Workers' Compensation Board (WorkSafeBC) Advocacy
Workers’ Compensation changes have hurt teachers
A rebalancing of the system must be a priority of the next government. More...
Teacher wins extracurricular activity injury appeal
succeeded in convincing the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) to
accept the appeal of a member whose claim involved an injury during a staff vs.
students floor hockey game at lunch time. Given
the number of recent WCB decisions denying members’ claims for injuries
suffered during extracurricular staff vs. students games, we remind members that
each WCB claim is adjudicated on its own merits and circumstances. Read the decision here.
WCB decisions on claims involving teachers since 2012 can be found here.
WCB review and appeal
A worker who disagrees with a WorksafeBC decision can request a review or appeal a claim decision. The Review Division is the first level of review for most worker issues. The Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) serves as the final level of appeal for the WorkSafeBC claims matters that it is authorized to hear and decide. Strict timelines apply at each level. Please contact the BCTF WCB advocate, Diane Irvine, at 1-800-663-9163, local 1890, or 604-871-1890; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation has undergone several changes in the last few years. Consequently, the "Blue Books," as well as other print versions of the Regulation are out of date and should be discarded. The WorkSafeBC web site is the best place to get the most up-to-date version of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
Please keep in mind that the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act are the sources of the rules under which we can ensure that our workplaces are healthy and safe.
Summary of Orders
WorkSafeBC officers write orders on BC school districts following inspections. Summaries of these are shown below.
More about WCB
To read more about WCB, go to www.worksafebc.com. For form 6A, go to www.worksafebc.com/forms/assets/PDF/6A.pdf.
Use the Teleclaim process after Form 6A has been submitted.