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Ministry of Technology Innovation and Citizens’ Services – Senior Manager, Health and Safety Management System

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Apply online by July 30th 2017

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Special Air Quality Alert – July 18, 2017

As everyone is aware, the 150+ forest fires burning across our Province have caused moderate to severe air quality advisories in most areas.

Smoke concentrations will vary as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.  The situation is expected to persist until the weather changes.

Environment Canada has issued the following statement:

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider: difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways. If you are experiencing symptoms, avoid strenuous outdoor activities, especially along busy traffic corridors.

As an employer, you have a responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for your staff.  Since you cannot do anything about the air quality, during these periods of air quality alerts, this responsibility may extend to adjusting the work your outside staff perform, particularly if they have any of the underlying health conditions noted above.

Adjustments may include (but not be limited to): assigning workers with chronic health conditions to lighter work outdoors or to work indoors, or provide shorter work periods with more frequent breaks indoors for all other outside workers.  You may also need to increase the number of check-ins for workers working alone or in isolation.

If work must be done outdoors, Personal Protective Equipment (respirators) may help, but in extreme heat may add another hazard for staff.  Persons with respiratory ailments may be further affected if using a respirator.

Some useful resources:

Environment Canada Air Quality Health Index: http://www.ec.gc.ca/cas-aqhi/default.asp?lang=En&n=CF257CD8-1

Government of Canada Weather Information (navigate to alerts):  www.weather.gc.ca

As always, if we can be of any assistance as you draft procedures to help ensure a safe working environment for your staff, please contact us.

Cathy Cook (ccook@bcmsa.ca) or Mike Roberts (mroberts@bcmsa.ca)

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District of West Vancouver – Occupational Safety Specialist

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BC Municipal Safety Association – Administrative Assistant (part time)

BCMSA Administrative Assistant 2017
Apply by the closing date of July 21, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific – Safety & Controlled Environment Specialist

Thermo Fisher Scientific
https://jobs.thermofisher.com/ShowJob/Id/12441/Safety-Controlled-Environment-Specialist/

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WorkSafeBC to hold rate consultation sessions

WorkSafeBC’s senior management team will be travelling the province in July to talk with employers about insurance rates for the coming year.

During these sessions, the organization will provide an overview of WorkSafeBC’s preliminary rates for 2018, outline injury trends in British Columbia, and advise employers on what they can do to reduce injuries, as well as their claim costs and insurance rates.

WorkSafeBC’s health and safety team will also be on hand to answer questions about injury prevention, and provide resources to help employers protect their workers.

The two-hour sessions are being held in Richmond, Nanaimo, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Langley, Fort St. John, Terrace, and Nelson.

For more information, and to reserve a seat at one of the sessions:

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BCMSA Courses and Costs

Each course listing includes information on course length, class sizes, EOCP CEU’s, etc.  Contact us for prices, or if you are unable to find what you’re looking for.

Please note:

  • There may be additional charges for travel.
  • Prices listed below are for members of the BC Municipal Safety Association  (Local Government employers who are part of the Local Government and Related Operations Classification with WorkSafeBC).  Non-member pricing is generally 1.5 times member pricing; please contact Mike Roberts (mroberts@bcmsa.ca) for more information.

We provide courses for our members (municipalities) when they request them. If there are any seats available they will be shown on the Classroom Calendar.

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Check out the 2017 BC OH&S Conference Brochure!

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The conference website is http://www.pacificsafetycenter.com/bcmsa/
  • Our conference will award EOCP members 0.9 CEU’s for attending.
  • Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists – 2.0 RM Points

We have kept the conference fees at the same rate as 2015!

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February Newsletter

Newsletter February 2017
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Joining forces to build psychologically safe and healthy municipalities

The Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division (CMHA BC) and the British Columbia Municipal Safety Association (BCMSA) have partnered to offer a suite of workplace mental health awareness and training courses to BCMSA members across the province.

