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.
All employers will have access to the new forms on worksafebc.com by the end of 2018. While both the online and print versions of the old form will continue to be available and accepted for a time, they will eventually be retired.
Employer feedback informs changes
Through autumn 2018, a select group of employers are piloting the new submission process. The results of this pilot are helping guide the changes to all NOP forms that will be released later this year.
Customized forms, easier to complete
In the past, one form was used for all five types of projects that require notice to be given. With the new forms, employers will be able to complete a customized form for each type of project that only asks relevant questions and includes help text using common industry language. In addition, if an employer submits more than one form during the same online session, some information will be pre-filled. Location entries will also be faster, offering valid address matches as you type, or a geo-location (identified by the longitude and latitude) can be used where no valid street address yet exists.
Upload documents, and print or save confirmation
You'll be able to upload supplementary documentation at the time of NOP submission. For NOPs regarding asbestos, lead or similar exposure work activity, supplementary documentation is required by Regulation. For these projects, required documentation must be uploaded in order to submit the NOP and receive a confirmation.
The NOP confirmation will be provided as an Acrobat PDF document which can be printed, saved, or forwarded to others. The layout and appearance of the confirmation document will also change, and include the submission date and time, and the earliest date and time the project may start, based on the required notice period.
No time limit, more help, easier feedback
There will no longer be a 30-minute session time out, and we'll also provide helpful guidelines for form completion on the same page as the questions. A feedback section will give users the opportunity to help us make even more improvements in future.
Same timelines, information requirements, and update process
There will be no changes to the regulatory requirements for notification time or posting, and only minimal changes have been made for clarity to the type of information requested. Employers will still need to contact WorkSafeBC's Prevention Support Services in writing to update an NOP if the project information significantly changes.
For more information
Please call our Prevention Information Line.