Industry Special: Evolution of successful COR™ safety program must be data-driven, says BCCSA

Journal of Commerce | BCCSA | May 28, 2019 WorkSafeBC’s Certificate of Recognition (COR™) safety program has been delivering demonstrable results in reducing the number and severity of workplace incidents since it was introduced in 2003. As the Certifying Partner for the construction industry, the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) wants to ensure that any evolution…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

May 23, 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: Undetermined injury to head Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2019-May While installing exterior cladding on a building under construction, a…

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BC Housing – Building Smart Events

BC Housing has two events coming in the next few weeks.  The first is a 3-hour webinar on May 28, 2019 entitled Building Smart with Airtightness Testing: Building Preparation. This webinar addresses the steps to take when preparing the building for airtightness testing to ensure a successful outcome. The second is also a 3-hour webinar on…

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2019 New or Revised ACGIH Threshold Limit Values and BC OELs

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

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Cone Zone campaign shifts focus to distracted driving

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | May 15, 2019 An annual awareness campaign is making sure drivers passing through construction zones know they should not only slow down but stop scrolling. The RCMP Lower Mainland District Integrated Road Safety Unit, Work Zone Safety Alliance and WorkSafeBC are partnering to raise awareness of risks faced by…

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Mental health a crucial construction issue: panel

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | May 10, 2019 A panel of mental health experts took a hard look at the emotional landscape of the industry and its workers recently at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s Construction Leadership Forum in Whistler, B.C. WorkSafeBC senior manager in industry and labour services Trudi Rondou, Construction Industry…

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Vocational rehabilitation and cost relief

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 in April 2018 and contains a number of recommendations. Recommendations #5 through #15 propose amendments to WorkSafeBC’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) policies, and recommendations #16 and #19 propose amendments…

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Tower Crane Communication

From WorkSafeBC On Saturday April 27th, 2019, a tower crane being dismantled in Seattle’s core collapsed onto a public street. Tragically, four people were killed and more were injured. This event is a stark reminder of catastrophic risk and devastating consequences when something goes wrong involving a tower crane. As the Washington State authorities deal…

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Sleep expert appeals to industry to address workplace fatigue

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | May 8, 2019 WHISTLER, B.C. – A sleep expert is appealing to companies of all sizes to make workforce sleep habits a top priority. Solaris Fatigue Management president Mike Harnett presented “Eyes Wide Shut: We Don’t Have a Fatigue Problem” recently at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s Construction Leadership…

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2019 – 2021 Policy Workplans

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division of WorkSafeBC would like to thank all participating stakeholders for their submissions on the 2019 – 2021 Policy Workplans.  To review the full record of stakeholder submissions, please select the link HERE. On April 10, 2019 the Board of Directors accepted the 2019 – 2021 Policy Workplans.  To review the workplans…

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B.C. Labour Code changes see mixed industry reaction

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | May 6, 2019 Proposed changes to British Columbia’s labour code are drawing both praise and criticism from the industry. B.C. minister of labour Harry Bains announced on April 30 that changes to the province’s Labour Relations Code would go forward based on the recommendations of an independent review…

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CSSE LMC Professional Development – John Green Workshop ~ June 20th

Safety management has traditionally focussed on the elimination of negative outcomes (incidents, injuries, errors, malfunctions). While this approach has led to significant improvements, it has also produced several problematic side effects: disengagement and disempowerment of people, increasing bureaucracy, loss of innovation and productivity. Furthermore, many organizations now struggle with plateauing safety records. Some industries even…

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Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

The draft proposed amendments to three sections of the OHS Regulation are now posted online for public consultation. Feedback can be provided through this link until June 14. Proposed regulatory amendment packages under review: Part 8, Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment, section 8.24, High visibility apparel Part 20, Construction, Excavation and Demolition, section 20.47, Equipment…

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BCCA Response to Proposed Labour Code and Employment Standards Legislation

BCCA Website | May 1, 2019 The BCCA is a non-partisan association representing BC’s construction industry. We advocate for the competitive success of all employers, regardless of labour affiliation, and seek a fair and balanced approach from government in regard to decisions that greatly impact our industry. We are pleased that Minister Bains accepted Labour…

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