BOD Decision - 2015/05/27-02 – Stop Work Orders Policy (D12-191-1)
Bill 9 received Royal Assent on May 14 and contains a number of changes to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act (Act). The goal of the changes is to improve workplace health and safety and strengthen the tools that WorkSafeBC uses to enforce the Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. To support the changes, the Board of Directors approved the creation of a new interim OHS policy regarding the stop work orders policy. The policy and amendments apply to incidents that occur between May 27, 2015 and December 31, 2015 and will be replaced by final policies following public consultation. Interim Stop Work Orders Policy (D12-191-1) Bill 9 expanded the criteria and lowered the threshold for issuing stop work orders. The changes also allow WorkSafeBC to stop work or prevent work from starting at multiple locations for an employer ("stop operations") if similar unsafe conditions are likely to exist at the other locations. The interim Stop Work Orders policy provides additional guidance regarding the changed stop work order provisions.