Registration Opening May 2018

Go ahead and mark your calendars for November 5 & 6, 2018.
The conference times will be between 7:00 am and 4:30 pm both days.
The registration forms and agenda will be online in May.

Cost per person will be $260 and includes continental breakfast and lunch each day.

Why attend?

This conference offers the opportunity for employees to meet the legal requirement for annual training related to occupational health and safety committees.

Employers have a legal and moral responsibility to provide appropriate and up-to-date safety training for their employees. The type and required training will vary depending on the jobs.

For companies that are required to have a safety representative or joint occupational health & safety committee, the laws are very specific as to what is required each year.

For individuals, you should think of your own health, those of your colleagues and most especially your family and friends. Having the right training will help you be safe on the job, which also helps protect those who work around you. An untrained persona can and often does, endanger their fellow employees. Then there’s your family. They want you to come home. They want Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa to be there. The help them, to support them to teach them.

Here are a few excerpts from WorkSafeBC that might help. Remember as an employer or supervisor you are responsible. You must do your due diligence to keep your staff safe.

OHS Committee members:

Mandatory training

The requirements for mandatory training are different for joint committee members and worker health and safety representatives.

Joint committees

All joint committee members selected on or after April 3, 2017 must receive eight hours of training and instruction on the following topics:

  • The duties and functions of a joint committee
  • The rules of procedure of the joint committee
  • The requirements around conducting incident investigations
  • The requirements around conducting regular workplace inspections, and how to make regular inspections
  • The requirements around responding to a refusal of unsafe work
  • The requirements for annually evaluating the joint committee

Annual education leave

All joint health and safety committee members and worker health and safety representatives are entitled to eight hours of leave per year to attend occupational health and safety training courses run or approved by WorkSafeBC. For information on courses near you, contact local OHS training providers. OHS courses are considered acceptable if the employer follows a reasonable process of assessing the training needs of committee members and selects appropriate training programs.

The Federal Government also has laws pertaining to an employers responsibility

Westray Bill (Bill C-45)

The Westray bill or Bill C-45 was federal legislation that amended the Canadian Criminal Code and became law on March 31, 2004. The Bill (introduced in 2003) established new legal duties for workplace health and safety, and imposed serious penalties for violations that result in injuries or death. The Bill provided new rules for attributing criminal liability to organizations, including corporations, their representatives and those who direct the work of others.

NOTE: The Canadian federal government reuses bill numbers. Currently Bill C-45 is being used to announce Act(s) respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts.

Sections of the Criminal Code

The amendment added Section 217.1 to the Criminal Code which reads:

“217.1 Every one who undertakes, or has the authority, to direct how another person does work or performs a task is under a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to that person, or any other person, arising from that work or task.”

The amendment also added Sections 22.1 and 22.2 to the Criminal Code imposing criminal liability on organizations and its representatives for negligence (22.1) and other offences (22.2).

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