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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Civil Service Commission
Forty-sixth Annual Report
JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31
1964
  To Major-General the Honourable George Randolph Pearkes,
V.C., P.C., C.B., D.S.O., M.C.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned respectfully submits the Report of the Civil Service Commission, Province of British Columbia, from January 1 to December 31, 1964.
WESLEY D. BLACK,
Provincial Secretary.
Victoria, B.C., January, 1965.
 The Honourable Wesley D. Black,
Provincial Secretary,
Province of British Columbia.
Sir,—In conformity with the provisions of section 8 of the Civil Service Act
(chapter 56, Revised Statutes of British Columbia, I960), I have the honour to
submit herewith the Report of the proceedings and work of the Civil Service Commission from January 1 to December 31, 1964.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
HUGH M. MORRISON,
Chairman, Civil Service Commission.
Victoria, B.C., January, 1965.
 HIGHLIGHTS DURING 1964
' 938 persons were appointed to permanent positions.
» 1,264 persons were appointed to casual or temporary positions.
' 1,881 persons left the Service.
» There was a 17.19-per-cent turnover in staff.
' 7 per cent of promotions were made from one department to another.
» 23 students received diplomas in Public Administration.
» 30 students enrolled in Class DC of the Executive Development Training Plan.
' 40 students enrolled in a new basic course in Public Administration.
» 6 grievances were formally presented to the Civil Service Commission.
' 73 employees received 25-year continuous-service awards.
• 495   employees   gained  promotion  through   open   competition  with   other
employees.
1 Disabling injuries were reduced considerably, and the direct costs of medical aid,
compensation, and disability pensions were lowest since 1953.
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
Chairman: Hugh M. Morrison.
Administrative Officer and Special Projects Officer: Cyril M. Wightman.
TECHNICAL STAFF, VICTORIA
■rsonnel Officer and Chief Assistant to the Commission: Arthur G. Richardson.
Chief Selection Officer: David J. Slader.
Co-ordinator, Safety and Accident Prevention: W. James Williams.
Senior Classification Officer: Richard D. Higgins.
Personnel Officer (Training): Miss J. Meryl Campbell.
Personnel Officer: Kenneth M. Hanson.
Personnel Officer: John Maxwell.
Personnel Officer: Fred Manson.
Personnel Assistant: William Matichuk.
TECHNICAL STAFF, ESSONDALE
Personnel Officer: G. Lorne Tomalty.
Personnel Officer: Alan D. Davies.
CLERICAL STAFF
Mr:
.. E. G. Anton.
Mrs. G. M. Knott.
Mis
| W. E. Brown.
Mrs. E. A. B. Mayne.
Mis
1 P. L. Chamberlait
Mrs. A. M. Robertson.
Mis
:s V. M. Dixon.
Mrs. Doreen Small.
Mis
1V. Evans.
Miss E. A. Thomas.
Mr:
i. R. M. Frankling.
Mrs. L. Tyler.
Mr;
i. J. A. Hildreth.
Mrs. C. M. Vance.
Va
ncouver Office
Mr.
i. M. M. Young.
Miss E. Baldigara.
Es
sondale Office
i. M. J. Ibbotson.
Mrs. E. Belanger.
 CONTENTS
Introductory	
Chart	
Size and Composition of the Civil Service-
Separations	
General Entrance Examinations-
Competitions for Promotion	
In-service Training	
The Vancouver Office :	
The Essondale Office	
Classification and Salary Plan...
Departmental Establishments	
Sick and Special Leave	
Accident Prevention	
Grievances	
Concluding Observations	
Appendix	
  Report of the Civil Service Commission
Pursuant to Section 8 of the Civil Service Act, from
January 1 to December 31, 1964
During 1964, activities within the various divisions of the Civil Service Commission have continued to increase. Apart from many informal communications,
members of the Commission held 31 official meetings. The staff of the Commission
continued to be constantly and fully occupied in the discharge of their responsibilities in the administration of the Government's personnel.
Recruiting and selection reached its highest point during the year. Eight hundred and forty-one competitions were held for promotions within the Service, which
included 153 competitions for personnel of the British Columbia Ferry Authority,
as compared with a total of 700 competitions held during 1963.
