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WorkSafeBC inspections

WorkSafeBC inspections are an important part of ensuring health and safety in B.C. workplaces. During a WorkSafeBC inspection, a prevention officer may call or visit unannounced to inspect your workplace and assess safe work practices in accordance with the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation.

What can you expect from a WorkSafeBC inspection?

Many inspections conducted under our High Risk Strategies and Industry Initiatives will follow a “risk-based, back-to-basics” approach. Through this approach, we will engage employers, and where possible worker representatives, in a discussion to provide foundational information on managing risks that apply to all workplaces.

What happens after an inspection?

After an inspection, the officer will send the employer an inspection report with details about the inspection as well as additional information and resources that may be of value to the workplace.

The officer will cite orders if they identify health and safety violations that require correction, as well as the measures the employer must take to comply. The officer will follow up to ensure the necessary steps are taken to correct the violation.

Inspection reports now available online

Employers can now access their inspection reports online. Log in to our employer online services portal and add the option to “View inspection reports” under “My online services profile.” Learn more.

How are employers selected for inspection?

Our High Risk Strategies and Industry Initiatives focus our prevention activities on industries and employers with risks that drive the serious injury rate or the overall provincial injury rate, or have other significant risks.

To learn more about inspections and prevention activities, see the High Risk Strategy or Industry Initiative information for your industry.