A glossary of terms commonly used on WorkSafeBC.com.
An enclosure designed to permit abrasive blasting, high pressure
washing or a similar operation to be conducted safely inside the enclosure by
a worker who is outside the enclosure.
A u-bolt cable connector.
A yarding system employing winches, blocks and cables.
A casing sunk or constructed below ground or water level.
A link with a gate that is normally closed or that automatically
closes, and is used to connect components of a personal fall protection system.
A substance or a mixture of substances which is identified
as a carcinogen in Table 5-4, or (a) causes an increased incidence of benign
or malignant neoplasms, or (b) substantially decreases the latency period between
exposure and onset of neoplasms in humans, or (c) results in the induction of
tumors at a site other than the site of administration in one or more experimental
mammalian species as a result of any oral, respiratory, or dermal exposure,
or any other exposure, or (d) is metabolized into one or more potential occupational
carcinogens by mammals.
The concentration of a substance in air which may not be exceeded
at any time during the work period.
central first aid
The location where first aid equipment and supplies for a
workplace are kept.
As described in Schedule 6, a Level 1, 2 or 3 first aid certificate
issued by the board.
An endorsement, issued by the board, to the holder of a first
certified utility arborist
A person who has completed a course of instruction, has a
minimum of 1,200 hours of practical experience and is certified by an authority
acceptable to the board.
A person who has demonstrated capability in operating the
controls of a recompression chamber and is knowledgeable and competent in diving
tables and the application of treatment tables.
Explosive materials which may or may not contain a primer,
and which are placed for the purpose of detonation.
A temporary hoist used for transporting personnel or materials
during the construction of a chimney or similar structure.
clean respirable air
Used to describe the atmosphere inside a confined space, means
an atmosphere which is equivalent to clean, outdoor air and which contains (a)
about 20.9% oxygen by volume, (b) no measurable flammable gas or vapour as determined
using a combustible gas measuring instrument, and (c) no air contaminant in
concentrations exceeding either 10% of its applicable exposure limit in Part
5 (Chemical and Biological Substances) or an acceptable ambient air quality
standard established by an authority having jurisdiction over environmental
air standards, whichever is greater.
A room in a high risk decontamination facility which is used
by workers to change from street clothes into protective work clothing and equipment
prior to entering the designated work area.
clearance air sampling
Sampling to determine if the air inside a containment of a
high risk work activity is sufficiently free of asbestos fibre to permit the
dismantling of the containment.
The sum of all costs charged on an injured worker's claim, including health care costs, vocational rehabilitation costs, short- and/or long-term disability costs, and/or lump sum payments. Administrative costs are not included. There are exclusions for certain types of occupational diseases, as well as limits on the calculation of high cost claims when used in experience rating.
Claims manager, formerly known as claims adjudicator, is the generic term used to refer to the individual managing a worker's claim. A claims manager's primary responsibility is to manage claims until the worker's medical condition resolves or medically plateaus, as well provide the initial entitlement decision on catastrophic and psychological injuries, all repetitive strain injuries which are adjudicated differently than trauma claims under the Act. Case manager, entitlement officer, vocational rehabilitation consultant, and special needs officer are preferred titles.
When you register with the WCB, your business is classified for insurance purposes. Each classification unit contains a homogeneous group of employers who are peers or competitors, and who have similar business activities. In 2002, there are 615 classification units. Each is identified by a six-digit classification unit code.
A clearance letter tells you whether a contractor is registered with the WCB and making its payments on time.
Responsible for the orientation of the client to a treatment program and the administration of client's program while they are participating (i.e. report distribution, attendance tracking, assisting with travel, and interpreter arrangements).
client service representatives
Provide customer service information to callers and adjudicate simple, straightforward trauma claims.
clinical and counselling psychologist
A person with graduate training (usually a doctorate) in human behaviour and emotion. Psychologists provide psychological testing, diagnosis, and psychotherapy.
A device and procedure for transferring a pesticide from one
container to another in a manner that does not expose the operator to the pesticide.
A substance which meets the criteria for WHMIS Class B Division
3 combustible liquid (a flash point of 37.8 ºC (100 ºF) or more but less than
93.3 ºC (200 ºF).
A substance which meets the criteria for WHMIS Class A compressed
A wire, cable or other metal component installed for the purpose
of conveying electric current from one piece of equipment to another or to ground.
An area, other than an underground working, that (a) is enclosed
or partially enclosed, (b) is not designed or intended for continuous human
occupancy, (c) has limited or restricted means for entry or exit that may complicate
the provision of first aid, evacuation, rescue or other emergency response service,
and (d) is large enough and so configured that a worker could enter to perform
Any diving operation that involves burning, welding, erection,
alteration, dismantling, demolition, structural maintenance and inspection,
excavating, salvage, boring, blasting, concreting and the installation of any
machinery or equipment.
construction material hoist
A material hoist consisting of a guiding and supporting structure
and hoist equipment that is not a permanent part of a building, structure, or
other work and that is installed and used during construction, alteration, or
demolition to raise and lower materials required for the project.
Any erection, alteration, repair, dismantling, demolition,
structural or routine maintenance, painting, land clearing, earth moving, grading,
excavating, trenching, digging, boring, drilling, blasting, concreting, the
installation of any machinery or any other work deemed to be construction by
Meaningfully seeking advice and an exchange of views prior to the making of a decision or the finalization of a policy initiative, as the context may require.
An isolation system designed to effectively contain asbestos
fibre within a designated work area where asbestos-containing material is handled,
removed, encapsulated or enclosed, and includes a glove bag.
A harmful or irritant material, or nuisance dust, foreign
to the normal composition of a substance, or a material that varies the normal
proportions of components in a mixture such as air.
A workplace that contains or may contain chemical, biological
or radiological material in sufficient concentration that, should any quantity
of it be ingested, absorbed, adsorbed or inhaled, will likely endanger the health
or safety of the worker.
contamination reduction zone
The area used to dress and undress divers, transfer workers
from the exclusion zone, and decontaminate personnel and equipment.
continuous flow emergency shower facility
A facility capable of delivering water with a spray pattern
designed to effectively flush affected areas of the skin.
continuous flow eyewash facility
A plumbed or portable facility capable of delivering a minimum
of 1.5 litres of water per minute (0.33 imp gal per min) with a water pressure
not exceeding 175 kPa (25 psi) and with a spray pattern designed to effectively
flush both eyes.
The ratio of the luminance or light coming from an object
and the luminance of its immediate background.
A manual, remote, automatic or partially automatic system
for controlling the operation of equipment.
control system isolating device
A device that physically prevents activation of a system used
for controlling the operation of machinery or equipment.
The area between an unguarded edge of a building or structure
and a line which is set back a safe distance.
A product, material or substance specified by regulations
made pursuant to section 15(1)(a) of the Hazardous Products Act (Canada) as
products, materials and substances included in any of the classes listed in
Schedule II of that Act.
For the purposes of sections 24.69 to 24.143, means any person
who is working on a fishing vessel.
The series of loaded and unloaded holes that are drilled in
a face to serve as the location for initiating a blast.