Additional staffs in a number of Government departments resulted in an increase in new appointments of about 13 per cent over 1963. The appointments to
the Service have followed the policies of previous years: to give opportunities in
employment to all citizens, irrespective of racial origin; to eliminate any discrimination with respect to the age of applicants; and to facilitate the employment of the
handicapped.
The various departments have co-operated whole-heartedly in providing employment which could be performed by persons with differing types of handicaps,
both mental and physical. There now are 99 employees with different types of
handicaps employed in 16 Government departments.
The Commission's endeavour to provide additional training for Government
employees continues to be well received by the employees and senior officials.
Twenty-three employees graduated and received diplomas in October, 1964, in the
Executive Development Training Plan, and 30 employees enrolled in the first year
of this course. A new course in Basic Public Administration was inaugurated in
October, 1964, with 40 employees enrolled.
The Classification Division reviewed 541 positions during the year, as against
628 positions in 1963. Reviews requested by outside agencies, such as the Ferry
Authority and the Workmen's Compensation Board, resulted in 52 positions being
reviewed, compared with 26 in 1963. In addition, 157 requests for new staff or
replacements were investigated. The Classification Division's staff travelled throughout the Province in conducting these reviews.
The Accident Prevention Division continues to report excellent progress. Fatal
accidents were down to five. The number of employees suffering medical aid and
disabling injuries in 1964 was over 200 less than it would have been at the pre
safety programme rate of 1962. The number of days lost through injury was the
lowest in the past six years despite larger numbers of employees. The direct costs
of medical aid, compensation, and disability pensions were the lowest since 1953,
over $200,000 less than in 1962. The Department of Finance completed its second
million man-hours without a disabling injury since 1962, and five other departments
received bronze and silver awards from the British Columbia Safety Council.
A voluntary system of payroll deduction was initiated in Victoria, Vancouver,
and New Westminster for donations to charitable organizations. The funds are
administered by committees of employees.
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Turnover of Government personnel increased sh
ghtly in
1964,
to
17.19 per
cent, as against 16.28 per cent during 1963.
Salary increases were afforded to all Government employees, av
ging about
5 per cent of the Government payroll.
The organization of the Commission staff was revised tc
place
all
activities under the Chief Selection Officer.
ORGANIZATION CHART OF THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
During the year two Personnel Officers were added to the Commission's staff—
Mr. W. Matichuk to the staff of the Classification and Wage Division and Mr. A. D.
Davies to the Essondale office.
The Chief Personnel Officer, apart from his duties as Executive Officer to the
Civil Service Commission, has been engaged throughout the year in all phases of
personnel administration. These included implementing a general salary revision;
advising the Deputy Minister of Education with respect to organization, classification, and salaries in vocational schools and the Institute of Technology; reviewing
the classification of senior positions in the Liquor Control Board, Sheriffs' Offices,
Department of Social Welfare, Mental Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Engineers, Foresters, and Agriculturists; reviewing individual grievances; directing the
rating of Government employees; arranging special placements; advising regarding
the transfer of employees in such cases resulting from the closing of the Colquitz
Mental Home; and the removal of tolls on bridges. Other activities included reviews
of overtime practices, vacations for specific groups of employees, bonus payments,
point of assembly practices, daily-rate calculations, pay for substitution in the Ferry
Authority, and review of replacements to staff. An increasing proportion of the
Chief Personnel Officer's time and the Commission's divisions has been spent in the
personnel administration within the Ferry Authority. This organization has expanded rapidly over the past few years, from a small staff of 200 operating two ships,
to a staff of over 1,000 operating 20 ships. The unusual operation requiring augmented service during the summer months resulted in many unusual problems arising
in personnel and pay policies.
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT, 1964 X 11
SIZE AND COMPOSITION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE
The number of probationary and permanent Civil Servants at December 31,
1963, was 8, 988, and at December 31, 1964, 9,282, an increase of 294 (see Appendix, Table 1). The total number of Civil Servants including temporary or casual
employees at the end of 1963 was 10,445, and at the end of 1964, 10,940, an
increase of 495.
