Emergent bulletins are distributed to all school districts as issues arise. Some are more reference based for practitioners, others more time sensitive for both trustees and district staff.
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WorkSafeBC (WSBC) has amended Section 3.12 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. This section outlines a worker’s rights to refuse unsafe work. The regulation directs a person not to perform any work if they have reasonable cause to believe doing so would create an undue hazard to the health and safety of any person.
The new amendments include additional requirements for the employer around assigning refused work to another worker. As of Aug. 22, 2022, employers must not require or permit another worker to do refused work unless:
- the matter has been resolved as outlined in the regulation, or
- the employer has, in writing, advised the other worker of the following:
- the refusal
- the unsafe condition reported
- the reasons why the task would not create an undue hazard
- their right to refuse unsafe work
Read more on this issue in the BCPSEA OHS bulletin.
Understanding the WSBC Regulatory Development Process Steps
- Regulatory Amendment Initiation – identifying specific key issues, SMEs and further data required.
- Pre-Consulation – a pre-consultation session with a small number of external stakeholders to receive feedback on the draft regulatory amendments.
- Public Consultation – The draft regulatory amendments, along with explanatory notes, are published on the WorkSafeBC website for review and comment.
- Public Hearing – draft amendments are made public and stakeholders are provided with another opportunity to comment
- Board of Director (BOD) Decision – WSBC presents the feedback received during the public hearings to the BOD and requests approval for the proposed amendments
- Post-Decision – If the regulatory amendments are approved, the regulations are deposited with the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, Ministry of the Attorney General.
Amendments to Employment Standards Act: Paid Personal Illness or Injury Leave
Changes – General Paid Leave: Asymptomatic Employees
Distribution of BCTF FSA Pamphlets
The Workplace Violence Prevention Working Group is pleased to announce that it has concluded its main objective of providing school districts with tools, new and revised, that will support the workplace violence prevention process. The collaborative working group is comprised of representatives from CUPE, BCTF, BCPVPA, BCSSA, SSABC, BCPSEA, WorkSafeBC as well as occupational health and safety personnel representing rural and urban school districts. The tools are now available to the K-12 sector on the Occupational Health and Safety section of the BCPSEA website.
The Working Group tools can be found at the following BCPSEA OHS Resources and Tools page.
Amendments to Employment Standards Act: Paid Sick Leave
Proposed Amendments to Employment Standards Act Introduced: COVID-19 Leave — Paid Leaves for Vaccination
Layoffs — Legislative Requirements