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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.


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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

At their October 23, 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors rescinded changes to assessment policy approved in December 2013 that would have excluded dividends paid to principals from assessable payroll, effective January 2015.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

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”)

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.


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


Workplaces need to be prepared to work safely in cold weather

WorkSafeBC is reminding employers and workers that this is the time of year when cold weather related injuries are a real and present danger.


Be part of Road Safety at Work Week, March 2-6

Road Safety at Work Week is a new, annual event for B.C. workplaces to improve awareness and adoption of safe occupational driving practices. This year’s focus is on distracted driving.


Board of Directors approves amendments to Occupational Health and Safety High Risk Policy D12-196-2, effective December 1, 2014

At its October 2014 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety High Risk Policy (D12-196-2), effective December 1, 2014.


National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims

The seventh annual National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims is November 19, 2014. It's a day to remember those killed or seriously injured on Canadian roads.


Board of Directors approves the 2014 regulatory amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

At its October 2014 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.


WorkSafeBC responds to Globe and Mail article

WorkSafeBC has sent a Letter to the Editor in response to an article in the October 24 issue of the Globe and Mail concerning several Lakeland Mills workers.


Consultation on the 2015–2017 Compensation, Occupational Disease and Assessment Policy Priorities Workplan

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a draft 2015 – 2017 Compensation, Occupational Disease and Assessment Policy Priorities Workplan for stakeholder review and comment.


Falling will make co-workers look down on you

Today, WorkSafeBC is launching a campaign to reduce the number of falls from heights, in partnership with five Lower Mainland construction companies representing 22 jobsites.


Consultation on proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety policy regarding high risk violations (D12-196-2)

At their July 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors approved the release of a discussion paper and proposed changes to the policy regarding high risk violations for consultation.


Putting the brakes on distracted driving

On average, 88 people are killed each year in BC due to driver distractions. Learn about the new campaign from ICBC, the BC government, and the police to help prevent distracted driving.


2015 preliminary rates announced

On July 28, WorkSafeBC announced that the average base premium rate for 2015 will remain unchanged at $1.70 per $100 of employers’ assessable payroll.


Sawmill inspection update

Between April 7 and June 23, 2014, WorkSafeBC completed targeted combustible dust inspections in 85 sawmill locations and 15 wood product manufacturing locations in B.C.


WorkSafeBC imposes penalty and claims cost levy against Lakeland Mills Ltd.

WorkSafeBC has issued orders that include the imposition of an administrative penalty and a claims cost levy against Lakeland Mills Ltd., located in Prince George.


Cost Relief for Certain Compensable Consequences

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a discussion paper on Cost Relief for Certain Compensable Consequences for stakeholder review and comment.


Compensation of Principals – Shareholder Dividends

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a discussion paper on the Compensation of Principals – Shareholder Dividends for stakeholder review and comment.


Bill 17, Heart Disease and Heart Injury Presumption for Firefighters

On May 28, 2014, the Board of Directors approved to rescind policy dealing with firefighters and heart injury as well as a consequential amendment to remove a cross-reference of that policy in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.  The policy changes were made to ensure consistency with changes to the Workers Compensation Act under Bill 17.


Discover the power of your data

Your employer and industry data is now available online. It's up to you to keep your workplace safe. Back up your health and safety decision-making with data — your own, peer, and industry-level info.


Determination of Retirement Date for Permanent Disability Awards

On March 19, 2014, the Board of Directors approved amendments to policy item #41.00, Determination of Retirement Date for Permanent Disability Awards, in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.


Chapter 10 – Medical Assistance

On March 19, 2014, WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors approved amendments to policies in Chapter 10, the health care entitlement policies, in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.


Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule

On March 19, 2014, WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors approved amendments to the Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.


Confined spaces in agriculture

Resources to help agricultural workers and employers recognize confined spaces, identify potential hazards, and stay safe when working in or near these spaces.


Asbestos: be aware enforcement initiative

From now until December 31, 2014, WorkSafeBC prevention officers will conduct planned inspections of single-family demolition worksites to ensure the safe removal of asbestos containing materials and compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.


Statement by Diana Miles, Chief Operating Officer, WorkSafeBC, regarding 2012 fire and explosion at Lakeland Mills, Ltd.

Two years ago the workplace at Lakeland Mill and the community of Prince George were devastated by the fire and explosion on the night of April 23, 2012.


WorkSafeBC imposes penalty and claims costs levy against Babine Forest Products Ltd.

WorkSafeBC has issued orders that include the imposition of an administrative penalty and a claims cost levy against Babine Forest Products Ltd.


