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As Canada's largest trade and industry association, CME believes in encouraging safe workplaces. A companies most important resource is it`s people. Workers should go home in the same condition they came to work in. Happy and whole.  A safe work environment improves productivity. First, less time is lost to injury. Second, happier workers are more productive. If employees know employers care about their safety morale is higher and absenteeism lower.

Safety does not have to be burdensome. CME and our partners bring a number of tools to help save time and money with respect to safety implementation and compliance.


Safety Councils

A Manufacturers' Safety Council (MSC) is an exclusive peer group of occupational health and safety professionals from CME member companies. A MSC provides a forum for the confidential exchange of information on a wide range of current health and safety issues. Meetings are highly interactive and participants help each other resolve their health and safety challenges.

Click for more information about the MSC and how to get involved.


Release of BCCSA Silica Tool

On May 1 2017, the Occupational Health Safety (OHS) Regulation and related OHS guidelines will be updated to clarify employer requirements to protect workers from the harmful effects of silica dust.

The changes to the OHS Regulation are expected to clarify the requirements related to protecting workers from silica dust. The short duration of many work activities that generate silica dust can make getting reliable monitoring data difficult. The new section of the Regulation will allow employers to use existing monitoring data that has been collected through industry surveys or peer-reviewed studies for assessing worker exposures.

For more information:

You can view the Board of Directors' decision as well as strikethrough versions of the approved amendments and explanatory notes at


Joint Committee Amendments to Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to joint health and safety committees took effect April 3, 2017. 

These changes include:

1. Amendments to the mandatory minimum training requirements for health and safety committee members and worker health and safety representatives

2. Mandatory annual evaluation of joint committee effectiveness

3. Clarification of what participation by employer and worker representatives in employer incident investigations involves


The joint health and safety committees page on contains all the information you need in order to learn about and comply with these changes. 

On it, you’ll find links to:

A joint health and safety committee regulatory primer

Joint health and safety committee FAQs

Worker health and safety representative FAQs

Related law and policy

Conducting an employer incident investigation


New resources available on

A joint health and safety committee evaluation tool and accompanying guide

An online course for worker health and safety representatives (4 hours)

A joint committee training course with an online component (2 hours), and a classroom component that could be conducted in-person, or remotely by webinar (6 hours)

Rate consultations begin in July

Employers invited to learn more about the preliminary rates for 2018

WorkSafeBC is in the process of planning their annual rate consultations with employers, which will begin in mid-July.

The consultation sessions give employers across B.C. the opportunity to learn more about the preliminary rates for their industries in 2018, as well as industry trends and what they can do to reduce injuries, claim costs, and the cost of their WorkSafeBC insurance.

WSBC has posted information about the consultation sessions on, along with a link to an RSVP form, and sent invitations to more than 10,000 employers. 

WSBC is also inviting key people from industry and health and safety associations, and doing outreach with a number of chambers of commerce around the province.

If you get questions about your insurance rates, please forward them to or ask them to call the rate consultation line at 604.247.7333.


More to come
For more information about how we set insurance rates for employers, visit the Rate setting page on

WorkSafeBC's Young Worker Employer Campaign

WorkSafeBC has developed an employer micro-site that all this media will point towards. Through the research, we heard that a lot of employers don’t feel equipped to have conversations with their young workers about health and safety. The microsite uses stories, statistics, and tips for how to start conversations about health and safety on the job with young workers. In addition to reminding employers that this is their legal responsibility, the message from the employers showcased here is that it’s also good for business. There is also space for employers to share their own stories through all of these engagement pieces.

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