Every Day, Every Shift, Everyone Goes Home Safe at Copper Mountain

Safety is vital in an environment that involves huge vehicles and large-scale operations. At Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, the safety value says it all: “Every day, every shift, everyone goes home safe.”

Mining has been important to BC’s economy since the Oregon Treaty of 1846. Mining at Copper Mountain (formerly Allenby Mountain) began soon after, with underground mining from 1923 until 1957. After intermittent operations under different companies, the mine closed in 1996.

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation acquired the mine in 2006 and after developing new infrastructure, began production in 2011. The Copper Mountain Mine near Princeton in southern BC is the company’s flagship. The company recently announced, based on current mineral reserves, that the mine’s life has been extended by 32 years.

The company puts safety at the forefront. Health and Safety Manager Jeff  Zmurchyk led the company’s safety program to COR accreditation in 2021. He became passionate and learned about occupational health and safety in an indirect but relevant way. He learned about injuries playing and coaching Junior hockey, about emergency response as a firefighter, and about preventing injuries through nine years in health and safety in the mining industry.

Zmurchyk joined Copper Mountain in 2020. The company was adopting fresh perspectives and implementing new processes fundamental to improving safety, including the visible felt leadership approach that sees management commit to being in the field with workers. There is no “us and them”; managers spend time with their teams, learning what they do, how they stay safe, and ensuring they have the right tools.

Big Trucks and Other Stuff

About 500 personnel work at the Copper Mountain site. Equipment includes: a mechanical loader that was once the largest in the world, 4 hydraulic shovels, 5 rotary drills, 28 220-tonne haulage trucks that weigh 1 million pounds (454 tons) fully loaded, and a fleet of support equipment—bulldozers, front-end loaders, trucks, cranes. It’s easy to imagine the safety hazards involved. An operation that uses huge machines and blasts rock needs to focus on safety without making any compromises, and Copper Mountain does that.

Safety First

The company’s health and safety practice includes a culture of empowerment. From the top down, everyone sees safety as part of the workday. Open two-way communication is among Copper Mountain’s values. The communication strategy includes messages sent out with payroll or to cell phones and e-blasts with health and safety advisories. It also includes safety bulletins, toolbox talks, and monthly safety meetings for each of the 20 crews. Zmurchyk attends every meeting to hear from workers.

The company gives each individual incentives and targets for quarters with no lost time injuries (LTI). Although their safety record is stellar, Copper Mountain is always looking for more ways to improve and incentivize safety. The company uses the total injury frequency (TIF) rate to measure their safety success. A TIF rate is the number of LTI, recordable and non-recordable medical aids, and first aids per 200,000 hours worked. The TIF rate at the Copper Mountain Mine in 2021 was 17.

A particularly important part of the company’s safety protocol is emergency preparedness. Emergency response is handled on-site on the sprawling 6,200-hectare mine. Mine rescue team members are part of each crew so they are able to launch a coordinated response anywhere on the mine site. Rescue teams are responsible for all types of rescues—fire, rope, water—and regularly take part in mine rescue and first aid competitions. Zmurchyk notes that the team embraces safety and the mine “has people lined up to participate” in the competitions.

Toward Sustainable Mining

Copper Mountain is justifiably proud of its safety practice as well as its sustainable mining efforts, which are on track to become net zero by 2035. In 2021, it earned an AA rating under the Mining Association of Canada’s Toward Sustainable Mining standards, exceeding its goal of an A rating. Another sustainability priority is the company’s commitment to land reclamation, with a target to restore 25 hectares per year for the next 10 years. In 2021, the company planted 4,800 trees and 11,700 shrubs in the Wolf Creek Realignment area. One year after reclamation began, wildlife is returning to the area.

Of particular interest in mining sustainability is Copper Mountain’s innovative Trolly Assist system, which helps haulage trucks up a 1-km ramp using BC Hydro electricity. The trucks have pantographs—framework much like the equipment that provides current to streetcars from overhead wires. Hydro-electricity is a cleaner source of power than diesel and reduces the amount of diesel used to ascend the ramp from 35 litres to 1. And the trolley trucks make the climb twice as fast as diesel-only trucks.

