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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 2013.
This guideline has been updated to more clearly explain engineering certification requirements after an inspection.
G-D3-115(1)-3 Bullying and harassment
This new guideline provides information relating to the new Policy D3-115-2 under section 115 of the Act relating to the obligations of employers regarding bullying and harassment.
G6.8 Procedures for abatement of asbestos materials during house and building demolition/renovation
This guideline has been updated to provide more guidance for qualified persons when preparing safe work procedures. A description has been added to assist qualified persons in determining the appropriate safety measures to include in safe work procedures; the scenarios in the Tables have been updated in a few cases, and a note has been added to clarify that waste disposal bags must be at least 6 mil thick.
G6.25 Sealed containers
This new guideline provides information for the selection of waste asbestos containers.
G8.11(2) Activity specific safety headgear
The use of the Union of International Alpine Association Standard (UIAA) Standard 106 Mountaineering and Climbing Equipment Helmets has been expanded to include a wider range of activities.
G8.11(2)-2 Activity specific safety headgear - Ski helmets
This new guideline provides information on acceptable standards for safety headgear for workers on skis or snowboards.
G16.43(3) Pedestrian and equipment traffic
This guideline provides new information on lift truck stability and has been formatted to the current style criteria.
G17.5.1 / 17.13 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
This new guideline was created following deletion of Prevention Policy R17.13-1 in order to communicate information in the Policy relating to estimating gross vehicle weight.
G26.69(2)(b) Safe work procedures for the use of a binder removal station
This new guideline is outlining the factors to be addressed in written safe work procedures acceptable to WorkSafeBC for binder removal stations.
G8.22(3)-1 Footwear - Alternate standards
This guideline has been updated to accept a newer edition of ASTM Standard F 2413.
G16.13 Braking requirements - Mobile equipment - Alternate standard
This new guideline provides an alternative standard to Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Standard J1178 ISO11169 DEC94, Machinery for Forestry - Wheeled Special Machines - Vocabulary, Performance Test Methods, and Criteria for Brake Systems, which has been withdrawn.
G19.16-1 Isolation and lockout
This guideline has been amended to reflect changes to the Safety Practice Regulations and WorkSafeBC acceptance of procedures developed under the Safety Practice Regulations.
The Table of Exposure Limits has been updated to account for 2013 amendments to ACGIH TLVs. Recent revisions to the Table are highlighted in green.
G14.96 Light duty portable construction material hoists
This new guideline clarifies that light duty portable hoists are not required to meet the requirements of the applicable CSA Standard or some of the regulatory requirements for engineering certification.
G19.8(1) Testing equipment - Standards acceptable to WorkSafeBC
This guideline has been updated to add an additional acceptable standard.
The following guidelines accompany regulatory amendments to the OHS Regulation that are effective April 1, 2013. These are both new and revised guidelines which align with the new regulatory provisions. For information on the regulatory amendments, see http://www.worksafebc.com/regulation_and_policy/public_hearings/
G11.1 Definitions - Anchor and anchorage
This new guideline provides an explanation of the terms anchor, anchorage, and anchorage connector in the OHS Regulation.
G11.3 Fall protection plan
This guideline has been updated due to a regulatory amendment to OHS Regulation section 11.1. The guideline clarifies that anchors and anchorages need to be addressed in the written fall protection plan.
G11.5-1 Equipment standards
This guideline has been updated to add additional applicable CSA and ANSI standards.
G11.6-2 Anchor selection and use
This guideline has been updated to align with a regulatory amendment to section 11.6.
G11.10(0.1) Fall protection anchors - Inspection and removal from service
This new guideline provides information regarding inspection and recertification of permanent anchors by a professional engineer.
G11.5-2 Equipment standards - Vertical lifelines
This guideline has been updated to add reference to a new edition of a CSA standard and to emphasize the importance of the compatibility of fall protection components.
This guideline has been updated to allow for the application of a new edition of CSA Z271 and to clarify the application of CSA Z91.
G13.2(1)-2 Application of CSA and ANSI standards for suspended stages
This guideline has been updated to add new editions of CSA and ANSI standards and to clarify the meaning of building maintenance.
G13.8 General requirements - Chair design
This guideline has been updated to include a reference to revised CSA Standard Z271 rather than include prescriptive information.
G13.32-1 Work in high-risk situations - Alternate standard for suspended stages
This new guideline specifies a new edition of CSA Z271 as an acceptable alternate standard and clarifies its application to swing stages.
G16.13(3) Braking requirements - Mobile equipment
This new guideline describes brake performance requirements and the types of off-road mobile equipment this section applies to.
G3.19 First aid records
This guideline has been updated to remove the reference to a policy that is no longer in place, and to provide additional clarity on access to records.
G26.68 Binder cinches
This guideline addresses modifications to binder cinches. Often modifications are undertaken which impair the integrity of the components of binder cinches. The guideline describes ways modifications can be made without impairing the integrity of the cinch.
The following guidelines accompany regulatory amendments to the OHS Regulation that are effective February 1, 2013. These are both new and revised guidelines which align with the new regulatory provisions. For information on the regulatory amendments, see
This guideline has been significantly revised to explain new section 13.30 of the Regulation and relevant portions of the referenced standards relating to the design and use of work platforms supported by a lift truck.