What is WorkSafeBC?

WorkSafeBC (WSBC) is an independent provincial agency dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces across British Columbia (BC). WSBC has the legal authority to enforce standards under the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation. 

WSBC provides health & safety guidance and information to help employers and employees avoid work-related injury and illness. Furthermore, they provide a no-fault insurance system to ensure fair compensation for ill or injured workers.  

What are my obligations as an employer?

Most employers have to register with WorkSafeBC and pay premiums. In return, businesses are protected from being sued for the costs of a work-related injury, disease, or fatality. These premiums fund compensation to injured workers and injury prevention activities. 

Certain sections of the OHS Regulation refer to standards developed by WorkSafeBC, these are called "WCB Standards”. These standards require employers to fulfill certain duties, such as conducting workplace inspections and eliminating health and safety hazards. 

To ensure employers are abiding by the law set out by the OHS Regulation, the WSBC helps employers detect hazards and WSBC officers conduct workplace inspections. If employers fail to comply with the OHS Regulation, officers can impose fines, penalties or prosecute them. 

Support for Your Business

Peninsula is dedicated to providing ongoing health & safety support to British Columbia’s small business owners and we can provide expert advice through our helpline. Peace of mind is just a short call away: 1 (833) 247-3652.

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