Successful Contractor Engagement with Partnerships B.C.

Partnerships BC supports the public sector in meeting its infrastructure needs by providing leadership, expertise and consistency in the procurement of complex capital projects by utilizing private sector innovation, services and capital to deliver measurable benefits for taxpayers. Join us for an informative session with key members of the leadership team at Partnerships B.C. •…

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Consultation on proposed amendments to Part 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

WorkSafeBC’s Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to Part 8, Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment, section 8.11(1) – safety headgear, of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to share feedback prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing. All stakeholder feedback is…

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Resuming business operations in B.C. in a healthy and safe manner

With the recent launch of Phase 3 of the province’s Restart Plan, WorkSafeBC would like to update stakeholders on the guidance and support we’re providing to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in B.C. workplaces. The attached document outlines some of WorkSafeBC’s recent activities, including: The development of a COVID-19 Safety Plan app and new…

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2020 New or Revised ACGIH Threshold Limit Values and B.C. Exposure Limits

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation provides that, except as otherwise determined by WorkSafeBC, an employer must ensure no worker is exposed to a substance exceeding the Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) prescribed by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). Each year, the ACGIH publishes a list of substances for which they have set new or revised TLVs….

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BCCA receives first-ever Workforce Excellence Award

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | June 18, 2020 VICTORIA — The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) has received the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) first-ever Workforce Excellence Award. The award recognizes BBCA as a “champion of diversity and inclusion in the construction industry and the demonstrated results delivered by its workforce development programs,” a…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

June 16, 2020 Construction related 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: Undetermined injuries (1 worker) Core Activity: Structural concrete forming Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2020-Jun A worker on a…

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Canadians want open, fair bidding: ICBA, Merit poll

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | June 17, 2020 A new nationwide poll commissioned by Merit Canada and the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) shows strong support for open bidding on government infrastructure projects. When asked if governments should give all construction companies a “fair chance to bid on this taxpayer-funded work, not just those with…

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Canada: Supreme Court Confirms That Workplace Safety Can Supersede Freedom Of Religion

27 May 2020 | by Laurence Bourgeois-Hatto and Philippe Bélisle |Langlois lawyers, LLP In October 2019, we reported that the Quebec Court of Appeal dismissed the application of three Sikh truckers who challenged a company policy requiring them to wear a safety helmet over their turban in certain circumstances. This decision is now final since, on April 30, 2020, their…

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Proposed Changes to Schedule 1 – Deadline Extended to June 15th at Noon

Make your voice heard! Deadline extended to today at Noon. Attached please find the Employers’ Forum submission in response to WSBC’s Discussion Paper titled:  Adding Diseases Caused by Communicable Viral Pathogens, Including COVID-19, to Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act.  COCA is a member of the Employer’s Forum, which works to maintain a viable and…

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Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Fair Bidding in B.C.

ICBA News Release BURNABY— A new poll released by Merit Canada and the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association shows that 83% of British Columbians surveyed support giving all construction companies a fair chance to land taxpayer-funded work, regardless of how their workforce is organized. Canada-wide, support for fair bidding hits 88%.  “The building trades unions represent fewer than…

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Injuries caused by overexertion during accustomed work

WorkSafeBC’s Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper to stakeholders for comment. The paper includes options on proposed policy regarding injuries caused by overexertion during accustomed (familiar) work. At issue is whether policy should be amended to add guidance for injuries caused by overexertion during the performance of accustomed work duties. The…

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WorkSafeBC deferring quarterly premium payments for an additional quarter

Release of preliminary base rates for 2021 postponed until fall Richmond, B.C. (June 8, 2020) — WorkSafeBC today announced that it is extending the deferral period for quarterly premium payments for an additional three months, without penalty or interest.  In order to ensure account balances are correct, employers will still be required to report their payroll…

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Can HVAC systems transmit COVID-19?

Journal of Commerce | Peter Caulfield | June 3, 2020 A team of researchers at the University of Alberta (U of A) is investigating the possibility that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems might play a part in spreading airborne COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. U of A assistant professor of mechanical…

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