Copper Mountain’s attention to safety and commitment to sustainability are as big as their giant trucks!

Caring and Respect Drive the Safety Practice at Coastal Transportation & Storage Ltd.

Safety is an organic process at Coastal Transportation & Storage Ltd., developed within a family environment through mutual respect and genuine caring for employees and clients.

Craig Skene, company president, comes from a family of business owners, so it’s in his DNA to start his own company. After several years in the transportation industry, he had the opportunity to buy the refrigerated side of Comox Moving & Storage and jumped in with both feet in 2008.

In 2012, Skene brought Cole Logan into the company as the operations manager; they had met as volunteer firefighters, so a safety culture was already a familiar part of their work ethic. It was Logan who devised the company’s motto: Getting there when others can’t. CTS goes to the smaller communities and along the difficult routes where many providers won’t deliver. They have developed a stellar reputation for safety, prompt service, and client satisfaction.

Coastal Transportation & Storage (CTS) is based in Comox Valley where they operate a 10,000 sq ft warehouse that includes a 3,000 sq ft freezer, 5,000 sq ft cooler, and a 2,500 sq ft ambient tempered section. It provides LTL (less than truckload) and TL (truckload) delivery service, as well as insulated container rentals, on Vancouver Island and the Northern Gulf Islands, including Powell River. They also serve some areas of the mainland, where they work with third-party distributors.

Skene began CTS with five employees; today there are 34. They operate 42 pieces of equipment including 24 power units and 18 trailers, among them HIAB trucks. Cross docking gives them flexibility in supporting clients, allowing them to deliver a large load to a central storage location where clients can access their goods for convenient transport to their business locations.

By 2019, the company had grown and qualified as a large employer. They hired full-time administration staff and began working toward COR certification, which they attained in 2021. Even before they began working toward COR, safety was at the forefront of CTS operations.

At CTS, safety is not a process or program; it is a value. Skene observes that it ensures everyone goes home to their families at the end of the day. And CTS has a reputation for being a family-oriented company where concern for team members is the order of the day. The safety manager and staff are always on the lookout for opportunities to improve safety, such as adding more lights to the yard or ensuring everyone is aware of slip/fall hazards in the freezer and cooler.

There is active safety management on the floor to ensure situations don’t become hazards. Skene maintains an open-door policy with the team—anyone can bring a safety concern or any matter to him. They communicate safety with the team through occupational health and safety (OHS) meetings and a regular company-wide email called the Blurb. Team members are reminded of the importance of safety and of OHS policies and procedures, especially the importance of reporting issues. The safety manager ensures every new hire gets an orientation that includes safety matters, such as using a safety jack properly. There may be new initiatives in the future to incentivize safety practice, but their current approach works well.

As Logan says, “actions speak louder than words.” The goal is always to keep each other safe; it pays off in a safe shop, a happy team, and a good reputation among clients. In fact, Logan notes that, when they commissioned an in-house survey of employee satisfaction, the examiner commented that he’d never seen such a high rating. Embracing the family model makes CTS a good place to work and ensures accident-free days.

The culture of caring pervades CTS from their safety practice to philanthropy. They support many local charities, including YANA (You are Not Alone), which helps families who need to travel to access medical treatment; youth groups; hospital charities; volunteer fire fighters; and a range of fund-raisers.

2021 Certificate of Recognition (COR) Achievement of Excellence Award Announcement

SafetyDriven Announces 2021 COR Industry Award Winners

SafetyDriven- Trucking Safety Council of BC (TSCBC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Certificate of Recognition Achievement of Excellence award for 2021.

The Health and Safety Certificate of Recognition (COR) recognizes and rewards employers who implement and maintain an occupational health and safety management system that meets or exceeds the requirements for COR certification. By providing best practices for an efficient operation, COR enables companies to minimize risk to their operations and financial viability.

Companies who achieve COR- which involves standards for documentation, participation in training, an internal review process, and an on-site audit- are eligible for a 10 percent rebate on the previous year’s WorkSafeBC premiums.

