Health & Safety Program
BC Conservation Foundation is committed to the health, safety and well-being of our workers.
Our Health and Safety Program aims to promote a positive health and safety culture to minimize the risk of occupational injury and disease. We continue to enhance our safety offerings, giving our employees quality assurance and peace of mind that safety remains our highest priority.
Health and Safety Policy
The British Columbia Conservation Foundation is committed to the health, safety and well-being of its workers.
Our Health and Safety Program aims to promote a positive safety culture and minimize the risk of occupational injury and disease. We continue to enhance our safety offerings, giving our employees quality assurance and peace of mind that safety remains our highest priority.
The Health and Safety Program operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and uses the latest technology to keep in touch with geographically dispersed field staff working in isolated and remote locations. The program includes policies, procedures, safe work practices, and innovative in-person and online training. It is upheld by regular health & safety meetings, workplace inspections, and ongoing supervision and support.
We try to integrate health and safety into all work activities, and every employee is provided with the training, equipment and supervision necessary to perform work safely. Our employees are expected to fulfil their health and safety responsibilities and actively participate in sustaining a safe work environment.
We ensure our projects and workplaces comply with the Workers Compensation Act (WCA) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHSR). We continuously monitor the effectiveness of our safety procedures and strive to enhance, develop and work towards continual improvement.
The Health and Safety website pages contain documents, templates, training tools and videos designed to support employees’ physical and psychological health and safety.
Newsletters and other communications provide accurate, up-to-date safety information and reminders.
The health and safety manual outlines our program. Click the link to receive a comprehensive overview of worker rights and responsibilities, safety policies and requirements. BC Conservation Foundation employees are required to review the manual and abide by all policies and procedures.
The Foundation utilizes Project Safety Assessments (PSAs) to proactively keep workers safe. PSAs provide a standardized process to identify foreseeable hazards in the workplace and assess risk. Once a hazard has been identified and evaluated, appropriate control measures are implemented to eliminate or minimize the risk of worker injury or illness.
Written safety instructions provide guidance on performing work tasks safely while adhering to applicable legislation and industry best practices.
Employees use effective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when workplace hazards cannot be eliminated. Personal Protective Equipment Guides provide direction on the selection, use, maintenance and limitations of PPE.
We offer a variety of flexible online courses, including a Safety Orientation, Wildlife Safety and Awareness, WHMIS 2015 and Bullying and Harassment. Other Training and Education resources include on-the-job training records, satellite equipment manuals and SafetyLine Lone Worker instructional guides.
The Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) meets monthly to identify and resolve health and safety issues to ensure the continued effectiveness of the Health and Safety Program.
Emergency Response Plan (ERP) templates provide a standardized method for handling emergencies in the field or office.
We do not condone or tolerate workplace violence, bullying or harassment of any kind. Employees are encouraged to report incidents of workplace violence, bullying or harassment to their Regional Coordinator using our reporting templates. Complaints are treated seriously, fairly and confidentially.
Bear spray is an effective non-lethal deterrent to stop aggressive encounters with bears and other wildlife predators. The Bear Spray Use video provides a short, 8-minute overview on transporting, storing and deploying bear spray safely.
Learn about cold water immersion and the lifesaving 1-10-1 principle. This video is recommended for anyone working around water in Canada.
Learn about bear behaviour to minimize the chance of encounters, conflicts and attacks. Fieldwork staff should view this video.