2019–2021 policy workplansPublished on: December 11, 2018
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared draft policy workplans for stakeholder review and comment. These workplans encompass proposed policy priorities relating to compensation, occupational disease, assessments and occupational health and safety.
November/December issue of WorkSafe MagazinePublished on: December 11, 2018
Read the latest issue of WorkSafe Magazine, featuring articles on safety inside a cannabis greenhouse, three steps for performing a risk assessment, and disposal tips for renovation waste.
Nine-digit employer account numbers now being assignedPublished on: December 10, 2018
In November 2018, we began assigning nine-digit WorkSafeBC employer account numbers to employers who open a new account with us. The nine-digit numbers for new employer accounts allow our system to accommodate more employers. If you’re an employer who already has an account with us, your six-digit account number will not be affected or changed.
Certificate of Recognition ProgramPublished on: December 06, 2018
On November 22, 2018, the Board of Directors approved new policies for the Certificate of Recognition Program, Items AP1-42-4 of the Assessment Manual and D2-111-4 of the Prevention Manual.
Proposed policy amendments regarding instalment model for quarterly reportingPublished on: November 22, 2018
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper with options on proposed policy regarding an instalment model for quarterly reporting to stakeholders for comment.
Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule 2017 ReviewPublished on: November 20, 2018
On October 25, 2018 the Board of Directors approved amendments to the Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule (PDES) in the Rehabilitation Services and Claims Manual, Volume II, to update conditions to ensure the PDES reflects best practices for assessment and diagnosis.
WorkSafeBC announces 2019 ratesPublished on: October 29, 2018
The average base rate for 2019 will remain at the same level as 2018, at 1.55% of employers' assessable payroll.
Preparing for rotating mail strikesPublished on: October 18, 2018
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has issued a 72-hour strike notice to Canada Post, with the intent of starting rotating strikes on Monday, October 22, which will result in brief mail delivery delays in selected areas unless an agreement is reached.
Section 55 and mental disorder claimsPublished on: October 04, 2018
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper reviewing how section 55 of the Workers Compensation Act is applied to mental disorder claims. The discussion paper includes questions for consideration. The feedback received will inform the development of draft policy which will then be released for consultation prior to the Board of Directors’ consideration and approval.
September/October issue of WorkSafe MagazinePublished on: October 04, 2018
Read the latest issue of WorkSafe Magazine, featuring articles on a Kelowna roofing firm taking safety to the next level; managing fatigue in the workplace; and how a Vancouver brewery gives young workers a voice.
Changes to the online Notice of Project submission processPublished on: October 01, 2018
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation requires that WorkSafeBC be notified of certain types of projects before they begin. The form submitted is called a Notice of Project (NOP) and is currently available online and in print. To address employer feedback and aging technology, we are upgrading the Notice of Project online submission process.
2018 Public hearings on proposed regulatory changesPublished on: September 20, 2018
WorkSafeBC will hold public hearing sessions in October 2018 regarding changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
New Handbook for Joint Health and Safety CommitteesPublished on: September 18, 2018
A simple, concise publication is now available to guide the work of joint health and safety committees.
Preparing for potential mail disruptionsPublished on: September 13, 2018
Canada Post is currently in collective agreement negotiations with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. WorkSafeBC encourages workers and providers to register for direct deposit and employers to take advantage of our online services to avoid any potential concerns if postal delivery is affected by these negotiations.
WorkSafeBC Ergonomics ForumPublished on: September 07, 2018
In recognition of Ergonomics Month, WorkSafeBC is hosting our third annual Ergonomics Forum. You're invited to join us for an afternoon of presentations and networking.
Potential mail disruptions due to wildfiresPublished on: August 22, 2018
To ensure public safety and a coordinated response to the wildfires across British Columbia, the Province of B.C. has declared a state of emergency. WorkSafeBC is monitoring the situation to ensure our ability to provide services to workers, providers, and employers around the province.
Health and safety resources for wildfire seasonPublished on: August 22, 2018
The following resources are provided to help employers understand the potential hazards and outline some measures you can take to minimize worker exposure during the wildfire season.
Quarterly updates on progress of High Risk Strategies and Industry Initiatives are now availablePublished on: August 17, 2018
WorkSafeBC’S 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.
July/August issue of WorkSafe MagazinePublished on: July 31, 2018
Read the latest issue of WorkSafe Magazine, featuring articles on the process of preventing industrial disasters; staying safe during harvest season; and how the film industry focuses on mental health.
Consultation on proposed amendments to Part 24 - Diving, Fishing and Other Marine Operations policies of WorkSafeBC’s Prevention ManualPublished on: July 26, 2018
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper on proposed policy amendments to Part 24 policies on Diving, Fishing, and Other Marine Operations in the Prevention Manual.