Proposed Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Regarding Joint Committees

At their meeting on March 31, 2016, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper for consultation. The topic of the discussion paper is the proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation resulting from Bill 35 and the Coroner’s Recommendations from the Lakeland Inquest. All feedback regarding…

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2016 Construction Leadership Forum – May 6-7

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association is thrilled to present the 2016 Construction Leadership Forum at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on May 6-7.  Designed specifically for middle managers, the conference will address current issues, trends, best practices and equip delegates with tools to become well-rounded, effective industry leaders. Featuring Keynote Speaker, David Chilton, former “Dragon” on…

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WorkSafeBC appeals asbestos contempt ruling

Journal of Commerce by RUSSELL HIXSON     |    Mar 28, 2016 WorkSafeBC has appealed a court ruling that rejected a contempt of court case against an asbestos testing company because an order to follow safety legislation and regulations was broad and too voluminous. After WorkSafeBC got a 2012 court order requiring Mike Singh and Shawn…

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BCCSA Regional Event – May 3, 2016

Registration is now LIVE for the BC Construction Safety Alliance May 3, 2016 Vancouver Regional Event.  Date: Tuesday May 3, 2016 Time: 7:30am – 9:00am (registration opens at 6:30am with hot buffet breakfast being served at 7:00am) Location: Trev Deeley Motorcycles – 1875 Boundary Road, Vancouver BC The direct link to the registration page is: https://www.bccsa.ca/index.php?id=308

2016 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 current version of the Prevention Manual (1.5…

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Employer Incident Investigation Report Submissions

After certain workplace incidents, employers are required to conduct a full investigation and submit an investigation report to WorkSafeBC within 30 days.    As an employer, you can access our forms and submit that report online. To complete your report, make sure you: Understand what incidents you need to investigate See what forms and resources…

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February 19, 2016 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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February 1, 2016 Regulatory Amendments

Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation effective February 1, 2016 are listed here. The online Regulation and excerpts and summaries of the Act are updated once the amendments come into effect. Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation The Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation, also known as the OHS Citation Regulation,…

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Builders’ Super Week – March 8 to 10

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC is hosting Builders’ Super Week on March 8-10 in Vancouver.  At this unique event, builders can choose from a variety of continuing education sessions and qualify to receive CPD points they will need to renew their licence. CHBABC will offer member prices to those that register from COCA….

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WorkSafeBC Notice of Appeal

Richmond, B.C. — March 2, 2016: On February 26, 2016, the Supreme Court of British Columbia rejected WorkSafeBC’s application for a finding that Seattle Environmental Consulting Ltd, Mike Singh and Shawn Singh, are in contempt of an earlier order of the court, which requires that they abide by the Workers’ Compensation Act (“Act”) and Occupational…

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B.C. needs innovation collaboration: BCCA

by RUSSELL HIXSON        Feb 26, 2016 The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) has published an industry study that reveals the province’s construction sector is lagging behind other jurisdictions when it comes to innovation. “B.C. is a leader in green building, wood, and procurement technologies, but we have catching up to do in most areas…

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Industry Voices: Prime contractors key in site safety

by MIKE MCKENNA     Feb 26, 2016 Although everyone on a construction site has a role to play when it comes to safety, it’s the prime contractor who is ultimately responsible for having a system to ensure compliance with WorkSafeBC rules and regulations. It’s a challenging endeavour that involves coordinating all H&S activities; often, say those on…

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Reminder: Consultation on 14 proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

The consultation period for 14 proposed regulatory amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation closes March 31, 2016. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing this fall. View each amendment package below: Section 1.1, Definitions, WHMIS classification Section 4.43.1, General Conditions,…

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OHS Penalty Policies

On January 26, 2016, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors (BOD) approved changes to the OHS Penalty Policies, following consultation in the fall of 2015. The changes include: Overall changes to streamline, clarify, and update existing policies. Changes to penalty amount calculations to make penalties more proportionate relative to an employer’s size and the seriousness of the…

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Consultation on the 2016-–2018 Policy Priorities Workplan

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a draft 2016-–2018 workplan for stakeholder review and comment. This workplan will encompass policy priorities relating to compensation, occupational disease, assessments, and occupational health and safety (OHS). OHS regulatory amendments will be included in the consultation process. Stakeholders are invited to review the discussion paper and proposed…

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