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Announcements

Asbestos: be aware enforcement initiative

Asbestos: be aware enforcement initiative

From now until December 31, 2014, WorkSafeBC prevention officers will conduct planned inspections of single-family demolition worksites to ensure the safe removal of asbestos containing materials and compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Hearing test reports for employers now online

Hearing test reports for employers now online

If you’re an employer with workers who are exposed to hazardous noise, you can now get your hearing test reports online.

Statement by Diana Miles, Chief Operating Officer, WorkSafeBC, regarding 2012 fire and explosion at Lakeland Mills, Ltd.

Statement by Diana Miles, Chief Operating Officer, WorkSafeBC, regarding 2012 fire and explosion at Lakeland Mills, Ltd.

Two years ago the workplace at Lakeland Mill and the community of Prince George were devastated by the fire and explosion on the night of April 23, 2012.

2014 new or revised ACGIH Threshold Limit Values and BC OELs

2014 new or revised ACGIH Threshold Limit Values and BC OELs

The exposure limit for Ethylidene norbornene in the Table of Occupational Exposure Limits for Excluded Substances in Prevention Policy R5.48-1 was updated on April 7, 2014. Updated Prevention Manual pages are available.

WorkSafeBC imposes penalty and claims costs levy against Babine Forest Products Ltd.

WorkSafeBC imposes penalty and claims costs levy against Babine Forest Products Ltd.

WorkSafeBC has issued orders that include the imposition of an administrative penalty and a claims cost levy against Babine Forest Products Ltd.

Board of Directors decision on primary skin cancer and certain occupational exposures

Board of Directors decision on primary skin cancer and certain occupational exposures

At their meeting on March 19, 2014, the Board of Directors elected to make no changes to the presumption in Schedule B in favour of a worker who has developed primary cancer of the skin where there is prolonged contact with coal tar products, arsenic or cutting oils, or UV exposure.

WorkSafe Magazine - March/April

WorkSafe Magazine - March/April

In this issue: Safe loading practices can spare truckers a terrible toll; Asthma control; Foundry defies gravity; Proper earplug insertion; and more.

WorkSafeBC Combustible Dust Initiative Overview

WorkSafeBC Combustible Dust Initiative Overview

On January 31, 2014, WorkSafeBC concluded a three-month inspection of all active sawmills across B.C.

Second consultation on Personal Optional Protection

Second consultation on Personal Optional Protection

Our Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a discussion paper and draft Assessment Manual policy on proposed changes to the Personal Optional Protection (“POP”) program for stakeholder review and comment. This is a second consultation on proposed changes to POP policy.

Government Releases Dyble Review

Government Releases Dyble Review

Government has released its report into the fact pattern regarding issues raised as a result of WorkSafeBC’s investigation into the tragedy at Babine Forest Products.

Our inspection report has changed

Our inspection report has changed

Learn more about the improvements we’ve made to our workplace inspection report based on feedback from employers.

Schools set to expand injury-prevention education

Schools set to expand injury-prevention education

Student WorkSafe, our workplace readiness program, is moving into new classrooms with an emphasis on customized learning and expanded occupational injury-and-disease-prevention content.

WorkSafeBC releases Incident Investigation Report into Babine Forest Products explosion

WorkSafeBC releases Incident Investigation Report into Babine Forest Products explosion

WorkSafeBC releases its Investigation Report into the explosion and fire at Babine Forest Products, which took place on January 20, 2012.

WorkSafeBC Responds to Babine Forest Products' Families and Workers

WorkSafeBC Responds to Babine Forest Products' Families and Workers

Burns Lake, British Columbia, January 10, 2014: WorkSafeBC Director of Investigations, Jeff Dolan, participated in a meeting in Burns Lake where Crown Counsel announced that it will not be proceeding with charges against Babine Forest Products. Read Mr. Dolan’s full statement.

Board of Directors decision on interest on compensation benefits

Board of Directors decision on interest on compensation benefits

On November 20, 2013, the Board of Directors approved amendments to remove the blatant Board error test from the interest policy and pay interest on compensation benefits only as set out in the Workers Compensation Act.

WorkSafeBC introduces open data

WorkSafeBC introduces open data

Use our new open data centre to get injury rates, claim costs, and prevention stats for your industry. The data is accessible to everyone and can be used in your presentations and reports.

WorkSafeBC announces premium rates for 2014

WorkSafeBC announces premium rates for 2014

WorkSafeBC announces that the average base premium rate will increase from $1.63 to $1.70.

Request and manage reviews online

Request and manage reviews online

WorkSafeBC has launched a new application that allows workers and employers to request and manage reviews of WorkSafeBC decisions online.

WorkSafeBC releases tool kit to help workplaces prevent and address bullying and harassment

WorkSafeBC releases tool kit to help workplaces prevent and address bullying and harassment

New workplace bullying and harassment policies come into effect on November 1, 2013. WorkSafeBC's tool kit is now available to help employers, workers, and supervisors prepare for these policy changes.

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