SAFETY TRAINING BC BRITISH COLUMBIA VANCOUVER
Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminster, Langley, Delta, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, White Rock, Mission, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Whistler, Hope, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Kelowna, Prince George, Kamloops, Victoria, Langford, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
In British Columbia, BC; employers are responsible for providing worker instruction and training under section 21 of the Workers Compensation Act. The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation also requires mandatory worker education, training, and/or certification in many cases. Where specified in the Regulation, education, training, and certification must meet an acceptable training standard, or be provided by a person or agency acceptable to WorkSafeBC.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO PROVIDE SAFETY TRAINING TO YOUR EMPLOYEES AND SUPERVISORS IN BC?
Safety training for your employees and supervisors isn't just a good idea; but also the law in BC. WorkSafeBC regulations require that all employees and supervisors go through formal training in areas that pose a risk to their health and safety based on the job tasks. Adequate safety training helps workers understand their rights, gives an overview of specific job hazards to which they may be exposed and helps them to be able to protect against those hazards from injuries, sickness or death. Your employees should demonstrate and continue to demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter. Safety Training in BC also applies to managers, supervisors and business owner. For example, if a Supervisor is directing someone on how to operate a forklift safely but have never operated a forklift themselves, then how can they be deemed as a Supervisor?
THE RIGHT TO KNOW
One of the three rights all workers have in BC is the RIGHT TO KNOW. The right to know means that as an employee, you have the right to be informed by the employer of known or likely hazards in the workplace, and to be provided with the information, instructions, education, training, and supervision necessary to protect your health and safety. All employees, managers and supervisors in BC have the right to practice the Right to Know legal right and no employer, by law, can punish an employee for practicing this right in the workplace.
WHO PROVIDES APPROVED SAFETY TRAINING IN BC?
Currently in BC, the following classroom and online health and safety training providers are acceptable to government authorities:
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ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BC
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TYPES OF TRAINING
Safety training BC in the workplace can be provided to employees by either classroom sessions with an instructor or through online safety training. Employers in BC must document all training courses. Creating a training course matrix will help keep track of who has been trained, when they were trained, the training topic, and when it is time for refresher training. Employees must also sign an official sign-in sheet provided by the employer that can serve as proof that employees received proper safety training. The sign in sheet must have a broad description of what is being covered in the training. Tests or quizzes on the presented material can help gauge employee understanding of the material and highlight topics that need to be reviewed. Training in the workplace must also be provided in the language that is most commonly spoken by the employees.
An effective safety training program can reduce the number of injuries, sicknesses and deaths, property damage, legal liability, illnesses, workers' compensation claims, and missed time from work. An effective safety training program can also help a trainer keep the required WorkSafeBC-mandated safety training courses organized and up-to-date. Safety training classes help establish a safety culture in which employees themselves help promote proper safety procedures while on the job. It is important that new employees be properly trained and embrace the importance of workplace safety as it is easy for seasoned workers to negatively influence the new hires.
Workers of all ages can be injured at work, but young and new workers may be more at risk. Injuries, illnesses and death can result from inadequate training, orientation, and supervision; inexperience; and lack of awareness of workplace rights and responsibilities. The WorkSafeBC Regulations defines a "young worker" as any worker under age 25. A "new worker" can be any age and includes those who are new to the workplace or location, or facing new hazards.
Typical reasons why young and new workers are injured, deemed sick or killed in the workplace include:
WHAT TRAINING IS MANDATORY IN BC FOR EMPLOYEES?
The following safety training in BC is mandatory for all employees and supervisors regardless of your industry:
Employee Safety Orientations
First Aid Training
Bullying and Harassment
Joint Health and Safety Committee Training BC (20 or more employees)
Bloodborne Pathogens and COVID 19
Supervisor Due Diligence
And then depending on your industry, the following construction safety training courses may also apply to your business:
Confined Space Entry
Asbestos Awareness Training