Current Public Hearings & Consultations
As part of our policy development process, 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|
|Consultation on proposed amendments to Part 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation||July 31, 2020|
|Consultation on Proposed B.C. Exposure Limits based on the New or Revised 2016, 2017, and 2018 ACGIH TLVs for Selected Chemical Substances||August 14, 2020|
|Consultation on proposed amendments to Part 20 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation||August 14, 2020|
|Proposed policy amendments regarding injuries caused by overexertion during accustomed work||September 4, 2020|
|September 2020 public hearing on proposed regulatory amendments||October 2, 2020|
The OHS Practice and Engineering Support 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|
|G8.40(2.1)(c) Single-use respirators and fit test equivalency (preliminary revision)||July 28, 2020|
|G3.16(1.1) Basic requirements to meet schedule 3-A (preliminary revision)||August 2, 2020|
|G3.3 Written instructions, training and supervision: COVID-19 Safety Plan - (preliminary revision)||August 21, 2020|