From the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC):
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.
Please note instructions for audit submissions by courier and drop off have changed due to our office shutdown for COVID-19.*
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.
Industry Resources and Information
- BCFSC COVID-19 Message to Members
- BCFSC Industrial Camp Order Summary – Updated April 27, 2020
- BC Public Health Orders, Notices & Guidance
- BC Public Health Industrial Camps
- BC Public Health Delegation Industrial Camps
- BC Public Health Silviculture Worker Camp Guidelines
- Ministry of Forests Q&A 2020 Spring Tree Planting – COVID-19 Measures – New
- Provincial Statement on Guidance to BC manufacturers during COVID
- Pandemic Contingency Plan – Updated April 2, 2020
- Exposure Control Plan – Updated April 17, 2020
- What If Protocol – Updated March 27, 2020
- Workstation Hygiene – Updated March 27, 2020
- BCFSC Symptoms of COVID-19 – Updated March 27, 2020
- BCFSC Self-Monitoring
- Working From Home Employer – Updated March 27, 2020
- Surface Cleaning and Disinfecting – Updated March 27, 2020
- BCFSC Social Distancing Poster
- BCFSC Working From Home – Employee Tips
- BCFSC COVID-19 Protect Yourself
- Symptom Self-Assessment Online Tool
- Safety Alerts
- Western Forestry Contractor’s Association (WFCA) COVID-19 includes Guidelines for Camps & Crews and Motels & Remote Accommodations
- Industrial Camps – Interim Communicable Disease Control Guidelines
- Pandemic Bowtie Example (Energy Safety Canada)
- The Hierarchy of Control to Support Essential Work Within 2M – April 9, 2020
- COVID-19 and Management of Change – April 9, 2020
WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Forestry Industry Information
- WorkSafeBC Forestry Industry Information
- COVID-19 Updates for Workers and Employers
- Health and Safety When Working from Home
- COVID-19 FAQs
Mental Health Tips & Resources
- Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions – Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- World Health Organization Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
- Canadian Mental Health Association (Kelowna) – Coronavirus: Managing Stress & Anxiety
- Vancouver Island Counselling – Emotional Health and Wellbeing and the COVID-19: Virus
Health Agency and Government Links
- For General Questions About COVID-19: in BC call 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) 7:30am – 8pm every day
- BC Nurses Hotline: If you are symptomatic or for other health concerns call 811 (or 711 for hearing impaired)
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Know The Facts about COVID-19
- How to Be Prepared
- Prevention Procedures
- How to apply for COVID-19 EI sickness benefits
- Small businesses affected by Coronavirus
In light of the rapidly evolving situation regarding the spread of COVID-19, including the declaration from the World Health Organization that it is now categorized as a global pandemic, the BCFSC recognizes the situation is fluid and we are continuing to monitor the most up-to-date guidance and information as provided by trusted public health authorities.
Health and safety is always a top priority for us. Our duty of care is to ensure we are taking the necessary precautions to help lower the risk for our members, employees and their families. For this reason, we will continue to share information to help us all mitigate our risks and help keep our workplaces and communities safe and healthy.
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: email@example.com or call 1-877-741-1060BCFSC Training: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-741-1060BCFSC Faller Department: email@example.com 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; firstname.lastname@example.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.