An Employer’s Legal Responsibilities
Every employer in British Columbia must ensure the health and safety of all workers in the employer’s workplace.
The workplace extends to the vehicle that the worker is driving. That includes vehicles:
- Owned by the employer
- Owned by the worker
- Used for primary work such as those used by a truck driver or delivery person
- Used to go to/from primary work, such as vehicles used by a repair person, sales person, or nurse
|Legislation||Description / Key Requirements|
|Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations More information and specfic requirements as referenced in the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations can be found on WorkSafeBC.com.||Every BC employer must ensure the health and safety of all workers in the employer’s workplace. BC employers are required to:
|Criminal Code of Canada Plain Language Guide: Bill C-45 – Amendments (to the Criminal Code Affecting The Criminal Liability of Organizations)
Bill C-45 of the Canadian Criminal Code specifies the criminal liability of an organization’s executive officers. Bill C-45 specifies all persons “directing the work of others” have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of workers and the public.
|For Commercial Motor Carriers BC Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) Motor Vehicle Act Regulations (MVAR) Division 37 BC Passenger Transportation Act and Regulations BC Commercial Transport Act Transport of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations
For more information: BC Laws
|These Acts embody National Safety Code (NSC) standards, applicable to commercial motor carriers. NSC standards cover safety ratings, facility audits, driver and carrier profile systems, trip inspection reports, driver hours of service, commercial vehicle maintenance and inspections and load security. In BC, a commercial motor vehicle is any motor vehicle used by a business, if that vehicle is one of the following*:
*BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Carrier Safety Guide, CVSE2000 (MV0630) September 2010