APPOINTMENTS
During the year 2,202 appointments were made (see Appendix, Table 2), as
compared with 1,954 appointments during 1963, an increase of 248. The number
of appointments to probationary-permanent positions amounted to 938, as compared with 899 in 1963. There were 1,264 appointments to casual or temporary
positions, as compared to 1,055 in 1963. The number of requisitions for staff
(including both initial appointments and promotions) received amounted to 3,333,
as compared to 3,209 in 1963.
SEPARATIONS
The number of employees leaving the Civil Service during 1964 was 1,881 (see
Appendix, Table 6), as compared to 1,701 in 1963 and 1,681 in 1962. Using the
formula of
Number of employees leaving
-xioo
the
Total enrolment including casual employees
for 1964 was
The following table indicates the staff turnove
r forth
i past 10 years:—
Vear
EnSoyees
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8 523
26 67
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"56	
2784
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1632
The following tabulation indicates the number of suspensira
of probationary periods for the past eight years:—
, dismissals, and
GENERAL ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS
Examinations for the purpose of establishing qualified lists for such positions
as stenographer, typist, business-machine operator, and draughtsman were held in
Victoria, Vancouver, and Essondale offices of the Civil Service Commission.
 X 12 BRITISH COLUMBIA
In Victoria 1,296 applicants were tested, compared with 1,206 in 1963.
the number tested, 826 qualified in 1964 as compared to 792 in 1963, or 64 per a
in 1964 and 66 per cent in 1963.
Written examinations held in Victoria during 1964 were as follows:—
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In Vancouver 238 applicants for stenographic, clerical, and typing positions
were tested, compared with 284 in 1963. Of the 238 applicants, 204 or 86 per cent
qualified for appointment. The Essondale office reported that clerical, stenographic,
and typing tests were administered to 139 applicants, of whom 93 or 67 per cent
qualified, compared to 183 tests administered and 95 or 51 per cent qualifying
in 1963.
COMPETITIONS FOR PROMOTION
There were 841 competitions for promotion conducted in 1964, an increase of
141 over 1963. Of these, 153 competitions were for personnel for the British
Columbia Ferry Authority, resulting in 502 appointments to the regular and relief
staffs of this agency.
. As a result of the 841 competitions, 872 candidates were appointed to the
various departments Of Government; 57 per cent of these appointments were promotions from within the Service, and 43 per cent were initial appointments to the
Service. The number of promotional appointments made from one department to
another was 55 or 7 per cent of total appointments resulting from competitions.
The following tabulation illustrates the operation of the promotional policy
during the past four years:—■
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT, 1964 X 13
In addition to the time spent in work directly related to new appointments and
in-service promotions, considerable time is required to answer letters of inquiry and
interviewing persons requesting information. During 1964 in Victoria, 620 letters
were written concerning employment opportunities within the Civil Service and
about 500 interviews were conducted. The latter figure does not include the many
casual inquiries that are answered at the reception counter.
IN-SERVICE TRAINING
Executive Development Training Plan
Twenty-four Government employees enrolled in Class VI of the Executive
Development Training Plan received diplomas in Public Administration at the fall
congregation at the University of British Columbia. Twenty-three candidates enroled in Class VII entered the third year of the programme, 24 students of Class
VIII are in the second year, and 30 students in Class IX began the first year of
the course.
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Members of the Executive Development Training Plan who graduated on
October 30, 1964, are listed below:—
W. H. Adrian, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority.
N. H. Baker, Corrections Branch, Department of the Attorney-General.
H. C. Bancroft, Forest Management Division, British Columbia Forest Service.
J. C. Callen, Legal Surveys, Lands Service.
K. H. Collier, Fire Marshal's Office, Department of the Attorney-General.
F. M. Cunningham, Land Inspection, Lands Service.
T. S. Gibson, Assessment Equalization, Department of Finance.
H. T. Gumbert, Consumer Taxation Branch, Department of Finance.
Miss J. M. Hudson, Division of Tuberculosis Control, Health Services.