Board of Directors decision on primary skin cancer and certain occupational exposures

At their meeting on March 19, 2014, the Board of Directors elected to make no changes to the presumption in Schedule B in favour of a worker who has developed primary cancer of the skin where there is prolonged contact with coal tar products, arsenic or cutting oils, or UV exposure.


WorkSafeBC Combustible Dust Initiative Overview

On January 31, 2014, WorkSafeBC concluded a three-month inspection of all active sawmills across B.C.


Government Releases Dyble Review

Government has released its report into the fact pattern regarding issues raised as a result of WorkSafeBC’s investigation into the tragedy at Babine Forest Products.


WorkSafeBC Responds to Babine Forest Products' Families and Workers

Burns Lake, British Columbia, January 10, 2014: WorkSafeBC Director of Investigations, Jeff Dolan, participated in a meeting in Burns Lake where Crown Counsel announced that it will not be proceeding with charges against Babine Forest Products. Read Mr. Dolan’s full statement.


October is Occupational Ergonomics Month – Enter our Innovations Contest

Tell us about an ergonomic solution you’ve developed to help eliminate or reduce the risk of a musculoskeletal injury associated with lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving loads, and you’ll be entered in our Innovations Contest to win a group lunch.


Ironworkers Memorial Bridge — a video tribute

On June 17, 1958, 19 men died and many others were injured when the Second Narrows Bridge suddenly collapsed. This video tells the story through the voices of several courageous survivors.


WorkSafeBC issues annual report

On May 28, 2014 in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Minister Bond tabled the WorkSafeBC 2013 Annual Report and 2014-2016 Service Plan. The annual report provides an audited review of our performance objectives and financial statements.


NAOSH Week — May 4 to 10

The theme of this year's North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is "Make Safety a Habit". See what's happening and how you can participate.


Hearing test reports for employers now online

If you’re an employer with workers who are exposed to hazardous noise, you can now get your hearing test reports online.


2014 public hearings

The Board of Directors approved public hearings to be held in June 2014 to consider proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.



Second consultation on Personal Optional Protection

Our Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a discussion paper and draft Assessment Manual policy on proposed changes to the Personal Optional Protection (“POP”) program for stakeholder review and comment. This is a second consultation on proposed changes to POP policy.


Request and manage reviews online

WorkSafeBC has launched a new application that allows workers and employers to request and manage reviews of WorkSafeBC decisions online.


Board of Directors decision on interest on compensation benefits

On November 20, 2013, the Board of Directors approved amendments to remove the blatant Board error test from the interest policy and pay interest on compensation benefits only as set out in the Workers Compensation Act.


Ceremonies across B.C. honour workers who died in 2013

Today, workers, families, and employers remember those who lost their lives in workplaces across British Columbia.


Our inspection report has changed

Learn more about the improvements we’ve made to our workplace inspection report based on feedback from employers.


Schools set to expand injury-prevention education

Student WorkSafe, our workplace readiness program, is moving into new classrooms with an emphasis on customized learning and expanded occupational injury-and-disease-prevention content.


WorkSafeBC introduces open data

Use our new open data centre to get injury rates, claim costs, and prevention stats for your industry. The data is accessible to everyone and can be used in your presentations and reports.


WorkSafeBC releases tool kit to help workplaces prevent and address bullying and harassment

New workplace bullying and harassment policies come into effect on November 1, 2013. WorkSafeBC's tool kit is now available to help employers, workers, and supervisors prepare for these policy changes.


WorkSafeBC announces premium rates for 2014

WorkSafeBC announces that the average base premium rate will increase from $1.63 to $1.70.


Changes to Assessment Policy Applying to Property Managers, Building Owners

On March 20, 2013, the Board of Directors approved amendments to Item AP1-1-4, RE: Coverage under Act – Employers, in the Assessment Manual. Specifically, the portion of the policy addressing the registration of property management firms was removed.


Multiple Sclerosis as a consequence of traumatic injury

On November 20, 2013, the Board of Directors approved amendments to policy item C3-22.40, Compensable Consequences – Certain Diseases and Conditions, in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.

This policy was amended to delete the section which provided that Multiple Sclerosis could be precipitated by traumatic injury in a predisposed person.


Consultation on the 2014 — 2016 Compensation, Occupational Disease and Assessment Policy Priorities Workplan

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a draft 2014 – 2016 Compensation, Occupational Disease and Assessment Policy Priorities Workplan for stakeholder review and comment.


Application of Section 55 to Mental Disorder Claims

On October 23, 2013, WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors approved amendments to policy item #93.21, Time Allowed for Submission of Application, in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II.


Proposed policy amendments regarding primary skin cancer and certain occupational exposures

At their meeting on July 17, 2013, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper with options for stakeholders to comment.


Proposed policy amendments regarding nerve entrapments and tendinopathies of the arm, neck, and shoulder

At their meeting on March 20, 2013, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the release of a discussion paper and draft policies regarding this issue for stakeholder review and comment.


