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Changes to OHS Regulation

2005 Guideline Updates

Many sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Workers Compensation Act (WCA) 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 2005.

December 2005

Part 5 - Controlling Exposure
Table of Exposure Limits for Chemical and Biological Substances
[Issued October 29, 2003; Revised August, 2004; Revised April 2005; Revised October 2005; Updated December 2005]

Updated to clarify that "Particles not otherwise classified" (PNOC) have an 8-hour TWA exposure limit of 10 mg/m3 and a respirable limit of 3 mg/m3. In addition, a new end note (N) has been added to the table to identify various specific nuisance dusts for which a respirable limit of 3 mg/m3 also applies.


November 2005

Part 5 - Controlling Exposure

G5.48-7 Nuisance dusts
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised February 11, 2004; Revised November 23, 2005]

Part 6 - Substance Specific Requirements

G6.8 Asbestos - Procedures for abatement of asbestos-containing material (ACM) during house and building demolition/renovation
[Issued July 5, 2002; Revised November 23, 2005]

Part 24 - Diving, Fishing and Other Marine Operations

G24.12 Diving Operations - Training
[Issued September 1999; Editorial Revision October 2004; Editorial Revision November 23 2005]

G24.13-2 Diving Operations - Diver competency standards New Item
Issued November 23, 2005


October 2005

Workers Compensation Act

G-D1-108-2 BC Safety Authority New Item
[Preliminary Issue: October 26, 2005]

Part 5 - Controlling Exposure

Table of Exposure Limits for Chemical and Biological Substances
[Issued October 29, 2003; Revised August, 2004; Revised April 2005; Revised October 2005]

CAS numbers updated for neon and chloracetyl chloride.

Part 21 - Blasting Operations

G21.8 Certification - Qualifications
[Issued August 1999; Revised October 2005]

G21.10 Certification - Examinations
[Issued August 1999; Revised October 2005]

G21.12 Certification - Custody of certificates
[Issued August 1999; Revised October 2005]

G21.15 Certification - Suspension/seizure of certificates
[Issued August 1999; Revised October 2005]

Part 23 - Oil and Gas

G23.61Drilling and Servicing Rigs - Safeguarding at the rotary table area of drilling and service rigs New Item
[Preliminary issue October 26, 2005]


September 2005

Workers Compensation Act

G-D1-108-1 Board jurisdiction over operations involving Aboriginal people
[Preliminary Issue: September 28, 2005]

G-D11-179-5 Incident investigations
[Issued: September 28, 2005]

G-D15-214 Prosecutions: Board's practices for providing approval to lay an information in respect of an offence
[Issued: September 28, 2005]

Part 13 - Ladders, Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms

G13.23 Structural inspection of elevated work platforms
[Issued: September 28, 2005]

Part 19 - Electrical Safety

G19.41 Electrofishing - Ensuring worker training and knowledge
[Issued: September 28, 2005]

Part 26 - Forestry Operations

G26.2-2 Planning log hauling operations for varying road grades
[Issued: September 28, 2005]

G26.22 Faller training - application
[Preliminary Issue: September 28, 2005]


July 2005

Part 5 - Chemical and Biological Substances

G5.75 Mobile equipment emission controls
[Preliminary Issue: July 27, 2005]

Part 6 - Substance Specific Requirements

G6.36(1) Engineering and work practice controls
[Issued August 1999; Editorial Revision July 2004; Revised July 21, 2005]

Part 9 - Confined Spaces

G9.1-1 Excluded confined spaces
[Issued July 21, 2005]

Part 13 - Ladders, Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms

G13.33(4)(b) Fall protection on suspended work platforms
[Preliminary Issue: July 27, 2005]


June 2005

Part 19 - Electrical Safety

G19.1-1 Electrical Safety Act repealed
[Preliminary issue June 29, 2005]

G19.1-2 Electrical qualifications
[Preliminary issue June 29, 2005]

G19.8(1) Standards acceptable to the Board
[Preliminary issue June 29, 2005]

