Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation in British Columbia
Effective December 1, 2021, WorkSafeBC passed amendments to Part 20 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (WorkSafeBC) making certification mandatory for all concrete pump operators working in British Columbia.
As per Part 20.26.6 Operator Certification,
- (2) On and after January 1, 2024, a person must not operate a concrete pump or placing boom at a workplace unless the person
- (a) holds a valid concrete pump operator's certificate, issued by the certification authority, for the class or type of concrete pump or placing boom being operated and operates the concrete pump or placing boom in accordance with any conditions set out on the certificate, or
- (b) operates the concrete pump or placing boom
(i) under the supervision of a person who holds a valid concrete pump operator's certificate for the class or type of concrete pump or placing boom being operated, and
- (ii) in accordance with the directions of the certificate holder.
Currently, the Certified Concrete Pump Operator Program delivered by the BCCSA is the only certifying authority issuing certifications to concrete pump operators in British Columbia. The CCPO Program adheres to the requirements of Part 20 of the OHS Regulation and is working toward ANAB accreditation in ISO/IEC 17024:2012.