SafetyDriven is a certifying partner for the transportation and warehousing sectors on behalf of WorkSafeBC, the body that issues the certification. The program is voluntary and all employers in BC are eligible to participate through their aligned certifying partner. Employers who are interested in the COR program are encouraged to enquire with WorkSafeBC or SafetyDriven regarding their eligibility.

“This year’s winners have achieved a significant level of excellence through their safety standards,” said Earl Galavan, SafetyDriven’s COR Manager. “They’ve not only met COR requirements but have also raised the bar even higher when it comes to implementing a safety program that keeps employees safe.

“These companies have embraced continuous improvement in their Safety Management System which requires much effort and dedication, and for that SafetyDriven is honoured to present them with this award.”

COR Achievement of Excellence recipients for 2021 are:

  • AFD Petroleum
  • Ball & Son Trucking Ltd.
  • Coastal Transportation and Storage Ltd.
  • ColdFront
  • Copper Mountain Mining Corporation
  • EV Logistics
  • Hollywood Trucking Ltd.
  • Transnet Carrier Ltd.

Coastal Transportation and Storage Ltd. is also presented with the Best Overall Large Employer COR Award for 2021.

Congratulations to all of the winners! Learn more about SafetyDriven’s COR Program here. For more information on each of the winners, continue reading below.

AFD Petroleum

Established in 1989, AFD Petroleum is an independent supplier of bulk fuel, lubricants, and on-site tank storage systems to companies across western Canada and Alaska. They offer efficient, state-of-the-art delivery systems, on-site fuel and oil tank storage systems, accurate online satellite tank level monitoring, a well-equipped project management team, and more. Their reputation for working with clients to understand and overcome the unique challenges they face is well earned and well deserved. Meeting the challenge of acquiring COR was a logical next step in their growth.

Ball & Son Trucking Ltd.

This local-family owned company has been in business for 5 years. They highly value the safety and wellness of their employees, and through hard work and diligence acquired COR.

Coastal Transportation and Storage Ltd.

Coastal Transportation & Storage provides LTL and TL delivery service on Vancouver Island. They pride themselves on customer service and ‘getting there when others can’t’.  Coastal Transportation and Storage specializes in serving not only the North Island but also their community through multiple sponsorships and charitable donations.  Developing a program to meet COR was a challenge they gladly accepted.

ColdFront

For over 50 years ColdFront has been British Columbia’s dealer providing temperature control equipment, parts and service to the transportation industry.  They have grown into sales, service, and repair of Carrier, Transicold, and Webasto equipment for trucks, trailers, and railcars.  Acquiring COR was just the next step in ColdFront’s quest for excellence.

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation

Copper Mountain Mine is located near Princeton produces over 100 million pounds of copper equivalent per year.  Copper Mountain Mining Corporation invests in the local communities with most of their workforce hired locally. They also offer several successful training and development programs, including 13 apprenticeship programs supporting various disciplines. Understanding the power of a knowledgeable and engaged workforce made acquiring COR an obvious choice.

EV Logistics

EV Logistics is one of the largest logistics employers in the Fraser Valley with over 650 employees.  Distributing fresh, frozen, and ambient temperature grocery products to retail stores across Western Canada from two distinct distribution centers is a challenge.  EV Logistics meets that challenge by being dedicated to delivering a safe and healthy work environment.  They are tremendously proud of their team’s commitment to safety excellence which resulted in achieving their COR.

Hollywood Trucking Ltd.

Hollywood Trucking Ltd. provides heavy haul and transportation services within BC. With two trucks, a pilot truck, a 60-ton lowbed and even a CAT excavator, they are prepared to be your go to service provider. Striving to provide safe and reliable service to their customers meant that getting COR was a natural for them.

Transnet Carrier Ltd.

Transnet Carrier provides freight, courier, flatbed, and Hiab crane services from Whistler to Hope, including Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.  With a focus on serving their customers to the best of their abilities, it is no wonder that getting COR was part of their growth.

Health and Safety Survey – Your opinions matter

SafetyDriven is working with WorkSafeBC to circulate a survey about workplace health and safety.

