Update on Regulatory Changes to Plumbed Washrooms on Construction Sites

WorkSafeBC held a virtual public hearing in January to discuss proposed changes to Part 20 – Washroom Facilities on Construction Sites. This proposal would amend the Regulation to require the provision of flush toilets on construction sites with 25 or more workers.   The Board of Directors requested changes to the draft regulation, and these changes require…

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Associations mark B.C.’s Construction Month with events and advocacy

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | April 3, 2024 British Columbia’s construction associations have big plans this month. April 2024 is the seventh annual BC Construction Month and provincial stakeholders are gearing up to both celebrate the industry and advocate at a policy and collaborative level. “What started seven years ago as a challenge accepted…

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Recognizing Global Asbestos Awareness Week

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services  | April 3, 2024 REGINA, SASK. – This week, until April 7, marks Global Asbestos Awareness Week, providing an opportunity to raise awareness about asbestos hazards in the workplace. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that was regularly used in buildings until the late 1990s. If products containing…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

March 25, 2024 Construction incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Close call Core Activity: Excavator operation / Paving services or asphalt manufacture Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2024-Mar ID Number: 2024165370012…

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BCCWITT Updates

Sent on behalf of BC Centre for Women in the Trades BCCWITT Events:   BCCWITT Be More Than A Bystander training sessions     We have an upcoming train-the-trainer scheduled at the BCFED Health & Safety Centre (120-4259 Canada Way, Burnaby) from April 10-12, 2024 (9am to 4:30pm) Here is the cohort information with application. April is Construction Month!  Save the date: In…

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Delay in Washroom Facility Regulation Changes

WorkSafeBC | March 21, 2024 Proposed OHS Regulation amendments to Part 20 – Washroom Facilities on Construction Sites, discussed at a public hearing in January, resulted in requested changes. As such, the regulation will not take effect on May 1, 2024. Timing for public consultation will be shared as soon as available.

Day of Mourning – April 28

Join WorkSafeBC in remembering workers in British Columbia who lost their lives as a result of work-related injury or disease. Order free decals or posters for your workplace Day of Mourning ceremony and show your renewed commitment to creating healthy and safe workplaces. Learn more and order »

Women have low injury and death rates in construction sector

Journal of Commerce | Jean Sorensen | March 22, 2024 Despite the recent B.C. fatality of a female construction worker at Vancouver’s Oakridge site, statistics indicate Canadian women are following the U.S. trend of being involved in low percentages of claim incidents and fatalities based upon their representation within the construction sector.    Depending on who does…

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F.A.S.T. launching new women’s high-vis line as demand grows

Journal of Commerce | Jean Sorensen | March 18, 2024 No more boxy pants, droopy elephant rears, turtle-shell jackets and hand-devouring sleeves.  F.A.S.T., a B.C. company known for safety clothing and survival gear, is launching a dedicated line of women’s high visibility safety clothing April 1 with the design fitted to a woman’s body, said company president…

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Occupational First Aid Regulatory Change 

WorkSafeBC March 2024 Update On November 1, 2024, amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation relating to occupational first aid will come into effect. The changes mean employers across the province will need to review their current first aid plans, supplies, and equipment and make adjustments.    Below is an update on our implementation…

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CIRP, BC Build Together release mental health survey for women in construction

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | February 28, 2024 VANCOUVER – The Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan (CIRP) and BC Build Together have released a new confidential survey to gauge the mental health needs of women in the province’s construction industry. The survey has been released to “help us better understand your challenges and needs” according to the …

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Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule — Range of Motion Method and Disabilities of the Spine

WorkSafeBC The WorkSafeBC Policy, Regulation and Research Department (PRRD) is releasing a discussion paper on the Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule — Range of Motion Method and Disabilities of the Spine to stakeholders for comment. Following concerns raised by stakeholders regarding the reliability and validity of the range of motion (ROM) method for measuring permanent disabilities involving…

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