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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New Legislation for WorkSafe BC

The B.C. Liberals introduced BILL 9 – 2015 ~ WORKERS COMPENSATION AMENDMENT ACT, 2015 onWednesday with the intention of increased workplace safety following recommendations made in the Macatee Report. The legislation adds enforcement tools for WorkSafeBC that include on-the-spot fines of up to $1,000, wider discretion to stop work deemed unsafe and the ability to take more forceful action against…

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January 2015 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Temporary loss of consciousness, upper-body fractures Core Activity: Mechanical insulation Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2015-Jan ID Number: 2015161290003 A mechanical trades worker installing pipe insulation fell from a wooden stepladder to the concrete floor below. Injury Type: Internal injuries Core Activity: Oil or gas pipeline construction or repair Location: Northern…

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2015–2017 Compensation, Occupational Disease and Assessment Policy Priorities Workplan

The Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC has approved this year’s Compensation, Occupational Disease and Assessment Policy priorities workplan. The finalized workplan is now available on the WorkSafeBC website and we encourage everyone to take a look at what they will be working on from 2015 to 2017. Though issues may arise during the year that will require…

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OH&S 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. On December 19, 2014,…

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Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Effective February 1, 2015

At its October 2014 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. These amendments will become effective on February 1, 2015. Changes regarding avalanche risk assessments and safety plans Updating the reference to the B.C. Fire Code Updating Repealed Acts in Part 5, Chemical Agents and Biological Agents New…

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December Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

CONSTRUCTION Injury Type: Undetermined injuries Core Activity: Low slope roofing Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2014-Dec ID Number: 2014173920042 A worker fell from a ladder while performing a roofing estimate. Injury Type: Abrasion, back strain Core Activity: Concrete placing / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction Location: Lower Mainland Date of…

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New and Revised Occupational Exposure Limits Effective February 1, 2015

January 5, 2015 At the November 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors (BOD) approved the adoption of the 2012 new and revised American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists Threshold Limit Values (ACGIH TLVs), as well as substances from previous years. The BOD decided to adopt the ACGIH TLVs as B.C. Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) for carbonyl sulfide,…

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Chair announces four new appointments to WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors​

George Morfitt, chair of WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors, announces four new members of the board. I’m pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors: Lillian White, employer representative (replacing Joe Lindgren) (January 3, 2015 – December 1, 2016) Lillian is president of Treen Safety, a Vancouver-based company that specializes…

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November Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Injuries to head Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2014-Nov ID Number: 2014163750093 During the operation of the permanent traveller (movable work platform) below the bridge deck, a worker’s head became pinned between the traveller guardrail and a steel cross-brace. The worker…

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Personal Optional Protection Update

Minimum coverage increasing in 2015 Are you a proprietor or partner in an unincorporated construction company? WorkSafeBC Personal Optional Protection is an optional insurance plan for individuals who are not automatically covered by the Workers Compensation Act. If injured at work, customers who have Personal Optional Protection coverage are protected against income loss and the…

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Amendments to the OH&S High Risk Policy (D12-196-2)

December 1, 2014 At it’s October 2014 meeting, WorksafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) High Risk Policy (D12?196?2). The amendments became effective on December 1, 2014. The Board of Directors’ resolution is available for reference. The amendments establish six designated high risk violations and simplify the criteria for…

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WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan — Implementation

In July 2014, WorkSafeBC accepted the WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan that had been prepared by Gordon Macatee and which outlines 43 recommendations relating to occupational health and safety inspections and investigations at WorkSafeBC. The Implementation Status Report is designed to provide updates on the progress and implementation of the recommendations. December 9, 2014 –…

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October 2014 WorkSafeBC Board Decisions – Dividends and OH&S Reg Changes

WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors make policy and regulation decisions that affect the workers and employers of British Columbia. For example, the decisions can affect the assessment rates an employer pays, or the level of benefits a worker receives.  Policy and regulation decisions made by WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors at their October 2014 meeting include: Repealing…

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October Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

The following work related incidents were reported to WorkSafeBC in October 2014: Injury Type: Close call Core Activity: Structural concrete forming / Highrise construction Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2014-Oct ID Number: 2014163750086 During flyform stripping, an unsecured piece of 3/4-inch plywood (filler) measuring 2 feet by 5.5 feet fell from the 25th floor….

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2014 Construction Safety Conference – Bridging the Gap

The 9th annual Bridging the Gap conference is a two-day conference on safety in the construction industry.  The all plenary sessions will include on site safety responsibilities and supervision, occupational disease prevention (asbestos and silica), alternatives to ladders, MSI prevention and return to work, traffic control and mobile equipment, and more. Where?  Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel,…

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