P. Hunt, Location Branch, Department of Highways.
R. L. MacDonald, Engineering Services, British Columbia Forest Service.
 X 14 BRITISH COLUMBIA
A. E. McKeever, Personnel Office, British Columbia Forest Service.
R. A. Parker, Consumer Taxation Branch, Department of Finance.
M. M. F. Pope, Parks Branch, Department of Recreation and Conservation.
G. L. Levy, Comptroller's Office, Department of Recreation and Conservation.
R. Maze, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority.
T. F. Moore, Legal Surveys, Lands Service.
E. W. Newbury, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority.
A. H. Price, Motor-vehicle Branch, Department of the Attorney-General.
W. W. M. Ross, General Administration, Department of Mines and Petroleum
Resources.
H. Sedgman, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority.
F. J. Todd, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority.
P. W. Wilkinson, Mechanical Tabulation Division, Department of Finance.
Courses in Appraisal
Six candidates who attended the special institutes in the appraisal of real
property completed their accreditation in the Appraisal Institute of Canada in 1964,
bringing the total who may now use the designation of A.A.C.I, to 51.
Court Reporting Course
The first course in court reporting was discontinued in April, 1964.   A committee has been set up to make arrangements for a course in court reporting using
stenotype rather than shorthand.   It is hoped that this course will be offered in
Vancouver in 1965.
Correspondence Course in Basic Public Administration
Forty students were selected for Class I of the above course, which commenced
in October, 1964. The purpose of this training programme is to give employees
a broader knowledge of the environment in which they work—the Public Service—
and to assist these employees in developing staff-management skills. Subjects
covered by correspondence lessons are:—
(1) Government in Canada at the three levels  (Federal, Provincial, and
Municipal).
(2) The organization of the Public Service in the Province of British Columbia.
(3) A guide to improved letter-writing.
(4) Supervision and staff management.
A three-day workshop will be held in April, 1965, on the completion of the
correspondence section. The Comptroller-General will give lectures on public
finance and accounting, and the students will take part in solving staff problems.
Other Courses
A short two-week course in plumbing services was sponsored in early 1964
for Provincial and municipal building inspectors.
Some progress has been made in regard to the Land Registry training plan
but staff turnover at the more junior levels and a continuing increase in the volume
of work has made progress somewhat slower than anticipated.
THE VANCOUVER OFFICE
During 1964 this office continued to be primarily concerned with recruiting
and placement as well as advising Government officials in the Vancouver an
to personnel practices and procedures.
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT, 1964 X 15
The office conducted 48 competitions which resulted in 327 appointments to
a wide variety of clerical, technical, and professional positions within the Civil
Service. In addition, 47 competitions were held for the British Columbia Ferry
Authority, resulting in 341 appointments to that agency. Total competitions
amounted to 95, and total appointments amounted to 668.
During the year a large number of telephone calls and inquiries over the
counter concerning employment opportunities were answered.
The following table indicates the number of tests administered and the percentage Of persons who qualified:  Number of Percentage
Persons Tested Qualifying
70 84
. 110 92
The following table indicates the number of appointments made during the
past three years:—
1962 »___       58 6
1963 . .%te..,....*■■•*_     633
1964     668
THE ESSONDALE OFFICE
As in previous years, recruitment remains the major function of this office.
During the year the office moved to more adequate quarters at the Valleyview Lodge,
and an additional Personnel Officer was added to the staff.
During 1964, 1,294 appointments were made, an increase of almost 8 per cent
over the 1,200 appointments made during 1963.
The following table indicates the number of appointments made in each institution (the figures in parentheses are those for 1963):—
Tranquille  154 (140)         11.90      (11.6)
Dellview (Vernon)   39 (41)           3.01         (3.4)
Skeenaview (Terrace)  32 (29)           2.47        (2.4)
Mental Health Centre, Kelowna 5 (2)        ]
Mental Health Centre, Victoria _ 4 (1)         |
Mental Health Centre, Nanaimo 4 (0)         U.39        (1.0)
Mental Health Centre, Trail  3 (0)         |
Vista and Venture   2 (4)
Valleyview (Port Coquitlam) .... 149 (170)         11.52      (14.1)
The Woodlands School (New
Westminster)  364 (264)        28.13      (22.0)
Essondale  484 (497)         37.40      (41.4)
Mental Health Centre, Burnaby.. 24 (30)           1.85        (2.5)
Headquarters and Educational
Centre  21 (19)           1.62        (1.6)
Department of Public Works  3 1
Department of Agriculture  6 fO./l
Totals  1,294      (1,200)      100 (100)
Of the 1,294 appointments, 1,085 were new entrants to the Civil Service, with
the exception of a very small number transferred or promoted from other Government departments.
