Editor: Don Buchanan
This handy up-to-date
in-the-field reference contains the full text of Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act
and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
plus six interpretive chapters. Durable, light-weight, practical – it's a perfect fit in your glove box, at the office or on any worksite. It is a great safety tool for supervisors, workers and safety leaders. It helps with worker training and increases worker and supervisor awareness of their responsibilities under workplace safety law.The 2015 edition of the BC HANDI-GUIDE includes updated commentary and content related to a wide range of important regulatory amendments, including:
- Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2015, S.O. 2015, c. 22 (Bill 9) Bill 9 received Royal Assent on May 14, 2015. It included a number of changes to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act (the Act). Some of the changes to the Act came into effect on May 14, 2015, while others were set to come into effect later in 2015 or in 2016. This edition of the HANDI-GUIDE keeps you in-the-loop on all of these changes. For instance, some of the key amendments to the Act relate to:
The HANDI-GUIDE also includes updated commentary on policy and guideline changes, such as:
- employer incident reporting, including preliminary and full investigations
- expanded powers for WorkSafeBC to issue stop work orders
- WHMIS 2015 amendments to the Act which coincide with a number of amendments to the OHS Regulation that will bring WHMIS 2015 requirements into play
- an amendment to Section 196 in relation to administrative penalties that clarifies the onus is on the employer to show due diligence.
- Interim Incident Investigation Policies (D10-175-1 and D10-176-1)
- Interim Stop Work Orders Policy (D12-191-1)
- Amendments to Occupational Health and Safety High Risk Policy D12-196-2, which came into force on December 1, 2014.
- Updated guidelines associated with regulatory changes in 2014 to many Parts of the OHS Regulation.
- WHMIS 2015 Amendments to OHS Regulation – B.C. Reg. 30/2015In February 2015, WorkSafeBC announced a notice of public hearing for proposed amendments to the OHS Regulation relating to WHMIS 2015.These amendments came into force August 4, 2015. The WHMIS 2015 changes to the OHS Regulation (plus WHMIS-related amendments to the Workers Compensation Act) align BC with a national commitment to update WHMIS requirements in accordance with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
- Numerous Amendments to Parts of the OHS Regulation – B.C. Reg. 199/2014This edition tracks and updates the amendment history for the OHS Regulation and keeps you informed about a number of important changes, including changes to:
- Part 4, General Conditions - relating to avalanche risk assessments and safety plans
- Part 4, General Conditions - relating to updating the reference to the BC Fire Code
- Part 5 - numerous changes associated with WHMIS 2015. (WHMIS 2015 also resulted in changes to Part 1, Definitions, and Part 4, General Conditions).
- Part 12, Tools, Machinery and Equipment - relating to new sections for roll-on/roll-off containers
- Part 13, Ladders, Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms - relating to updating references to standards
- Part 13, Ladders, Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms - relating to the safe positioning of ladders
- Part 20, Construction, Excavation and Demolition - relating to requiring inspection of a gang form when there is a change to the design or erection method of the gang form
- Part 20, Construction, Excavation and Demolition - relating to clarifying the responsibilities of employers, owners and abatement contractors to ensure the safe containment or removal of hazardous materials
- Part 26, Forestry Operations and Similar Activities - relating to section 26.65, and using the term cab guard to replace bullboard
- Part 28, Agriculture - relating to removing an obsolete provision
- Part 34, Rope Access – new Part, to ensure rope access equipment and use are addressed in the OHS Regulation; this new Part also results in a change to Section 11.2 of Part 11, Fall Protection
For employers and workers, it pays to keep in-the-know about regulatory change, from year to year. The BC HANDI-GUIDE helps inform you and contributes to a positive workplace health and safety culture in your organization.Keep a copy of the HANDI-GUIDE on your desk, in your truck and at other workplace locations so that employees and supervisors will have fast access to a handy, up-to-date reference. Work safe and be informed, with the 2015 BC HANDI-GUIDE!
includes the full text, summary and explanation of implications for employers of all legislative changes enacted since the publication of the most recent editions of the Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Handi-Guides
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- Alberta - amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Farming and Ranch Exemption Regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009, extending basic occupational health and safety protections to paid non-family farm and ranch employees (S.A. 2015, c. 19)
- British Columbia - amendments to the Workers Compensation Act and Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation to improve workplace safety at sawmills and to improve the inspection and investigation regime in B.C. (S.B.C. 2015, c. 38; B.C. Regs. 194/2015, 195/2015)
- Manitoba - amendments to the Workplace Safety and Health Act and the Workplace Safety and Health Regulation to bring the province's WHMIS program into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) (Man. Reg. 129/15)
- Saskatchewan - amendment to the Saskatchewan Employment Act to bring the province's WHMIS program into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS} (S.S. 2015, c. 31)
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