On May 9, WorkSafe BC announced amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation which will take effect on January 1, 2018.

The revised amendment includes all steel shelving over 8 feet or those under 8 feet loaded/unloaded by mechanical means.  It excludes shelving and display fixtures used for retail purposes but will include shelving in non-customer-facing areas, warehouses and distribution centres.

WorkSafe BC's amendment can be found here: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/law-policy/board-of-directors-decisions/bod-2017-03-30-02?lang=en

Next Steps

RCC will be in contact with both WorkSafeBC and the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training to outline our concern regarding the wide array of impacted fixtures and the very tight implementation timeline.


WorkSafeBC had published a proposed amendment in early 2017.  RCC and retailers made submissions during consultations which have resulted in the exclusions in the approved regulation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact: Greg Wilson, Director, Government Relations (B.C.), Retail Council of Canada at +1 (604) 736-0368/1-800-663-5135 or [email protected].