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Line A: Safe Work Practices Competency: A-2 Describe WorkSafeBC Regulations

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Description: In most provinces, one or more agencies are responsible for safe, healthful working environments at job sites. These organizations normally have names such as the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) or the Occupational Health and Safety Department. WorkSafeBC is the provincial organization that promotes workplace health and safety for workers and employers in BC. When a work-related injury, disease, or death occurs, WorkSafeBC collaborates with those involved to provide return-to-work rehabilitation, health-care benefits, compensation, and a range of other services. WorkSafeBC also consults with and educates employers and workers on safe work practices. This includes monitoring workplaces within its jurisdiction. The following list of lines and competencies was generated with the goal of creating an entry-level trades training resource, while still offering the flexibility for lines to be used as stand-alone books. Line A Books include: A-1 Control Workplace Hazards, A-2 Describe WorkSafeBC Regulations, A-3 Handle Hazardous Materials Safely, A-4 Describe Personal Safety Practices, A-5 Describe Fire Safety. Special thanks to CAPER-BC ( for creating the audio recording for each Competency.

Author: Camosun College

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Line A: Safe Work Practices Competency: A-2 Describe WorkSafeBC Regulations by Camosun College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

1. Reviewed by: Laurie Lowes
  • Institution: Langara College
  • Title/Position: Instructor
  • Overall Rating: 4.4 out of 5
  • Date:
  • License: Creative Commons License

Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

Yes like the way the book is laid out compelling students to log onto the WorkSafeBC website and search the Act for their answers

Comprehensiveness Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

The following questions/answers from the self test are incorrect or vague

Self Test 1 - Question 4
4. It is the worker’s responsibility to be familiar with the Workers Compensation Act.
Answer Key indicates correct answer is: A). TRUE

ERROR: The ACT (See excerpt below) does not state it is the workers responsibility to be familiar with the Act.

Workers must work safely, and should encourage their co-workers to do the same. An important component of a worker's responsibility for his or her own safety is to ask for training if he or she is unsure about the hazards of their job or how to safely perform a work task.
Responsibilities of workers set out under section 116 of the Act include
Taking reasonable care to protect his or her health and safety and the health and safety of others
Following safe work procedures
Using appropriate personal protective equipment (ppe)
Not engaging in horseplay or other hazardous conduct
Ensuring that their ability to work is not impaired by alcohol, drugs, or other causes
Reporting to his or her supervisor or employer unsafe conditions and contraventions of the Act or Regulation
Co-operating with prevention officers
Workers may not be disciplined for refusing to perform a task that they have reasonable cause to believe is dangerous. A supervisor or worker has the right to refuse unsafe work and the employer should advise them of that right.

Who is responsible for ensuring workers are aware of their rights and duties under the Act? Answer: THE EMPLOYER

Self Test 3 - Question 1
1. Who is responsible for a worker’s safe behaviour?
Answer Key indicates correct answer is: A) Worker
It is a bad question because there are multiple correct answers: Arguably the Worker (answer B) is responsible for their own behaviour however the Supervisor (answer D) is also responsible for the workers behaviour as is the Employer (Answer C)
See WCA under 115 General duties of employers, 116 General duties of workers, 117 General duties of supervisors

Self Test 4- Question 1
1. How soon must an employer report a worker’s injury to WorkSafeBC?
Answer key states correct answer is C Within 72 Hours
Answer is vagus and question is not good: The 72 Hour requirement is a WorkSafeBC requirement not the WCB ACT HOWEVER serious injuries must be reported immediately which is part of the ACT

172 Immediate notice of certain accidents
(1) An employer must immediately notify the Board of the occurrence of any accident that
(a) resulted in serious injury to or the death of a worker,
(b) involved a major structural failure or collapse of a building, bridge, tower, crane, hoist, temporary construction support system or excavation,
(c) involved the major release of a hazardous substance,
(c.1) involved a fire or explosion that had a potential for causing serious injury to a worker, or
(d) was an incident required by regulation to be reported.

A BETTER QUESTION WOULD BE: When must a serious injury be report? Answer: Immediately

Content Accuracy Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

It is prefect for being up to date indefinitely as all references refer to the WokSafeBC website. Only Self Test questionss may require an update

Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

It is well written and easy to understand

Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

No concerns

Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

Very easy and simple to read

Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

Good flow simple to follow

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

No concerns

Interface Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

Could be the way the document downloaded however several spelling errors and Font errors noted:

Page 4: In the forward there is part of a word missing OER are defi ????

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Page5: Index Line D-3 word is missing letters
Line D – Organizational Skills
• D-3 Read Drawings and Specifi tions

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Line E – Electrical Fundamentals
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Page 7: In the Contents word is incomplete Defi...
Learning Task 1: Defi terms used in the Workers Compensation Act 11

Page 9: Under Objectives two words missing letters (defi and benefi)
When you have completed the Learning Tasks in this Competency, you should be able to:
• defi terms used in the Workers Compensation Act

• describe the conditions under which compensation will be paid and the benefi available

Top of page 11-31 Font is mixed: COMpETENCy A-2: DESCRibE WORkSAfEbC REgulATiONS lEARNiNg TASk 1

Page 11: two words missing letters (defi and benefi); Definitions in the Act
At the start of the WCA, there is a section dedicated to defi this ensures that the reader has a reference to the context of specific terms used within the document. If a word is not
defi in this section, then the regular dictionary defi applies.

Page 12: Word missing letters (Defi)
Self-Test 1
1. What is the defi of a “regulation” according to the Workers Compensation Act?

Page 13: Word missing letters
The assessed rate is based on the industry classifi tion and the company’s past history.

Page 15: The word benefi is missing letters in several spots

Page 16 two words missing letters Classifi and benefi
c. Industry classifi tion, a company’s history, and employee’s earnings
5. Which of the following activities could result in the suspension of benefi

Page 27 several words missing letters
1. Defi
12. Tools, Machinery and Equipm ent
31. Firefi ting

Page 28: • two words msiing letters Specif and Benefi
Parts 20–34: Industry/Activity-Specifi Requirements deal with specific industries or specific hazardous activities
However, in some situations it can be more diffi to determine that the worker has reasonable cause to believe there is an undue hazard.

Page 28: Two spelling errors: interpet and regualations
Using the OHS Regulation
It is important that a worker can locate and interpet regualations that deal with situations that commonly arise in the trades.

Page 29 Word missing letters
c. Organized Health Specifi tions

Page 30: Word missing letters
1. c. Industry classifi tion, a company’s history, and employee’s earnings

Grammar Rating: 1 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

No concerns

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

With corrections I highly recommenced this book, great learning tool.