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Changes to OHS Regulation

2008 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 2008.

November 2008

Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

Part 8 Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment

G8.27-2 Alternative acceptable standard for buoyancy equipment New Item
[Preliminary Issue November 19, 2008]

This guideline accepts an alternative standard for automatically inflatable buoyancy equipment. This is necessary as one standard currently listed in the Regulation is no longer used in North America.

Part 12 Tools, Machinery and Equipment

G12.70 Panic bars on driven feed chippers New Item
[Preliminary Issue November 19, 2008]

This guideline sets out minimum standards for panic bars on driven-feed chippers, as well as setting out safe work procedures on operating driven-feed chippers.

Part 20 Construction, Excavation and Demolition

G20.2(1)(c) Notice of project for asbestos - Ongoing work New Item
[Preliminary Issue November 19, 2008]

This new guideline has been developed in order to provide guidance in situations where a notice of project for asbestos (NOP-Asbestos) may be appropriate for moderate risk intermittent and ongoing repair or maintenance work. The guideline also outlines the submission process for such an NOP-Asbestos.

Part 4 General Conditions

G4.20.1 Definition of working alone or in isolation
G4.20.2 Hazard identification, elimination, and control
G4.21 Procedures for checking the well-being of workers
G4.22.1-1 Late night retail - Definitions and money handling procedures
G4.22.1-2 Late night retail - Second worker or barrier

The existing working alone or in isolation guidelines have been updated to include a discussion of the term "assigned to work alone." G4.22.1-1 was also updated to note that a VP directive has been issued to adjust the enforcement of the late night hours from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. while a proposed amendment to the section is taken to public hearing.

September 24, 2008

Workers Compensation Act

Part 3 Division 1 Interpretation and Purposes

G-D1-108-8 Jurisdiction over marine operations  new item
[Preliminary Issue September 24, 2008]

This new guideline clarifies the Occupational Health and Safety jurisdiction of WorkSafeBC and federal jurisdictions over organizations that conduct marine operations.

Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

Part 21 Blasting Operations

G21.85(1)-2 Assessment of Avalauncher device safety in proposed work procedures  new item
[Preliminary Issue September 24, 2008]

This new guideline provides information on some of the criteria that are considered when assessing the adequacy of avalanche control work procedures under section 21.85(1), particularly as they relate to the safety of Avalaunchers and similar devices.

September 22, 2008

Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

Part 4 General Conditions

G4.22.2-2 Alternative methods for fuel prepayment outside of urban centres
[Issued February 1, 2008; Revised March 27, 2008; Revised August 18, 2008; Formerly Issued in G4.22.2 - Reissued as G4.22.2-2 September 22, 2008]

WorkSafeBC has developed a new OHS Guideline outlining alternative methods for securing payment of fuel at gas stations in small, rural or remote locations.

Editorial Revision

The following guideline has editorial revisions:

September 19, 2008

Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

Part 19 Electrical Safety

G19.15(1) Ground fault circuit interrupters and other acceptable means
[Issued December 4, 2007; Preliminary Revision September 19, 2008]

This guideline has been updated to describe a change to the Notice of Project for Construction. An electrical declaration has been added to the form in order to facilitate a variance application to the electrical authority.

September 9, 2008

Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

Part 4 General Conditions

G4.22.1-2 Late night retail - Second worker or barrier
[Issued February 1, 2008; Editorial Revision February 21, 2008; Formerly Issued in G4.22.1 - Reissued as G4.22.1-2 September 9, 2008]

This guideline has been updated to reflect revised compliance timelines for certain late night retail premises requirements.

Editorial Revision

The following guideline has editorial revisions:

  • G4.22.1-1 Late night retail - Definitions and money handling procedures

August 12, 2008

Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

Part 5 Chemical Agents and Biological Agents

G5.27(2) Electrical Safety Act repealed new item
[Issued August 13, 2008]

The Electrical Safety Act referenced in s.5.27(2) of the OHS Regulation is no longer in effect and has been replaced. This new guideline references the replacement Act and regulation.

Part 14 Cranes and Hoists

G14.1 Elevating Devices Safety Act repealed new item
[Issued August 13, 2008]

This new guideline explains that the legislation referenced under section 14.1 of the OHS Regulation has been repealed and is no longer in effect, and identifies the new applicable legislation.

Part 23 Oil and Gas

G23.15(1)(a) Power Engineers and Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act repealed new item
[Issued August 13, 2008]

This new guideline explains that the legislation referenced under section 23.15(1)(a) of the OHS Regulation has been repealed and is no longer in effect, and identifies the new applicable legislation.

