During its October 2010 meeting, the board of directors at WorkSafeBC approved a number of amendments to British Columbia’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. These revisions, which all come into effect on February 1, 2011, include changes relating to definitions, and specific requirements for items such as guards and guardrails, protective devices and clothing, lockout, etc.

The following parts have been amended:

  • Part 1 – relating to the definition of qualified registered professional  
  • Part 4 – relating to the definition of late night hours  
  • Parts 4 and 26 – relating to avalanches  
  • Parts 1, 4 and 20 – relating to notification of utilities  
  • Part 4 – relating to wire rope guardrails and prior approval  
  • Part 8 – relating to leg protection  
  • Parts 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 23 and 31 – relating to respirator protection factors  
  • Part 9 – relating to alternate procedures  
  • Part 12 – relating to swing arm restraint  
  • Part 13 – relating to swing stages and prior permission  
  • Part 15 – relating to standards for slings  
  • Part 16 – relating to warning signal device  
  • Part 19 – relating to minimum clearance (electrical safety)  
  • Parts 5, 6 and 30 – relating to biohazardous agents  

The full amendments, including strikethroughs and explanatory notes, can be accessed via the WorkSafeBC website at:  

http://worksafebc.com/regulation_and _policy/public_hearings/june10_feedba ck/law_40_40_20.asp