Site Safety Assessment Guide

Notices / Permits and Plans

Government regulations require specific notices, permits and plans before certain work can begin. This table shows some examples.

Hazard Category Hazard Type Notices / Permit / Plan
Working at heights Work above 25 feet A fall protection plan is required when working above 25 feet. Regulation #11.3
Slip/ Trip / Fall Work Environment E.g., housekeeping, weather, guard rails.
Physical Hazard Structure unsafe A structural engineer may be required to assess the safety of the structure before work can begin. Regulation #20.111
Mechanical Hazard Underground / Excavations / Wells If the work plan involves an excavation of more than 1.2 meters (4ft) deep, a Notice of Project must be filed with WorkSafeBC before work commences. You are also required to contact your local Hydro and Gas company to ensure that there are no hydro or gas lines in the area. Regulation #22.6
Electrical Hazard Exposed bare wire Lock out and tagging may be required if this hazard exists. It may be necessary to receive a permit from the municipality for electrical work. This should be performed by a licensed electrician. Regulation #10.3
Chemical Hazard Hazardous Chemicals If this hazard exists, it is important to retain the Safety Data Sheet and review it with staff before handling a hazardous chemical. Additionally, an Exposure Control Plan may be required if employees could potentially be exposed to chemicals in the workplace. Regulation #s 5.16, 5.53 and 5.54
Hazardous Materials Asbestos / Lead / Silica If asbestos, lead, or silica has been Identified on a jobsite and the material requires removal or disturbance, a specific asbestos or lead risk assessment must be performed by a qualified person. Before work can commence, a Notice of Project Asbestos must be filed with WorkSafeBC at least 24 hours in advance. Regulation #22.6
Confined Space Hazard When an area is suspected to be a Confined Space, a supervisor must inspect the area to conduct a proper risk assessment of the suspect area before any worker enters. A confined space entry permit must be created, reviewed with all employees involved and posted before work commences. Regulation #s 9.13 and 9.14 also refer to Guidelines #9.1 and 9.5

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