Part 20 Construction, Excavation and Demolition

G20.4(1) Suitable ladders, work platforms, and scaffolds new item
[Preliminary Issue August 13, 2008]

This new guideline provides WorkSafeBC prevention officers and stakeholders with clear direction that walking on top plates of interior or exterior walls, or other narrow elevated surfaces, is not acceptable. The guideline also specifies when a ladder is suitable.

Editorial Revision

The following guideline has editorial revisions:

June 19, 2008

Workers Compensation Act

Part 3 Division 1 Interpretation and Purposes

G-D1-108-7 Jurisdiction over mines  new item
[Preliminary Issue June 18, 2008]

This new guideline clarifies the Occupational Health and Safety jurisdiction of WorkSafeBC and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources over organizations that conduct work on or around mines and quarries

Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

Part 4 General Conditions

G4.11 Putting equipment, machinery and work processes into operation  new item
[Preliminary Issue June 18, 2008]

This new guideline has been developed to address concerns that arose from the investigation of an industrial accident, in which a worker was severely injured. The equipment had been returned to service after work on it by the supplier. Among other things, a service manual had not been provided for the equipment.

G4.81/4.82 Controlling exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)
[Issued March 28, 2002; Revised May 1, 2002; Editorial Revision October 2004; Preliminary Revision March 31, 2008; Updated Preliminary Revision June 18, 2008]

After the guidelines were initially posted on March 31, 2008, WorkSafeBC developed a detailed compliance strategy for use by its Prevention officers. As a result, the discussion of compliance strategy in Guideline G4.81/4.82 Controlling exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) was revised to focus on information of primary use to workplaces. The guideline also incorporated some information from the Ministry of Health on the application of the term "fully or substantially enclosed", as defined in their requirements. Some minor editorial revisions were made to two other guidelines: G4.82(1) and (2) Designated areas; and G4.82(3) Protecting home service workers from ETS.

Part 6 Substance Specific Requirements

G6.6-3 Qualifications
[Issued August 1, 1999; Editorial Revision October 2004; Preliminary Revision June 18, 2008]

This guideline has been modified to provide a clearer description of the qualifications necessary to perform asbestos risk assessments and work activity classification.

Part 8 Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment

G8.15(1) Prescription safety eyewear - Alternate standards  new item
[Preliminary Issue June 18, 2008]

This new guideline specifies alternate standards acceptable to WorkSafeBC for prescription safety eyewear under section 8.15(1) of the Regulation.

Part 9 Confined Spaces

G9.1-1 Excluded confined spaces
[Issued July 21, 2005, Preliminary Revision June 18, 2008]

This guideline has been in place for almost three years. During that time some concerns have arisen about the possible misapplication of the list of excluded spaces if the circumstances in which they are excluded are not more fully understood. In addition, there had been some confusion about the wording related to intentionally introducing air contaminants. Some amendments have been made to clarify these matters, without changing intent. In addition, the updated guideline adds underwater confined spaces to the list of exclusions. Some minor editorial amendments are also made to reflect current terminology (e.g., "WorkSafeBC" in place of "the Board").

Part 16 Mobile Equipment

G16.33 Use of seatbelts on forklifts  new item
[Preliminary Issue June 18, 2008]

This guideline has been developed to clarify when a seatbelt is required to be used on forklifts.

Part 20 Construction, Excavation & Demolition

G20.112 Hazardous materials - Asbestos  new item
[Preliminary Issue June 18, 2008]

This new guideline has been developed in response to stakeholder's enquiries and WorkSafeBC prevention officer's observations, and provides information for building owners, contractors, and consultants on pre-demolition asbestos inspection and abatement.

Part 22 Underground Workings

G22.2(2) Application of Part 22 (Underground workings)  new item
[Preliminary Issue June 18, 2008]

This new guideline discusses the circumstances of which an underground working can be considered to be a permanent facility in its final structural condition. It also provides information on the application of the Regulation to underground projects that have been completed.

