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B.C. Reg. 125/2009
O.C. 246/2009
Deposited March 18, 2009
This consolidation is current to May 14, 2024.
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Workers Compensation Act

Firefighters' Occupational Disease Regulation

[Last amended November 8, 2022 by B.C. Reg. 215/2022]

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

Definition

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

Prescribed occupational diseases

2   Each of the following is prescribed as an occupational disease for the purposes of section 140 (1) (b) [firefighters: presumptions respecting lung cancer and other diseases] of the Act:

(a) primary leukemia;

(b) primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma;

(c) primary site bladder cancer;

(d) primary site brain cancer;

(e) primary site colorectal cancer;

(f) primary site kidney cancer;

(g) primary site testicular cancer;

(h) primary site ureter cancer;

(i) primary site esophageal cancer;

(j) primary site breast cancer;

(k) primary site prostate cancer;

(l) multiple myeloma;

(m) primary site ovarian cancer;

(n) primary site cervical cancer;

(o) primary site penile cancer;

(p) primary site pancreatic cancer;

(q) primary site thyroid cancer.

[en. B.C. Reg. 89/2021, Sch. 1, s. 1; am. B.C. Regs. 107/2022, s. 1; 215/2022, s. (a).]

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 140 (2) (a) of the Act in respect of the occupational disease set out opposite it in Column 1.

Table

ItemColumn 1
Occupational Disease
Column 2
Minimum
Cumulative Period
1primary leukemia5 years
2primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma20 years
3primary site bladder cancer15 years
4primary site brain cancer10 years
5primary site colorectal cancer10 years
6primary site kidney cancer20 years
7primary site lung cancer15 years
8primary site testicular cancer10 years
9primary site ureter cancer15 years
10primary site esophageal cancer20 years
11primary site breast cancer10 years
12primary site prostate cancer15 years
13multiple myeloma15 years
14primary site ovarian cancer10 years
15primary site cervical cancer10 years
16primary site penile cancer15 years
17primary site pancreatic cancer10 years
18primary site thyroid cancer10 years

[am. B.C. Regs. 123/2011; 131/2017, s. (b); 89/2021, Sch. 1, s. 2; 107/2022, s. 2; 215/2022, s. (b).]

Minimum non-smoking periods prescribed for previous smokers

4   In the case of a worker who does not meet the requirement of section 140 (3) (a) of the Act, the minimum period for the purposes of section 140 (3) (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.

[am. B.C. Reg. 89/2021, Sch. 1, s. 3.]

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Workers Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 2019, c. 1, s. 140.]