WorkSafeBC Planning Safety Committee Changes

The proposed changes were developed following two fatal explosions in early 2012 at sawmills in the province.

Public hearings will take place this fall about proposed amendments to WorkSafeBC's Occupational Health and Safety Regulation that affects joint health and safety committees. The proposed changes have been subject to one round of public consultation and were developed following two fatal dust explosions in early 2012 at sawmills in the province, based on provincial government legislation (Bill 35) and recommendations from coroners' inquests into the explosions.

The agency's proposed changes would affect the evaluation of a joint committee's work; training for new joint committee members and new worker health and safety representatives; and participation in employer incident investigations. The proposed evaluation would ensure that safety committees' work is reviewed every year to ensure they are in compliance and to identify ways to increase their effectiveness.

Following the public hearings, WorkSafeBC's board of directors will consider feedback to the proposed changes. If they are approved, a new section of the Regulation (3.27) would require that new joint committee members and worker health and safety representatives receive at least eight hours of instruction and training in their new roles; the training would have to be completed as soon as possible and no more than six months after that person was selected. And a new section of the Regulation (3.28) would clarify the meaning of "participation" for worker and employer representatives with respect to their participation in employer preliminary and full investigations by expanding the list of what "participation" includes, that is, assisting persons carrying out the investigation with gathering information, analyzing the information collected, and identifying any corrective actions necessary to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Once proposed changes are approved, the guideline will be available at worksafebc.com.

Product Showcase

  • Full Line of Defense Against Combustible Dust Nilfisk

    Nilfisk provides a comprehensive range of industrial vacuums meticulously crafted to adhere to NFPA 652 housekeeping standards, essential for gathering combustible dust in Class I, Group D, and Class II, Groups E, F & G environments or non-classified settings. Our pneumatic vacuums are meticulously engineered to fulfill safety criteria for deployment in hazardous surroundings. Leveraging advanced filtration technology, Nilfisk ensures the secure capture of combustible materials scattered throughout your facility, ranging from fuels, solvents, and metal dust to flour, sugar, and pharmaceutical powders. 3

  • Safety Knives

    The Safety Knife Company has developed a quality range of safety knives for all industries. Designed so that fingers cannot get to the blades, these knives will safely cut through cardboard, tape, strapping, shrink or plastic wrap or a variety of other packing materials. Because these knives have no exposed blades and only cut cardboard deep, they will not only protect employees against lacerations but they will also save product. The Metal Detectable versions have revolutionary metal detectable polypropylene knife bodies specifically for the food and pharmaceutical industries. This material can be detected and rejected by typical detection machines and is X-ray visible. 3

  • AirChek Connect Sampling Pump

    Stay connected to your sampling with the SKC AirChek® Connect Sampling Pump! With its Bluetooth connection to PC and mobile devices, you can monitor AirChek Connect pump operation without disrupting workflow. SKC designed AirChek Connect specifically for all OEHS professionals to ensure accurate, reliable flows from 5 to 5000 ml/min and extreme ease of use. AirChek Connect offers easy touch screen operation and flexibility. It is quality built to serve you and the workers you protect. Ask about special pricing and a demo at AIHA Connect Booth 1003. 3

Featured

Webinars