Small Tenure Safety
In BC, each small tenure holder (e.g., woodlot, community forest, etc.) has a responsibility to have a safety plan in place to guide forest management activities on their tenure area. Recognizing that tenure holders manage those operations in a range of ways, The Woodlot License and Community Forest Agreement Safety Committee has developed three (3) safety plan templates (see below).
The templates have been developed based on two main criteria:
- Who conducts the activities (e.g. the tenure holder and/or their employees, or a contractor(s)).
- The nature of those operations (e.g. higher risk activities such as road building, harvesting and log hauling, or lower risk activities such as planting, silviculture surveys and layout)
Woodlot Safety Program
The program outlines four steps using a safety plan, forms and safe work procedures. To be a successful program, there must be a commitment by the Woodlot Holder to maintain the safety system by following the program of safety meetings, inspections, assessments, documentation and safe work procedures.
This safety program covers the following Woodlot operation scenarios which vary depending on the expertise, equipment and workers available to the Woodlot Holder:
- Woodlot Holder does their own work with the assistance of employees – Supervisory responsibilities only.
- Contractors utilized to conduct some of the activities – Contractor selection criteria needed to cover due diligence.
- Contractors to coordinate and conduct all of the activities – Contractor selection criteria for the selection of a Prime contractor required.
As a Woodlot Holder you are deemed to be the owner of that workplace by the Workers Compensation Act (WCA) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OH&S Regulation). You are also deemed to be the Prime contractor on that site unless you assign Prime contractor status to another company or person.
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