing? The following  changes were brought into force through the August 4, 2015 Order-in-Council: Employer citations (in force now, to be implemented in early 2016) Request for reviews: new timeline (effective Sept. 15,…

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Regulatory amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to WHMIS 2015 came into effect on August 4, 2015

On February 24, 2015, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. These regulatory amendments to the OHSR came into force on the date the consequential amendments to sections 5 and 6 of the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2015, Bill 9, came into force. This occurred on August 4, 2015….

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Bridging the Gap Conference – Exhibitor Opportunities

WorkSafeBC, in partnership with the BC Construction Safety Alliance, the BC Association of Restoration Contractors, the British Columbia Common Ground Alliance, the BC Association for Crane Safety, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering are proud to host the 10th annual Bridging the Gap, Construction Safety Conference. This conference draws delegates who work in the field of safety in…

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Consultation on Proposed Policy and Public Hearing on Regulation Changes Regarding Employer Incident Investigations

The Board of Directors approved the release for consultation of proposed new policies and public hearings regarding proposed regulation changes below, as set out in a discussion paper: Policy D10-175-1 – Preliminary Incident Investigation Report and Follow-up Action Policy D10-176-1 – Full Incident Investigation Report and Follow-up Action Deletion of Section 3.4 of the Occupational…

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WorkSafeBC announces 2016 preliminary rates

WorkSafeBC announces that the average base premium rate for 2016 will remain unchanged at $1.70 per $100 of employers’ assessable payroll. Lower claims costs, excess investment returns, a $55 million withdrawal from the Capital Adequacy Reserve, and the longstanding practice of capping of rate increases for industries at 20 percent have kept the average rate…

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Cost Relief for Certain Compensable Consequences

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division of WorkSafeBC would like to thank you all for your submissions on the “Cost Relief for Certain Compensable Consequences” policy proposals.  The stakeholder feedback received by the Board of Directors informed its decision-making on the policy changes.  Please click here for a summary of stakeholder comments. On May 27, 2015, the…

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Reduced Duration in Construction

Our work with WorkSafeBC to improve early return to work outcomes and reduce duration is paying off.  Construction – 12-Month Rolling STD Duration The reduction can be attributed to: Working together through the Construction Claims Action Committee that helped identify ‘drivers of duration’ and then acting on those areas. Introduction of programs from Point 1 findings…

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Asbestos: be aware enforcement initiative

Source:  WorkSafeBC Initiatives for Construction From June 1 to December 31, 2015, WorkSafeBC prevention officers will conduct planned inspections of residential demolition and renovation worksites to ensure homeowners, prime contractors, hazardous material survey contractors, asbestos abatement contractors, and consultants are informed and equipped to safely remove asbestos containing materials and are complying with the Occupational…

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