Feb. 11: Changes Proposed to OHS Regulation in Response to Sawmill Incidents

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The government proposed changes to improve workplace health and safety in the wake of two sawmill tragedies. The legislation (Bill 9) would amend the Workers Compensation Act in four areas:

  • Addition of new enforcement tools, including “on the spot” fines for less serious contraventions and the ability to stop work at workplaces where unsafe conditions present a high risk to workers
  • Shortening the process for issuing and reviewing employer penalties
  • New requirement for employers to conduct a preliminary investigation within 48 hours of a significant safety incident and complete a full investigation within 30 days
  • Addition of two new members to the WorkSafeBC Board who have a background in occupational health and safety and in law or law enforcement.