B.C. Reg. 125/2009
O.C. 246/2009
Deposited March 18, 2009

Workers Compensation Act

Firefighters' Occupational Disease Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2014
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 32/2013, January 30, 2013]

Point in Time

Contents
 1 Definition
 2 Prescribed occupational diseases
 3 Minimum cumulative periods of employment prescribed
 4 Minimum non-smoking periods prescribed for previous smokers

Definition

1  In this regulation, "Act" means the Workers Compensation Act.

Prescribed occupational diseases

2  Each of primary leukemia, primary non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, primary site bladder cancer, primary site brain cancer, primary site colorectal cancer, primary site kidney cancer, primary site testicular cancer, primary site ureter cancer and primary site esophageal cancer is prescribed as an occupational disease for the purposes of section 6.1 (2) of the Act.

[am. B.C. Reg. 32/2013.]

Minimum cumulative periods of employment prescribed

3  The minimum cumulative period set out in Column 2 of the Table is prescribed for the purposes of section 6.1 (3) (a) of the Act in respect of the occupational disease set out opposite it in Column 1.

Table
Item Column 1

Occupational Disease
Column 2

Minimum

Cumulative Period
1 primary leukemia 5 years
2 primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 20 years
3 primary site bladder cancer 15 years
4 primary site brain cancer 10 years
5 primary site colorectal cancer 20 years
6 primary site kidney cancer 20 years
7 primary site lung cancer 15 years
8 primary site testicular cancer 20 years
9 primary site ureter cancer 15 years
10 primary site esophageal cancer 25 years

[am. B.C. Reg. 123/2011.]

Minimum non-smoking periods prescribed for previous smokers

4  In the case of a worker who does not meet the requirement of 6.1 (3.1) (a) of the Act, the minimum period for the purposes of section 6.1 (3.1) (b) of the Act is prescribed as follows:

(a) if the worker smoked cigarettes,

(i)   6 consecutive years, if the worker smoked, on average, fewer than 7 cigarettes per week,

(ii)   6 consecutive years, if the worker smoked, on average, 1 to 9 cigarettes per day,

(iii)   13 consecutive years, if the worker smoked, on average, 10 to 19 cigarettes per day,

(iv)   18 consecutive years, if the worker smoked, on average, 20 cigarettes per day,

(v)   23 consecutive years, if the worker smoked, on average, 21 to 39 cigarettes per day, and

(vi)   28 consecutive years, if the worker smoked, on average, 40 or more cigarettes per day;

(b) 8 consecutive years, if the worker smoked, on average, one or more cigars or pipes per day but did not smoke cigarettes;

(c) if the worker smoked cigarettes in combination with cigars or pipes, the periods prescribed in paragraph (a) apply with a cigar or pipe counting as a cigarette.

Note: this regulation repeals B.C. Reg. 362/2005.

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Workers Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 492, section 6.1]