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Proposed amendments to Schedule 2, Non-Traumatic Hearing Loss

Our Policy, Regulation and Research Department is releasing a discussion paper on proposed amendments to Schedule 2, Non-Traumatic Hearing Loss, to stakeholders for comment.

Schedule 2 of the Workers Compensation Act is used to determine compensation for workers who have developed hearing loss gradually over time as a result of exposure to occupational noise. The schedule, which was last updated over 40 years ago, is now considered outdated as it no longer reflects the current scientific and medical literature, and requires revision. As part of this review, amendments to policies that relate to updating outdated scientific information are also proposed.

Proposed deletions of policy wording are identified with a strikethrough and additions are highlighted in bold.

The discussion paper, draft policy amendments, and information on how to provide feedback can be accessed through the following link:

Discussion paper

There are a number of ways for you to provide feedback on the options and draft policy amendments:


(a) Comment link:

This consultation is now closed.

(b) Email:
(c) Mail: Alan Howarth
Senior Policy and Legal Advisor
Policy, Regulation and Research Department
P.O. Box 5350, Stn. Terminal
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5L5

The consultation period ended September 2, 2022. WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on the policy amendments.

Please note that all comments become part of the Policy, Regulation and Research Department’s database and may be published, including the identity of organizations and those participating on behalf of organizations. The identity of those who have participated on their own behalf will be kept confidential according to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.