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


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.