WorkSafeBC has created a survey to solicit feedback from workers and employers in the province following the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation changes regarding safety headgear in September 2021. The survey is offered in English and Punjabi. The findings from this and subsequent survey waves will be used as part of WorkSafeBC’s efforts to measure the effectiveness of the regulatory changes.

Please take 5 minutes of your time to participate in this online survey. Your responses will be collected for the purposes of helping WorkSafeBC better understand the needs of the workers and employers and will support their efforts to continuously improve WorkSafeBC products and services. Please be assured that your answers will be completely anonymous.

Click on this link to begin: https://ipsossurvey.ca/headgear/

If you have any questions or concerns about this research, please contact Tracy Klass, WorkSafeBC Manager, Insights, at tracy.klass@worksafebc.com.

Personal information will be collected, used, and disclosed for the purpose of planning or evaluating a program or activity of WorkSafeBC in accordance with sections 26(e), 32(c) and 33(2)(j) of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have questions about the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information please contact WorkSafeBC’s FIPP Office at 604-279-8171 or fipp@worksafebc.com. If you’d like more information, you can view our Privacy Statement on worksafebc.com. Respondents are reminded to refrain from providing details in the open text that could lead to identification if they wish to remain anonymous.

ਵਿਸ਼ਾ: ਸਿਹਤ ਅਤੇ ਸੇਫਟੀ ਬਾਰੇ ਸਰਵੇ – ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਮਹੱਤਵ ਰੱਖਦੇ ਹਨ

ਕੰਮ ਦੀ ਥਾਂ `ਤੇ ਸਿਹਤ ਅਤੇ ਸੇਫਟੀ ਬਾਰੇ ਇਕ ਸਰਵੇ ਵੰਡਣ ਲਈ ਸੇਫਟੀਡਰਿਵਨ, ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਨਾਲ ਕੰਮ ਕਰ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ।

ਇਕ ਔਨਲਾਈਨ ਸਰਵੇ ਵਿਚ ਹਿੱਸਾ ਲੈਣ ਲਈ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਆਪਣੇ 5 ਮਿੰਟ ਕੱਢੋ।

ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਜਵਾਬ ਵਰਕਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਕੰਮ-ਮਾਲਕਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਲੋੜਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬਿਹਤਰ ਸਮਝਣ ਵਿਚ ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੀ ਮਦਦ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਮੰਤਵਾਂ ਲਈ ਇਕੱਠੇ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾਣਗੇ ਅਤੇ ਇਹ ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੀਆਂ ਵਸਤਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਸੇਵਾਵਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਲਗਾਤਾਰ ਸੁਧਾਰ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਯਤਨਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਮਦਦ ਕਰਨਗੇ। ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਇਹ ਭਰੋਸਾ ਰੱਖੋ ਕਿ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਜਵਾਬ ਪੂਰੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੁਪਤ ਰੱਖੇ ਜਾਣਗੇ।

ਸਰਵੇ ਵਿਚ ਹਿੱਸਾ ਲੈਣ ਲਈ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਹੇਠਲੇ ਲਿੰਕ ਉੱਪਰ ਕਲਿੱਕ ਕਰੋ।

https://ipsossurvey.ca/headgear/

ਸਮਾਂ ਕੱਢਣ ਲਈ ਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ।

ਇਸ ਰੀਸਰਚ ਬਾਰੇ ਜੇ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕੋਈ ਸਵਾਲ ਜਾਂ ਫਿਕਰ ਹੋਣ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੀ ਮੈਨੇਜਰ, ਇਨਸਾਈਟਸ, ਟਰੇਸੀ ਕਲਾਸ ਨਾਲ tracy.klass@worksafebc.com `ਤੇ ਸੰਪਰਕ ਕਰੋ।

ਨਿੱਜੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ, ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੇ ਫ੍ਰੀਡਮ ਔਫ ਇਨਫਰਮੇਸ਼ਨ ਐਂਡ ਪ੍ਰੋਟੈਕਸ਼ਨ ਔਫ ਪ੍ਰਾਈਵੇਸੀ ਐਕਟ (ਐੱਫ ਆਈ ਪੀ ਪੀ ਏ) ਦੇ ਸੈਕਸ਼ਨਾਂ 26(ਈ), 32(ਸੀ) ਅਤੇ 33(2)(ਜੇ) ਦੇ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਪ੍ਰੋਗਰਾਮ ਜਾਂ ਸਰਗਰਮੀ ਦੀ ਪਲੈਨਿੰਗ ਕਰਨ ਜਾਂ ਮੁਲਾਂਕਣ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਮੰਤਵ ਲਈ ਇਕੱਠੀ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ, ਵਰਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ ਅਤੇ ਜ਼ਾਹਰ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ। ਆਪਣੀ ਨਿੱਜੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਇਕੱਠੀ ਕਰਨ, ਵਰਤਣ ਜਾਂ ਜ਼ਾਹਰ ਕਰਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਜੇ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕੋਈ ਸਵਾਲ ਹੋਣ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੇ ਐੱਫ ਆਈ ਪੀ ਪੀ ਦਫਤਰ ਨਾਲ 604-279-8171 `ਤੇ ਜਾਂ fipp@worksafebc.com `ਤੇ ਸੰਪਰਕ ਕਰੋ। ਜੇ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਹੋਰ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਲੈਣਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੇ ਹੋਵੋ ਤਾਂ ਤੁਸੀਂ worksafebc.com `ਤੇ ਸਾਡੀ ਪ੍ਰਾਈਵੇਸੀ ਸਟੇਟਮੈਂਟ ਦੇਖ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ। ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਜੇ ਗੁਮਨਾਮ ਰਹਿਣਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੇ ਹੋਣ ਤਾਂ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਖੁੱਲ੍ਹੇ ਟੈਕਸਟ ਵਿਚ ਵੇਰਵੇ ਦੇਣ ਤੋਂ ਪਰਹੇਜ਼ ਕਰਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਚੇਤੇ ਕਰਵਾਇਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਪਛਾਣ ਕਰਵਾ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਨ।

Trimac Transportation: Service With Safety

At Trimac, “service with safety” is more than a motto. A solid safety culture is the company’s core.

Jack McCaig launched Trimac Transportation (then known as McCaig Cartage) in 1932 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Since then, while the company has transformed many times, it has maintained its family roots, being led by the McCaig family and Jack’s three sons, Bud, Roger, and Maurice. Today, the company has grown to become the leading bulk carrier in North America. Trimac fills a niche within the trucking sector, transporting the raw materials to make the goods we all need and want.  

To say that safety is important to Trimac would be an understatement; Alex Guariento, VP Safety, describes the company’s safety culture as “a marathon” of learning. Everyone at the company is empowered by Trimac’s safety commitments: 

  • I make safety a part of every decision 
  • I make safety personal 
  • I have the courage to intervene 

These three simple statements are powerful because they set individuals up for safety success. 

While safety has always been important, an accident in 2018 compelled a conscious safety program. A tanker explosion at a facility in Newfoundland prompted many questions about how it happened, but more importantly, how the company let it happen. Fortunately, no one was injured and the Trimac leadership realized safety needed to be prioritized better to reduce situations where accidents could happen. 

That incident was the main driver behind Trimac’s Rooted in Safety program. Guariento notes that it’s not a set of rules or policy book dictating from the top down; rather, it is a learning culture that promotes proactive safety practices to engage everyone from the ground up. Year over year, it has resulted in significant accomplishments, such as earning the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) Competitive Safety Award three times; the prestigious award recognizes the best safety program and record for the year by a tank truck operator in North America. 

Every aspect of the company’s work is part of its safety culture, including scheduling, tools, procedures, and behaviours. A person working safely is recognized. A mishap is an opportunity to learn. People watch out for each other. Drivers are integral to Trimac’s safety record as they take their safety culture on the road; they are mindful of their own and clients’ safety. Their empowerment within the company has helped them support clients when unsafe practices have gone unnoticed because a long-standing process was never questioned. The result has been risk reduction in their own and clients’ facilities. 

