The BC Forest Safety Council and the Interior Logging Association (ILA) are working with WorkSafe BC to clarify regulatory requirements for Emergency Transport Vehicle (ETV) inserts. These inserts are after-market devices designed to be installed in the bed of a pickup truck behind the passenger cab. The inserts purpose is to allow a truck to be used as an ETV. Employers may be required to have an ETV available, based on the requirements of Schedule 3-A of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR).
"Many of our members use these slide-in ETV units and have asked us to work with WorkSafe BC to clarify the regulatory requirements for these units. There is a lot of confusion around the design and testing requirements of the Motor Vehicle Act and of Transport Canada". said Wayne Lintott, General Manager of the ILA. "We believe that our members and the manufacturers of these units stand to benefit by knowing what WorkSafe BC would like to see in terms of specific requirements of the Motor Vehicle Act and of Transport Canada. These units can range from $4000-$40,000 and our members would like to know what to look for before purchasing one of these units", said Lintott.
WorkSafe BC Regulatory Practices has been asked to review and clarify the requirements for the ETV inserts which is expected to be concluded in the early fall. Forest Safety News will provide the details of WorkSafe BC's Regulatory Practices review once the information is received.