WorkSafeBC releases annual penalty report

In 2012, WorkSafeBC imposed 260 penalties, totaling $2.9 million against employers for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act.


Release for consultation of a 2014 proposed amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation regarding avalanche risk assessments and safety plans

At their meeting in November 2013, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the release for consultation of an additional 2014 proposed amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.


Board of Directors approves three new OHS workplace bullying and harassment policies

At its March 2013 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved three new Occupational Health and Safety workplace bullying and harassment policies, to become effective November 1, 2013.


Consultation on proposed changes to the B.C. Occupational Exposure Limits

WorkSafeBC is requesting stakeholder feedback on proposed changes to the B.C. occupational exposure limits based on the new or revised 2012 ACGIH TLVs, as well as the TLVs for four substances from prior years.


Release for consultation of two additional 2014 proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

At their meeting in October 2013, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the release of two additional 2014 proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation for consultation.


Release for consultation of five 2014 proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

At their meeting in May 2013, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the release of five 2014 proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Deadline for stakeholder feedback extended to October 31, 2013.


Release for Consultation of two additional 2014 Proposed Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

At their meeting in July 2013, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the release of two additional 2014 proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.


Release for consultation of one additional 2014 proposed amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

At their meeting in September 2013, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the release of one additional 2014 proposed amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.


Put the brakes on distracted driving

With the help of WorkSafeBC, the RCMP, and other road safety partners, ICBC is shifting its annual campaign against distracted driving into high gear in September. Get resources and policies to help you drive home the safety message to workers and supervisors.


Consultation begins for 2014 rates

Preliminary rates are projected to be higher by less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the average employer’s total payroll costs.


The Safety Zone – Stay clear, stay safe

As a Cooperative Safety Program partner, WorkSafeBC is committed to ensuring everyone’s safety around electricity and natural gas. Visit the program’s website to get resources and learn more.


New Exposure Registry Program

WorkSafeBC has developed an Exposure Registry Program as a way for workers, employers, and others to register a worker’s exposure to a harmful substance at work.


October is Occupational Ergonomics Month

Enter our Innovations contest by telling us about a manual materials handling task at your organization that was improved through a physical change in the workplace or a change in the work process and you could win a free lunch for your workgroup.


Consultation on proposed deletion of Policy R20.26-1, regarding inspections of concrete formwork and falsework

At their May 2013 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the release of a discussion paper regarding the proposed deletion of Policy R20.26-1 for consultation.


Section 24 Review of Old Permanent Disability Awards Regulation

At its meeting on March 20, 2013, the Board of Directors approved the repeal of the Workers' Compensation Reporter Decision No. 363 re the Review of Old Disability Pensions and the creation of the Review of Old Permanent Disability Awards Regulation, along with consequential amendments to the policies pertaining to section 24 in Volumes I and II of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual.


Consultation on multiple sclerosis as a compensable consequence of traumatic injury

The Policy and Regulation Division has prepared a discussion paper and draft policy on Item C3-22.40, Compensable Consequences — Certain Diseases and Conditions in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II, for stakeholder review and comment.


Proposed Policy Amendments Regarding the Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule (“PDES”)

At their meeting on November 28, 2012, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper with options for stakeholders to comment.


Cone Zones keep roadside workers safe

The Work Zone Safety Alliance and WorkSafeBC encourage drivers to take care when driving near roadside workers this summer.


Proposed Policy Amendments Regarding the Treatment of Principals

At their meeting on November 28, 2012, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper with options for stakeholders to comment.


Proposed Policy Amendment Relating to the Time Allowed For Submission of an Application for Compensation for a Mental Disorder

At their meeting on November 28, 2012, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper with options for stakeholders to comment.


Consultation on Personal Optional Protection ("POP")

The Policy and Regulation Division has prepared a discussion paper and draft policy on Personal Optional Protection in the Assessment Manual for stakeholder review and comment.


Re-instatement of the GST and PST in British Columbia

Effective April 1, 2013, WorkSafeBC will pay GST and PST on the purchase of all taxable goods and services.


Board of Directors approves amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to Part 11, Fall Protection

At its November 2012 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.


Board of Directors' decision on Extended Coverage for Motion Picture and Television Productions

On November 28, 2012, the Board of Directors approved a new policy, Item AP1-2-4, Extended Coverage for Motion Picture or Television Productions, of the Assessment Manual.


Board of Directors’ decisions on 2012 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

At its October 2012 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.


Board of Directors’ decision on the Classification Policy Review

On October 11, 2012, the Board of Directors approved amendments to introduce descriptions of key terms to the classification policies and consolidate policy direction on how to assign a classification unit to a firm.