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Recruitment within the nursing divisions was comparable to 1963. There was,
however, a slight increase in the ratio of trained nursing staff to untrained nursing
staff. The following table shows the percentage of trained nursing staff to untrained
nursing staff for the past four years:—
During 1964, 129 new positions or additions to the establishment were filled,
mpared with 120 in 1963. The following table indicates additions to establish-
3nt filled during the year, by ii
The Woodlands School ..
Tranquille	
Valleyview	
Educational Centre	
Mental Health Centre, Victoria.._
Mental Health Centre, Kelowna ..
Mental Health Centre, Nanaimo ..
Total	
. 129
There were 163 competitions for promotion conducted by the office; 43 of
these were generally advertised. All competitions drew 1,089 applications, of which
383 were interviewed, and from which 149 appointments were made. In addition,
32 promotions were made from the eligibility list for psychiatric nurses. Written
examinations were conducted on 32 occasions. The following table indicates the
number of persons who wrote the examinations in various categories and the number
of these who qualified:—
Qualii
Chief Psychiatric Nurse 	
Charge Psychiatric Nurse	
Assistant Charge Psychiatric Nurse I
Cook	
Dietary Aide	
Baker	
Building Service Worker Foreman ..
Industrial Therapist	
Truck-driver 	
Oxygen Therapist	
Meat-cutter	
Clerk   _____ .
Shorthand Stenographer	
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT, 1964 X 17
During the year, 1,239 requisitions for appointment were received; 150 of
these were cancelled or returned at the request of the Mental Health Services.
The 1,294 appointments were made in the following classifications, showing
percentage in each:— 1963 1964
Clerical __.	
Manual	
6.7
6.85
24.3
30.00
12.6
12.35
56.4
50.8
100.0 100.00
The reduction in the technical class and the increase in the manual class is
largely due to the divorcing of housekeeping and dietary staffs from nursing staffs.
A detailed listing of the classes of positions filled follows, showing the wide
range of occupations employed within the Mental Health Services:—
RnrWiol"Siirim,tendent
    23
     19
Chaplain 	
Cleaning Assistant	
Clerk 	
Clerk-Stenographer	
Nurse, Head	
Nurse, Public Health	
Nurse, Staff  ;>t. <~'	
Nurse, Superintendent	
Operator, Switchboard
Oxygen Therapist
DfcUci^at0r0fVOlUDteerS	
Dietary Aide
120
Painter Foreman !	
Farm Equipment Operator    .   ...
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Psychology Student	
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R^iSnf ptlh°1_,V;°nOrdinat0r 	
^h°nt0ryTeChnidan	
Seamstress	
Laundress	
 2
1
Stationary Engineer's. Helper	
Meat-cutter's Helper
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CLASSIFICATION AND, SALARY PLAN
The number of individual position classification reviews decreased to 541 from
628 in 1963.   Table 7 of the Appendix indicates the number of reviews by departments; upward revisions totalled 385, downward revisions were 3, and a total of
153 remained unchanged.
The decrease in the number of individual position classification reviews was
the result of an increase in the number and complexity of miscellaneous assignments,
 X 18 BRITISH COLUMBIA
and the greater amount of time the Division was required to devote to work for
non-Civil Service agencies.
The Division investigated 157 requisitions for appointment, completed 52
position reviews for non-Civil Service agencies, and amended or rewrote 44 position
specifications. Annual wage studies occupied most of the Division's time during
the months of September and October.
