WorkSafe Medical Advisor Info Line
May 27, 2014
WorkSafeBC now has a Medical Advisor Info Line – 1-855-476-3049.
This line is a single point of contact for employers to connect directly with a medical advisor at WorkSafeBC. The Medical Advisors can help with medical clarification and provide a timely response to your questions. The line operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
BC/WA Certification Project Successful
May 23, 2014
The pilot phase has wrapped up and the final Project Summary Report is now available.
May 22, 2014
Crane & Rigging Conference
October 20 & 21, 2014
Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort
Crane professionals from all the western provinces and many from the United States are expected to attend the two-day event, which features industry-leading presentations and safety topics.
SCC, CHRSC seek standardization for crane and hoisting industry
March 19, 2014
Click here for the full article in On-Site Magazine.
SCC, Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council delivering standardization solutions for industry
March 12, 2014
Click here for full details on the Standards Council of Canada website.
Crane & Rigging Conference Review
November 8, 2012
Click here for Industrial Lift & Hoist magazine’s coverage of the recent conference.
New Phone Numbers for BCACS
February 24, 2012
Our phone and fax numbers have changed.
Please update your address books.
Important Notice About BC Equivalency Certification
May 1, 2011
TO: ALL OUT‐OF‐PROVINCE CRANE OPERATORS WORKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Do you have a government‐issued crane operator certificate from a Canadian province or territory
outside British Columbia? Do you plan to work as a crane operator in BC?
If you have a government‐issued crane operator certificate from a province or territory outside BC and
you want to work in BC, you are required to be registered with the BCACS and obtain a BC Equivalency
All operators must possess an acceptable credential, prior to entry into the province of BC.
HOW TO OBTAIN A BC EQUIVALENCY CERTIFICATE
Go to www.bcacs.ca and click on the button marked BC Equivalency Package. You are required to
review sections of the WorkSafeBC OHS Regulation, sections of the Workers Compensation Act, and
other important information that will ensure you are familiar with health and safety regulations and
requirements in British Columbia.
Once you have reviewed the material, complete the application and send it to the BCACS along with
your payment and a legible copy of your government‐issued crane operator certificate. The BCACS will
verify your certificate with the issuing province or territory before processing your application.
NOTE: Verification of your certificate is required and we have no control over how long that may take.
Accordingly, we must advise you that it may take up to 8 weeks to issue your certificate.
You cannot arrive in BC and expect to obtain your credential immediately upon submission of your application.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at 604‐525‐1227
Fraser Cocks, Executive Director, BCACS
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the BCACS
Crane Jurisdiction and Railways in BC
January 26, 2011
Bill 20, Railway Safety Act
Bill 20, Railway Safety Act received Royal Assent on March 31, 2004. This bill included a consequential amendment to delete section 108(2)(b) in Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act. This amendment results in the transfer of occupational health and safety jurisdiction for railways from the provincial government to the WCB. This transfer of occupational health and safety jurisdiction came into effect April 1, 2004.
As of April 1, 2004, the WCB has occupational health and safety jurisdiction for short-line railways, which represent lines that feed into the federally controlled railways, along with industrial and recreational railways. This includes two common carriers (Southern and E&N), approximately 45 industrial rail sites (e.g., Cominco in Trail), more than a dozen tourist railways, and SkyTrain.
The provincial government retains occupational health and safety jurisdiction for BC Rail, pending completion of the Investment Partnership with CN. Following which, the jurisdiction for occupational health and safety for BC Rail will lie with the federal government.
Important Notice to all Crane Operators in BC
November 22, 2010
As of February 28th, 2011, all crane operators must be certified.
Effective March 1st, 2011, the Level A crane operator practical assessment fee will increase to $750.
Existing crane operators were provided with a two-year phase in period to become certified. As the “incumbent operator” phase comes to a close, lower assessment volumes necessitate an increase in the Level A practical assessment fee to $750.
Assessment services will continue to be offered throughout the province and the application process will remain the same.
Note: There are a limited number of assessment opportunities available up to the deadline of February 28th, 2011. Once all of these spaces are filled, assessments will be scheduled after the deadline at the new fee of $750.