G19.16-2 Appropriate electrical protective equipment - standards acceptable to the Board
[Preliminary issue June 29, 2005]

G19.24 Minimum clearance
[Preliminary issue June 29, 2005]

G19.25 Assurance in writing
Revised June 29, 2005

G19.26 Assurance not practicable
[Preliminary issue June 29, 2005]

G19.27 Specially trained
[Preliminary issue June 29, 2005]

G19.28 Emergency work
[Preliminary issue June 29, 2005]

G19.29 Authorization by owner
[Preliminary issue June 29, 2005]


May 2005

Part 6 - Substance Specific Requirements

G6.116-2 Definition of "toxic process gas"
[Preliminary issue May 25, 2005]

Part 8 - Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment

G8.12/8.13 Use of safety headgear for workers on ATVs and similar equipment in agricultural operations
[Preliminary issue May 25, 2005]

Part 13 - Ladders, Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms
G13.2(1) Ship's ladders
[Preliminary issue May 25, 2005]

Part 28 - Agriculture

G28.38/28.40 Protective structures on mobile equipment in agriculture
[Preliminary issue May 25, 2005]


April 2005

Part 12 - Tools, Machinery and Equipment

G12.56 (and 4.3(1)&(2)) Powder actuated tools - Use and service in accordance with manufacturer's instructions
[Effective April 1, 2001; Editorial Revision April 2005]

Part 5 - Controlling Exposure

Table of Exposure Limits for Chemical and Biological Substances
[Issued October 29, 2003; Revised August, 2004; Revised April 2005]

The Table of Exposure Limits was updated to reflect just over a dozen TLV amendments of 2005. New limits were added to the Table for substances such as 1-bromopropane, dichloroacetic acid and gallium arsenide. Revisions were made to limits for substances such as acrylamide, ethylene and sulfotep. In a few cases, such as silica crystalline-tridymite, limits were withdrawn due to insufficient data.

Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) Consultation
The OEL Committee welcomes, in the form of a written submission, your comments and/or concerns about the regulation of substances for which new OELs were adopted in 2005. Please send your submissions before June 10, 2005.

In addition the following changes to guidelines were made:

G5.48-2 Annual revisions to exposure limits
[Issued October 29, 2003; Revised February 11, 2004; Revised February 4, 2005; Revised April 29, 2005]
This was updated to reflect an April 2005 amendment to the terms of reference of the OEL Committee.

G5.48-11 Occupational exposure limit for sulfuric acid
[Issued April 29, 2005]
This new guideline advises of a vice presidential directive to suspend the application of the OEL for sulfuric acid (thoracic).


March 2005

Part 6.1 - Asbestos
G6.1 Definition of asbestos-containing material  
[ Issued March 25, 2005]

Part 18 - General Requirements
G18.3 Traffic control supervisor
[Issued February 27, 2001; Revised March 25, 2005]

Workers Compensation Act

G-D4-135-1 Joint committees course approval
[Issued February 27, 2001; Revised March 25, 2005]


February 2005

Part 20 - Excavations

G20.78(1)(e) Ground slope adjacent to excavation work  
[Issued February 22, 2005]

Part 5 - Controlling Exposure

Table of Exposure Limits for Chemical and Biological Substances
[Issued October 29, 2003; Revised August, 2004; Revised February 2005]

G5.48-1 Table of exposure limits - background information
[Issued October 29, 2003; Revised February 11, 2004; Revised February 4, 2005]

G5.48-2 Annual revisions to exposure limits
[Issued October 29, 2003; Revised February 11, 2004; Revised February 4, 2005]

G5.57 Designated substances
[Issued August 1, 1999; Revised February 11, 2004; Revised February 4, 2005]

Workers Compensation Act

G-D3-115(1) The BC Human Rights Code and responsibilities of employers
[Issued February 4, 2005]

Part 24 - Fishing Operations

G24.70 Compliance with standards
[Issued February 3, 2005]

G24.71 Owner and master responsibilities - major modifications
[Issued February 3, 2005]

