Policy, Regulation and Research Department Announcement

At the October 26, 2022 WorkSafeBC Board of Directors meeting, the following items were approved:  Other Matters (alcoholism) The Board of Directors approved policy changes to Item C4-32.00, Other Matters, of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual (RS&CM), Volume II to replace outdated terminology referring to the worker as an “alcoholic” and language which describes the pattern of…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

November 23, 2022 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: Crane operation / Concrete pumping Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2022-Nov On a large construction…

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Eby introduces Housing Supply Act

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | November 22, 2022 VICTORIA — B.C. Premier David Eby has introduced new legislation to increase the province’s housing supply. The aptly named Housing Supply Act is intended to speed up housing development by allowing the province to set housing targets in certain municipalities where demand and projected growth…

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WorkSafeBC and CEU reach recovery agreement

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | November 21, 2022 VICTORIA — WorkSafeBC and the Compensation Employees’ Union (CEU) have announced a tentative agreement under the Shared Recovery Mandate. Details about the agreement will be released after ratification is complete, a news release reads. The CEU represents roughly 3,000 employees working in positions WorkSafeBC. Negotiations…

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Life saving innovation: Ledcor celebrated for excavation rescue system

Journal of Commerce | Evan Saunders | November 16, 2022 Improving safety on construction sites is everyone’s business. Ledcor Group recently won the Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation award presented by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association for their excavation extraction rescue system (EERS). The system is designed to safely and quickly remove injured people from…

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Consultation on proposed B.C. Exposure Limits (ELs) based on the new or revised 2019 and 2020 ACGIH TLVs

WorkSafeBC Each year, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) publishes a list of substances for which they have set new or revised Threshold Limit Values (TLVs). A TLV is an airborne concentration of a chemical substance where it is believed that nearly all workers may be exposed over a working lifetime and experience…

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Canada’s Construction Labour Market is a Wonder

Journal of Commerce | Alex Carrick | November 10, 2022 After a string of months with barely positive or back-tracking employment change, Canada struck it rich in October, +108,000 jobs. The biggest portion of the +108,000 gain was provided by services jobs, +63,000 according to Statistics Canada, but manufacturing and construction also had good hiring months, +24,000…

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ECABC announces new chair and president

The Remi Network | Tuesday, November 8, 2022  The Electrical Contractors Association of BC (ECABC) has appointed Derek Fettback as its new chair and confirmed its board of directors for 2023. Fettback is the vice-president of Western Pacific Enterprises Ltd. (WPE) and will serve as chair for a two-year term. He has served on the…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

November 2, 2022 Constrction 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: Fractured arm, bruised ribs Core Activity: Concrete placing, finishing, surfacing, or repair / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential…

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B.C. planning better support for injured workers

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | November 2, 2022 VICTORIA — It could soon be easier for injured workers to get support as B.C. plans changes to its Workers’ Compensation Act. Among the changes to the policy is ensuring employers accommodate and re-employ injured workers when they are ready to return and making WorkSafeBC…

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Select Standing Committee on Health Report – Closing Gaps, Reducing Barriers: Expanding the response to the toxic drug and overdose crisis

On April 4, 2022, the Legislative Assembly empowered the Select Standing Committee on Health to examine the urgent and ongoing illicit drug toxicity and overdose crisis. For more information, please see the Terms of Reference. The Committee released its report titled Closing Gaps, Reducing Barriers: Expanding the response to the toxic drug and overdose crisis on November 1,…

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November is Apprenticeship Recognition Month

Apprenticeship Recognition Month starts at the beginning of November and ITA wants to help you recognize your great apprentices!  Nominate an apprentice in your life to thank them for their hard work and dedication. Have an apprentice in mind?  ITA has provided two nomination options to either recognize an individual apprentice or a group/class of…

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Asbestos Certification and Licensing Update

WorkSafeBC is now accepting expressions of interest from training providers who wish to be approved by WorkSafeBC to deliver asbestos abatement training.  Workers, employers, consultants, and trainers involved with the asbestos industry in B.C. played a key role in achieving this milestone, as their feedback was essential in developing an understanding of the core competencies…

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