What is Workers’ Compensation

Welcome to What is Workers’ Compensation

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This course is designed to help you answer the question, what should I do when an injury or disease occurs at the workplace? It offers basic information on how to report an injury, disease, incident or fatality to WorkSafeBC, the different types of benefits and services, and how to recover at work. The course also includes extensive lists of useful resources and links for additional study.

To get the most out of this course, it’s recommended you take the first course in this series, Understanding WorkSafeBC Insurance Coverage and Premiums. The first course addresses the question, do I need to register with WorkSafeBC? Then take, The Importance of Health & Safety in the Workplace, which addresses the question, how do I prevent injury or disease from occurring at the workplace?

Please note that employers must report serious injuries and fatalities to WorkSafeBC’s Claims division. Additionally, they are also obligated to report certain incidents to WorkSafeBC’s Prevention division, even if no injuries occurred.

Who is This Course For?

  • Small business owners/*operators/employers
  • Small business managers/supervisors

*Owner/operator may also be considered a worker. For more information, follow this link.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, as an employer, you will be able to:

  • explain the different ways to report an injury, disease, incident or fatality to WorkSafeBC.

  • find claim information online

  • define what benefits and services workers are entitled to

  • help workers return to work after an injury or disease

There is a lot to cover in this course so let’s get right to it.