A glossary of terms commonly used on WorkSafeBC.com.
Any part of an underground working where excavating is in
progress or was last done.
A building, premises, workshop, structure, room or place where
(a) any manufacturing process or assembling in connection with the manufacturing
of products is carried on, (b) thermal, hydraulic, electrical or other form
of energy or power is used to move or work any machinery or device in the preparing,
inspecting, manufacturing or finishing, or in a process incidental to the preparing,
inspecting, manufacturing or finishing of a product or is used to aid the manufacturing
carried on there, or (c) manual labour is performed by way of trade or for purposes
of gain in or incidental to the making of a product, or the altering, repairing,
ornamenting, finishing, storing, cleaning, washing or adapting for sale of a
product, and includes a facility used for the maintenance of aircraft, locomotives
and motor vehicles.
fall arrest system
A system that will stop a worker's fall before the worker
hits the surface below.
fall protection system
Any of the following when used to protect a worker from a
fall or minimize the risk from falling: (a) guardrails (b) a safety belt or
full body harness with a lanyard and/or lifeline and an anchor, and their related
equipment (c) a safety net (d) a control zone (e) a safety monitor with a control
zone (f) other procedures acceptable to the board.
fall restraint system
A work positioning system to prevent a worker from falling
from a work position, or a travel restriction system such as guardrails or a
personal fall protection system to prevent a worker from travelling to an edge
from which the worker could fall.
A worker who falls trees.
fifteen-minute exposure limit
The time weighted average (TWA) concentration of a substance
in air which may not be exceeded over any 15 minute period, limited to no more
than 4 such periods in an 8 hour work shift with at least one hour between any
2 successive 15 minute excursion periods.
Any area, excluding a body of water, on or in which one or
more crops are grown and includes but is not limited to a field of row crops,
an orchard, a mushroom farm, a greenhouse, a nursery, a turf farm, a silviculture
area and any similar area.
The highest ranking person in charge of a fire department
or industrial fire brigade.
A fire brigade operated as a public service by an employer
specified in clause (c) of the definition of "worker" in section 1 of the Workers
Any worker employed in firefighting, fire inspection, fire
investigation, the maintenance of firefighting equipment, the training for and
direction of those activities, or other similar duties.
An emergency vehicle used for firefighting.
The provision and use of the equipment, supplies, facilities
and the services of an attendant as required by this Part.
first aid facility
A first aid room or dressing station.
first aid kit
The first aid equipment and supplies specified in Schedule
Any species of animal living in water, including its eggs
Any vessel used in catching fish or collecting or transporting
fish for landing.
A negative or positive pressure check of a respirator's fit,
performed in accordance with the respirator manufacturer's instructions.
A quantitative or qualitative fit test performed in accordance
with procedures in CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-93, Selection, Use, and Care of
In reference to clothing, means made of a material that, due
to its inherent properties or as a result of treatment by a flame retardant,
will slow, terminate or prevent flaming combustion.
A substance which meets the criteria for WHMIS Class B Division
1 flammable gas, (a compressed gas with an upper flammable limit of 13% or less
or with an explosive range of 12% or more).
A substance which meets the criterion for WHMIS Class B Division
2 flammable liquid (a flash point less than 37.8 ºC (100 ºF).
A workplace where work is done in relation to silviculture
or harvesting trees, including constructing the means of access and transporting
the harvested trees to a facility where they are processed or from which they
Includes the foundation, supporting structure, and mould into
which concrete will be placed.
The professional engineer responsible for the design of formwork.
free fall distance
The distance from the point where the worker would begin to
fall to the point where the fall arrest system would begin to cause deceleration
of the fall.
Any material which, when dry, can be easily crumbled or powdered
by hand pressure, or a material that is crumbled or powdered.
A gas, liquid, solid, vapour, fume, mist, fog or dust that
escapes from process equipment, emission control equipment or from a product.
full body harness
A body support device consisting of connected straps designed
to distribute a fall arresting force over at least the thigh, shoulders and
pelvis, with provision for attaching a lanyard, lifeline or other components.
fully enclosed refrigerated system
A system in which the washing and drying is done in a single
machine that is not vented to either a vapour recovery system or to the atmosphere
during the drying and deodorizing phases of the machine cycle.
A pesticide applied in the form of a gas or vapour to kill
pests and which is typically applied in an enclosed space.