Many trips were made to the Greater Vancouver and Essondale areas, plus
two trips to the Kamloops, Okanagan, and Kootenay areas. Other assignments
were as follows:—
Classification and salary study—Workmen's Compensation Board
Staff needs study — non-instructional staff,  Institute of Technology,
Burnaby.
Classification and salary study—Langford Workshop, Parks Branch.
Classification and staff needs study—clerical staff, Secondary Correspondence School.
Classification and organization study—Mechanical Tabulation Divisions,
Departments of Finance and Industrial Development, Trade, and
Commerce.
Classification and salary study—Business Machine Mechanics.
Classification and salary study—fire-fighting staff, Essondale.
Classification and salary study—Life-raft Servicemen, Coffee-shop Waitresses, Radar-Radio Technician, Painters, Cashiers, Ticket Agents,
Second Stewards, and Cleaners of the British Columbia Ferry
Authority.
Group study—Government Agents and Deputy Government Agents.
Group study—Mapping Assistants 5, Draughtsmen 5, Supervisors of Map
Production, Supervisors of Map Distribution.
Procedures and methods study—Recorder of Brands Office, Department
of Agriculture.
Stenographic production study—Water Resources Service.
Salary study—Inspectors and Auditors, Liquor Control Board.
Salary study—Bridge Tenders.
Salary study—University Students.
Salary Study—Radio and Television Technician (Industrial Therapy).
Diving bonus study.
Point of assembly to point of assembly study.
Eleven requests for extension to casual appointments were investigated.
Numerous salary survey returns were completed for other agencies.
DEPARTMENTAL ESTABLISHMENTS
During 1964 the following additions and deletions were made to departmental
permanent establishments:—
Commercial Transport ..
Education	
Finance	
.     .    ...          3
          24
Highways
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT, .
Hospital Insurance Service _
Lands Service	
Mental Health Services	
Mines and Petroleum Resource
Municipal Affairs	
Premier's Office	
Provincial Secretary	
Civil Service Commission	
Superannuation Branch 	
Water Resources Service...
SICK AND SPECIAL LEAVE
Exclusive of claims under the Workmen's Compensation Board and leave
granted under the D.V.A. section of the Sick Leave Regulation, sick leave granted
during the period October 1, 1963, to September 30, 1964, totalled 65,304 days—
56,681 days with pay and 8,623 days without pay—an average of 5.91 days (see
Table 5, Appendix), and an increase of 0.32 day over the average for the previous
I 12-month period of 5.59 days.
The average number of days sick leave per employee for the past 10 years was
as follows:—
Sept30 Employ?! Sept. 30 Employee
1955	
1956	
1957	
1958	
1959	
5.50
1960.	
_    5.73
5.60
1961  *_&--
5.37
5.85
1962	
.. 5.53
6.54
1963.
.... 5.59
5.85
1964	
 5.91
The average daily salary for the year October 1, 1963, to September 30, 1964,
was $18.66, bringing the cost of sick leave with pay for the 56,681 days to
$1,057,667.   This was not actually an additional expenditure as in most cases the
;  absences were for short periods only and the question of relief did not apply.
Twenty-one employees were granted leave for the purpose of training with
j Reserve units of Her Majesty's forces, and 65 employees were granted leave for
| the purpose of further training and study.
The assistance and co-operation of the Director of Occupational Health,
Health Services, in connection with sick-leave incidence is very much appreciated.
:  Further details will be found in the Report of the Health Branch.
ACCIDENT PREVENTION
The Accident Prevention Division reported good results in the second year of
the interdepartmental safety programme.
The most noticeable development was the serious and determined approach to
accident prevention in many departments. The principle of cause and effect and the
preventability of accidents gained greater acceptance.   The Honourable W. D. Black,
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Provincial Secretary, distributed to all department heads framed copies of the j
Government's safety policy, and a number of departments also issued statements i
of responsibility.
Headquarters safety committees were established in the Department of Recreation and Conservation, the Department of Industrial Development, Trade, and j
Commerce, the Department of Social Welfare, and in the Hospital Insurance Service, and about a dozen new committees were set up at district locations. Most !
interesting was the establishment of active safety committees at each of the gaol
and correction units in the Attorney-General's Department, with participation of
inmates in the forest camps.
