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 will have a two-year grace period, until January 1, 2024, to ensure any person operating a concrete pump holds a valid operator’s certificate, issued by an approved certification authority for the class or type of concrete pump or placing boom they operate. Until fully certified, operators can operate the concrete pump or placing boom under the supervision of a person who holds a valid concrete pump operator’s certificate for the class or type of concrete pump or placing boom being operated.
BCCSA has worked closely with industry and WorkSafeBC since 2014 in the development of the Certified Concrete Pump Operator (CCPO) program. The intent of the program is to provide BC concrete pump operators, owners, and the construction industry with a regulated, safe, and effective means to determine operator competence and increase safety on site.