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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:

  1. Who conducts the activities (e.g. the tenure holder and/or their employees, or a contractor(s)).
  2. 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:

  1. Woodlot Holder does their own work with the assistance of employees – Supervisory responsibilities only.
  2. Contractors utilized to conduct some of the activities – Contractor selection criteria needed to cover due diligence.
  3. 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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  • Small Tenure Safety Program Template: Scenario 1

    Intended for tenure holders who contract out all activities carried out on the tenure area. However, this does not preclude the tenure holder from conducting administrative tasks and/or visiting the tenure for general or site inspection purposes.
    Fillable form - PDF

  • Small Tenure Safety Program Template: Scenario 2

    Intended for tenure holders who use contractors to conduct higher risk activities (i.e. road building, harvesting, log hauling, etc.) and the tenure holder conducts ONLY lower risk activities (i.e. basic silviculture, layout, etc.).
    Fillable form - PDF

  • Small Tenure Safety Program Template: Scenario 3

    Intended for tenure holders who directly conduct low and high-risk activities in the tenure area (i.e. planning, harvesting, silviculture, etc.). The tenure holder may also periodically use contractors to perform some of these activities.
    Fillable form - PDF

  • SAFEWoods: Know Your Responsibilities #1 - Owner

    WLCFASC Owner Responsibilities - PDF

  • SAFEWoods: Know Your Responsibilities #2 - Prime Contractor

    WLCFASC Prime Contractor Responsibilities - PDF

  • SAFEWoods: Know Your Responsibilities #3 - Employer

    WLCFASC Employer Responsibilities - PDF

  • SAFEWoods: Know Your Responsibilities #4 - Supervisor

    WLCFASC Supervisor Responsibilities - PDF

  • SAFEWoods: Know Your Responsibilities #5 - Worker

    WLCFASC Worker Responsibilities - PDF

  • SAFEWoods: Know Your Responsibilities #6 - Board of Directors

    WLCFASC Board of Director Responsibilities - PDF

  • SAFEWoods: Know Your Responsibilities Wrap Up

    A comprehensive wrap up to the six part series " Know Your Responsibilities" articles - PDF

  • Keep the Woods Safe: Know Your Responsibilities Poster

    Poster - 8.5 x 11 inches

  • Keep the Woods Safe: Know Your Responsibilities Poster

    Poster - 11 x 17 inches

  • SAFEWoods: Licence Holder Responsibility Flow Chart

    Flow chart showing the licence holder responsibilities regarding the safety of workers, volunteers, visitors and learners on their licence. PDF

  • Keep the Woods Safe: Licence Holder Safety Responsibilities Poster

    Poster - 8.5 x 11 inches

  • Keep the Woods Safe: Licence Holder Safety Responsibilities Poster

    Poster - 11 x 17 inches

  • SAFEWoods: Post Wildfire Operational Safety Bulletin

    A resource of additional considerations when working on land that has been affected by wildfires.
    Bulletin - PDF