SAFE FORESTRY PROGRAM

Advancing a safer and healthier workplace environment for all involved

Dedicated to promoting health, safety, and culture within BC’s Silviculture contracting sector, the BC SAFE Forestry Program, managed by the WFCA and supported by the BC Forest Safety Council, collaborates with industry stakeholders to address emerging health and safety issues, develop best practices, and advocate for industry-wide improvements. Through regular meetings, annual work plans, and educational initiatives led by the Forest Safety Advocate and its Strategic Advisory Committee, the program remains committed to continuous improvement and fostering a safer and healthier workplace environment for all involved in the sector.

BC SAFE Forestry Bulletin: Showing Up Healthy to Plant (03/30/2021)

Planters are now preparing to travel within the next few weeks for the spring planting season in B.C. and Alberta. Last year the most critical factor in our success was having workers arrive healthy. We need to repeat that in 2021. Here are the best practices to follow. 29 March 2021: Many workers are now preparing to travel to their jobs within the next few weeks. We should remember that the most critical factor in our success in 2020 was having workers arrive healthy for the start of their...

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Industrial Camps Order – Silviculture Briefing Document (7/17/2020)

On July 2nd, the Provincial Health Office released the following bulletin related to practices for industrial camps, including remote silviculture operations in both motels and bush camps. The new order is based on the province moving into Phase 3 of their COVID-19 management plan, and the wider opening of businesses and public activity this summer. Read the full briefing document here.

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Bulletin: Continuation of Silviculture Operations During Covid-19 (6/26/20)

Since the beginning of May, the silviculture sector has been operating under communicable disease prevention guidelines issued by the Provincial Health Office (PHO of British Columbia. Although conditions have continued to improve, COVID-19 remains a threat to public health, and there is still no viable treatment or vaccine available. Public activity is now entering Phase-3 of the COVID management plan with increased travel and opening of dining service industries. However, a formal revision...

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Guidance Document for Addressing the Costs of Extra COVID-19 Safety Related Requirements Associated with Tree Planting (06/12/20)

Tree planting typically occurs in remote areas and near First Nation and rural communities throughout the province. It is important for BC to protect those who live in rural and remote communities and to ensure the safety of all forest workers. The BC Centre for Disease Control has released Protecting Employees, Contractors, and Employers Working in the Silviculture Sector During the Covid-19 Pandemic which outlines safety requirements for tree planters. In this document, WFCA addresses the...

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WFCA: Covid-19 Pandemic DRAFT Guidelines for Motels and Remote Accommodations (Updated 02/04/2020)

Please click here for the drafted Covid-19 Pandemic Guidelines for Motels and Remote Accommodations This best practices document is a general synopsis of information and recommendations developed by Dr. Jordan Tesluk our BC SAFE Forestry Program’s Forestry Safety Advocate. This, of course, is in response to the unfolding pandemic and our government’s work to contain the virus. It should be instructive in assisting employers and managers in developing individual strategies to keep their...

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B.C.’s Major Forestry and Harvesting Contractor Associations Request WorkSafeBC Pilot TEAAM and Study Provincial Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Model for all Remote Resource Workers (08/28/2019)

British Columbia’s major harvesting and reforestation contractor associations have told B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains that helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) like the Squamish-based Technical Emergency Advanced Aero Medical (TEAAM) should be the standard of emergency response care for forest and other resource sector workers on remote worksites across the province. Stating their harvest and forestry members represent a sector comprising 25,000 employees the Truck Loggers...

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Forest Safety Advocate Advises Contractors to Prepare for Moving Camps in Wildfire Emergencies (05/31/2019)

On May 9th, a small fire broke out near Marmot Lake, approximately 90km west of Quensnel. The fire broke out in a fuel-controlled area near the village of Nazko, less than 500 meters from a silviculture camp hosting more than 50 workers. Fortunately, the fire was quickly contained and controlled by wildfire crews, and the danger was over by the time the workers had returned to their campsite. Several workers and staff were recruited to assist in extinguishing hot-spots after the initial attack...

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