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Overview

In the province of British Columbia employers with a workforce greater than twenty workers and at least one workplace with moderate to high risk of injury are required to implement a formal occupational health and safety program. Legal requirements for an OHS program are described in the Workers Compensation Act (WCA or the Act) and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR or the Regulation).

The Act defines WorkSafeBC as having jurisdiction and authority to inspect workplaces, issue orders and inflict penalties. In addition, the rights and responsibilities of employers and their workers with respect to health and safety are explained. Refer to Part 3, sections 106-230 for additional details.

The Regulation outlines the general requirements of employers, workers and others present at the workplace in addition to those of the workplace themselves. There are three types of Regulation requirements.

  • Core Requirements (Parts 1-4)
  • Hazard Related Requirements (Parts 5-9)
  • Specific Industry or Task Requirements (Parts 20-23)

The following document outlines the Occupational Health and Safety Program and related policies of the BC Conservation Foundation.