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CHAPTER_8_OCCUPATIONAL_HEALTH_AND_SAFETY_LEGISLATION

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1 CHAPTER 8 – OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY LEGISLATION AND SAFETY LEGISLATION CHAPTER FOCUS: Review the internal responsibility system Examine health and safety duties in the workplace Consider workers’ rights including the right to refuse unsafe work, Learn about accident reporting Examine the test of due diligence.
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2 KEY FEATURES OF WORK KEY FEATURES OF WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY HEALTH AND SAFETY The focus is on prevention of workplace accidents and diseases Internal responsibility system – parties share responsibility Framework of general rights and responsibilities of the workplace is complemented by specific requirements related to particular industries All “workers,” not just employees are covered (includes independent contractors, subcontractors)
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3 KEY FEATURES CONT’D KEY FEATURES CONT’D Under the BC Workers Compensation Act workers have 3 core rights The right to participate in the health and safety process, most through joint health and safety committees The right to refuse work they believe is dangerous to themselves and another worker The right to know about potential hazards to which they may be exposed, through training and workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS)
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4 KEY FEATUES CONT’D KEY FEATUES CONT’D Penalties for violating occupational health and safety provision of fines up to $589,000 in B.C. and/or terms of imprisonment for just a first offence Occupational health and safety is administered by the Ministry of Labour and Citizens’
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5 EMPLOYERS’ DUTIES: EMPLOYERS’ DUTIES: Comply with all parts of the BC WCA, regulations and specific orders Provide and maintain in good condition protective equipment, devices, and clothing and ensure they are used Provide workers with the information, training, and supervision necessary to ensure health and safety of workers Help JHSCs and health and safety representatives carry out their duties cooperate with the BC workers compensation Board, Report accidents, injury, or illness
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