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Board of Directorsí decisions on the 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.

These amendments will become effective on February 1, 2013.

Strikethrough versions of the amendments with explanatory notes can be accessed below. Deletions in the regulatory amendments are identified with a strikethrough and additions are in bold text and highlighted in yellow.

  • Part 12, Tools, Machinery and Equipment - relating to recognizing a riving knife as an acceptable device to prevent kickback on table saws
    Approved amendments with explanatory notes
  • Part 12, Tools, Machinery and Equipment; and consequential amendments to Part 23, Oil and Gas - relating to prohibiting applying compressed gas at a greater pressure than the pressure rating for a closed vessel that is not a registered pressure vessel, and requiring such vessels to have appropriate pressure relieving capability
    Approved amendments with explanatory notes
  • Part 13, Ladders, Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms, and Part 19, Electrical Safety - relating to clarifying the appropriate requirements for dielectric testing of insulated elevating work platforms and ensuring consistent requirements in these two Parts
    Approved amendments with explanatory notes
  • Part 13, Ladders, Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms - relating to the use of work platforms supported by a lift truck
    Approved amendments with explanatory notes
  • Part 16, Mobile Equipment - relating to clarifying what equipment must meet and be used in accordance with section 16.3(7)
    Approved amendments with explanatory notes
  • Part 19, Electrical Safety - relating to replacing current terminology with terms that are appropriate to low voltage electrical equipment
    Approved amendments with explanatory notes
  • Part 19, Electrical Safety - relating to establishing a provision allowing the practice of passing the bucket of an insulated aerial working device between energized high voltage conductors if not practicable to do work otherwise, due to terrain or other obstacles
    Approved amendments with explanatory notes
  • Part 26, Forestry Operations and Similar Activities – relating to requiring signage on all resource roads in BC showing (1) radio channels when an Industry Canada road channel has been assigned, and (2) radio frequencies when an Industry Canada channel is not assigned, but a radio frequency is
    Approved amendments with explanatory notes

The above amendments were taken to public consultations in the fall of 2011 and to public hearings in May‑June 2012. Stakeholder feedback received during the public hearing process is available for review.

Amendments to Part 5, Chemical Agents and Biological Agents - relating to correcting the reference to combustible dust and updating the reference to the Electrical Code, and Part 11, Fall Protection – relating to clarifying whether fall protection anchors must be re-certified annually by a professional engineer in all circumstances, will be taken to the Board of Directors for a decision at a later date.