In 2008/2009, a significant number of the inquiries received by the Office of the Ombudsman were related to the SAFE Companies Program (SCP). Several issues were identified by contractors, sub-contractors and owner-operators. This presents a serious challenge because the SCP is at the core of the work being undertaken by the BC Forest Safety Council (Council).
Introducing a program as complex as the SCP in an industry as diverse as the forest sector is no small task. While good progress has been made in the implementation of the SCP, some areas can be improved.
As requested by the Council’s Board of Directors in February 2009, this report makes seven recommendations to the Council that aim to strengthen the SCP.