Read the full article at http://www.cmha.bc.ca/news/joining-forces-to-build-psychologically-safe-and-healthy-municipalities/

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Guide to Handling Highly Toxic Substances

The unprecedented drug overdose crisis hitting our Province has led to some new challenges in health and safety.

The RCMP have shared their “Guide to Handling Highly Toxic Substances” which may help you create your Exposure Control Plans and will certainly assist in educating your staff. (With thanks to Gail from the City of Richmond for providing this information)

Guide to Handling Highly Toxic Substances

Following are links to a Fentanyl documentary and Safety website as a reference.

Documentaryhttp://www.cbc.ca/firsthand/episodes/unstoppable-the-fentanyl-epidemic

Safety websitefentanylsafety.com

(With thanks to Sergio from the City of Burnaby for sharing this information)

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BCIT Transfer Credits

BCIT has assessed our courses and Programs and has granted the following transfer credits into their Occupational Health & Safety Certificate Program.  Transfer credits may be used to satisfy the elective credit requirements of the program.

  • Every 8 hour course is worth .5 transfer credits
  • Every 16 hour course = 1 transfer credit
  • Every 24 hour course = 1.5 transfer credits (eg. Utility Locator Specialist)
  • Completion of the Supervisor Safety Certificate Program (SSCP) = 2 transfer credits
  • Completion of the Municipal Worker Safety Certificate Program (MWSCP) = 1.5 transfer credits
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BCIT is Granting Transfer Credits!

Great news! BCIT is granting transfer credits for our courses, if you enroll in the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program.  The OHS Certificate is granted after completing 45 credits, of which 25 are electives; these transfer credits would apply to the electives.  So keep taking BCMSA courses and get credit towards the Certificate!

  • Every 8 hour course is worth .5 transfer credits
  • Every 16 hour course = 1 transfer credit
  • Every 24 hour course = 1.5 transfer credits (eg. Utility Locator Specialist)
  • Completion of the Supervisor Safety Certificate Program (SSCP) = 2 transfer credits
  • Completion of the Municipal Worker Safety Certificate Program (MWSCP) = 1.5 transfer credits

bcit-logoIndividual courses shorter than 8 hours don’t qualify for transfer credits, unless taken as part of the Safety Certificate programs.

For more information on BCIT’s OHS program, check out their website: http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/6850cert#details

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Above & Beyond Recognition Award

The BCMSA and St. John Ambulance are pleased to announce that an award has been created for BCMSA members.

OBJECTIVE OF THE AWARD:
To recognize those individuals who have acted alone or as a team in providing assistance to:

  • those in need of medical aid using their knowledge in first aid; or
  • those in a situation where their lives may be in danger with or without the application of first aid.

ELIGIBILITY:

  1. The nominee must be a municipal worker as defined by the BCMSA
  2. The deed must be performed during work hours
  3. The deed must be outside the nominee’s line of duty
  4. The deed must be performed within twelve (12) months of the date of application
  5. It is not necessary that the deed or attempt was successful, that the nominee has a first aid certificate or is a member of St. John Ambulance
Above & Beyond Nomination Form
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Workplace Mental Health – CMHA Presentation December 9, 2016

Dec 2016 CMHA Presentation
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Asbestos Awareness for Firefighters

Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/no max
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $75 per person for up to 15 (minimum 6); $37.50 per person from 16+. Minimum $600 charge per class.

Course description: This training program was developed to:

  1. Provide attendees with enough information about the hazards of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) so that during fire suppression efforts and investigative incidents, they can identify potential risks of harmful exposure and protect themselves and others from this risk. Read More
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Asbestos, Lead, Mould & Silica Awareness

Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/20
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $75 per person for up to 15 (minimum 6); $37.50 per person from 16+. Minimum $600 charge per class.

Course description: The work performed by public works staff could expose them to a variety of hazards. Exposure to some toxic substances could be life-threatening. All workers must be aware Read More

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Awareness of Mental Health Training

Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/30
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $1,500 per class.

