On January 1, 2016, the Workers Compensation Amendment Act (No. 2), 2015 (Bill 35) introduced a number of changes focused on expanding the role of joint occupational health and safety committees in workplace safety, and adding a new type of incident for employers to report.
The changes in Bill 35 build on the legislative changes made last year under Bill 9, which strengthened WorkSafeBC’s ability to promote and enforce workplace health and safety. Where Bill 9 added new enforcement tools for officers, Bill 35 supplements existing requirements for employers by adding additional roles and responsibilities of joint occupational health and safety committees.
The following document is a high level summary that provides an introduction and overview of the changes to the Workers Compensation Act:
You can learn more about the Bill 35 changes here or by visiting worksafebc.com.