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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.

The Prevention Practices and Quality Department is responsible for the development and update of OHS Guidelines for specific sections of the Workers Compensations Act and the Regulation. The guideline development process involves subject matter experts within WorkSafeBC, as well as input from industry and labour representatives and affected stakeholders, to thoroughly review regulatory compliance issues, and reach practical, workable resolutions which are communicated in guidelines. Depending on the nature of the guideline, some draft guidelines are posted on the WorkSafeBC website to request feedback from a broader stakeholder community.