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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

Current Consultations Consultation Deadline Public Hearing Deadline
Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
October 8, 2021  
Proposed policy amendments on determining workplace status December 15, 2021  

OHS Guidelines

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.

Guidelines in Preliminary Posting

Guideline Preliminary Posting End Date
G-P2-21 Communicable disease prevention October 1, 2021
G6.70 Pesticides - Definitions (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G6.77 Mixing, loading, and applying pesticides - Qualifications (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G6.89 Restricted entry intervals (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G6.90 Authorization to enter – Qualified person (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G8.11(1) Safety Headgear (preliminary issue) October 30, 2021
G8.24 High visibility apparel (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G16.8(3) Rider restriction (formerly G16.31(4) (preliminary issue) October 30, 2021
G16.24 Alternate means of escape - Purpose-built window breaking device (formerly G16.17) (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G16.30 Load handling attachments - Forklifts (formerly G16.19) (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G16.33 Protective structures for hydraulic excavators pioneering on steep side hills (formerly G16.21) (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G16.33-2 Protective structure - Acceptable standards (formerly G16.21(2)-2) (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G16.35 ROPS standards - Acceptable alternate standard (formerly G16.23) (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G16.40(8) All terrain vehicles-Modifications (formerly G16.50) (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G16.43(2)-1 Lift truck operator training (formerly G16.7(j)-1) (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G16.43(2)-2 Lift truck operator training - Alternate standards (formerly G16.7(j)-2) (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021
G16.43(5) Pedestrian and equipment traffic (formerly G16.43(3) (preliminary revision) October 30, 2021