Keeping lone workers safePublished on: May 17, 2019
Earlier this month, a hotel worker in Victoria was assaulted, tied up, and robbed in the early hours of the morning. This disturbing event is an example of the risks of working alone. WorkSafeBC is reminding employers that you are responsible for the health and safety of your workers, including having a system in place to ensure your workers are safe when they are working alone.
2019 new or revised ACGIH Threshold Limit Values and BC OELsPublished on: May 15, 2019
OHS Policy R5.48-1 has been amended to maintain the current exposure limits for substances listed on the 2019 new or revised Threshold Limit Values from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
Rate consultations sessionsPublished on: May 14, 2019
Join us and other employers in your region to learn more about the 2020 preliminary rates, injury trends in B.C., and what you can do to reduce injuries, claim costs, and your insurance rate.
Proposed policy amendments regarding vocational rehabilitation and proposed options regarding cost reliefPublished on: May 13, 2019
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper with options on proposed policy regarding vocational rehabilitation and options on proposed next steps regarding cost relief to stakeholders for comment.
Streamlined home page coming soonPublished on: May 10, 2019
Later this month, we’re tweaking the worksafebc.com home page to put an increased focus on the top services and tasks for workers and employers.
New poster illustrates ways to prevent slips, trips, and falls in manufacturing workplacesPublished on: May 10, 2019
From 2013 to 2017, there were more than 5,000 slip, trip, and fall injuries in manufacturing — 1,000 of which were serious injuries.
2019–2021 Policy WorkplansPublished on: May 08, 2019
At their April meeting, the Board of Directors approved the Policy, Regulation and Research Division’s 2019 – 2021 Policy Workplans. These workplans include policy priorities relating to compensation, occupational disease, assessments and occupational health and safety.
Ensuring tower crane safetyPublished on: May 07, 2019
On Saturday April 27, 2019, a tower crane being dismantled in Seattle’s core collapsed onto a public street. Tragically, four people were killed and more were injured. This event is a stark reminder of the catastrophic risk and devastating consequences when something goes wrong involving a tower crane.
Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety RegulationPublished on: May 02, 2019
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on three proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
Housekeeping amendments to the Assessment ManualPublished on: April 26, 2019
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a discussion paper on Housekeeping Amendments to the Assessment Manual for stakeholder review and comment.
Changes to Mental Disorder Presumption RegulationPublished on: April 17, 2019
Presumption is extended to emergency dispatchers, nurses, and health-care assistants.
Reporting and paying during the Easter long weekendPublished on: April 15, 2019
All WorkSafeBC offices will be closed on Friday, April 19, and Monday, April 22, for the Easter long weekend. Our offices will re-open on Tuesday, April 23.
New resources to help prevent noise-induced hearing lossPublished on: April 08, 2019
Noise-induced hearing loss is a serious, preventable workplace injury. Check out these new resources to learn more about the causes of noise-induced hearing loss and what you can do to keep yourself and your workers safe on the job.
March/April issue of WorkSafe MagazinePublished on: April 05, 2019
Read the latest issue of WorkSafe Magazine, featuring articles on preventing bullying and harassment in construction, the risks of aging equipment, and prototyping a new body armour for arborists.
Proposed policy amendments regarding activity-related soft tissue disorders of the limbsPublished on: March 29, 2019
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper with options on proposed policy regarding policy item #27.00 to stakeholders for comment.
2019 Public hearings on proposed regulatory changes to Part 16, Mobile EquipmentPublished on: March 20, 2019
WorkSafeBC will hold public hearing sessions in April and May 2019 regarding changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
Food trucks can pose explosion riskPublished on: March 06, 2019
Food trucks primarily use propane to fuel cooking and other equipment. Explosions can occur when propane leaks from equipment or a fuel tank, builds up in a truck and ignites.
High Risk Strategies and Industry Initiatives updated with 2019 focusPublished on: March 06, 2019
WorkSafeBC’s 2018–2020 High Risk Strategies and Industry Initiatives identify and target industries and employers with a high risk of serious workplace injury and a significant contribution to the serious injury rate.
Proposed policy amendments regarding Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule 2018 ReviewPublished on: February 26, 2019
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper on the Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule (PDES) 2018 Review with options and draft policies to stakeholders for comment.
January/February issue of WorkSafe MagazinePublished on: February 15, 2019
Read the latest issue of WorkSafe Magazine, featuring articles on asbestos removal, on-site decontamination for firefighters, and understanding foot pain.