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Occupational Health & Safety

The following five documents are essential to understanding and meeting the minimum requirements for occupational health and safety in British Columbia.

  • Workers Compensation Act (B.C.) (Act)
  • Hazardous Products Act (Canada) summaries (HPA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHS Regulation)
  • Prevention Manual (policies)
  • OHS Guidelines, to help interpret and apply the OHS Regulation and the Act

The OHS Regulation and the "OHS provisions" of the Workers Compensation Act contain OHS legal requirements that must be met by all workplaces under the inspection jurisdiction of WorkSafeBC. Some sections of the Act and OHS Regulation have associated OHS Guidelines and OHS Policies. The "OHS provisions" is a defined term under the Act, which means a provision of:

(a) Division 2 [Scope of OHS Provisions] of Part 1 of the Act; and

(b) Part 2 [Occupational Health and Safety].