BC MINISTRY OF MINES ANNOUNCES FURTHER UPDATES TO THE MINING CODE

BC MINISTRY OF MINES ANNOUNCES FURTHER UPDATES TO THE MINING CODE

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A Prince George Now articles states:

The provincial government says it’s making progress toward ensuring a disaster like the Mt. Polley tailings pond breach never happens in BC again.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines announced changes to the Mining Code, based on seven recommendations made by an expert panel in the wake of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach.

Minister of Mines Bill Bennett says the new standards put BC at the top of the heap for safety when it comes to tailings storage facilities (TSF).

“These changes ensure that the mining code now includes design standards for TSFs that are tailored to the particular conditions that are encountered in BC. The changes for TSFs and dam safety emphasize the protection of the public and the environment.”

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CBC Reports Neptune Terminals worker falls to his death in North Vancouver

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According to CBC an 'Experienced' worker died Wednesday at Vancouver's Neptune Terminals on the North Shore.

In a statement to media, Neptune Terminals said the fatal accident occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m. PT. Wednesday.

"The individual involved was an experienced Ironworker employed by Termel Industries Ltd. and was performing work at the terminal, " the company said in a news release.

"We are deeply saddened by this incident. Our primary concern is for the family and friends of the individual, as well as employees of Neptune and our contractors who have been affected by this tragic incident. Counselling support is being offered to those impacted."

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MoveUP 2nd Annual Bob Derby Memorial Charity Golf Tournament

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MoveUp 2nd Annual Bob Derby Memorial Charity Golf Tournament is taking place on Sunday, August 14th at the Pitt Meadows Golf Course. Once again raising funds for the Red Shirt Foundation.

Your registration of $150 will get you:

  • 18 holes of Texas scramble golf including a driving cart
  • Warm up time on the driving range
  • Personal gift (Adidas golf shoes and shoe bag)
  • BBQ luncheon
  • A fabulous dinner at the Club restaurant
  • Amazing prizes (4k TV, Apple watches, framed Bo Horvat autographed jersey, etc.)
  • Tentative celebrity golfers include Chris Tanev, Ben Hutton (Vancouver Canucks) Manny Arsenault (BC Lions)
  • Lots of fun!

You can register yourself or up to a foursome here through Eventbrite or by completing the attached registration form and submitting to events@moveuptogether.ca.

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Spots are booking up fast so get your registration in.

Hope to see you on the greens  this year!

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Migrant Farm Worker Event July 17th in Ladner, BC

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Join the BCFED Health & Safety Centre at their upcoming Migrant Farm Worker Event in Ladner on Sunday July 17th.  The event will run from 12 to 5pm at the Ladner Baptist Church located at 5624 Ladner Trunk Road (Gym door around the back).

The BCFED Health & Safety Centre provides migrant or foreign workers with basic OH&S information on workers' rights and responsibilities, employer responsibilities, OH&S Committees, role of the WCB and hazard identification.

Migrant Farm Workers who participate in our programs are most interested in their OH&S rights.  Many were surprised to hear they have OH&S rights and report they'd not been informed, prior to our sessions, that they have rights as workers in BC.

With the number of temporary foreign workers in BC expected to top 80,000 in 2016 working to inform these workers of their Health & Safety rights is more important than ever.

Download the Event Poster Here

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CBC Reports: Worker injured after blast and fire at recycling plant in Burnaby

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CBC Reports: One worker has been injured in an explosion and fire at a recycling plant in Burnaby, B.C.

Fire chief Joe Robertson says the blast occurred when an acetylene gas tank was placed in a cutting machine at ABC Recycling.

The worker was transported to hospital, and the extent of his injuries is unknown.

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From HSA BC: Unions score major Workers’ Compensation win at Supreme Court of Canada

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According to the HSA Website:

The Supreme Court of Canada has found that two Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) members and a Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU) member who contracted breast cancer while working in the laboratory at Mission Memorial Hospital are entitled to workers’ compensation coverage. Their employer, Fraser Health Authority, fought their claims for more than a decade.

HSA President Val Avery welcomed the decision, and thanked the workers for their perseverance.

“Beginning almost 15 years ago, these union members embarked on a campaign for compensation because they were sick. Today, they are responsible for setting an important precedent for all workers,” she said.

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Federal Supervisor OH&S Courses in Vancouver & Delta

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nanaimo2To meet the increased demand for our Federal Supervisor OH&S courses, the BCFED Health & Safety Centre is offering five runs of our three most requested Federal courses in Vancouver and Delta throughout the summer and fall of 2016.  Your team can participate in 1, 2 or all 3 of these highly customized Federal specific educational opportunities.  We are hoping these courses will fit everyone's education needs as we realize we will be unable to accommodate the many in-house training requests we've received for the fall of 2016.

Our flyer gives more detail of the course times and locations: PDF Flyer

You can also register online: Course Registration Links

Give us a call if you need more information.

We look forward to having many participants take part in this Federal Health & Safety training program.

Jennifer Newman: Anti-bullying policies need to be followed to be effective

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The bullying and harassment toolkit launched by WorkSafeBC in 2013 has contributed towards healthier workplaces, but in order to be effective, managers and staff have to be willing to act and build on the policies.  That's according to workplace psychologist Jennifer Newman, who sat down with host Rick Cluff on The Early Edition to talk about why office bullying and harassment persists, and what can be done to stop it.

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Busting Myths of Earthquake Survival

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This is good content that will be topical for the next while:

http://www.straight.com/life/busting-myths-earthquake-survival

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Free 12 week OH&S ESL course starting January 19th to April 7 Vancouver offered by the BCFED OH&S Centre

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Improve your English while you learn about work safety rights. Register today!

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Al Bieksa presenting Improving ‘RTW Outcomes’

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Al Bieksa gave a great presentation to the CSSE Lower Mainland dinner meeting at the Firefighters Hall last night. Register to join us at our next Return to Work course.

 

Farmers rally against Bill 6 at Alberta legislature

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Perplexing in this day and age to see protests over basic OHS standards.

Alberta is the only jurisdiction in Canada without coverage for farm and ranch workers.

Farmers rally against Bill 6 at Alberta legislature

Positive change in Alberta OHS standards

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There was a more than disappointing response by some Farmers to Alberta NDP's new farm safety bill. 1000s signed a petition against the new safety legistlation.

The 27 jobs that are most damaging to your health

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In a recent article from Business Insider, they report the resutls of the jobs that are most damaging to your health via O*NET measures of six health risks in each of the 974 occupations that they review.

Free 12 week Occupational Health & Safety ESL course

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Register today for our free 12 week Occupational Health & Safety ESL course.

Together 2015

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Drop by the OHS Centre table at the Together 2015 conference for a chance to win a Roadside Emergency Kit!

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