Saskatchewan WCB refunds $281 million to employers despite labour criticism

Journal of Commerce   |   by RICHARD GILBERT    |   Aug 8, 2016 Construction contractors in Saskatchewan are applauding a decision by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) to refund a $281.5 million surplus to employers in 2016, but labour leaders want the funds invested into workplace safety initiatives. “We are definitely one of the proponents…

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Tower Crane Freefall Incident Bulletin

WorkSafeBC recently published a bulletin entitled Tower crane freefall incident: the importance of inspection and preventative maintenance on gear boxes, which is based on a near-miss lifting incident with a tower crane, whose rigging equipment suddenly fell to the ground without warning due to a broken gear in the gear box.  Content of the bulletin…

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Joint Health and Safety Committee Evaluation Tool

August 5, 2016 WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved public hearings on proposed regulatory changes, including proposed changes regarding joint health and safety committees. One of the proposed new sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relates to the annual evaluation of joint committees. In preparation for the anticipated regulatory change, WorkSafeBC…

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Public hearings on proposed regulatory changes — including proposed changes regarding joint health and safety committees

July 28, 2016 The Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC approved public hearings to be held in September and October 2016. These hearings are with regard to the following proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR), including proposed changes regarding joint occupational health and safety committees (joint committees): New sections on joint committees…

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New videos: Sun Safety at Work

Outdoor workers are up to 3.5 times more likely than indoor workers to develop skin cancer and are at a higher risk of experincing heat stress. And of the 1.5 million outdoor workers in Canada, about 900,000 are outside at least six hours a day, often when UV radiation is strongest. Two new videos —…

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2016 New or Revised ACGIH Threshold Limit Values and B.C. OELs

July 15, 2016 The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) provides that Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) for hazardous chemical substances are generally determined with reference to the Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). Each year, the ACGIH publishes a list of substances for which they have set new…

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Alberta needs better system to ensure workplace safety orders followed: auditor

Journal of Commerce OH&S   |   by The Canadian Press   |   Jul 5, 2016 EDMONTON – Alberta’s auditor general says the provincial government is still not doing enough to enforce compliance with workplace safety orders. Merwan Saher says six years after an audit found problems with occupational health and safety orders, the government can’t show…

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Industry Voices: COCA applauds WorkSafeBC asbestos enforcement initiative

Journal of Commerce OH&S   | by DAVE BASPALY     | Jul 11, 2016 WorkSafeBC recently announced a 2016 Asbestos Enforcement Initiative. Prevention officers will be conducting a province-wide program of worksite inspections until Dec. 31, 2016 to ensure homeowners, contractors and consultants are properly informed and equipped to safely remove asbestos containing materials and are complying with the Occupational…

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WorkSafeBC 2016 Asbestos Enforcement Initiative

Notice of asbestos inspections and featured resources Asbestos exposure remains the number one killer of workers in B.C. Hundreds of houses are demolished and renovated every month in our province, and as many homes built up until 1990 used products containing asbestos, this poses a potential threat of exposing workers to harmful asbestos fibres. WorkSafeBC…

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BC Building Trades reports: Asbestos resolution from City of Vancouver

City of Vancouver joins call for mandatory certification and licensing of asbestos contractors Date:  Wednesday, June 29, 2016 The BC Building Trades Council and the BC Federation of Labour congratulate Vancouver City Council for passing a critical resolution calling on the province to implement mandatory certification and licensing of asbestos and hazardous material removal contractors. “Many…

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WorkSafeBC’s Current Financial State

Over the past few months some of our members have approached us asking whether or not some reduction in rates, or rebate from the current ‘surplus’, would be forthcoming given the favourable performance of WorkSafeBC’s investment portfolio. In response, we are pleased to offer our analysis of WorkSafeBC’s current financial state and our subsequent opinion.

Check out WorkSafeBC’s new Website!

Check out the new worksafebc.com! The new worksafebc.com is now live! Once you’ve had a chance to check out the new look online, you’ll notice their revamped website offers user-tested features and streamlined access to key resources — all designed to serve you better. Update your bookmarks Because they have rebuilt the site from the ground up, keep…

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Proposed Changes to Policy on Clothing Allowances

At their meeting on May 18, 2016, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper on clothing allowances, with options and a draft policy for stakeholder review and comment. Workers may sustain damage to clothing as a result of wearing a prosthetic or brace, or using a wheelchair. Current…

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Proposed Changes to Assessable Payroll Policies in the Assessment Manual

At their meeting on May 18, 2016, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper on Assessable Payroll with options and draft policies for stakeholder review and comment. Generally, an employer’s Assessable Payroll is the remuneration paid to all workers for work done. Premiums are calculated by multiplying an…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC ~ May 2016

Injury Type: Fractured vertebra Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2016-May ID Number: 2016178740004 A worker replacing a fascia board on a house fell from an extension ladder, landing on the ground about 22 feet below. Injury Type: Lacerations Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation…

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BC Safety Authority Campaign

In June, BC Safety Authority (BCSA) will be launching an advertising campaign to bring increased awareness to our compliance and enforcement activities. The campaign aims to inform those who own or perform work on regulated equipment of their responsibilities and the consequences of not meeting their safety and compliance obligations. Through this awareness effort, BCSA…

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