WorkSafeBC Board of Directors approves amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

At its January 2017 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The approved amendments relate to the following:

  • Section 1.1, Definitions: Consequential amendments to definitions for combustible and flammable liquids
  • Section 4.56, General Conditions: Work area guards and handrails
  • Sections 4.81, 4.82, and 28.9, General Conditions: Environmental tobacco smoke
  • Section 5.71(2), Chemical Agents and Biological Agents: Combustible or flammable air contaminants
  • Section 6.4, Substance Specific Requirements: Asbestos inventory
  • Sections 6.58.1 to 6.69, Substance Specific Requirements: Lead
  • Sections 6.110 to 6.112.7, Substance Specific Requirements: Respirable crystalline silica and rock dust
  • Section 12.83.1, Tools, Machinery and Equipment: Chassis dynamometer (new爏ection)
  • Sections 13.11, 14.1 and 14.2, Construction material hoists
  • Section 14.5, Cranes and Hoists: Rated capacity indication, and Section 14.11, Cranes and Hoists: Support structures
  • Section 14.81, Cranes and Hoists: Limit devices
  • Section 20.2, Construction, Excavation and Demolition: Notice of Project
  • Section 22.12(1) and (2), Underground Workings: Underground supervisors
  • Section 26.13.4, Forestry Operations and Similar Activities: Saw chain shot (new subsection)

Proposed amendments were taken to public consultations, then to public hearings. The Board of Directors approved the amendments after carefully considering feedback from stakeholders provided during the public consultations and hearings.

These amendments will become effective May 1, 2017. You can view the Board of Directors’ decision as well as strikethrough versions of the approved amendments and explanatory notes online.