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1 Workplace Safety and YOU (A brief overview of Rights and Responsibilities) Presented to UVic – ECE (Dr. H. Kwok, Professor) By Denise K. Peters Employers’ Advisers Office Compensation Advisory Services, Ministry of Labour  2012 Employers’ Advisers Office. All rights reserved. The Employers’ Advisers Office encourages the copying, reproduction and distribution for Employer or Employee use of this document. However, no part of this document may be copied, reproduced, or distributed for profit or other commercial enterprise, nor may any part be incorporated into any other publication, without written permission of the Provincial Government of British Columbia.

2 Agenda Introduction to EAO, WAO & WSBC General Responsibilities under the Act & Regulations Part New and Young Worker Part 10 – De-Engerization and Lockout Part 19 – Electrical Safety Resources

3 The Employers’ Advisers Office What is the EAO mandate? How can we help? What do we cost? How do you contact us? How do you contact the WAO?

4 Safety As An Issue Legal Responsibility Moral Responsibility

5 Provincial Statistics In British Columbia in fatalities = average of 2.75 workers killed per week 44,830 accepted health care claims 47,006 accepted short-term disability claims 3,684 accepted long-term disability claims (Source: WorkSafeBC)

6 Provincial Statistics For New and Young Workers (15-24 years old) For each working day, 46 hurt on the job For every week, 3 permanently injured In 2007, 6 killed in work related accidents Represent more than half of all serious injuries and fatalities Accidents/Injuries typically occur within first 6 months on the job (- 20% within first month on the job) Males account for 3 out of 4 young worker claims or chance of injury: 1 out every 21 young male workers (Source: WorkSafeBC)

7 Who is Responsible for Safety in the Workplace? (Group Exercise)

8 Prevention WorkSafeBC is the governing body for OH&S All workers unless under other jurisdictions Mandate – Section 111 of the Act Officers- enforce and educate (Act, Regulations, Policies)

9 Responsibilities under the Act Employers (s.115) Workers (s.116) Supervisors (s.117) Prime Contractors (s.118) Owners (s.119) Suppliers (s.120) Directors & officers of corporations (s.121)

10 Worker’s Rights and Responsibilities Take every reasonable precaution to protect self AND those persons who may be affected by your actions or omissions Comply with Act and Regulations Follow safe work procedures, wear PPE, no horseplay Ensure ability to work is not “impaired” Report to supervisor/employer contraventions of above Cooperate with JOHSC (Wr Rep) and Board

11 Definitions “Supervisor” – A person who instructs, directs, and controls workers in the performance of their duties WorkSafeBC OH&S Regulations

12 Taking every reasonable care in the circumstances in the circumstances to protect the health and safety of the worker safety of the worker What is Due Diligence

13 Due Diligence Is NOT: Ignorance of the law Believing the law does not apply Economic considerations Relying on workers past training and experience “I don’t have time to baby-sit” “He/she should have known” Existence of an elaborate set of safety rules and procedures

14 Due Diligence is NOT:

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17 The Cornerstones of Due Diligence and Knowing Rights and Responsibilities Instruction Supervision Information Training

18 In your workplace you need to: Ask which tasks have safe work procedures that workers must follow? Ask to be trained in safe work procedures Ask if a written safe work procedure is available (where is it and may I get a copy?) Ask who is my supervisor?

19 Indirect Responsibilities OH&S Committee Safety Coordinator Human Resources Labour Unions WorkSafeBC Other Jurisdictions Some may have regulatory power

20 The Rights and Responsibilities Program - Online, self paced, interactive, curriculum-based; - Builds on Student WorkSafe Planning 10 – elective program offered in Grade 11 and Has supplemental video – The Supervisor * Warning: Many videos contain graphic scenes and profanity. Viewer discretion is advised.

21 Some Rights and Responsibilities under the Regulations Part 3.12 – Right to Refuse Part New and Young Worker (includes accident reporting) Part 10 – De-Engerization and Lockout Part 19 – Electrical Safety

22 Other Responsibilities under the Regulations (cont’d) Impairment by alcohol, drug or other substance (s. 4.20) Improper Activity or Behaviour (s. 4.24) Prohibition Improper Conduct (s. 4.25) Investigation of Improper Conduct (s. 4.26)

23 Accident Reporting, Investigation & Inspection Immediate notice of certain accidents (s. 172) Incidents that must be investigated (s. 173) Investigation process (s. 174) Improve effectiveness of OSH program (r. 3.3)

24 Prevention WorkSafeBC is the governing body for OH&S All workers unless under other jurisdictions Mandate – Section 111 of the Act Officers- enforce and educate (Act, Regulations, Policies)

25 Prevention - Enforcement Board officers also: Issue a warning letter Apply an administrative penalty Charge claims cost Recommend Prosecution

26 Defense of Due Diligence – A person is not guilty of an offence if the person proves that the person exercised due diligence to prevent the commission of the offence – A worker is not guilty of an offence if the worker proves that the offence was committed as a result of instructions given by employer or supervisor despite the worker’s objection – Evidence of precautions taken to prevent particular occurrence is also required

27 Questions to Ask Yourself Do you know your rights and responsibilities? Are there systems in place to identify & control hazards? Has safety been integrated into all aspects of your work? Do you know your JOHSC (or Wr) representatives?

28 More Questions (cont’d) What are your assigned/specific health and safety responsibilities? Have you had training in these responsibilities ? How will you be held accountable for health and safety responsibilities?

29 Summary Working safely is something you do before, during and after there is an incident Working safely is an ongoing process that requires information, instruction, training and supervision Due Diligence is the most common defense used for violations

30 Resources Workers Compensation Act (Revised) Occupational Health & Safety Regulation available for purchase from: Crown Publications (250) or Prevention Manual Regulation Guidelines available for purchase from: Aramark or /wao

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