Editorial Revision

The following guidelines have editorial revisions:

  • G4.82(1) and (2) Designated areas
  • G4.82(3) Protecting home-care service workers from ETS
  • G12.74-2 Automotive lifts and other vehicle support standards -- Applicable standards

Guidelines Removed
  • G4.81 Controlling ETS exposure -- Application to vehicles
  • G4.82(3)-1 Entry into an indoor area where smoking is permitted

May 1, 2008

Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

The following guidelines accompany regulatory amendments to the OHS Regulation that are effective May 1, 2008. These are both new and revised guidelines which align with the new regulatory provisions. For information on the regulatory amendments, see www.worksafebc.com/regulation_and_policy/
public_hearings/june_07_ph_feedback/law_40_40_40.asp

Part 14 Cranes & Hoists

G14.29 Operator protection
Issued September 1999; Editorial Revision February 1, 2008; Editorial Revision May 1, 2008]

Part 26 Forestry Operations and Similar Activities

G26.1-1 Forestry operations and similar activities  New Item
[Issued May 1, 2008]

G26.1-2 Owners' obligations  New Item
-2[Issued May 1, 2008]

G26.1.1-2 Prime contractor obligations  New Item
[Issued May 1, 2008]

G26.2-1 Planning and conducting a forestry operation  New Item
[Issued May 1, 2008]

G26.2-2 Planning log hauling operations for varying road grades
[Issued: September 28, 2005; Editorial Revision May 1, 2008]

G26.21/26.22 Faller training - Application
[Issued September 28, 2005; Revised May 1, 2008]

G26.41 Guylines  New Item
[Issued May 1, 2008]

G26.65(3) Logging trucks pulling multiple trailers
[Issued May 17, 2006; Revised May 1, 2008]

G26.65(4)(b) Installing the barrier on the logging truck in a manner acceptable to WorkSafeBC
[Issued May 17, 2006; Revised May 1, 2008]

April 9, 2008

Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

Part 4 General Conditions - Working alone or in isolation

G4.21 Procedures for checking the well-being of workers
[Issued February 1, 2008; Preliminary Revision April 9, 2008]

This guideline is revised in response to a request from the farm and ranch sector to provide more information on checking worker well-being in remote areas. New material is added at the end of the guideline on that topic and some revisions are made in the beginning of the guideline to clarify further the application of section 4.21 and the use of technology.

Part 9 Confined Spaces

G9.1-2 Definitions
[Issued August 1, 1999; Revised February 11, 2004; Preliminary Revision April 9, 2008]
The current guideline provides information on some terms that appear in the definitions section of Part 9 (Confined Spaces) of the OHS Regulation. It is being updated to include a discussion of what is meant by the third criterion of a confined space, which refers to limited or restricted means of entry or exit that may complicate the provision of emergency response. Questions have arisen about what is meant by this factor, particularly when considering the exclusion of spaces from the application of Part 9.

G9.18 Isolation of confined spaces
[Preliminary Issue April 9, 2008]
This new guideline has been developed to assist with the application of section 9.18 on isolation. It is based on a number of years of experience, particularly with the municipal sector, in applying the requirements of section 9.18, and acceptance of alternate measures to it. The guideline was developed in consultation with worker and employer representatives in the municipal sector.

G9.18.1 Exemption to restriction on use of valves for isolation
[Preliminary Issue April 9, 2008]
This new guideline has been developed to assist with the application of the new section 9.18.1, which provides exemptions to the restrictions on the use of valves as a means of isolation for specific types of water systems. The guideline was developed in consultation with employer and worker representatives of the municipal sector, and also in response to issues associated with the industrial use of water.

G9.22-1 Alternate measures - Making submissions
[Issued August 1, 1999; Editorial Revision October 2004; Editorial Revision February 7, 2006; Editorial Revision June 6, 2006; Editorial Revision June 22, 2007; Preliminary Revision April 9, 2008; Effective date June 9, 2008]
This guideline is being revised as part of a larger project to provide guidance on alternate measures for confined space isolation, and through which WorkSafeBC acceptance decisions on alternate measures could be made at Regional offices. It is one of a series of guidelines on section 9.22. Subsequent guidelines in the series will provide guidance in specific areas, for example, municipal sewage systems, and ship repair work. Revisions to this guideline were developed in consultation with worker and employer representatives of the municipal sector.

G9.22-2 Alternate measures for confined spaces - Municipal sewage systems
[Preliminary Issue April 9, 2008; Effective date June 9, 2008]
This new guideline provides some general information on issues involved with alternate measures for control of hazards arising from liquids and from contaminated air that may be present in municipal sewage systems. It is part of a guideline series on isolation and alternate measures. For the circumstances covered by this guideline, an employer may contact the Regional office of WorkSafeBC for a decision on acceptability of a proposed system of alternate measures. The guideline was developed in consultation with employer and worker representatives in the municipal sector.

G20.26 Inspections
[Issued August 1999; Editorial Revision April 9, 2008]

March 31, 2008

Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

Part 4 General Conditions - Working alone or in isolation

G4.22.2 Mandatory prepayment for fuel
[Issued February 1, 2008, Revised March 27, 2008.]