Course description: This workshop is designed to help build comfort in talking about mental health and mental illness, and learn how to respond in a supportive way to co-workers who may be experiencing a mental illness. Read More

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Chainsaw Operations and Safe Practices

Provided by: BC Plant Healthcare
Course length:
7 hours (4 theory, 3 practical)
Class minimum/maximum: 6/14
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $2100 per class
Post session: Certificate of Recognition

Course description: This course is for people with or without prior experience. The seminar includes approximately 3 hours of inside theory and 2 hours of practical. Topics covered include PPE, tools, worksite assessment, bucking, and kick backs.

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Chlorine Handling for Municipal Aquatics

BCMSA has teamed up with BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) to offer this 2-day course.

Contact BCWWA directly to register:
– Alexandra Trott atrott@bcwwa.org

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Sun Safety at Work

SunSafetyatWork Myths and Facts
SSAWC Safety Talk on Heat Stress
SSAWC Safety Talk on Solar UV

View more sun safety resources online.

Other resources under development include: Training Presentations, Policy Examples, among other resources for workplaces to be able to use to enhance or develop a sun safety program that would address both solar UV radiation exposure to prevent skin cancer, as well as heat stress prevention.

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WorkSafeBC 2016 Asbestos Enforcement Initiative

Notice of asbestos inspections and featured resources

Asbestos exposure remains the number one killer of workers in B.C. Hundreds of houses are demolished and renovated every month in our province, and as many homes built up until 1990 used products containing asbestos, this poses a potential threat of exposing workers to harmful asbestos fibres.

WorkSafeBC prevention officers will be conducting a province-wide program of worksite inspections from July 1-December 31, 2016 to ensure homeowners, contractors, and consultants are properly informed and equipped to safely remove asbestos containing materials and are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

WorkSafeBC has a list of information and resources to help ensure everyone remains safe from asbestos-related occupational disease on the jobsite.

Some of these resources include:

  • Ten simple steps to complying with asbestos abatement
  • Safe work practices for handling asbestos
  • Health hazards of asbestos toolbox meeting guide
  • Asbestos removal toolbox meeting guide

For more information

For further information and a full list of resources, please visit the WorkSafeBC asbestos resource page or contact: Chris Back, Manager, Industry & Labour Services, Manufacturing, Retail & Construction (interim) Sectors | 604.244.6367 | 778.874.1809

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Introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury

Concussions are a more common injury to municipal workers than you may think.  Workers who suffer concussions are often away from work for a long period of time from this unfortunately debilitating injury.

WorkSafeBC attended the Regular General Meeting on Friday June 10th, and presented “Introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury”.

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

Read it online at http://www2.worksafebc.com/enews/nis/160429/160429.htm

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Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule — 2016 Review

Read it online at http://www2.worksafebc.com/enews/prrd/160429/160429.htm

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Law and Policy Bulletin – updated April 2016

Bulletin - Administrative Penalties
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Careers In Parks

BC is anticipating a shortage of skilled trades workers as boomers move into retirement.

Anticipating the impact this will have on our parks sector, the BCRPA has launched a website to promote and encourage people to pursue a career in the parks sector.

The Careers In Parks website provides information on training and education, job posting samples and links to job board sites for a wide variety of careers.

There are also personal testimonials from people currently working in the sector explaining how they chose their career and the path they have taken to get where they are today.

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Get out of the passenger seat!

A presentation given by Elise Kobylanski at BCMSA’s Regular General Meeting on March 11, 2016.
Get out of the passenger seat!

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Confined Space Attendant/Entry Supervisor

Course length: 16 hours (2 days)
Class minimum/maximum: 6/12
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: 1.2
Price: $300 per person (minimum 6). Minimum $1,800 charge per session.
Post session: Wallet card
Note: A risk assessment and entry procedure must be provided to the training organization at least 7 days prior to the scheduled Confined Space Entry session. Confined Space Training cannot take place without these. If you do not have the required information, please contact the training organization or a qualified person for assistance in developing them.

