COCA’s Perspective on Legislative Changes (in effect from May 14, 2015)

Stop Work Orders The changes are aimed at irresponsive employers who have not acted to eliminate high risk situations.   The more vigorous actions permitted by this legislation are reasonable. Incident Investigation There are two major changes in the legislation. First, the employer is required to undertake a preliminary investigation within 48 hours. This is reasonable…

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WorkSafe BC 2014 Annual Report and 2015–2017 Service Plan

The annual report provides an overview of WorkSafe BC’s performance results and financial highlights for 2014 and performance targets until 2017. 2014 Annual Report and Service Plan (PDF 5.2mb) 2014 Annual Report and Service Plan (Flip Book) Ten-year summary of consolidated financial statements (PDF 562kb) Statement of Changes in Rate Group Balances (PDF 31kb) Gain and…

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May 1, 2015 Updates to OHS Regulations

The following guidelines accompany regulatory amendments to construction related OHS Regulations that are effective March 31, 2015.  These are both new and revised guidelines which align with the new regulatory provisions.  For information on the regulatory amendments, CLICK HERE. May 1, 2015 Part 5 Chemical Agents and Biological Agents Table of exposure limits for chemical and biological substances…

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Hiring a Health and Safety Practitioner

Hiring a Health and Safety Practitioner – A Guide for Employers and OH&S Practitioners has been prepared by Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) in the pursuit of CSSE’s mission, vision and goals. The Guide is intended to serve as a resource to employers when hiring a health and safety practitioner. It also provides guidance…

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April 2015 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafe BC

Injury Type: Bruising and abrasions (2 workers) Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential general contracting or construction Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2015-Apr ID Number: 2015138190009 Two workers in a boom-style elevating work platform were struck by sheets of plywood that fell about 30 feet from a concrete form system that…

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March 31, 2015 Updates to OHS Regulations

The following guidelines accompany regulatory amendments to construction related OHS Regulations that are effective March 31, 2015.  These are both new and revised guidelines which align with the new regulatory provisions.  For information on the regulatory amendments, CLICK HERE. Part 5 Chemical Agents and Biological Agents G5.30 Dispensing This guideline is no longer required, it has now been…

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March 2015 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Possible upper-body fractures; scrapes Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional or highrise residential general contracting or construction Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2015-Mar ID Number: 2015113830016 A young worker was ascending a ladder to the top of a wall form (16.75 feet high). As he neared the top of the wall form, a…

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Mark Your Calendars

Remember that April 28th is the Day of Mourning.  Honour and remember the 175 workers who died on the job in 2014.  For more information visit dayofmourning.bc.ca. WorkSafe BC is hosting a Steep Slope Roofing Symposium on April 25th in Victoria.  This symposium includes sessions on safety responsibilities in the roofing industry, fall protection planning and procedures,…

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February 20, 2015 Update to OHS Regulations

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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Regulatory amendments relating to WHMIS 2015

March 9, 2015 Dear Stakeholder: On February 24, 2015, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) relating to WHMIS 2015.  Proposed amendments were taken to a public consultation in February 2015 and then to a public hearing on February 20, 2015. These changes will harmonize with the Government…

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WHMIS 2015

WorkSafeBC is proposing changes to the OHSR relating to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) in order to implement the amendments with an effective date of June 1, 2015. These proposed changes are to fulfill a national commitment to align the current WHMIS requirements with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals…

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February 2015 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Serious internal injury and fractures Core Activity: Low slope roofing Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2015-Feb ID Number: 2015171890096 A worker fell about 15 feet from a roof to a concrete sidewalk while inspecting a roof. Injury Type: Close call Core Activity: Residential demolition Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2015-Feb ID…

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February 1, 2015 Updates to OHS Regulations and Guidelines

The following guidelines accompany regulatory amendments to construction related OHS Regulations that are effective February 1, 2015.  These are both new and revised guidelines which align with the new regulatory provisions.  For information on the regulatory amendments, CLICK HERE. Part 5 Chemical Agents and Biological Agents G5.3-1 WHMIS application (editorial revision) Part 8 Personal Protective Clothing and…

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Notice of public hearing for proposed OHSR amendments relating to WHMIS 2015

February 13, 2015 Dear Stakeholder: The Board of Directors approved an expedited public hearing to be held on Friday, February 20, 2015, to consider proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) relating to harmonizing Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals…

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