This guideline was updated to clarify the various acceptable methods for fuel prepayment available to customers. This includes options for paying at the pump, paying in the store, leaving debit or credit cards with the attendant, and prepayment options for small communities.

Part 4 General Conditions - Environmental tobacco smoke

G4.81/4.82 Controlling exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)
[Issued March 28, 2002; Revised May 1, 2002; Editorial Revision October 2004; Preliminary Revision March 31, 2008.]
G4.81 Controlling ETS exposure - Application to vehicles
[Issued March 28, 2002; Preliminary Revision March 31, 2008.]
G4.82(1) and (2) Designated areas
[Issued March 28, 2002; Revised May 1, 2002; Editorial Revision March 2005; Preliminary Revision March 31, 2008.]
G4.82(3)-1 Entry into an indoor area where smoking is permitted
[Issued March 28, 2002; Revised May 1, 2002; Preliminary Revision March 31, 2008.]
G4.82(3)-2 Protecting home service workers from ETS
[Preliminary Issue March 31, 2008.]

The Health Ministry's amendments to the Tobacco Control Act and Regulation (TCR) came into effect March 31, 2008. A basic consequence is that smoking indoors by workers is prohibited in all workplaces, and indoor smoking by the public is prohibited in most workplaces, including those in the hospitality sector.

While WorkSafeBC does not enforce the TCR, if a Prevention officer encounters a violation of the TCR they should advise the employer of its provisions, and as necessary refer the matter to regional health authorities. The OHS Regulation has continued relevance in situations such as controlling smoking outdoors, and protecting workers who may need to enter an indoor area where smoking is permitted under the TCR.

The WorkSafeBC Board of Directors has approved for release to public hearings proposed amendments to the ETS requirements of the OHS Regulation, which are designed to complement the requirements under the TCR. However, changes to the OHS Regulation would not come into effect until later in 2008 at the earliest. As an interim measure, the OHS Guidelines on ETS have been substantially revised to reflect the current situation. Changes include:

  • Addition of a summary of the TCR and some recent municipal bylaws
  • Elimination of guidelines on public entertainment facilities
  • Addition of information on entry into areas where smoking has occurred, and a new guideline on protecting home service workers.

February 19, 2008

Workers Compensation Act

Part 3 Division 10 Accident Reporting and Investigation

G-D10-172-1 Board notification of serious injuries
[Preliminary Issue February 12, 2008]
This guideline sets out WorkSafeBC's expectations with respect to the reporting of serious injuries. It defines "serious injury" for the purposes of accident reporting.

Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

Part 7 Noise, Vibration, Radiation and Temperature - Thermal exposure

G7.28(1) Exposure limits - Using the ACGIH standard
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005; Preliminary Revision February 12, 2008]
This guideline has been updated to account for changes to the 2007 ACGIH TLV® for heat stress and strain.

G7.28(2) Clothing correction values
[Issued January 1, 2005; Preliminary Revision February 12, 2008]
This guideline has been updated to account for changes to the 2007 ACGIH TLV® for heat stress and strain.

G7.29-4 Heat stress assessment using a dry bulb thermometer or Humidex index
[Issued August 1999; Revised January 1, 2005; Preliminary Revision February 12, 2008]
This guideline has been updated to include a Humidex-based method as an acceptable method to determine heat stress in certain circumstances.

Part 8 Personal Protective Equipment - Limb and body protection

G8.21(2) Leg protection - Alternate standards
[Preliminary Issue February 12, 2008]
This guideline is to specify alternate leg protection standards acceptable to WorkSafeBC for protection against chainsaw cuts.

Editorial Revisions

The following guidelines have editorial revisions:

  • G3.14 to G3.20 First aid guidelines for employers
  • G3.16 First aid assessment
  • G4.22.1 Late night retail safety procedures and requirements
  • G13.30 Work platforms supported by a lift truck

Guideline Removed
The following guideline has been removed:

  • G13.33(4)(b) Fall protection on suspended work platforms (no longer necessary after regulatory amendment)

February 1, 2008

The following guidelines accompany regulatory amendments to the OHS Regulation that are effective February 1, 2008. These are both new and revised guidelines which align with the new regulatory provisions.

