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  April 6, 2023

Record Keeping

As an employer, you’re required to keep health and safety records and statistics on file, including inspections, incident investigations, first aid treatments, and training records.

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Why keep records?

Maintaining accurate records can help you do the following:

  • Identify trends for unsafe conditions or work practices so can you find solutions for these potential hazards.
  • Measure improvement in your health and safety program.
  • Provide proof of due diligence if someone tries to hold you liable for an incident.
  • Provide material for education and training.
  • Assist your case in a disputed WorkSafeBC claim.

Requirements for records and statistics

The following table specifies how long you must keep records and statistics.

Document How Long**
Records of any Meetings where safety topics were discussed (manager or staff meetings) 1 year
Worker Health and Safety Orientation and Training Records (forms must identify date, attendees, topics covered) 7 years (beyond end date of employment)
Disciplinary Action Forms 7 years
Hearing tests 7 years (beyond end date of employment)
Inspection Reports and Corrective Actions 1 year
Equipment Logbooks and Maintenance Records 1 year (beyond end of use date)
Near Miss Reports 3 years
First Aid Records 3 years
Claims Management Records (Form 7, Incident Investigations, Corrective Actions 3 years
Emergency Drill Records and Corrective Actions 2 years
Joint Health and Safety Committee Meeting Minutes or Worker Safety Rep Documents 2 years (beyond date of meeting)
Safety Committee / Safety Representative Training Records 2 years (beyond worker’s serving time)
Subcontractor Qualifications and Orientation Checklists 7 years


**Various timelines listed above are legally required and some are only industry best practices. Be sure to fulfill your responsibility of document retention through researching and confirming with legal representation.

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