September 2015 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 Prevention Manual (1 mb) is provided here in Adobe Acrobat portable document format (PDF). The PDF files reflect the current manual, and include the most recent updates.

Amendments to Prevention Manual

September 15, 2015

Policies Workers Compensation Act

This update includes:

D12-186.1-1 OHS Compliance Agreements
This policy came into effect on September 15, 2015 and will apply on an interim basis until it is replaced by a final policy on January 1, 2016. Stakeholders can provide feedback on the interim policy until October 15, 2015.

Instead of issuing an order, WorkSafeBC may, in certain circumstances, enter into a compliance agreement in which an employer voluntarily agrees to correct OHS violations and report back to WorkSafeBC by a certain date.

Compliance agreements are offered at WorkSafeBC’s discretion, within the limits of the Act and policy. WorkSafeBC will only enter into a compliance agreement if WorkSafeBC believes that the employer will likely fulfill its obligations under the agreement.

D12-196-7 OHS Penalties & Claims Costs Levies – Effect of Application for Stay at Review Division
A housekeeping change was made to reflect that, effective September 15, 2015, a request for review of a WorkSafeBC decision or order on an occupational health and safety or claims cost levy matter must be submitted to the Review Division within 45 days of the date the decision or order was made.

* Replacement pages for Prevention Manual.

September 1, 2015

Policies OHS Regulation

This update includes the deletion of three policies from the Prevention Manual.

Part 8 Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • R8.22-1, regarding personal clothing and accessories, is guidance material that is not appropriate as policy and is fully addressed in a guideline.
  • R8.22-1, regarding footwear, unnecessarily duplicates information in the guidelines and also contains some information that is outdated or no longer supported by the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

* Replacement pages for Prevention Manual