Information changes frequently. This page will be updated regularly.
The BCFSC 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.
The Provincial Health Officer offers the most recent updates and information on COVID-19. Check the Government of BC website for the latest public health orders, restrictions and guidance.
Learn more about how WorkSafeBC is supporting the PHO Closure Order.
WorkSafeBC Workplace Closures and COVID-19 Inspections (May 6, 2021)
WorkSafeBC support for the PHO Closure Order (April 9, 2021)
WorkSafeBC provides COVID-19 health and safety resources to help keep workplaces safe.
Access workplace safety plans, exposure control plans, worker claim information, employers claim information and industry specific information for forestry.
LATEST WorkSafeBC Information:
Starting June 15, employers can apply to be reimbursed for up to three days of wages paid to workers for COVID-19-related sick leave. Learn more about how to apply for sick leave reimbursement.
WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Links
- NEW - WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Sick Leave Reimbursement Program for Employers
- WorkSafeBC COVID-19
- WorkSafeBC Forestry Industry Information
- COVID-19 Updates for Workers and Employers
- Health and Safety When Working from Home
- COVID-19 FAQs
- WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan Checklist
- Designing Effective Barriers
- WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Forms and Resources
BCFSC & COVID-19
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.
BCFSC documents and resources have been developed for industry as guidelines and reference documents for employers and employees to use to help reduce 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.
Mental Health COVID-19 Links
- Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions – Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- World Health Organization Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
- Canadian Mental Health Association (Kelowna) – Coronavirus: Managing Stress & Anxiety
- Vancouver Island Counseling – Emotional Health and Wellbeing and the COVID-19 Virus
If you are unsure of which information you need to support your organization, the BCFSC is here to help. We have Safety Advisors all over BC who can help you put your plans into action.
Contact us with your questions.