LMAPR and OHS Citations policy

On October 22, 2015, the Board of Directors (BOD) approved the Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation (LMAPR) and Item D12-196.1-1, Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Citations, of the Prevention Manual. The LMAPR and OHS Citations policy set out that WorkSafeBC may impose an OHS Citation on an employer for failure to comply with an order,…

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Changes regarding Employer Incident Investigations

At its meeting on October 22, 2015, the Board of Directors approved the following as a result of changes to the Workers Compensation Act regarding employers’ reports of accidents or incident investigations: The deletion of section 3.4 from the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation, B.C. Reg. 296/97 The consequential amendment to section 24.34 of…

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August & September 2015 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Fractured leg Core Activity: Structural concrete forming Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2015-Sep ID Number: 2015156680091 A carpenter was stripping a concrete wall gang form at a residential highrise building. As he disassembled the attached work platform, he fell off the form, landing on the concrete floor about 2 metres below. Injury…

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September 22 Guideline Updates

Many sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Workers Compensation Act (“Act“) have associated guidelines. Guidelines are intended to assist with providing ways of complying with the legislation, not to provide exclusive interpretations. Guidelines generally provide information on administrative matters and on technical matters not already addressed by policy. Periodically, guidelines are updated…

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Government takes further action on workplace safety

Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act were introduced in the House on October 8th.   With the introduction of Bill 35, government has taken decisive action to address the Lakeland and Babine coroner’s inquest recommendations that were directed to the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour. According to the government’s…

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Ken Farey Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

On September 30th, 2015, Grant McMillan, former President, thanked Ken Farey on behalf of COCA for his many years of contributions as the Chair of COCA over 17 years.  Then, with incoming Chair Wayne Fettback, Ken was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The COCA Board also made Ken an Honorary Board Member.

Consultation on proposed changes to OHS Penalty Policies

October 2, 2015 Dear Stakeholder: WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors has approved the release for consultation of a discussion paper regarding proposed changes to the following policies regarding Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Penalties: Criteria for Imposing OHS Penalties (D12-196-1) Transfer of OHS History (D12-196-3) OHS Penalty Amounts (D12-196-6) Claims Cost Levies (D24-73-1) First Aid Equipment…

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2015 Bridging the Gap Conference

November 13 and 14, 2015 ~ Richmond, BC Whether you work in construction or promote health and safety in the industry, join us for a jam-packed two-day conference to network with others and increase your knowledge about a wide range of health and safety issues in construction. For more information and to register, visit the…

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September 2015 Guideline Updates

Many sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Workers Compensation Act (“Act“) have associated guidelines. Guidelines are intended to assist with providing ways of complying with the legislation, not to provide exclusive interpretations. Guidelines generally provide information on administrative matters and on technical matters not already addressed by policy. Periodically, guidelines are updated…

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September 2015 Policy Updates

The Prevention Manual contains policies of WorkSafeBC with respect to prevention matters under the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Consequential policy amendments have been made to the Prevention Manual in response to changes to provisions in the Occupational Heath and Safety Regulation. The Prevention Manual (1 mb) is provided here…

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September 2015 Regulatory Amendments

Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act were made in September 2015 . The online Regulation and excerpts and summaries of the Act are updated once the amendments come into effect. Part 1 Division 6 – Workers’ Compensation Board Section 81 Board of directors [Amended] Part 3 Division 12 – Enforcement Section 186.1 Compliance agreements  [Enacted]

Policy consultation on the Partners in Injury and Disability Prevention Program (Partners Program)

At their meeting on September 8, 2015, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper with options and draft policies to stakeholders for comment. The Partners Program is a voluntary incentive program intended to motivate B.C. employers to take a proactive role in occupational health and safety. Employers registered…

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Notice of 2015 Public Hearings

September 21, 2015 Dear Stakeholder: Notice of 2015 Public Hearings The Board of Directors approved public hearings to be held in October 2015 regarding the proposed new Lower Maximum Administrative Penalty Regulation (OHS Citations) and changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to Employer Incident Investigations. OHS Citations: Proposed New Lower Maximum Administrative…

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Interim OHS Compliance Agreements Policy and Housekeeping Change to Policy D12-196-7

September 15, 2015 Dear Stakeholder: OHS Compliance Agreements Policy (D12-186.1-1) At its June 2015 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved a new policy on OHS Compliance Agreements (D12-186.1-1). This policy came into effect on September 15, 2015 and will apply on an interim basis until it is replaced by a final policy on January 1,…

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Amendments to the Prevention Manual

September 1, 2015 Dear Stakeholder: At its July 2015 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the deletion of three policies from the Prevention Manual. Policy R8.10-1, regarding personal clothing and accessories, is guidance material that is not appropriate as policy and is fully addressed in a guideline. Policy R8.22-1, regarding footwear, unnecessarily duplicates information in…

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Bill 9: Final Legislation Enacted

On August 4, 2015, several provisions of Bill 9, the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2015, were brought into force by Order-in-Council. What’s changing? The following  changes were brought into force through the August 4, 2015 Order-in-Council: Employer citations (in force now, to be implemented in early 2016) Request for reviews: new timeline (effective Sept. 15,…

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Regulatory amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to WHMIS 2015 came into effect on August 4, 2015

On February 24, 2015, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. These regulatory amendments to the OHSR came into force on the date the consequential amendments to sections 5 and 6 of the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2015, Bill 9, came into force. This occurred on August 4, 2015….

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Bridging the Gap Conference – Exhibitor Opportunities

WorkSafeBC, in partnership with the BC Construction Safety Alliance, the BC Association of Restoration Contractors, the British Columbia Common Ground Alliance, the BC Association for Crane Safety, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering are proud to host the 10th annual Bridging the Gap, Construction Safety Conference. This conference draws delegates who work in the field of safety in…

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