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.

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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.
The Workers Compensation Act (the 'Act')  and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation are the laws that address worker compensation in B.C.
Communicable disease prevention resources (for COVID-19, flu, and other illness) In Step 3 and beyond of the BC Restart Plan (as of July 1, 2021), except where mandated by Public Health, B.C. businesses are no longer required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. In place of the formal COVID-19 plan, you need a communicable disease […]
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.
The employer/manager/owner of all businesses in BC – regardless of their size – is responsible for the leadership of the safety and health programs.
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.
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.
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.
An effective and systematic incident investigation program is a key driver to the continuous improvement of your health and safety program, policies.
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.
Regular workplace inspections are effective ways to identify and address workplace hazards that have the potential of causing injury or illness. 

Grow 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.

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

Combustible dust is a fine material that, when mixed with air and in the right concentration, has the ability to catch fire and explode.