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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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Unstable snowpack can put workers at risk

Unstable snowpack can put workers at risk

Workers whose jobs take them into B.C.'s backcountry are at potential risk of serious injury or death in avalanche hazard zones, and need to be diligent about understanding how those risks can be identified and mitigated.

Release for consultation of proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

Release for consultation of a proposed amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors has approved the release of a proposed amendment to Section 1.1, Definitions in the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Submit employer incident investigation reports online

Submit employer incident investigation reports online

After certain workplace incidents, employers are required to conduct a full investigation and submit a report to us within 30 days. You can now submit your report online.

WorkSafe Magazine - January/February

WorkSafe Magazine - January/February

In this issue: Rising to the risk of an avalanche; Fall protection a growing greenhouse issue; Video contest trains its lens on a workplace impairment; and more.

Release for consultation of proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

Release for consultation of proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors has approved the release of two additional proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Changes to Policy re Exemptions from Coverage for Employers in the Trucking Industry

Changes to Policy RE: Exemptions from Coverage for Employers in the Trucking Industry

On December 16, 2015 the Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC approved amendments to Item AP1-2-1, Exemptions from Coverage, in the Assessment Manual.

Finalized Policies Related to Bill 9 Approved by the Board of Directors

Finalized Policies Related to Bill 9 Approved by the Board of Directors

On December 16, 2015, WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors approved finalized policies relating to recent amendments to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act.

Bill 35 changes take effect Jan 1

Bill 35 changes take effect Jan 1

Bill 35 contains a number of changes to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act (the Act). This builds on the legislative changes made under Bill 9 earlier in 2015 that strengthened WorkSafeBC’s ability to promote and enforce occupational health and safety compliance in B.C. workplaces.

Revised Application Statement for Long-Term Average Earnings Policy

Revised Application Statement for Long-Term Average Earnings Policy

At their November meeting, WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors approved amendments to the application statement of the previously approved policy amendment for policy item #66.00, General Rule for Determining Long-Term Average Earnings.

Revised Application Statement for Interest on Retroactive Benefits

Revised Application Statement for Interest on Retroactive Benefits

At their November meeting, WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors approved amendments to the application statement of the previously approved policy amendment for policy item #50.00, Interest

Release for consultation of proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

Release for consultation of proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors has approved the release of 11 proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

New Serious Injuries Dashboard

New Serious Injuries Dashboard

See the trends and patterns of serious injuries in your industry so you can plan for health and safety in your workplace to prevent those injuries.

National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims

National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims

The eighth annual National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims is November 18, 2015. It's a day to remember those killed or seriously injured on Canadian roads.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

On October 22, 2015, the Board of Directors approved the addition of new policy on plantar fasciitis.

Employer Incident Investigations

Employer Incident Investigations

On October 22, 2015, the Board of Directors approved the deletion of section 3.4 and consequential amendment to section 24.34 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, B.C. Reg. 296/97.

Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation and changes to OHS Citations policy

Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation and OHS Citations policy

On October 22, 2015, the Board of Directors approved the Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation and Item D12-196.1-1, Occupational Health & Safety Citations, of the Prevention Manual.

Exemption from coverage for employers in the trucking industry

Exemption from coverage for employers in the trucking industry

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a discussion paper on Exemption from Coverage for Employers in the Trucking Industry (PDF 113kb) for stakeholder review and comment.

WorkSafeBC announces premium rates for 2016

WorkSafeBC announces premium rates for 2016

WorkSafeBC announces that the average base premium rate for 2016 will remain unchanged at $1.70 per $100 of employers’ assessable payroll.

Proposed policy amendments regarding the Partners in Injury and Disability Prevention Program (Partners Program)

Online winter driving safety course for managers and supervisors

Road Safety at Work’s new online course helps you plan, implement, and monitor a winter driving safety program for your workplace.

Proposed policy amendments regarding the Partners in Injury and Disability Prevention Program (Partners Program)

Proposed policy amendments regarding 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.

2015 Public Hearings

2015 Public Hearings

The Board of Directors approved public hearings to be held in October 2015 regarding OHS Citations: new Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation and changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to Employer Incident Investigations.

Board of Directors approves changes to average earnings policy

Board of Directors approves changes to average earnings policy

On July 21, 2015, the Board of Directors approved changes to policy item #66.00, General Rule for Determining Long-Term Average Earnings, of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.

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 came into force on September 15, 2015.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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