Organization looking for feedback on proposals
WorkSafeBC will be holding a virtual public hearing on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation to be streamed live on Sept. 30, 2020.
The hearing will be streamed in two sessions, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Details on how to view or participate in the virtual public hearing will be posted on this webpage and communicated by enews by September 1, 2020.
To be discussed in the hearing are:
- Part 6 – Restricted entry intervals for pesticide application
- Part 8 – High visibility apparel
- Part 8 – Safety headgear (This item is currently out for public consultation and will be added prior to the public hearing)
- Part 16 – Mobile equipment
- Part 18 – Traffic control
- Part 21 – Blasting operations
WorkSafeBC is also welcoming feedback on the proposals either by written submissions or by participating in the virtual public hearing. All feedback received will be presented to WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors for their consideration.
The public consultation phase is separate from the public hearing process. Those who provided comments during the consultation, can make another submission on the proposed changes.
Details on providing feedback are available here.
British Columbia recently announced it is extending federal employment insurance exemptions and the provincial temporary crisis supplement to help ensure people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors will continue to have access to the supports they need during the pandemic.
The province also provided funding for the Okanagan communities to help with the annual arrival of seasonal fruit pickers and to better protect workers’, employers’ and communities’ health and safety with respect to COVID-19.