A start was made in establishing student-staff committees at the Provincial  I
vocational and technical schools.   The Mental Health Services and the Department
of Public Works completely reorganized their committee organization at Essondale.
The number of employees suffering medical aid and disabling injuries in 1964
was over 200 less than it would have been at the pre safety programme rate of 1962.
Work Injury Rates by Departments, 1964
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT, 1964                            X 21
An important addition to the basic safety aids for supervisors was the " Repor
1 Forms for ' Tool Box' Safety Meetings."   These are in use by some hospital ward
1 supervisors as well as by field crews.   Pads of Safety Committee Meeting Repori
1 forms were also printed, and the Supervisor's Accident Investigation Report form
1 was revised and reprinted.   Safety policy was inserted in the Civil Service bookie
1 distributed to all new employees.
The Division's other safety promotion and education activities continued with
1 monthly reports to Deputy Ministers, monthly distribution of literature to depart
1 mental safety representatives and committee chairmen, occasional service-wide
1 distribution of special-subject pamphlets such as fire prevention and winter driving
1 regular Civil Service Newsletter articles, and a service-wide poster distribution every
1 three weeks.   A system of circulation of office safety posters for headquarters offices
1 Direct Costs Paid to Workmen's Compensation Board for Medical Aid
Time-loss Compensation, and Reserves for Fatal and Disability
Pensions.
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)f hard hats and winte
nanship of the Directo
mployment or periodi
 X 22 BRITISH COLUMBIA
cal medical examinations in certain occupations involving serious risk to employees I
or the public. A foot-protection policy requiring safety footwear in certain occupa- I
tions was introduced in several departments.
Commencing January 1st, the monthly report of accident frequency was ]
changed from the British Columbia standard (over three days' time loss) to the |
American Standards Association standard (one or more days' time loss). This I
made possible ready comparisons with other employers throughout North America ]
and reflects more accurately the rate of accidents involving disabling injuries. The I
comparative records from the beginning of the safety programme in August, 1962,
were also recalculated on the A.S.A. basis.
The year culminated with a safety awards presentation ceremony attended by
the Premier and members of the Cabinet, some 15 Deputy Ministers, the president j
of the British Columbia Safety Council, and chairman of the Workmen's Compensa- I
tion Board.   The principal results in 1964 as listed by the Co-ordinator are:—      j
(1) Fatal accidents were down to five compared with eight in 1963, and 12 j
in 1962.
(2) Despite a 3.7-per-cent increase in man-hours worked, the number of
disabling injuries to Government employees was reduced by 40 from I
1963.   The rate of disabling injuries per million man-hours declined 9.7  I
per cent from 1963, which was 12.6 per cent below 1962.    The total
of medical-aid and time-loss injuries in 1964 was 207 less than it would  j
have been at the 1962 rate.
(3) The number of days lost through injury was the lowest in at least six  1
years despite staff increases.
(4) The direct costs of medical aid, compensation, and disability pensions
were the lowest since 1953.   They were 23.4 per cent below 1963, which
was 16.5 per cent below 1962.   This represents a saving of over $200,000
in direct costs in 1964, compared with 1962 or with the projected cost  I
for the year (see graph).
(5) The Department of Finance earned its second Million Man-hour Award
since 1962, and the Premier presented bronze and silver awards from I
the British Columbia Safety Council to five departments which had no
disabling injuries for the required periods, as follows: Department of
Mines and Petroleum Resources, bronze; Department of Municipal
Affairs, bronze; Department of Commercial Transport, silver; Department of Labour, silver; and Department of Education, silver. The latter
three departments also qualified for the Premier's safety trophy, together
with the Department of Finance.
(6) Forty-seven awards were won by units of various departments, including
a bronze-on-gold award won by a high-hazard forest access-road crew.
The Co-ordinator, Mr. W. J. Williams, also stated: " This was an outstanding
year in terms of reduced severity and costs. With the full co-operation of employees
and the excellent support being given by the Ministers and Deputy Ministers, it
should be possible to put the extra effort into job-planning and staff-training to get
the 20-per-cent reduction in injuries called for by the Provincial Secretary for 1965."
