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COVID-19 Resources

Information is frequently changing and this page will be updated regularly.

The BC Forest Safety Council is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation to determine how we can best support forestry workers, contractors and employers throughout BC. We continue to follow guidance from public health officials and will adjust and enhance our resources and information to ensure all necessary precautions are being taken to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission and illness to forest sector employees.

The safety of forest industry workers remains our top priority.

COVID-19 Update: New restrictions in effect.

New Provincial-Wide Order

With the current spike in COVID-19 cases throughout BC, the Public Health Authority announced on November 19th that new province-wide restrictions will be implemented to help reduce the spread of the virus effective from midnight, November 19 to midnight, December 7, 2020.

What do these new restrictions mean for BC Forestry? Review the new restrictions and access resource links in our latest Safety Alert to help you adjust and plan accordingly. 

Workplace Planning

WorkSafeBC Enhanced COVID-19 Inspections and Consultations Update: Workplaces in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions identified as the highest risk for COVID-19 transmission will be prioritized for WorkSafeBC Safety Plan inspections and consultations. Employers are urged to stay vigilant by revisiting their existing COVID-19 Safety Plan and updating it with the involvement of their workers as conditions change. For more information, download the WorkSafeBC - Enhanced COVID-19 Inspections and Consultations Update. 

BC’s Restart Plan is a four-phased approach to ensure the gains and efforts we have made to date allow us to continue to move forward. Industry sectors are encouraged to develop enhanced protocols aligned with the Public Health and Safety Guidelines and WorkSafeBC and will be expected to adopt and implement sector COVID-19 Safety Plans.

The BCFSC has assembled resources and information for the forestry sector to work safely. This information is catalogued by operational use based on the type of company you run. If you are unsure of which information you need to support your organization, the BCFSC is here to help. We have Safety Advisors available to you all over BC who can help you put your plans into action. If you are unable to reach one of them, please contact us at 1-877-741-1060.

Contact Us

SAFE Companies          safeco@bcforestsafe.org     1-877-741-1060
 
Region
Field Safety Advisor Email Phone
Vancouver Island, South Coast & East Kootenays Terry Chow chow@bcforestsafe.org 250-618-1031
Cariboo Chilcotin & Peace Region Lisa Banner lbanner@bcforestsafe.org 250-713-3705
Central Interior Mike Pottinger mpottinger@bcforestsafe.org 778-269-1834
Okanagan & Kootenays Jerry Kirouac jkirouac@bcforestsafe.org 250-616-0962
Northern BC & Peace Region Tyler Bartels tbartels@bcforestsafe.org 250-327-3046
 
Falling Safety Advisors          - covering all of BC
David Adshead dadshead@bcforestsafe.org 778-349-5084
Scott Rushton srushton@bcforestsafe.org 250-735-2850

BCFSC COVID-19 Safety Plan

View Restart information that relates to your industry:

For general COVID-19 information, access the following:

Disclaimer

BCFSC documents and resources have been developed for industry as guidelines and reference documents for employers and employees to use to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. BCFSC developed documents will contain COVID-19 information relevant at the time the document was created. As information is updated regularly, the BCFSC encourages workers and employers to visit the BC Centre for Disease Control for personal health inquiries or visit WorkSafeBC for regulatory information relating to workplace safety.

 

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