Summary of regulatory amendments

Part 4 General Conditions - Working alone or in isolation

G4.20.1 Definition of working alone or in isolation
[Issued February 1, 2008]
G4.20.2 Hazard identification, elimination, and control
[Issued February 1, 2008]
G4.21 Procedures for checking the well-being of workers
[Issued February 1, 2008]
G4.22.1 Late night retail safety procedures and requirements
[Issued February 1, 2008]
G4.22.2 Mandatory prepayment for fuel
[Issued February 1, 2008]

Part 5 Chemical Agents and Biological Agents

G5.1.1. Biological agents
[Issued February 1, 2008]

Part 6 Substance Specific Requirements - Biological Agents

G6.34-1 Exposure control plan (list of industries updated)
[Issued August 1999; Editorial Revision July 2004; Editorial Revision February 2, 2006; Revised February 1, 2008]
G6.34-2 Risk assessment, engineering and administrative controls and personal protective equipment
[Issued February 1, 2008]
(Formerly issued as G6.35, G6.36(1), and G6.36(2). NOTE: Former G6.34-2 on pandemic influenza has been renumbered as G6.34-6.)
G6.34-3 Housekeeping and laundry practices
[Formerly Issued as G6.36(3) and G6.36(4); Issued as G6.34-3 February 1, 2008]
G6.34-4 Program to inform workers of the exposure control plan
[Formerly Issued as G6.38; Issued as G6.34-4 February 1, 2008]
G6.34-5 Record keeping requirements
[Formerly Issued as G6.41-2 and G6.41-3; Issued as G6.34-5 February 1, 2008]
G6.34-6 Exposure control plan - Pandemic influenza
[Issued February 8, 2007 as G6.34-2; Revised February 1, 2008 and renumbered as G6.34-6]
G6.40 Medical evaluation
[Issued August 1999; Revised February 1, 2008]
(Formerly titled Health Protection.)

Part 11 Fall Protection

G11.2-6 Fall protection during stunt work
[Issued May 9, 2006; Revised February 8, 2007; Revised February 1, 2008]

Part 14 Cranes and Hoists - Mobile cranes, boom trucks and sign trucks

G14.71 Good engineering practices
[Issued February 1, 2008]
(Replaces G14.71 Inspection and certification of mobile crane or boom truck.)

Part 14 Cranes and Hoists - Tower cranes

G14.88(5) Alternative means of jib access
[Issued February 1, 2008]

Part 30 Laboratories - General requirements

G30.9 Airflow monitoring
[Issued August 1999; Revised November 17, 2003; Editorial Revision February 1, 2008]
G30.12 Biological safety cabinets
[Issued August 1999; Editorial Revision February 1, 2008]
(Content on risk groups has been removed.)

Guidelines Removed on February 1, 2008

  • G3.16-1 Employer's responsibilities
  • Part 3 Recommended Minimum Levels of First Aid (the recommended minimum levels of first aid have been replaced with required minimum levels of first aid)
  • G6.33-1 Definitions
  • G6.33-2 Occupational exposure
  • G6.35 Risk assessment (content has been moved to G6.34-2)
  • G6.36 Controls
  • G6.36(1) Engineering and work practice controls (content has been moved to G6.34-2)
  • G6.32(2) Personal protective equipment (PPE) (content has been moved to G6.34-2)
  • G6.36(3) Housekeeping practices (content has been moved to G6.34-3)
  • G6.34(4) Work procedures for contaminated laundry (content has been moved to G6.34-3)
  • G6.36(6) Universal precautions for bloodborne pathogens
  • G6.37 Labels and identification
  • G6.37(1) General labeling requirements
  • G6.37(2) Labeling requirements for diagnostic specimens
  • G6.37(3) Labeling of small samples
  • G6.37(4) Requirements for contaminated laundry or waste material
  • G6.38 Education and training
  • G.6.39 Vaccination
  • G6.41-1 Records
  • G6.41-2 Records of exposure (content has been moved to G6.34-5)
  • G6.41-3 Records of training (content has been moved to G6.34-5)
  • G14.2-2 Alternative acceptable CSA standard - Tower cranes
  • G14.16 Certification
  • G14.71 Inspection and certification of mobile crane or boom truck (guideline replaced by G14.71 Good engineering practices)
  • G14.72 Boom inspection
  • G14.81 Tower cranes - Limit devices
  • G14.84 Overlapping tower cranes - Jib swing
  • G14.101 Construction material hoists - Hoist platform
  • G30.10 Ducting

WCB Standards changes posted on February 1, 2008

The following standards accompany regulatory amendments to the OHS Regulation that are effective February 1, 2008.

WorkSafeBC Standard 13.30 Work Platforms Supported by Lift Trucks
WorkSafeBC Standard 14.116 Chimney Hoists


Guidelines Updates for Previous Years

2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002


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