What is the SAFE Companies Program


SAFE (Safety Accord Forestry Enterprise) Companies is a prequalification safety initiative developed by the BC forest sector. Prequalification means that various companies and organizations may use certification as a prerequisite to bid on or to perform certain work. The BCFSC has no information on which contracts may require SAFE certification. Each company must consult the individual bid packages and/or contracts that they wish to bid on.

SAFE is administered by the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) and is designed to assist organizations in improving their safety performance to at least a minimum industry standard and to evaluate company safety programs using industry recognized audit protocols. All types and sizes of companies can be evaluated using one of three different audit tools:

The BASE (Basic Audit Safety Evaluation) audit is for organizations that have 20 or more workers.

The SEBASE (Small Employer BASE) and ISEBASE (Independent-Small Employer BASE) audits are for organizations that have between 2 and 19 workers.

The I.O.O. (Individual Owner Operator) is for independent operators of 1-2 person companies.


There is a great deal of information showing that safe organizations are reliable, predictable and efficient. Preventing incidents ensures an organization is in control of its processes. This improves reliability, quality and competitiveness, and reduces injuries. Safety is not only the right thing to do, it is also good business.

When a company uses the audit standards a good foundation is established to provide a safe workplace. There are no guarantees, but if the foundation work is there and running well, incidents should be prevented or reduced.

Safety Advisors and Advocates

In order to assist companies with safety performance and safety audits, BCFSC safety advisors are available by telephone and for face-to-face visits on work sites. Over 1500 visits have been successfully completed with overwhelming positive response from the companies that hosted those field visits.

As the BCFSC is the forest industry's health and safety association, we are here to help you with all safety matters. Please call the SAFE Companies department toll-free at 1-877-741-1060 or email: safeco@bcforestsafe.org.

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