Current Public Hearings & Consultations
WorkSafeBC undertakes extensive public consultation on regulation and policy issues. WorkSafeBC is required to hold a public hearing before changes can be made to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the Regulation). In many cases, WorkSafeBC’s OHS Regulatory Development process includes additional public consultation prior to public hearings to provide stakeholders with at least two opportunities to comment on the proposed changes.
Notices of the public hearings on regulations are posted on the WorkSafeBC website and in newspapers and are held in various locations throughout the province. Key employer and worker stakeholders are also notified.
While WorkSafeBC is not required to consult with stakeholders on policy issues, the Policy, Regulation and Research Division (PRRD) has a comprehensive consultation process which includes pre-consultation with key worker and employer stakeholders and additional public consultation. Generally, a discussion paper on the policy issue is posted on the WorkSafeBC website for the general public and email notification is sent to subscribers of the PRRD newsletter. Key employer and worker stakeholders are also notified of policy consultations.
Policy Consultations and Public Hearings
|Current Consultations||Consultation Deadline||Public Hearing Deadline|
|Housekeeping amendments to the Assessment Manual||May 24, 2019|
|Proposed policy amendments regarding activity-related soft tissue disorders (ASTDs) of the limbs||May 27, 2019|
|Proposed policy amendments regarding Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule 2018 Review||May 31, 2019|
|Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation||July 2, 2019|
|Proposed policy amendments regarding vocational rehabilitation and proposed options regarding cost relief||August 12, 2019
The Prevention Practices and Quality Department is responsible for the development and update of OHS Guidelines for specific sections of the Workers Compensation Act and the Regulation. OHS Guidelines are interpretive documents that are intended to assist in the application and interpretation of requirements of specific sections of the Act and Regulation.
The guideline development process involves subject-matter experts from WorkSafeBC, as well as industry and labour representatives and affected stakeholders, thoroughly reviewing regulatory compliance issues and reaching practical, workable resolutions that are communicated in guidelines.
New and revised guidelines are posted for a 60-day preliminary period, during which time the stakeholder community may comment and request revisions. To submit comments on any of the guidelines below, please email email@example.com.
Guidelines in Preliminary Posting
|Guideline||Preliminary Posting End Date|
|G5.97 Emergency procedures – Emergency plan (preliminary revision)||June 7, 2019|
|G5.99 Risk assessment (preliminary revision)||June 7, 2019|
|G6.89 Restricted entry intervals (preliminary revision)||June 7, 2019|
|G6.90 Authorization to enter – Restricted entry intervals on pesticide labels (preliminary revision)||June 7, 2019|
|G21.5(1)-1 Scope of blasting certificates issued by WorksafeBC (preliminary issue)||June 7, 2019|
|Table of exposure limits for chemical and biological substances (preliminary revision)||June 30, 2019|