Course description:

The 16 hour Confined Space Attendant/Entry Supervisor Training  course is designed and intended for the Read More

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Confined Space Entrant

Course length: 8 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/12
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: 0.6
Price: $150.00 per person (minimum 6). Minimum $900 charge per session.
Post session: Wallet card
Note: A risk assessment and entry procedure must be provided to the training organization at least 7 days prior to the scheduled Confined Space Entry session. Confined Space Training cannot take place without these. If you do not have the required information, please contact the training organization or a qualified person for assistance in developing them.

Course description: This 8 hour course is designed and intended solely for the worker who enters a confined space to perform their assigned work or task. It includes an actual entry by the participants into a confined space. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate for the role of a confined space entrant only. Read More

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Risk awareness web pages now live

Read this WorkSafeBC Update online.

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Contractor Safety Management

Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/25
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $75 per person for up to 15 (minimum 6); $37.50 per person from 16+. Minimum $600 charge per class.
Post Session: Certificate of Attendance

Course description: The purpose of this session is to gain an understanding of how municipalities, Boards, Libraries, Commissions and contractors have a responsibility to ensure work is performed safely and according to WorkSafeBC legislation.  The principles introduced in this course can assist in establishing due diligence for all employers. Read More

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ONLINE POOLSAFE IS HERE!

After many months of work, we are happy to launch the online PoolSafe program.

This course was previously only available in face-to-face full day format, and we recognized that aquatic staff were unable to commit the time for the course.

Now it’s available online! The course is hosted on the BC Recreation & Parks Association e-learning site, at a cost of only $40.00.

PoolSafeSpecial thank you to the Alberta Municipal Safety & Health Association for taking our material and producing the online version.

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What is WHMIS 2015?

What is WHMIS 2015? (8 Sep 15)
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Release for consultation of proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

Read it online at http://www2.worksafebc.com/enews/prrd/151211/151211.htm

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

Read it online at http://www2.worksafebc.com/enews/nis/151215/151215.htm

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Driver Training

BCMSA has teamed up with the Thinking Driver to offer on-line and classroom driver training including such topics as Defensive Driving Techniques, Defensive Driving Attitudes, Winter Driving and Safe Backing.

View the course catalogue at http://www.thinkingdriver.com/course-catalogue.

Members of the BCMSA will be eligible for a 10% discount for all online and classroom courses.

Contact Thinking Driver directly to register:
– Pamela Peterson <thinkingdriver.pam@gmail.com>
– Kristy Gittens <thinkingdriver.kristy@gmail.com>

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Due Diligence for Supervisors

Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/20
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: required course
EOCP CEU’s: 0.4
Price: $75 per person for up to 15 (minimum 6); $37.50 per person from 16+. Minimum $600 charge per class.
Post session: Certificate of Completion

Course description: Under WorkSafeBC Regulation, a supervisor is defined as a person who instructs, directs or controls workers in the safe performance of their duties.  As a supervisor, you are responsible for the proper instruction of workers under your direct control, and for ensuring their work is performed without undue risk.  Read More

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LMAPR and OHS Citations Policy

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Electrical Hazard Awareness for Municipal Workers

Course length: 2 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/25
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $35 per person

Course description: Our Electrical Hazard Awareness for Municipal Workers is meant for those who work around high-voltage power lines, either overhead or underground.  This includes crane, mower and excavator operators, arborists, sign and banner installers, and those working in construction, paving and maintenance.  Topics include: Read More

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Looking for Fall Protection or Confined Space training?

Looking for Fall Protection or Confined Space training and there isn’t one scheduled in your municipality?

http://envirosafety.ca/training/

http://www.hazmasters.com/safety-training-schedules 

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WHMIS

The Globally Harmonized System has now been adopted in Canada and by WorkSafeBC. The former WHMIS program (now referred to as WHMIS 1988) now includes the new GHS information in what is referred to as WHMIS 2015.

