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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

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Also in this Edition (Winter 2015):

Bill 6 for farms and ranches ALBERTA - New Bill 6 makes WCB Coverage Mandatory for Alberta farms.
Bill 6 makes Worker Compensation Board coverage mandatory for the agricultural sector
Changes to WC act in BC BRITISH COLUMBIA - Changes to the Workers Compensation Act Give WorkSafeBC Enhanced Powers.
Changes to the Act strengthen WorkSafeBC's ability to enforce compliance.
Union Safety Effect ONTARIO - Study examines Union safety effect in Construction Sector.
Unionized firms submit more work-related and less lost-time injury claims
New Brunswick NEW BRUNSWICK - New Toolkit to prevent violence against Nursing Home workers.
A Prevention toolkit for workers who encounter violent behaviour in their job.

Rates 2016

WSIB Policy ONTARIO - WSIB say 2016 premium rates will not increase.
The WSIB announced that it will not increase premium rates in 2016.
Manitoba Policy MANITOBA - Changes to the Manitoba Rate Model in 2016.
The WCB will be introducing changes to its rate setting model in 2016.
Saskatchewan Policy SASKATCHEWAN - Saskatchewan 2016 Premium rates drop.
Employers will see a WCB premium rate drop in 2016 due to improved safety performance.
YUKON - Workers' Compensation Board to pay surplus to Yukon employers
The Board plans to pay out $10 million in cash rebates to employers, in an effort to shrink a hefty $52 million reserve fund.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - P.E.I. Workers Compensation Act change allows creation of safety associations
A bill to amend the act will allow for safety associations.
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES - WSCC Releases New Code of Practice on Return to Work
The code outlines the key components and steps to develop a return to work program.
MANITOBA - Manitoba Trucking Association, SAFE Work launch safety initiative
In this program, the acronym RPM (generally known as "revolutions per minute"), stands for "Risk. Professionally Managed."

BRITISH COLUMBIA - BC Notable Policy Updates
LMAPR and OHS Citations policy and others.