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Changes to OHS Regulation

2003 and 2002 Policy Updates

The Board's Policy relating to prevention was traditionally found in the Policy and Procedure Manual. This manual was created in the 1980s but updates to it did not keep up with ongoing changes in law and practice. In particular, the Board's prevention regulations were completely revised effective in 1998, and the prevention provisions of the Workers Compensation Act were significantly amended in 1999.

A new Prevention Manual was initiated in light of these changes. The Policy and Regulation Development Bureau and the Prevention Division began a process of reviewing the policies in the old manual, for modification and transfer to the Prevention Manual, or for retirement or replacement by a practice guideline (OHS Guideline). This process will be completed in 2004.

Effective December 31, 2003, the Policy and Procedure Manual is no longer Board policy. It is applicable only to historical matters that were conducted prior to this date.

The Prevention Manual contains policies of the WCB with respect to prevention matters under the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Consequential policy amendments have been made to the Prevention Manual in response to changes in the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Amendments to Prevention Manual

  • D8-160-1 RE: First Aid Equipment - Imposition of Special Rate of Assessment
    [Effective December 31, 2003]

  • D12-187-1 RE: Orders - General Authority
    [Effective December 31, 2003]

  • D12-196-4 RE: Administrative Penalties - Authority to Impose
    [Effective December 31, 2003]

  • D24-73-1 RE: Imposition of Levies - Charging of Claim Costs
    [Effective December 31, 2003]

  • D12-196-1 RE: Administrative Penalties - Criteria for Imposing
    [Effective October 29, 2003]

  • D12-196-3 RE: Administrative Penalties - Prior Violations and Orders
    [Effective October 29, 2003]

  • D12-196-6 RE: Administrative Penalties - Amount of Penalty
    [Effective October 29, 2003]

  • R4.29-2 RE: General Conditions - Violence in the Workplace - Workplace Violence Prevention Program
    [Effective October 29, 2003]

  • R4.31-1 RE: General Conditions - Violence in the Workplace - Advice to Consult Physician
    [Effective October 29, 2003]

  • R5.48-1 RE: Chemical and Biological Substances - Exposure Limits and Designations
    [Effective October 29, 2003]

  • R19.25-1 RE: Electrical Safety - Working Close to Energized High Voltage Equipment and Conductors
    [Effective October 29, 2003]

  • D4-135-1 RE: Joint Comittees - Educational Leave
    [Effective July 1, 2003]

  • D6-150/151/152-1 RE: Disciplinary Actions/Failure to Pay Wages - Scope
    [Effective July 1, 2003]

  • D12-196-1 RE: Administrative Penalties - Criteria for Imposing
    [Effective July 1, 2003]

  • D12-196-2 RE: Administrative Penalties - High Risk Violations
    [Effective July 1, 2003]

  • R24.69-1 RE: Fishing Operations - General Requirements - Application
    [Effective July 1, 2003]

  • R24.77-1 RE: Fishing Operations - General Requirements - Reporting Injuries
    [Effective July 1, 2003]

  • R33.41-1 RE: Occupational First Aid - Certification of First Aid Attendants - Medical Certificates
    [Effective July 1, 2003]

  • D2-111-1 RE: Assignment of Board Authority
    [Effective February 11, 2003]

  • D2-113-1 RE: Varying or Cancelling Previous Decisions or Orders
    [Effective March 3, 2003]

  • D12-187-1 RE: Orders - General Authority

  • D12-196-9 RE:Administrative Penalties - Prosecution Following Penalty
    [Effective March 3, 2003]

  • D12-196-10 RE: Administrative Penalties - Due Diligence
    [Effective March 3, 2003]

  • D12-196-11 RE: Administrative Penalties - Criteria Warning Letters
    [Effective March 3, 2003]

  • D24-2-1 RE: Imposition of Levies - Independent Operators
    [Effective March 3, 2003]

  • D24-73-1 RE: Imposition of Levies - Charging of Claim Costs
    [Effective March 3, 2003]

  • R33.15-1 RE: Occupational First Aid - Requirements for Specific Workplaces - Health Care Facilities
    [Effective October 28, 2002]

  • R33.16-1 RE: Occupational First Aid - Requirements for Specific Workplaces - Municipal Fire Departments
    [Effective October 28, 2002]

  • R33.38-1 RE: Occupational First Aid - Certification of First Aid Attendants - Levels of Certification
    [Effective October 28, 2002]

  • R33.40-1 RE: Occupational First Aid - Certification of First Aid Attendants - Minimum Age Requirements
    [Effective October 28, 2002]

  • R33.41-1 RE: Occupational First Aid - Certification of First Aid Attendants - Medical Certificates
    [Effective October 28, 2002]

  • R33.45-1 RE: Occupational First Aid - Certification of First Aid Attendants - Restriction or Denial of Certification
    [Effective October 28, 2002]

  • R33.46-1 RE: Occupational First Aid - Certification of First Aid Attendants - Restriction on Initial Level 3 Certification
    [Effective October 28, 2002]

  • R33.52-1 RE: Occupational First Aid - Instructors and Training Agencies - Courses and Examinations
    [Effective October 28, 2002]

Policies "retired" from the Prevention Manual

  • D12-196-4 Administrative Penalties - Process for Imposing
    [Retired March 3, 2003]

  • D12-196-5 Administrative Penalties - Decision
    [Retired March 3, 2003]

  • D12-197-1 Administrative Penalties - Reviews and Penalties
    [Retired March 3, 2003]

  • D13-199-1 Reviews - Reviewable Decisions
    [Retired March 3, 2003]

  • D13-201-1 Reviews - Procedures for Applying
    [Retired March 3, 2003]

  • D13-202-1 Reviewing Officers
    [Retired March 3, 2003]

  • D13-204-1 Reviews - Notice of Review
    [Retired March 3, 2003]

  • D13-205-1 Reviews - Review Process
    [Retired March 3, 2003]

  • D13-206-1 Reviews - Review Decision
    [Retired March 3, 2003]

  • R33.43-1 Certification of First Aid Attendants -- Extensions to Certificates
    [Retired October 28, 2002]

  • R33.48-1 Instructors and Training Agencies -- Instructor Certification
    [Retired October 28, 2002]



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