WorkSafeBC (WSBC) consults with and educates employers and workers on safe work practices. It also monitors compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act.
In the event of work-related injuries or diseases, WSBC works with the affected parties to provide return-to-work rehabilitation, compensation, health care benefits and a range of other services. WSBC is an independent provincial agency with functions in three main categories: compensation, prevention and insuring employers.
Compensation for workers who have been injured or become ill on the job through
- Adjudicating illness and injury claims that arise out of and during employment
- Paying wage loss benefits and health care costs, such as physiotherapy
- Awarding permanent disability benefits and s vocational rehabilitation
Prevention of workplace illness and injury through
- Creating safety regulations policy and guidelines
- Enforcing the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
- Educating workers and employers
- Consulting with employers and stakeholders
WSBC insurance is mandatory for all employers in B.C. and B.C. workers are able to access benefits if injured. WSBC collects premiums from all employers in B.C. based on their size, risk of the work and injury history. This money funds compensation to injured workers and injury prevention activities.