BC Municipal Safety Association - News & Updates

November 2018 Newsletter

Includes the 2018 joint conference video.

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Dec 13: Free Webinar: Building and sustaining best workplace road safety practices

December 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am12:00 pm


Webinar Description

Presented in cooperation with Road Safety At Work, this one-hour online session explores and explains how organizations can make best road safety practices part of their day-to-day operations.

Learn about the value of applying best practices to prevent workplace crashes, and the role of safety culture in accomplishing that goal. The webinar focuses on practical ways that organizations – management, supervisors and employees that drive for work – can use to plan, build, implement and sustain effective measures. You will also discover the tools and resources available to help your organization succeed.

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Fatigue Management Webinar

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2018 Joint Annual Conference Presentations


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Above & Beyond / St John Life Saving Award

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

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.


  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

Download Life-saving Award Nomination form (Word Doc)

Please complete this form and send it directly to:
Mike Roberts
BCMSA Executive Director

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March 8 Webinar Presentation

Creating a Win/Win... Best Practices in Injury Management
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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.


Safety websitefentanylsafety.com

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

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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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Online SDS Management

Do you have control of your MSDS management system? Are you ready to make the switch to Globally Harmonized System (GHS) WHMIS? Do you know what that means?

Federal WHMIS legislation changed June 1, 2015. There are new classification rules, new label requirements and a standardized format for (Material) Safety Data Sheets.

We offer a solution to your Safety Data Sheet (SDS) management system. Through 3E Online SDS, you can create and maintain a catalogue of your SDS’, indexed by location, facility, or department – your choice. The team at 3E will help you set up your own unique system.

Other benefits include:

  • Access to historical records – expired SDSs are archived and accessible from the application at any time
  • Advanced Security – access is allowed to authorized users for certain functional or administrative features
  • Unlimited users – no limit to the number of users or administrators that can access and use the system
  • Mobile access – 24/7 access from any smart phone devices
  • Web-based training – scheduled upon implementation and by request at any time to ensure your employees know how to use the system
  • On Demand Backup – live assistance via phone for SDS requests when Internet is not available
  • Chemical spill hotline – Toll-free access for information and guidance on hazard assessment, location, weather considerations, evaluation of employee competency, PPE, use of absorbents, choice of storage containers, labeling and agency reporting requirements
  • Poison Control Hotline – access to physicians, toxicologists and Poison Control specialists
  • Secondary Container Labeling – create secondary container (Workplace) labels that are GHS compliant

More information is available on 3E’s website:

Because we were able to negotiate with 3E to provide this service on behalf of all of our members, the cost to participate in this system is very reasonable.

Assessable Payroll – Annual Cost*
Less than $500,000 – Free
$500,000 to $4,999,999 – $200
$5,000,000 to $19,999,999 – $1000
$20,000.000 to $49,999,999 – $1600
$50,000,000+ – $2,000
* plus $0.50 per (M)SDS

Interested? Contact Helga Hildebrandt (hhildebrandt@bcmsa.ca) with the following information:

  • Name and contact information for your SDS Administrator
  • Assessable payroll (most recent year available)
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