WorkSafeBC issues OHS Guidelines to help with the application and interpretation of sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the OHS provisions of the Workers Compensation Act. OHS Guidelines are not intended to provide exclusive interpretations, but to assist with compliance. Many sections of the Act and the Regulation have associated guidelines.
OHS Guidelines are periodically updated and new ones added, in consultation with subject matter experts. Prior to finalizing and issuing a new guideline, a draft is provided to the Policy and Practice Consultative Committee. This is a standing committee that includes representation from the worker and employer communities.
More background information on policies and guidelines — and on the hierarchy of authority among the Act, Regulation, OHS Policies, and OHS Guidelines — is available in OHS Guideline G-P2-14, About OHS Guidelines.
WorkSafeBC does not warrant the accuracy or the completeness of the online version of the OHS Guidelines, and neither WorkSafeBC nor its Board of Directors, employees, or agents shall be liable to any persons for any loss or damage of any nature, whether arising out of negligence or otherwise, which may be occasioned as a result of the use of the online version of the OHS Guidelines.