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All workers in British Columbia have four basic Health and Safety Rights
1. File a “Worker’s Report of Injury or Occupational Disease to Employer” (WCB Form 6A) available at www.worksafebc.com. The employer is required to file a “Form 7” within three days of receiving the report from the member.
2. As soon as the Form 6A has been completed and medical attention sought, call Teleclaim at 1-888-WORKERS. A representative of WorkSafeBC will ask appropriate questions. Calling Teleclaim expedites the process.
• If you use the Teleclaim service, ask for a copy of your report.
• If Teleclaim is not available, complete an “Application for Compensation and Report of Injury or Occupational Disease.” This is WCB Form 6 and is also available online. This must be mailed to WorkSafeBC and does slow the process of getting a quick decision.
3. Always copy “Form 6A” to the local Teachers’ Association office.
4. Inform an administrative officer as soon as possible of the injury or disease that you feel is work related. Make sure the information is documented. The employer fills out and files WCB Form 7.
5. Make sure the first aid log at the work site has been filled in by the appropriate person, especially for minor injuries. 6. Get medical attention as soon as possible. Don’t wait in the hope that recovery will occur rapidly. Always report your injury or occupational disease to your doctor and request that the doctor file a “Physicians First Report” (Form 8) to WCB. A WCB claims officer should contact the worker after they have received the Form 6, or received a report from the Teleclaim Officer.
7. Contact the BCTF WCB Advocate for assistance: Luke Olver phone: 604-871-1890 or toll free 1-800-663-9163 ext. 1890 fax: 604-871-2287 email: email@example.com
8. Keep a copy of all forms completed. Log dates and subject of appointments and conversations with the employer, WCB, and all medical practitioners.
As a worker, you must:
In workplaces where a worker health and safety representative is required, the representative has the same duties and functions as a joint committee, to the extent practicable.
Your employer is responsible for getting you any necessary first aid, and for transporting you to a medical facility if that's what you need. Be sure to keep in touch with your employer if you need to be off work.
Your doctor will recommend treatment for your injury and may refer you to other health care practitioners. Be sure to ask about what modified work duties, and activities at home, you can do to help your recovery. And always let your health care provider know that you were injured at work.
If you’ve missed work, call Teleclaim. If you haven’t missed work but sought medical attention, we recommend reporting online. Before you report your injury, please review the information you'll need to provide.
Bullying and Harassment falls under Workplace Conduct in the OHS regulations.
A worker is bullied and harassed when someone takes an action that he or she knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker be humiliated or intimidated. When an employer or supervisor takes reasonable action to manage and direct workers, it is not bullying and harassment.
Examples of behaviour or comments that might constitute bullying and harassment include:
After reporting the incident to your employer and speaking with a prevention officer, you may submit a Bullying and Harassment Questionnaire, which a prevention officer will then review to determine whether or not to make further inquiries.
Workers have the right to refuse unsafe work.
Refusal of unsafe work is one of the four basic rights of all workers
Note:The prohibition against prohibited action is established in the Workers Compensation Act Part 2, Division 6, sections 47 through 50.
When considering how to reduce the risk, there's a certain order you should follow. This is called the hierarchy of controls. It's important to follow the hierarchy, as shown below, rather than start with the easiest control measures. While the controls are listed in order of effectiveness, all four types of controls should be considered. They often work best in combination.
Employers are responsible for immediately conducting an investigation for any incident involving:
68 Immediate notice of certain accidents
69 Incidents that must be investigated
70 Investigation process
71 Preliminary investigation, report and follow-up action
72 Full investigation, report and follow-up action
73 Employer or supervisor must not attempt to prevent reporting
An employer or supervisor must not, by agreement, threat, promise, inducement, persuasion or any other means, seek to discourage, impede or dissuade a worker of the employer, or a dependent of the worker, from reporting any of the following to the Board:
If you disagree with a WorkSafeBC decision, you have the right to ask for a review.
Requests for a review must be submitted to WorkSafeBC within 90 days from the date of your decision letter.
The request for a review is sent to WorkSafeBC.
Please contact the BCTF WCB advocate, Luke Olver, at 1-800-663-9163, local 1890, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in submitting a review to WorkSafeBC.
Because of strict timelines, it is important to reach out to the BCTF WCB advocate as soon as possible.
Once a review has been filed, a WorkSafeBC Review Officer will take a second look at your claim, which can take up to 150 days.
If the Review Division denies the review, the BCTF can file a Notice of Appeal at Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal on your behalf.
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