There is a nearly 3 year transition period before WHMIS 2015 must be fully implemented. Some suppliers may have started sending Supplier Labels and Safety Data Sheets in the new format, which means the employers must train their staff in both systems.

Geoff Clark, Senior Occupational Hygiene Officer at WorkSafeBC, made a presentation at the last regular general meeting of the BCMSA, highlighting the changes between WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015. His presentation is here: What is WHMIS 2015? (8 Sep 15)

The BCMSA offers a face to face WHMIS course, and as of November 1st, this course will be a blended WHMIS 1988 and WHMIS 2015.

Effective February 8th, we have launched our WHMIS 2015 online training. Read more at www.bcmsa.ca/course-catalogue/whmis-2015-online/.

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WorkSafeBC Bulletin & Limits of Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Energy

WorkSafeBC issued the bulletin “Working around microwave radiation from rooftop antennas” last August. WorkSafeBC Bulletin

Early in 2015, Health Canada revised the exposure limits for Radiofrequency (RF) Electromagnetic Energy. As a result, testing companies are contacting employers to promote their services to conduct RF surveys.

The WorkSafeBC Bulletin notes Engineering Controls to protect workers include using physical guards or barriers to restrict access to areas near antennas, and to raise the antennas above the working level of the roof as the lowest level of radiation is directly beneath the antennas. Administrative Controls are also listed in the Bulletin, and include using signs and/or caution tape to indicate high radiation areas, and maintaining at least a 3 meter distance from an antenna.

Please review the WorkSafeBC bulletin and note that as the employer or as a property owner, you are responsible for ensuring worker exposure is kept below the values issued by Health Canada. Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 for RF Exposure limits can be found here: RF Exposure Limits 2015

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St. John Ambulance Training

UPDATE August 26, 2016: Emergency First Aid for Industry – OFA Level 1 Equivalency has been approved for EOCP 0.60 CEU’s! Approved as Core for WWC – WD – WWT – SWWS – as Related for WT – SWS.

One of the important strategies established by the BCMSA Board of Directors is to collaborate with naturally aligned associations and capitalize on appropriate relationships. With this in mind, the BCMSA is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with St. John Ambulance. Members of the BCMSA will be eligible for a 10% discount on several St. John Ambulance courses.

BCMSA members will register directly by telephone or in person at any one of the St. John Ambulance BC branches using the promotional code ‘BCMSA’.  Visit https://portal.sja.ca/eRegistrationSearch/ for course information.

St John AmbulanceSt. John Ambulance is a not-for-profit charitable organization, incorporated in the same year as the BC Municipal Safety Association (1994).

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Policy, Regulation, and Research Division e-Newsletter

Read it online at http://www2.worksafebc.com/Enews/PRD/150820/150820.htm

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

Read it online at http://www2.worksafebc.com/enews/nis/150617/150617.htm

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Changes to the Workers Compensation Act (Bill 9)

Bill 9 received Royal Assent on May 14 and contains a number of changes to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act (the Act). The changes are designed to improve workplace health and safety and strengthen the tools WorkSafeBC can use to enforce the Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

WorkSafeBC.com has been updated with information and tools including:

Also posted are three high level summaries that provide an introduction and overview of the changes to the Workers Compensation Act:

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2014 Regulations Cited CU 753004

2014 Regulations Cited CU 753004
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2014 High Risk Violation Regulations Cited CU753004

2014 High Risk Violation Regulations Cited CU753004
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Emergency Scene Traffic Control

This course is for fire departments only.
Course length:
minimum 6 hours; up to 8 with full class
Class minimum/maximum: 6/15
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: varies, depending on location
Post session: Certificate of Completion

Course description: This course is for emergency responder employees who have responsibility for setting up emergency scene traffic control as a regular or occasional part of their work. It will be valuable for Read More

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