Human Rights Approach to Proof of Vaccination

POLICY GUIDANCE | JULY 2021 This document echoes the call for a human rights-based response to the pandemic. It offersgeneral advice on how duty bearers can respect human rights when developing policies that treatpeople differently based on whether or not they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. In thisdocument, we refer to such polices as “vaccination…

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WorkSafeBC Vaccination Mandate Announcement

The following email was sent to WorkSafeBC Staff on October 22, 2021: As you know, our primary focus throughout the pandemic has been — and continues to be — your health and safety, alongside our service to B.C.’s workers and employers. Those priorities have been front and centre in our decision-making, and we have continued…

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Asbestos Control Training (ACT)

This fall, the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) will launch Asbestos Control Training (ACT) a series of 5 courses beginning with Asbestos 101 (Awareness Training) with specialty courses to follow.  Courses are self-paced and accessible online 24/7. Asbestos Control Training is complimented by BCCSA’s newly developed Asbestos Control Tool, an easy to use resource that…

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Virtual BC Construction Health & Safety Conference

BCCSA is delivering the good news that the 2021 Virtual BC Construction Health & Safety Conference will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2021. This year’s conference will look at the theme of the construction industry’s capacity to embrace and overcome the challenges of the future. Hosted by CBC radio personality and educator Kathryn Gretsinger, conference…

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COVID-19: ‘I am not prepared to commit fraud’ by writing false vaccine exemptions, B.C. doctor says

Vancouver Sun | September 10, 2021 | Denise Ryan After a surge in demand for medical letters for vaccine exemptions, Dr. Shane Barclay has reached his limit. In a letter to patients this week, Barclay said no exemption letters will be written for patients unless they meet the criteria set out by health authorities. A physician who…

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Board of Directors approves 2020 and 2021 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

At its July 2021 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved 2020 and 2021 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.   These amendments will come into effect on December 1, 2021. Strikethrough versions of the amendments with explanatory notes can be accessed below. Deletions in the regulatory amendments are identified with a strikethrough and additions are in bold text and highlighted…

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Western construction workers heavily represented in overdose deaths

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | September 9, 2021 Part one of Cracks in the Foundation: Mental Health, Substance Use and Construction, examines the current state of substance use across the country, with experts painting a picture of how the industry has been specifically impacted. The third article in this DCN-JOC Special Feature Series delves into…

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Exciting News for BC’s Concrete Industry!

On September 2, 2021, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors announced the results of its July 2021 meeting approving amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, including Part 20, certification of concrete pump operators. What does this mean for industry? Effective December 1, 2021, certification will become mandatory for all concrete pump operators in British Columbia. Operators and companies…

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Ontario’s ‘other pandemic’: Construction most impacted industry

Journal of Commerce | Angela Gismondi | September 8, 2021 Part one of Cracks in the Foundation: Mental Health, Substance Use and Construction, examines the current state of substance use across the country, with experts painting a picture of how the industry has been specifically impacted. The second article in this DCN-JOC Special Feature Series delves…

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Safe Screen BC

The Business Council of British Columbia is pleased to announce the launch of Safe Screen B.C., a program developed in partnership with the British Columbia Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to advance British Columbia’s Point of Care Testing Strategy.  The program aims to help B.C. businesses access and make use of…

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Update on Vaccination Policies in Canada

Gowling WLG | August 31, 2021 | Link to Page As the COVID-19 situation progresses in Canada, many employers across the country are assessing whether and how to implement vaccination policies. Since the government of Canada’s August 13 announcement (detailed below), the trend to mandate COVID-19 vaccination in the workplace and beyond appears to be…

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