GRIEVANCES
The Chief Personnel Officer reviewed a number of grievances from individual
employees. Of the total, six were submitted to the Civil Service Commission for a
formal review. In addition, the Commission heard five briefs on wages and working conditions from various groups of employees, as well as several wage and
salary appeals.
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT, 1964 X 23
CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS
The continuing growth in the British Columbia Ferry Authority demanded
i   extra effort from the Recruitment and Selection Division of the Commission.   In
:   addition, the Classification and Wage Division of the Commission conducted a
i  number of reviews in the Ferry Authority, and the Chief Personnel Officer offered
considerable advice on matters involving personnel administration.
The addition of a Personnel Assistant (Mr. W. Matichuk) to the staff of the
1  Classification and Wage Division has been of great assistance.   Similarly, the addition of the Personnel Officer (Mr. A. D. Davies) to the Essondale office of the
Commission has enabled prompt action in dealing with staff replacements and
promotions in the Mental Health Services.
A very important event in Canadian public personnel administration occurred
in June, when representatives from the Federal and all Provincial civil or public
service commissions met in the historic and hospitable Province of Nova Scotia
as the First Conference of Canadian Civil Service Commissioners (Conference des
Commissaires Canadiens de la Fonction Publique).   This annual conference is
[  bound to be very influential in obtaining consistent and modern systems of public
[  personnel management throughout Canada, and also should serve as an excellent
'  clearing-house for research and experimentation in attendant problems.   The second
I  annual conference is scheduled for Victoria in June, 1965.
In conclusion, the Chairman wishes to record his sincere appreciation to his
two colleagues on the Commission, to each member of the Commission's staff, to
1   Government Agents, to the Civil Service Commissions in other Provinces, and the
Federal Government for their able assistance, and to you, Mr. Minister, for your
deep and sympathetic appreciation of the Commission's problems.
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION.
H. M. Morrison, Chairman.
J. E. Brown, Member.
E. R. Rickinson, Member.
 X 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
APPENDDC
Twenty-five-year cc
Government employees
ntinuous-service certificates we
5 December, 1964:—
e awarded to the following
Department of Agri
Arthur William I
ulture                                      Depar
nent of Labour
am lohn Douglas Hoskyn.
Department of the A
ttorney-General                      Lands
Service
Wil
1am lames M
Kav.
Geo
rge Moody lo
1am Teasdale
Stead.
Cha
rles Strang Pe
Rob
Law.
Les
er Berry Johnston.
E. Stanley L. lack
son.
Mis
Evelyn Rhodes.
Water
Resources Servic
Der
ek William White
Liquo
Control Board
Ger
aid Forbes Morga
Ray
mond Gordon Fu
Dr. Clifford Bruce Conway.
Dr. John Frederick Kerr En|
John Napier Burnett.
Department of Finance
Roy Harold Okell.
Miss Clara Evelyn Wilson.
Frederick Rock.
William Thomas McGruder.
Geoffrey Harold Beley.
Harry Langley Woolison.
Mental Health Services
Joseph George McChesney.
Leonard Wilson Rumble.
Stanley Leonard Briggs.
William A. T. Cousins.
Robert William Jackson.
Herbert Raymond Johnson.
Miss Catherine MurTay.
John Herbert Collishaw.
Miss Margaret M. Mackie.
James Fraser MacDougall.
Miss Clara Hilda Lisette Vi
Richard Madden Nash.
Mrs. Marjorie Irene Beslej
William Vivian Hicks.
Richard Hugh Spilsbury.
John Robert Long.
Jonas Harold Holmberg.
Public Health Services
Miss Rika Lorimer Wright
Emest Albert Killeen.
Harold Hughes.
Albert Davies Stevens.
Douglas Francis W. Sih
Roderick lohn Mclnn
Henry Roy Bridger.
Departmental
Douglas Dono
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CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT, 1964
STATISTICS
Table 1.—Enrolments in the Civil Service from 1949 to 196
4 (AS AT DEC
I 31st)
Yea,
Permanent
Casual
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4,158
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