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WorkSafeBC occupational safety and hygience officers have the authority to issue occupational health and safety orders under Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act directing various actions be taken to comply with the Act and regulations. An officer may also, by order, authorize a variation from the regulations. When an officer makes a decision to issue or not issue an order, an employer, worker, supplier, union or other person directly affected may request a review of the officer's decision.
Under section 196, officers may also impose administrative penalties against employers for violations of the Act. A decision to impose or not impose an administrative penalty may also be reviewed.
Prevention services exercises WorkSafeBC's authority to cancel certificates issued under Part 3 of the Act and the regulations. These decisions are subject to review.
Prevention services also receives complaints from workers of discriminatory action by employers or unions under section 153 of the Act. Prevention services adjudicates these complaints and, where it is determined that discriminatory action has occurred, may make orders to remedy the complaint. These orders regarding discriminatory action are not subject to review but may be appealed directly to the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal.