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Working Safely in Avalanche Country Workshop

This session covers what to look out for when working in avalanche terrain, what equipment you need and tips for staying safe in the woods during winter.

The workshop is being presented by Carole Savage, a Registered Professional Forester and an Active Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. Carole is experienced in both forestry operations/avalanche control and delivers the snowmobile backcountry avalanche workshops training for the Canadian Avalanche Association. WorkSafe BC will also be on hand to answer your questions about changes in the avalanche regulation (4.1.1 – Snow Avalanche Assessments).

This workshop is suitable for field workers, safety coordinators, company owners, equipment operators and anyone who may be working in avalanche exposure areas.  read more »

WorkSafeBC approves 2011 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Effective Feb 1, 2012

At its October 2011 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. These amendments will become effective on February 1, 2012. Click on the link below to view a summary of the approved changes.  read more »

Proposed changes to 2012 WorkSafe regulation – will they affect you?

WorkSafe BC has requested feedback from industry on several proposed changes to the regulation. The Council reviewed the changes and found a number of areas where this may affect your forestry business.  read more »

Driving Change - Article Published in Silviculture Magazine Fall 2011 Issue

Article by Steven Mueller published in the Fall 2011 issue of Silivculture Magazine, www.silviculturemagazine.com

You don’t need a safety consultant to tell you that the greatest risk to silviculture workers is driving. Any tree planter can tell you that. Heading out to camp, riding to work in the crummy, backing up to the reefer, or running to town for supplies; most incidents causing significant loss will likely happen on (or off) the road. Granted, silviculture workers are more likely to suffer injuries due to repetitive stress, or slips, trips and falls. However, the big ticket items - serious injury, fatality, major vehicle damages and costly production loss - are usually due to vehicle incidents.  read more »

Natural Resource Road Act Project website

The Natural Resource Road Act Project Team is pleased to advise that the Natural Resource Road Act Project website is now live. The NRRA Project is taking a different approach to engaging stakeholders in the development of a single Act to support the management of resource roads of British Columbia than was done for Bill 30. This website and NRRA project:  read more »

Westline Harvesting Ltd. awarded Safety MVP Award

Nanaimo, B.C. – A Williams Lake logging company has received an award from the BC Forest Safety Council, in recognition of their notable contribution to forest industry safety within their operations in 2011.

Westline Harvesting Ltd. was presented the Safety M.V.P. of the Year award at the Vancouver Island Safety Conference, October 1st in Nanaimo. The award, co-presented to Westline Operations Manager David Whitwell by the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Donna Wilson, vice-president of Industry Services and Sustainability, WorkSafeBC and Safety Council CEO Peter Lineen, was created to acknowledge safety improvements at work through persistent efforts to seek changes by a company that has demonstrated leadership in integrating health & safety into their business practices.  read more »

Sig Kemmler awarded Cary White Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement

Nanaimo, B.C. – The co-founder of Duncan-based Alternative Forest Operations Ltd. (AFO) has received an award from the BC Forest Safety Council, in recognition of a long career in the forest industry that has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving safety awareness, expanding safety knowledge, developing safety skills at ground level and building a lasting culture of safety among BC’s forest workers.  read more »

SAFE Training Requirements Notice - 2011-08-23


Please ensure that you read the following important information regarding your eligibility for WorkSafeBC Certification of Recognition (COR) rebates in 2012.

The WorkSafeBC (WSBC) Certificate of Recognition (COR) Standards and Guidelines requires both large and small company auditors to maintain the quality and currency of their skills and knowledge to be eligible for WSBC COR rebates.

This requirement not only applies to the traditional external large company (BASE) auditor, but also considers every person who submits a BASE, SEBASE, ISEBASE or IOO audit to be an auditor. To satisfy this requirement, WSBC requires both internal and external auditors to:  read more »

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