number of questions have come up related to the BCTF’s
job action. I
contacted both WorkSafeBC and the BCTF Occupational Health and Safety
Department to ensure all parties have a common understanding of how the
strike affects health, safety and wellness issues.
Occupational Health and Safety Site Committees
are joint committees under OHS Regulations.
are manadated under Part 3 Division 4 Section 125- 140 of the Workers
are not considered
administrative committees under the School Act.
JOSH Committee should
continue to be scheduled and take place as usual during job
action. The committee is jointly chaired by both the employer
and worker representative. The minutes should be posted as
soon after the meeting as possible. Additionally, there should
be a mechanism to ensure staff can make their concerns known to the
site inspections should
continue as normal.
has a District Committee that is regularly scheduled, it may continue
to meet. It is not required to do so by the legislation. If
meeting becomes an issue you may chose to temporarily suspend the
District Committee, unless it has been accepted as a variation by WorkSafeBC.
investigations should continue
with both an employer and worker representative in accordance with
Division 10 of Part 3 of the Workers
employer must ensure that a person who is designated as a first aid
has successfully completed the first aid training course or first aid
examination developed or approved by the Board,
has a first aid certificate in good standing at the required level
issued by the Board or a person recognized by the Board, and
meets any other requirements determined by the Board for designation as
a first aid attendant.
by B.C. Reg. 348/2003, effective March 30, 2004.]
the First Aid attendant must have a valid certificate, they are
required to attend the training in order to continue in the position,
should their certificate lapse during job action.
if There is no Agreement Regarding Occupational Health and Safety
Please call Sue Ferguson
at BCPSEA 604 730 4502