LMAPR and OHS Citations policy
On October 22, 2015, the Board of Directors (BOD) approved the Lower Maximum Administrative Penalties Regulation (LMAPR) and Item D12-196.1-1, Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Citations, of the Prevention Manual.
The LMAPR and OHS Citations policy set out that WorkSafeBC may impose an OHS Citation on an employer for failure to comply with an order, or failure to comply with requirements for compliance reports. Further details are also provided such as when an OHS Citation may be imposed, the amount of an OHS Citation, and circumstances under which a repeat OHS Citation can be issued.
WorkSafeBC posted a discussion paper on the WorkSafeBC website for stakeholder consultation, and held five public hearings (one was by teleconference). Stakeholder comments were reported to the BOD for their consideration. WorkSafeBC appreciates your feedback. A table summarizing the stakeholder feedback received by WorkSafeBC and transcripts from the public hearings can be viewed here.
The LMAPR comes into force on February 1, 2016, and the OHS Citations policy applies to all violations specified in section 3 of the LMAPR, occurring on or after February 1, 2016.
WHMIS 2015 changes to the OHS Regulation
Effective August 4, 2015, WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) sections of the OHS Regulation have changed.
The changes apply to WHMIS hazard classes and categories, pictograms and labels, and safety data sheets. Roles and responsibilities stay the same.
WHMIS 2015 reflects the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and brings Canada's system into alignment with the U.S. and other trade partners.
Transition to WHMIS 2015 will take place over several years. There are different implementation periods for employers and suppliers (manufacturers, importers, and distributors).
For more information, watch WHMIS 2015: Changes are Coming or visit worksafebc.com.
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2015 Guideline Updates
Many sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Workers Compensation Act ("Act") have associated guidelines. Guidelines are intended to assist with providing ways of complying with the legislation, not to provide exclusive interpretations. Guidelines generally provide information on administrative matters and on technical matters not already addressed by policy.
Periodically, guidelines are updated and new ones added. The following list shows the new and updated guidelines for 2015: Read more here