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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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 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.

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.

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.

Steep Slope Roofing Safety Symposium

Steep Slope Roofing Safety Symposium

Attend the symposium on April 25 in Victoria, and learn about safety responsibilities in the roofing industry, fall protection planning and procedures, and regulatory requirements for roof inspections. Learn more or register here.

WorkSafe Magazine — March/April

WorkSafe Magazine — March/April

In this issue: Back to work — with a difference; Lock-ring lifters use smart ergonomics; Infoflip geared toward rock-truck drivers; and more.

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.

T5007 statements

T5007 statements

If you’ve received a T5007 statement and have questions, read our T5007 FAQs for more information.

Decision on the new and revised occupational exposure limits for 2012 and others

Decision on the new and revised occupational exposure limits for 2012 and others

At the November 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors approved the adoption of the 2012 new and revised ACGIH TLVs, as well as other substances from previous years, as B.C. occupational exposure limits.

Personal Optional Protection increasing in 2015

Personal Optional Protection increasing in 2015

The minimum monthly coverage for Personal Optional Protection, an optional insurance plan for proprietors and partners of a business, is increasing from $1,500 to $1,800 on January 1, 2015.

Statement by WorkSafeBC special adviser Gord Macatee on progress of WorkSafeBC to address his recommendations to further strengthen worker health and safety

Statement by WorkSafeBC special adviser Gordon Macatee

Read Gordon Macatee's statement on the progress of WorkSafeBC to address his recommendations to further strengthen worker health and safety.

WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan — Implementation Status Report

WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan — Implementation Status Report

WorkSafeBC releases the Implementation Status Report, an update on the progress and implementation of the WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan.

WorkSafeBC Chair announces appointment of President and Chief Executive Officer

WorkSafeBC Chair announces appointment of President and Chief Executive Officer

WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors announces that Diana Miles has been appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of WorkSafeBC.

Experience rating cost inclusions/exclusions

Experience rating cost inclusions/exclusions

At their November 20, 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors approved minor amendments to Item AP1-42-2, Experience Rating Cost Inclusions/Exclusions of the Assessment Manual, effective February 1, 2015.

Nerve entrapments and tendinopathies of the arm, neck and shoulder

Nerve entrapments and tendinopathies of the arm, neck and shoulder

On November 20, 2014, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to polices relating to activity-related soft tissue disorders in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.

Bill 17, Nurse Practitioners Defined as Qualified Practitioners

Bill 17, Nurse Practitioners Defined as Qualified Practitioners

At their October 23, 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors approved the inclusion of nurse practitioners in the definition of a “qualified practitioner” in Chapter 10 of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual.

Revised Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule

Revised Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule

At their October 23, 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors approved further amendments to the Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule.

Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Review – Phase I

Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Review — Phase I

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a discussion paper on the Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Review – Phase I for stakeholder review and comment.

Board of Directors Repeals Changes to Assessment Policy on the Treatment of Dividends Paid to Principals

Board of Directors repeals changes to assessment policy on the treatment of dividends paid to principals

At their October 23, 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors rescinded changes to assessment policy approved in December 2013 that would have excluded dividends paid to principals from assessable payroll, effective January 2015.

Proposed policy amendments regarding plantar fasciitis

Proposed policy amendments regarding plantar fasciitis

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a discussion paper on Plantar Fasciitis Due to Prolonged Weight Bearing for stakeholder review and comment.

Changes to Personal Optional Protection (“POP”)

Changes to Personal Optional Protection (“POP”)

WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to Item AP1-2-3, Personal Optional Protection, and Appendix A of the Assessment Manual. Changes to POP, including increasing the minimum amount of POP coverage from $1,500 to $1,800 per month, become effective January 1, 2015.

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