LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dec. 14: Comments closed on the Policy Workplan setting out WorkSafeBC’s OHS priorities for 2018-2020:
- Review bullying and harassment requirements (under Sect. 173 of Workers Comp Act)
- Review Partners in Injury & Disability Prevention voluntary certification program
- Clarify rules for discriminatory action, i.e., reprisal complaints
- Review residential demolition and asbestos abatement industries and explore potential certification program for asbestos industry
- Review OELs
- Complete biennial reviews of formaldehyde and styrene
- Review OHS Reg. Part 24– Diving, Fishing and Other Marine Operations
Key OHS Regulatory Changes to Expect in BC in 2018-2019
|Part of OHS Regulation||Expected Change(s)||Expected Action Date|
|Part 4 General Conditions||Hazard identification and risk assessment to be required in all workplaces||2018|
|Part 4, Secs. 4.81 and 4.82||Extend duty to control exposure to environmental tobacco smoke to e-cigarettes (2019)||2019|
|Part 5 Chemical Agents and Biological Agents||Review requirements for combustible dust or particulate solids and for dust collectors||TBD|
|Part 6 Substance Specific Requirements, Secs. 6.42-6.58||Update current cytotoxic drugs requirements, which were created 20 years ago||2019|
|Part 6, Secs. 6.89 and 6.90||Update Restricted entry intervals (REIs), i.e., minimum time required between the time a pesticide is applied and the time people can enter the area without protective clothing and equipment||2019|
|Part 8 PPE, Sec. 8.11||Update safety headgear requirements and references to voluntary standards cited in Reg.||2018|
|Part 8, Secs. 8.14-8.18||Update eye and face protection requirements and references to CSA and ANSI standards cited in Reg.||2018|
|8. Part 8 and Part 18 Traffic Control, Secs. 8.24 and 18.9(b)||Update high-visibility apparel requirements and references to standards cited in Reg.||2019|
|Part 9 Confined Spaces||Review all of Part to ensure it’s up to date||TBD|
|Part 12 Tools, Machinery and Equipment, multiple sections||Require selection of safeguarding to be based on a comprehensive WCB Standard Personal Protective Equipment Standard 2-1997, High Visibility Garment (“WCB PPE 2- 1997”)||2019|
|Part 16 Mobile Equipment||Review all of Part 16 to ensure it’s up to date||2018|
|Part 18 Traffic Control, multiple sections||Harmonize rules with Ministry of Transportation 2015 Interim Traffic Management Manual for Work on Roadways||2019|
|Part 20 Construction, Excavation and Demolition, Secs. 20.17-20.26||Clarify the responsibilities of employers and professional engineers||2019|
|Part 21 Blasting Operations, multiple sections||Update requirements for blasting equipment and practices||2019|
|Part 24 Diving, Fishing and Other Marine Operations||New requirement that crewmembers of commercial fishing vessels wear PFDs or lifejackets when working on deck even if guardrails, personal fall protection systems or safety nets are in place||2018|
|Part 26 Forestry Operations and Similar Activities, multiple sections||New requirements for arborists based on ANSI Z133-2012 Standard for Safety Requirements in Arboricultural Operations||2019|
Source: WorkSafeBC, 2017 – 2019 Regulatory Amendment Workplan
Nov. 7: From now thru Dec. 31, WorkSafeBC will be carrying out an inspection campaign targeting workplaces that manufacture, store or use ammonia to ensure compliance with OHS regulations regarding risk assessment, exposure control plans, safe work procedures and emergency response and evacuation plans.
Jan. 1: New OHS regulations take effect requiring employers to ensure that storage racks 2.4 metres or higher are:
- Capable of safely supporting items stored
- Designed and constructed in accordance with good engineering practice
- Used in accordance with the specifications and instructions of the manufacturer or a professional engineer
- Installed by a qualified person.
Jan. 12: That’s the deadline to comment on WorkSafeBC’s revised policy on coverage of shoulder dislocations in light of a new report questioning the scientific validity of the assumptions it’s based on.
Nov. 8: The Privacy Commission issued new guidance to help employers assess the privacy impacts of implementing employee monitoring programs. Methods used by employers to promote safety, such as video and audio surveillance, software and GPS tracking can also violate employees’ privacy, the Commission warns. And while they don’t necessarily need consent, employers do have to notify employees of the program and the purpose it serves.
Jan. 1: 2018 average premiums are dropping 10¢ to $1.55 per $100 assessable payroll. Rates are going down for 63% of employers, up for 26% and staying the same for 11%.
|Rate Cuts||Rate Hikes||Flat Rates|
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Pre-Hospital Emergency Care
Community Health Support
Auto Parts Supply
|Alcohol/Drug Treat Centres
Chambers of Commerce
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