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COVID-19 Resources - Updated May 26th, 2020

Information is changing rapidly and will be updated regularly.

As challenges caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to shift, the B.C. government and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer (PHO), are taking unprecedented measures to slow transmission of COVID-19.

In support of these efforts, the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) and Manufacturing Advisory Group (MAG) have developed resources for employers and workers that will ensure all necessary precautions are being taken to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission and illness to forest sector employees.

The resources reflect industry best practices and incorporate BC Provincial Health Agency and WorkSafeBC requirements to ensure the forest industry is taking the necssary steps to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

The safety of forest industry workers remains our top priority.

COVID-19:  SAFE Companies and WorkSafeBC COR audit requirements for 2020

Disclaimer

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 care inquiries or visit WorkSafeBC for regulatory information relating to workplace safety.



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WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Forestry Industry Information



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BSFSC's Response

The BCFSC is open for business. However, as part of our commitment to keep our staff safe and to slow the spread of COVID-19, our offices are closed as of Friday, March 20, 2020.

BCFSC staff will be working remotely and are available by phone and email so please do not hesitate to reach out for any support or questions you may have. We appreciate your patience as we navigate the next couple weeks.

With respect to our day-to-day business, BCFSC has implemented the following best practices to reduce to the risk of exposure to our staff, members and affiliates who are connected to us. These practices will remain in place until further notice:
 

We have extended employee travel restrictions within our organization. These restrictions will impact: SAFE Company verifications, classroom training, new faller certifications. For information contact:

SAFE Companies: safeco@bcforestsafe.org or call 1-877-741-1060

BCFSC Training: training@bcforestsafe.org or call 1-877-741-1060

BCFSC Faller Department: faller@bcforestsafe.org or call 1-877-741-1060
 

Training (updated on Apr. 6) – We have postponed in-class courses until the end of May and will provide updates on future courses via our website and social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
 

Please contact the BCFSC training department for more information on cancellations at; training@bcforestsafe.org
 

In-person activity is suspended. We are rescheduling face-to-face meetings and recommending conference call and videoconferencing options. Please contact your meeting organizer for more details.
 

We are postponing large committee meetings and events.
 

 

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