Guariento says communication drives Trimac’s safety culture; at home, toolbox talks, bulletins, monthly meetings, and everyday opportunities for discussion help staff stay safety-aware. For drivers on the road, onboard tech connects drivers to supervisors and safety videos allow drivers to keep up with the company’s in-house training program, which includes Safety Tune-ups—short safety videos that drivers can watch at day’s end or while their truck is being unloaded. Regular safety communiques cover every aspect of Trimac’s work.  

Drivers of bulk carriers log lots of time away. Trimac encourages drivers to use the Headversity app, which supports mental health by focusing on mindfulness. Managers keep an eye out for behaviour that could signal someone is struggling.  

During the pandemic, as Area Manager Besnik Gasi notes, Trimac “doubled down on communication” to keep everyone—drivers, mechanics, loaders, office staff—safe. They established a pandemic response committee to oversee daily updates, PPE purchasing for all locations, best practices for physical distancing and sanitizing, and how to minimize contact with shippers and delivery locations. The technology already in place supported new processes, such as scanning documents from in-cab computers to minimize contact with others, and helped office staff transition to working remotely.  

 They held virtual safety meetings and training. They partnered with customers to ensure driver safety and establish mutual solutions to follow COVID guidelines on-site, which included allowing washroom and shower access for drivers. There has been a silver lining to the pandemic; Gasi notes experiencing the “uncertainties of the pandemic with minimal face time has brought teams closer and they’ve been able to leverage technology to fill gaps and operate safely in the communities they serve.” 

 Trimac is a good place to work, as evidenced by being named a Top Fleet Employer in 2021 and a Top Company for Women to Work For in Transportation four years in a row (2018 – 2021). Trimac supports Women Building Futures (WBF) and Women in Trucking (WiT). They also support a women’s Youth Apprenticeship Program and have an active Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging council that educates and engages teams on the issue. Their policies regarding women and a diverse workforce are particularly important today, given the commercial driver shortage. 

Trimac became COR-certified in Alberta in 2004 and in BC in 2014; the company is COR-certified as a large employer. 

WorkSafeBC: Regulatory Amendments as of September 1, 2021

Regulatory amendments to high visibility apparel, mobile equipment, and safety headgear

In April 2021, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved changes to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation, which took effect on September 1, 2021. Included in these changes are amendments to the following sections:

Section 8.24: High Visibility Apparel

This section has been amended to maintain worker safety when exposed to vehicles or mobile equipment.  The purpose of the amendments is to maintain worker safety by removing the reference to the WorkSafeBC standard and adopting the requirements of CSA Standard Z96-15, High-Visibility Safety Apparel for workers exposed to vehicles or mobile equipment. The amendments also incorporate permitted design modifications for certain emergency response workers.

To ensure compliance with the amended OHS Regulation, employers must confirm that the high visibility apparel they provide to workers meets the requirements of CSA Standard Z96-15.

Part 16: Mobile Equipment

The purpose of the amendments is to improve safety for those who operate and work around mobile equipment, and to improve clarity of the requirements for all stakeholders.  All of Part 16 has been reorganized and streamlined for better flow and access to information. The provisions of Part 16 have also been modernized to meet current practices and standards.

In total, there are 63 key changes, of which 19 are new requirements. All employers who use mobile equipment need to review the revised regulatory requirements to ensure their equipment and work practices are compliant.

Section 8.11(1): Safety Headgear

These revisions were made to improve occupational health and safety requiring employers to follow the hierarchy of controls to eliminate or reduce risks. The hierarchy of controls ranks risk controls from the highest level of protection to the lowest. Under the amended requirements, employers must take measures to eliminate the risk of head injury first. If the risk cannot be eliminated, engineering controls and administrative controls must be applied before relying on safety headgear. Workers must wear safety headgear if it is not practicable to eliminate the risk of head injury, or if engineering and/or administrative controls are not adequate to reduce the risk of head injury to the lowest level.

A new OHS guideline has also been developed to provide information on identifying and controlling the risk of head injury from overhead hazards by following the hierarchy of controls. The acceptable standards for safety headgear have not changed with this amendment.

If workers cannot wear a hard hat because of religious or other reasons, employers may have to offer accommodation.