Citing inadequate safety at KRCC, WorkSafeBC issued six orders to improve conditions for guards, inmates and visitors at the jail.
Examples cited in the report include lack of protective barriers, cameras that are not monitored and undue exposure of correctional staff to violence when delivering food to segregation areas.
The union representing correctional staff applauded the report Thursday.
"They found significant health and safety issues in the jail," said BCGEU representative Dean Purdy. "They put correctional officers and inmates at risk."
The safety audit was done Sept. 23-26, part of an inspection by WorkSafeBC of all provincial jails.
The report also found in one case an order given after inspection five years ago was not followed.
"There have been significant changes in the nature of work areas and conditions at this facility… . The employer has failed to conduct a current risk assessment in which a risk of injury to workers from violence arising from their employment may now be present."
Examples cited include a workstation cited five years ago that remains unchanged.
"An incident of violence occurred 18 months ago when an inmate accessed the living unit officer's work area via a large opening in the work station," the report said.
Other problems include lack of regular inspections, work areas not designed to safely move people and lack of written instructions for janitorial functions "where exposure to biological agents may occur."
"A lot are basic safety issues," Purdy said. "Safety concerns were identified in 2008. We're hoping WCB will follow up with the employer."
A representative from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General could not be reached late Thursday.
A report will be done at the end of the inspection of all the jails.
While Purdy applauded the order, he acknowledged he is disappointed inspectors didn't cite what the union believes are inadequate numbers of correctional officers for growing inmate populations.
At KRCC, the ratio is as high as 40-1, Purdy said.
"That's one of the things we would have liked addressed."