Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

June 16, 2021 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 Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2021-May A crane operator was telescoping out boom…

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Supporting skilled trades workers, strengthening B.C’s recovery

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training | News Release | June 11, 2021 VICTORIA – The Province is launching a made-in-B.C. certification system to support higher-paying, more stable work for trades workers and to help build the foundation of a strong economic recovery. The new skilled trades certification system will help deliver steady employment for…

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BC Restart Update

June 10, 2021 | WorkSafeBC The B.C. government has announced a four-step plan to gradually begin to restart important social connections, businesses, and activities. Since the government announced its plan, WorkSafeBC has been working with Public Health to develop a workplace health and safety approach aligned with the four-step plan. We are currently in step 1 of…

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WorkSafeBC strikes balance between religious freedoms and safety with new hard hat rule

Journal of Commerce | Grant Cameron | June 11, 2021 Construction employers are commending WorkSafeBC and the province for walking a tightrope and coming up with regulatory changes that protect religious freedoms while ensuring worksites remain safe.  “Construction sectors across this country are no stranger to policy and regulations and legislation that often goes against the grain or somehow doesn’t make…

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The Very Serious Employment Consequences of Breaching COVID-19 Safety Protocols

June 7, 2021 | Article by: James D. Kondopulos | Roper Greyell The problems and challenges which the COVID-19 pandemic has created for employers are significant. It is encouraging to see third-party decision-makers doing what is in the public interest and providing support to employers as they try to uphold COVID-19 safety protocols in their workplaces….

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

At its April 2021 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the 2020 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. These amendments will come into effect on September 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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Consultation on proposed B.C. Exposure Limits (ELs) based on the new or revised 2016, 2017, and 2018 ACGIH TLVs for selected chemical substances

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 no…

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Consultation on proposed amendments to Part 3 of the OH&S Regulation – Reassignment of Refused Work

WorkSafeBC’s Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to Part 3, Rights and Responsibilities, new section 3.12.1 — Reassignment of refused work, of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing. All stakeholder…

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First-hand accounts help VICA research drug abuse

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | June 4, 2021 Soothing painful injuries, dealing with trauma, partying that escalates. The Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) in B.C. released first-hand accounts from construction workers and employers about how workers got involved in drugs and why they struggled to seek help. Of the 22 interviewed for the project,…

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BC Government’s Covid-19 Sick Leave Reimbursement Application

WorkSafeBC has been asked to play a key role in administering the B.C. government’s COVID-19 Sick-Leave Reimbursement Program. Eligible employers will need to be registered for workplace health and safety insurance through WorkSafeBC and also be signed up for online services in order to apply for the reimbursement starting June 15. WorkSafeBC is asking for your…

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

At its April 2021 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the 2020 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. These amendments will come into effect on September 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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VRCA president Donna Grant wants to talk to you

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | June 3, 2021 Advocacy work has always been a personal passion of Donna Grant’s, but as the new Vancouver Regional Construction Association president it’s now her full-time job. “I feel like I finally landed where I belong,” said Grant. “My heart has always been in advocacy and I was…

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New hard hat rules make workplaces more inclusive

Provincial Government News Release | Victoria | June 2, 2021 Workplaces in B.C. will soon be more inclusive for people who wear religious head coverings without compromising workplace safety, thanks to changes WorkSafeBC is making to B.C.’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation on safety headgear. “Creating more inclusive workplaces is a priority for our government,…

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BCFed – Injured Workers Deserve Better

From BC Fed Website / News Release June 1, 2021 The Workers Deserve Better report lays out concrete legislative and policy changes needed to create a fair, accountable, and worker-centred compensation system. The report was authored by Kevin Love, a lawyer with the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) and expert on workers compensation issues. It is…

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Province of B.C. moves to strengthen Site C oversight

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | June 1, 2021 VICTORIA—The Government of British Columbia is moving to enhance the Site C Project Assurance Board by increasing its independence and level of expertise. The changes follow the recommendations of the independent Site C review completed by Peter Milburn, which includes 17 recommendations to improve the…

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Covid-19 Rapid Testing Information Session – June 2 at 4 pm

Vancouver Coastal Health has scheduled the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Information Session on Wednesday, June 2, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Please share this Zoom registration link with your prime contractors. You are invited to a Zoom meeting: COVID-19 Rapid Testing in Construction Sector Hosted by Vancouver Coastal Health in partnership with the Provincial Health Services…

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