G24.72 Documentation
[Issued February 3, 2005]

G24.76 Vessel preparation
[Issued February 3, 2005]

Part 26 - Forestry Operations

G26.2 Inspections and investigations with respect to forestry operations
[Preliminary Issue March 30, 2004; Revised Preliminary Issue February 3, 2005]

Part 1 - Definitions

G1.1 Board
[Retired: February 2, 2005]

Part 3 - Rights and Responsibilities

G3.1-2 Occupational health and safety programs - When required
[Issued February 1, 2005]


January 2 - 25, 2005

G6.71 Pesticides - Application
[Retired: January 25, 2005]

G16.18(3) Two Lever or Joystick Controls
[Retired: January 05, 2005]


January 1, 2005


January 1, 2005

Part 4 - Work Area Requirements

G4.41 Waste material in agricultural operations
[Issued January 1, 2005]

Part 4 - Illumination

G4.65 Illumination levels 
[Issued September 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

Part 4 - Occupational environment requirements

G4.84(1) Eating areas - Unwholesome food
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G4.84(2) Eating areas - Storage and consumption
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G4.85(1)-1 Washroom facilities - Sufficient facilities
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G4.85(1)-2 Washroom facilities - Readily available
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G4.85(2) Washroom facilities where no plumbing is available
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G4.85(3) Maintenance of washroom facilities
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G4.86 Change areas
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G4.87 Unsafe water
[Issued January 1, 2005]

Part 5 - WHMIS G5.3-8 The application of WHMIS in agriculture
[Issued January 1, 2005]

Part 7 - Noise Exposure

G7.2 Exposure limits 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.3-1 Noise exposure data collected by prevention officers 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.3-2 Noise measurement - when required and performance 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.4 Exemption 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.5-1 Program - education and training 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.5-2 Annual program review 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.6-1 Investigating controls 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.6-2 Implementing controls 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.7-1 Selection of hearing protection 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.7-2 Warning signs and hearing protection 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.8-1 Annual hearing tests
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.8-2 Authorized hearing testers
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.8-3 Hearing test results
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.8-4 Construction industry
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.9 Test records
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

Part 7- Vibration Exposure

G7.11-1 Exposure limits - hand-arm vibration
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.11-2 Exposure limits - whole-body vibration
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.12 Evaluation
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.13 Exposure control plan
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.14 Information on adverse effects
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G7.15 Labels 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.16 Exposure to cold
[Issued January 1, 2005]

Part 7 - Radiation Exposure

G7.17 Definitions - Calculation of the equivalent dose and the effective dose
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G7.18 Application for ionizing and non-ionizing radiation - Agencies having jurisdiction 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.19-1 Exposure to ionizing radiation - Exposure limits and exposure period 
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.19-2 Notification of worker overexposure to ionizing radiation
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.19(4)-1 Exposure to non-ionizing radiation - Electromagnetic fields
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.19(4)-2 Exposure to non-ionizing radiation - Lasers
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.19(5) Exposure to non-ionizing radiation - Ultraviolet radiation
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.20(1)-1 Exposure control plan - General requirements
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.20(1)-2 Exposure control plan - Control measures
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.20(1)-3 Exposure control plan - Personal protective equipment
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.20(1)-4 Exposure control plan - Education and training
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.20(2) Exposure control plan - Posting of instructions
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G7.21 Reproductive hazards
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.22 Monitoring exposure
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.23 Acceptable standards
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.24 Radiation surveys
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.25 Records
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

Part 7 - Thermal Exposure

G7.27(1) Heat exposure - Application
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.27(2) Firefighting
[Preliminary Issue January 1, 2005]

G7.28(1) Exposure limits - Using the ACGIH Standard
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.28(2) Clothing correction values
[Preliminary Issue January 1, 2005]

