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Related law & policy

The following sections of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation have been identified as being most relevant to this topic. Other sections of the Act or Regulation may also apply to your workplace because hazards and tasks vary from workplace to workplace within the same industry. This compilation of relevant sections does not exempt you from other sections of law and policy that apply to your workplace.

As approved by WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors, new storage rack regulations came into effect on January 1, 2018. The new regulations are in Section 4.43.1, Storage Racks, in Part 4: General Conditions, of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

The primary purposes of the new regulations are for employers to ensure that steel storage racks are:

  • Appropriately selected, used, maintained, and repaired
  • Installed or uninstalled by qualified persons
  • Inspected by qualified persons at regular intervals
  • Modified or reconfigured in a safe manner

OHS guidelines are developed for specific sections of the Act and the Regulation to further WorkSafeBC’s prevention mandate. Guidelines cannot conflict with the requirements in the Act or the Regulation and are interpretive documents intended to assist in the application and interpretation of the requirements. They provide workplace parties with information about how compliance can be achieved under particular regulatory sections.

New regulations for storage racks came into effect on January 1, 2018. WorkSafeBC has developed a new guideline covering the following three topic areas to provide additional information to employers:

  • Application of regulations
  • Competencies of qualified individuals
  • Frequency of inspections