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WorkSafeBC

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WorkSafeBC is dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety for the workers and employers of this province. We consult with and educate employers and workers and enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

In the event of work-related injuries or diseases, WorkSafeBC works with the affected parties to provide return-to-work rehabilitation, compensation, health care benefits, and a range of other services.

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Miscellaneous amendments to the Prevention Manual – effective September 1, 2015

Miscellaneous amendments to the Prevention Manual – effective September 1, 2015

As part of the ongoing review of occupational health and safety policies, at its July 2015 meeting, the Board of Directors approved the deletion of three policies from the Prevention Manual, effective September 1, 2015.

WorkSafe Magazine — September/October

WorkSafe Magazine — September/October

In this issue: Emergency prep a smart business move; Hotel room attendants get top billing; Doctors vital to work-return success; and more.

WorkSafeBC safety videos exceed 25 million views on YouTube since 2006

WorkSafeBC safety videos exceed 25 million views on YouTube since 2006

Since its launch almost a decade ago, the WorkSafeBC YouTube channel has received more than 25 million views and has more than 18,000 subscribers.

Bill 9: Final legislation enacted

Bill 9: Final legislation enacted

See an overview of the remaining Bill 9 changes, related to compliance agreements, employer citations, request for reviews, and additional Board of Directors members, that will be in force by September 2015.

Health Care Professional Conference - registration deadline Sept. 13

Health Care Professional Conference - registration deadline Sept. 13

Join us at our conference geared toward clinical rehabilitation providers for a full day of top notch presentations by field experts.

Regulatory amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to WHMIS 2015 are now in effect

Regulatory amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to WHMIS 2015 are now in effect

The amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2015 came into effect on August 4, 2015.

New: Searchable Penalties Database

New: Searchable Penalties Database

Want to view employer penalties for health and safety violations? Our new penalties database allows you to search or browse by firm, amount, sector, year, or review or appeal status.

Board of Directors Approves Changes to Vocational Rehabilitation Policy

Board of Directors Approves Changes to Vocational Rehabilitation Policy

At their May 27, 2015 meeting, the Board of Directors approved amendments in the first phase of a review of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy in Chapter 11 of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.

Physician Education Conference – October 24

Physician Education Conference – October 24

Join us at the 16th Annual WorkSafeBC Physician Education Conference at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria for a full day of discussions, dialogue and workshops relating to the physicians role in work related injuries and the latest protocols in patient care.

New video series focuses on bullying and harassment in construction

Cost relief for certain compensable consequences

On May 27, 2015, the Board of Directors approved the addition of new policy and amendment of current policy for cost relief for certain compensable consequences.

New video series focuses on bullying and harassment in construction

New video series focuses on bullying and harassment in construction

This video series highlights the character and pride of workers in construction, and shows the impact of bullying and harassment on workers in the industry. These videos were created in partnership with the BC Building Trades and Construction Labour Relations Association of BC.

WorkSafeBC's 2015 asbestos enforcement targets residential demolitions

WorkSafeBC's 2015 asbestos enforcement targets residential demolitions

Starting in July, WorkSafeBC prevention officers will be increasing inspections of residential demolition and renovation sites to ensure contractors are adhering to health and safety laws when identifying and removing asbestos.

WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan update

WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan update

See the latest report, detailing our progress on recommendations in the WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan.

Consultation on Proposed Policy and Public Hearing on Regulation Changes Regarding Employer Incident Investigations

Consultation on Proposed Policy and Public Hearing on Regulation Changes Regarding Employer Incident Investigations

The Board of Directors has approved consultation on two new policies, and public hearings on two consequential amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation regarding Employer Incident Investigations.

Consultation and Public Hearing on Proposed New Regulation and Policy Regarding OHS Citations

Consultation and Public Hearing on Proposed New Regulation and Policy Regarding OHS Citations

The Board of Directors, at their June 2015 meeting, approved the release for consultation of a discussion paper regarding a proposed new regulation and policy regarding OHS Citations.

Consultation on Proposed New OHS Compliance Agreements Policy (D12-186.1-1)

Consultation on Proposed New OHS Compliance Agreements Policy (D12-186.1-1)

The Board of Directors, at their June 2015 meeting, approved the release for consultation of a discussion paper and proposed new policy regarding OHS compliance agreements.

Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Stop Work Orders Policy (D12-191-1)

Consultation on proposed changes to the Stop Work Orders Policy (D12-191-1)

The Board of Directors, at their May 2015 meeting, approved the release for consultation of a discussion paper and proposed changes to the policy regarding stop work orders.

Rate consultation sessions

Rate consultation sessions

Join us and other employers in your region to learn more about the 2016 preliminary rates for your industry, injury trends in B.C., and what you can do to reduce injuries, claim costs, and your insurance rate.

Bill 9 related changes to occupational health and safety (OHS) policies

Bill 9 related changes to occupational health and safety (OHS) policies

On May 27, 2015, the Board of Directors approved two new interim OHS policies regarding employer incident investigations and stop work orders. Housekeeping changes were also made to other related OHS policies.

Workers Compensation Amendment Act  (Bill 9)

Workers Compensation Amendment Act (Bill 9)

Bill 9 received Royal Assent on May 14 and contains a number of changes to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act (the Act).

WorkSafeBC issues annual report

WorkSafeBC issues annual report

On May 7, 2015, in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Minister Bond tabled the WorkSafeBC 2014 Annual Report and 2015-2017 Service Plan. The annual report provides an audited review of our performance objectives and financial statements.

2015 New or Revised ACGIH Threshold Limit Values and BC OELs

2015 new or revised ACGIH Threshold Limit Values and BC OELs

The Table of Occupational Exposure Limits for Excluded Substances in Prevention Policy R5.48-1 has been amended to maintain the current exposure limits for substances listed on the 2015 new or revised Threshold Limit Values from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.

 New video series focuses on asbestos exposure in construction

New video series focuses on asbestos exposure in construction

This video series, developed in partnership with the BC Association of Restoration Contractors, shows the reactions from workers, contractors, and a homeowner to the dangers of asbestos.

Beware of telephone scams

Beware of telephone scams

A new telephone scam has callers fraudulently posing as WorkSafeBC representatives. If you have any concerns about the legitimacy of a phone call from WorkSafeBC, please contact our Employer Service Centre.

Calculation of long-term average earnings for GECA workers

Calculation of long-term average earnings for GECA workers

Stakeholders are invited to review and comment on the Policy, Regulation and Research Division’s discussion paper on the Calculation of Long-Term Average Earnings for GECA workers.

New resources for working safely with tractors and power take-off (PTO) equipment

New resources for working safely with tractors and power take-off (PTO) equipment

If you work with tractors or PTOs, be sure to access our new safety checklists and frequently asked questions about working safely with tractors and equipment, available in English, French, Punjabi, and Spanish. This safety initiative coincides with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, happening from March 15 to 21.

Board of Directors approves the regulatory amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to WHMIS 2015

Board of Directors approves the regulatory amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to WHMIS 2015

On February 24, 2015, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2015.

Notice of public hearing for the proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to WHMIS 2015

Notice of public hearing for the proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to WHMIS 2015

The Board of Directors approved an expedited public hearing to be held on February 20, 2015, to consider proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2015.

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