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Guidelines for Workers Compensation Act and OHS Regulation

Guidelines are intended to assist with providing ways of complying with the legislation, not to provide exclusive interpretations. Many sections of the Workers Compensation Act (WCA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation have associated guidelines.

More background information on policies and guidelines, and on the hierarchy of authority among the WCA, OHS Regulation, policies, and guidelines, is available in "About Prevention Policy and the OHS Guidelines" (PDF 79 KB).

Guidelines are periodically updated and new ones added. See the latest updates.

Guideline Contents

Guidelines Workers Compensation Act
Guidelines Part 1 — Definitions
Guidelines Part 2 — Application
Guidelines Part 3 — Rights and Responsibilities
Guidelines Part 4 — General Conditions
Guidelines Part 5 — Chemical Agents and Biological Agents
Guidelines Part 6 — Substance Specific Requirements
Guidelines Part 7 — Noise, Vibration, Radiation and Temperature
Guidelines Part 8 — Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment
Guidelines Part 9 — Confined Spaces
Guidelines Part 10 — De-energization and Lockout
Guidelines Part 11 — Fall Protection
Guidelines Part 12 — Tools, Machinery and Equipment
Guidelines Part 13 — Ladders, Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms
Guidelines Part 14 — Cranes and Hoists
Guidelines Part 15 — Rigging
Guidelines Part 16 — Mobile Equipment
Guidelines Part 17 — Transportation of Workers
Guidelines Part 18 — Traffic Control
Guidelines Part 19 — Electrical Safety
Guidelines Part 20 — Construction, Excavation and Demolition
Guidelines Part 21 — Blasting Operations
Guidelines Part 22 — Underground Workings
Guidelines Part 23 — Oil and Gas
Guidelines Part 24 — Diving, Fishing and Other Marine Operations
There are no Guidelines for Part 25 — Camps at this time
Guidelines Part 26 — Forestry Operations
There are no Guidelines for Part 27 — Wood Products Manufacturing at this time
Guidelines Part 28 — Agriculture
Guidelines Part 29 — Aircraft Operations
Guidelines Part 30 — Laboratories
Guidelines Part 31 — Firefighting
Guidelines Part 32 — Evacuation and Rescue
Part 33 — Not in effect
Guidelines Part 34 — Rope Access

Disclaimer: The Worker and Employer Services Division issues Guidelines to help with the application and interpretation of sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and with divisions of the Workers Compensation Act that relate to health and safety. Guidelines are not intended to provide exclusive interpretations but to assist with compliance. The Workers' Compensation Board of B.C. ("WorkSafeBC") does not warrant the accuracy or the completeness of the online version of the Guidelines and neither WorkSafeBC nor its board of directors, employees or agents shall be liable to any persons for any loss or damage of any nature, whether arising out of negligence or otherwise, which may be occasioned as a result of the use of the online version of the Guidelines.