BOD Decision – 2015/12/16-03 – Stop Work Orders Policy (D12-191-1)
On December 16, 2015, WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors approved finalized policy relating to recent amendments to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act. This followed consultation in the summer and fall of 2015. Interim policy stop work orders remained in effect until December 31, 2015. The finalized policy was effective January 1, 2016. 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 finalized Stop Work Orders policy provides additional guidance regarding the changed stop work order provisions.