G7.29-1 Heat stress assessment
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G7.29-2 Environmental parameters
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.29-3 Physiological measures
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.29-4 Heat stress assessment using a dry bulb thermometer only
[Issued June 14, 2002; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.29-5 Exposure control plan
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.30-1 Engineering controls
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.30-2 Administrative controls
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.30-3 Personal protective equipment
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.33-1 Cold exposure - Application
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.33-2 Cooling power of wind (imperial units)
[Preliminary issue January 1, 2005]

G7.33-3 Cooling power of wind (metric units)
[Preliminary issue January 1, 2005]

G7.34-1 Cold stress assessment
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G7.34-2 Conversion
[Preliminary Issue January 1, 2005]

G7.34-3 Exposure control plan
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G7.35-1 Engineering controls
[Preliminary Issue January 1, 2005]

G7.35-2 Administrative controls
[Preliminary Issue January 1, 2005]

G7.35-3 Work/warm-up schedule for a 4-hour shift
[Preliminary Issue January 1, 2005]

G7.35-4 Personal protective equipment
[Preliminary Issue January 1, 2005]

G7.36 Heated shelters
[Preliminary Issue January 1, 2005]

G7.37-1 Clothing (whole body)
[Preliminary Issue January 1, 2005]

G7.37-2 Clothing (extremities)
[Preliminary Issue January 1, 2005]

Part 9 - Definitions

G9.1-1 Excluded confined spaces
[Preliminary issue January 1, 2005]

Part 11 - Fall Protection

G11.2-1 Calculation of fall distance when on a sloped roof
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.2-2 Selecting a method of fall protection
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.2-3 Defining a fall restraint versus fall arrest system
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.2-4 Tilt-up construction
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.2-5 Fall protection in agriculture
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G11.2(5)-1 Control zones and safety monitors as a work procedure acceptable to the Board 
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.2(5)-2 Fall protection and structural concrete block construction
[Issued March 28, 2002; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.2(5)-3 Other acceptable work procedures
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.3 Fall protection plan
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.4 Belts and harnesses
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G11.5-1 Equipment standards
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G11.5-2 Equipment standards - Vertical lifelines
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.5-3 Equipment standards - Lanyards
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G11.5-4 Equipment standards - Prusik sling/Triple sliding hitch
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.5-5 Equipment standards - Double line system controlled descent devices
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.5-6 Equipment standards - Connecting equipment
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G11.5-7 Protection against abrasion or burning
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.6-1 Anchors
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G11.6-2 Anchor selection and use
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.6-3 Anchors - Cornice hook and parapet clamp use
[Issued August 1, 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G11.7 Temporary horizontal lifelines
[Issued August 16, 2000; Revised January 1,2005]

G11.8 Requirements for engineering - Permanent horizontal lifelines
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G11.9 Inspection and maintenance - Fibre rope suspension
[Issued August 1, 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

Part 13 - General

G13.1 Type of work platforms
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G13.2-1 Standards acceptable to the Board
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G13.2(1)(b) Ladders in manholes
[Issued January 1, 2005]

Part 13 - Ladders

G13.4 Ladder ratings and selection
[Issued January 1, 2005]

Part 13 - Work Platforms

G13.8 General requirements - Chair design
[Issued August 1, 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

Part 13 - Scaffolds

G13.14 Guardrails on end frame scaffolds
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G13.19 When and how to ground metal scaffold
[Issued January 1, 2005]

Part 13 - Movable Work Platforms

G13.25 Warning devices
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G13.30 Work platforms supported by a lift truck
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

G13.32 Prior permission
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005]

Part 14 - Equipment Operation

G14.34(3) Implementation Period for Operator Qualifications
[Issued February 27, 2001; Revised Effective January 1, 2005]

Part 16 - Guards

G16.21(2) Operator protective structures on agricultural tractors
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G16.22(2) Rollover protective structures for agricultural tractors
[Issued January 1, 2005]

G16.23 ROPS standards for agricultural tractors
[Issued January 1, 2005]

Part 28 - Hazardous Substances

G28.11 Personal hygiene - Shower and change facilities
[Issued January 1, 2005]


Guidelines Updates for Previous Years

2004
2003
2002


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