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May 17, 2023

Engaging workers in health & safety

Ensuring your workers are represented and engaged contributes to a healthier and safer workplace. Have a conversation about safety with your team, build on their input, and make sure they feel heard.

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What's new

Regulatory update

  • On May 1, amendments to the Workers Compensation Act took effect, establishing a fair practices commissioner.
  • On May 11, one OHS Guideline was updated related to radiation and reproductive hazards.

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Updated resource

My Health & Safety Resources (resource finder tool)

New incident investigation report summaries

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Product recalls

Stanley FATMAX and DEWALT Fiberglass Sledgehammers recalled due to impact injury hazard

Black Diamond Equipment Recon LT Avalanche Transceiver recalled due to risk of a signal transmission failure during emergencies

Safety spotlight

Keeping young workers healthy and safe on the job

Talking to young workers about health and safety in the workplace — and providing proper training and orientation — helps to keep everyone safe in the workplace. Young workers should know the hazards and common injuries at their workplace, and should know how to talk to their supervisor if something feels unsafe.

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Planning work around high-voltage equipment? “Plan for 10.”

Work near high-voltage electrical equipment or conductors must be carefully planned and carried out to prevent worker contact with electricity. Ensure workers, materials, and equipment are a minimum of 10 feet (3 metres) from high-voltage lines.

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Reducing violence in the workplace

Violence incidents in the workplace have increased 25 percent in the last 5 years. WorkSafeBC is reminding employers of their obligations to protect workers from violence in the workplace.

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Actsafe webinar — June 9

Slips, trips, and falls are the most common incidents in the arts and entertainment industry, accounting for 20 percent of all claims. Register for this free webinar to learn how to prevent these incidents.

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Drive safely in the Cone Zone

Slow down to help keep workers safe in the hundreds of work zones that will be set up around B.C. this summer. Visit to find information and download free resources.

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Speaking of Safety blog

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