LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sept. 29: Buoyed by low claims costs and strong investment returns, WorkSafeBC has proposed a 10¢ drop in 2018 average premiums to $1.55 per $100 assessable payroll. Rates are expected to go down for 63% of employers, up for 26% and stay the same for 11%.
|Rate Cuts||Rate Hikes||Flat Rates|
|Const/General Labour Supply
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care
Community Health Support
Auto Parts Supply
|Alcohol/Drug Treat Centres
Chambers of Commerce
Prefab Log Home Kit Mfg.
Oct.: WorkSafeBC issued a series of information sheets to help child care centres protect workers against risks of musculoskeletal injuries covering 3 risk areas:
Jan. 1: Reminder that new OHS regulations take effect requiring employers to ensure that storage racks f 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.
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
Oct. 17: WorkSafeBC is revisiting its longstanding policy on coverage of shoulder dislocations in light of a new report questioning the scientific validity of the assumptions it’s based on. Deadline to comment: Jan. 12, 2018.
Oct. 24: After years of neglect, the government announced that it’s putting together grizzly bear population management plan for the province.