WorkSafe BC is seeking input on a proposed amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation in regard to “storage racks”.

The proposed amendment would impact steel shelving in distribution warehouses and/or retail stores. The intent is to ensure worker safety through the inclusion of requirements regarding the design, construction, installation and regular inspection of steel shelving.

Further information can be found here or http://www.worksafebc.com/regulation_and_policy/policy_consultation/assets/pdf/OHSRMarch2016/Part4StorageRacks.pdf

To date, concern has been expressed on four fronts: (1) the number of store fixtures impacted, (2) the cost of inspecting a large volume of existing steel shelving, (3) that fixtures have been supplied by external suppliers without information required under the amended regulation, and, (4) the lack of a definition surrounding who is qualified to install, inspect and maintain fixtures.

Next Steps:

RCC will provide comment to WorkSafe BC in regard to the requirements. Members may contribute to RCC comments or provide separate comment to WorkSafe BC. (WorkSafe BC’s deadline for comment is 4:30 p.m. PDT on Thursday, March 31, 2016.)

RCC will urge WorkSafe BC to provide for a sufficient period of time for retailers to prepare prior to the effective date for compliance purposes.

Background:

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation does not currently contain specific safety requirements for storage racks or shelving. Previously, WorkSafe BC has issued orders under other sections to require employers to rectify conditions they consider unsafe.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Greg Wilson, Director, Government Relations (B.C.) at: [email protected] or 604-736-0368.