Planned Inspections for Manufacturers and Food Processors in 2024
Who does this impact?
WorkSafeBC has announced that in 2024, as part of their Planned Inspections Initiative, they will be focusing inspections on the following manufacturing classification units (CUs). Historically, workers in these CUs are at higher risk for serious injury.
- 711005—Butter, Cheese, or Ice Cream Manufacture
- 711010—Fish Processing, Reduction, Canning
- 711012—Food Product Manufacture
- 711019—Poultry Processing
- 712006—Concrete Product Manufacture
- 712016—Heavy Equipment, Machinery, or Parts Manufacture or Installation (greater than 500 lb.)
- 712025—Commercial Marine Vessel Manufacture, Service and Repair
- 712027—Manufacture, or Manufacture and Installation of Structural Metal Products
- 712028—Metal Product Manufacture
- 712033—Ready Mix Concrete Manufacture and Delivery
- 712034—Sheet Metal Fabrication
- 712037—Stone or Marble Cutting, Dressing, Shaping, or Lettering, or Stone or Marble Product Manufacture
- 712038—Manufacture, or Manufacture and Installation of Structural Concrete Products
- 713008—Drug, Vitamin, or Pharmaceutical Manufacture
- 713024—Plastic or Rubber Recycling
- 714015—Planing Mill
- 714019—Pellet or Pressed Wood Product Manufacture
- 714023—Shake or Shingle Mill
- 714027—Veneer or Plywood Manufacture
- 714031—Wooden Box, Crate, Pallet, or Lath Manufacture
- 714032—Wooden Component Manufacture (not elsewhere specified)
- 714040—Manufacture, or Manufacture and Installation of Wooden Trusses
- 714042—Woodworking or Carpentry Shop
- 714044—Pulp and Paper Mill
- 715020—Glass Shop or Glass Product Manufacture (not elsewhere specified)
Top workplace risks and hazards
The primary workplace risks and hazards that prevention officers will be looking for in 2024:
- Musculoskeletal injury (MSI) risks and worker awareness of ergonomics
- Machine hazards and missing, broken, or inappropriate safeguarding
- De-energization and lockout
- Psychological safety awareness (including working alone, bullying and harassment, violence, new and young worker training, first aid, and monthly meetings)
- Occupational disease, with a highlight on asbestos; (see Initiative details for other disease hazard focus areas)
Prevention officers will evaluate an employer’s ability and efforts towards identifying hazards, implementing controls, and effective review and improvement of processes.
For more details on specific focus areas, learn more about WorkSafeBC’s:
Are you ready?
The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC has resources and support to help you strengthen your health and safety strategies in these key focus areas.
Training—Consider having your JHSC complete training in Hazard Identification, Incident Investigation, and Workplace Inspections. This will help your health and safety committee identify and recommend controls for the hazards above. MSABC also has a wealth of introductory and awareness courses that provide some basic training and information for all staff.
Specialized Services—Our experienced Safety Advisors can work with your teams to identify the gaps in existing health and safety programs. They can help you build a step-by-step action plan to ensure that your business’ health and safety responses meet the mark.
Safety Topics and Resources—Download posters and toolbox talks to help keep these workplace hazards top of mind. These resources are available free of charge and can be used in regular staff safety training or shared on-site to increase awareness.
To help you find all the associated resources, our safety topics compile resources and training related to a specific workplace hazard into one place. If you need to help figuring out where and how to start, email at ma[email protected] or call 1.604.795.9595.
The training, support, and resources you need
Expert Advisors and Assessments
Safety Topic and Resources