Spotlight Small Business

Whether you are a company of five or 25,000, employers in British Columbia have an obligation to protect the health and safety of their employees at work. The small employer health and safety online toolbox provides information on the fundamental elements of a health and safety program. Follow along the modules to stay on track with building your own occupational health and safety management system.

Program Essentials

All BC employers have an obligation to protect the health and safety of their workers. Programs essentials will provide you with the foundational building blocks of your health and safety program.
Owner/operators, workers, and contractors working at your site are responsible for their health and safety and the health and safety of each other at your place of work.
Here you will find COVID-19 health and safety tools, templates, and resources to help you develop and improve your COVID-19 safety plan.
Added April 13th, 2021
The Workers Compensation Act (the 'Act')  and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation are the laws that address worker compensation in B.C.
Updated April 19th, 2021
An OHS program should be built upon certain fundamental management principles. A commitment from leadership will help your health and safety strategy achieve the strongest results.
Added April 15th, 2021
The employer/manager/owner of all businesses in BC – regardless of their size – is responsible for the leadership of the safety and health programs.
Updated April 19th, 2021
The Workers Compensation Act requires workplaces with more than 9 workers and less than 20 workers to have a worker health and safety representative elected from those workers who do not “exercise managerial functions” at that workplace.
Added April 13th, 2021
Every workplace has many hazards to be identified, assessed, and controlled. It is important to identify all hazards in the workplace and evaluate the risks associated with these hazards to lower the risk of injury and property damage.
Updated April 19th, 2021
Employers are required to report and investigate all serious incidents and accidents in the workplace. You must report a serious injury or death of a worker to WorkSafeBC.
Added April 12th, 2021
An effective and systematic incident investigation program is a key driver to the continuous improvement of your health and safety program, policies.
Updated April 19th, 2021
Every new worker, and workers changing roles, must have adequate training before starting work and when new, unfamiliar tasks are assigned. There are many ways to conduct training.
Added April 13th, 2021
Regular workplace inspections are effective ways to identify and address workplace hazards that have the potential of causing injury or illness. 
Added April 13th, 2021

Extending your OHS program

Ready to expand your health and safety program? These modules will give you information to take your occupational health and safety management system to the next level.
Emergency preparedness
Added April 13th, 2021
Ergonomics
Added April 13th, 2021
Fatigue management
Added April 13th, 2021
Mental health
Added April 13th, 2021
Harassment and bullying
Added April 13th, 2021
Return to work
Added April 13th, 2021

Industry-specific programs and controls

Specific hazardous activities within a workplace will call for more stringent programs and procedures in order to minimize the risk to workers and others. Not all of the following activities or issues will be present in every workplace: each employer will have to determine which activities are applicable to their workplace.
Combustible dust
Added April 13th, 2021
Confined space entry
Added April 21st, 2021
Industrial storage racking
Added April 13th, 2021
Fall protection
Added April 19th, 2021
Hearing conservation
Added April 19th, 2021
Hot work
Added April 19th, 2021
Mobile equipment
Added April 19th, 2021
Radiation/x-ray safety
Added April 13th, 2021
Thermal imaging
Added April 13th, 2021
WHMIS
Added April 13th, 2021