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The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the forestry industry. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.
Forestry Compliance - Field Officer Guides
These info flips are for WorkSafeBC officers to use as guides in their inspectional work. Interested stakeholders may also use the information in the guides to assist them in carrying out their occupational health and safety roles and responsibilities.
* Book One (PDF 401 kb)
* Book Two (PDF 353 kb)
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store.
Final Report of the Forest Safety Task Force
A report and action plan to eliminate deaths and serious injuries in British Columbia's forests. Dated: 2004
Source: Forest Safety Task Force
* PDF 1 MB
Logging safety awareness (video)
|Logging safety awareness
Safety is the most important aspect of every job in the forest industry. This video features the day-to-day elements of on-the-job safety. The three areas covered are: safe work procedures, communications, and emergencies. (11 min 01 s)
WCB Standards - G600 series
The G600 Series of Standards are available for reference.
Application of G600 Series of Standards
WCB Standard: G601 Log Loader and Log Yarder Backstops
WCB Standard: G602 Log Loader and Log Yarder Raised Cabs
WCB Standard: G603 Log Loader and Log Yarder Window Guards
WCB Standard: G604 Light-Duty Screen Guards For Off-Highway Equipment
WCB Standard: G605 Boom Boat Equipment Half-Doors
WCB Standard: G606 Boom Boat Operator Protective Structures
WCB Standard: G607 Medium Duty Screen Guard (Front End Log Loader)
WCB Standard: G608 Mobile Equipment Roof Structures - Heavy Duty
WCB Standard: G609 Mobile Equipment Roof Structures - Light Duty
Training of Workers with Respect to Bears
This document provides: general information about bears, how to avoid bears, bear sightings, bear attacks, how to control bears, camps, wildlife procedures checklist, reference sources, training and safe work procedures.
* PDF (848 KB)
Other valuable information can be found here:
Partial Cutting Safety Handbook
A Ministry of Forest publication, this handbook covers the implementation of partial-cut logging methods through all phases of planning and operations. The handbook outlines safe operating procedures and checklists for conducting actual harvest operations.
Source: Ministry of Forests
Fatigue Survey of BC Truck Drivers (Summary)
"Between July and August of 2005 a survey was conducted by WorkSafeBC to measure the impact of fatigue on BC truck drivers. Surveys were distributed and collected at truck stops throughout the province by WorkSafeBC officers. In total, 336 surveys were collected from truck drivers working in many different industries."
* PDF (87 KB)
Safe Work Practices for Large Vehicle Tire Servicing BK62
This manual describes acceptable servicing practices. However, it does not replace service and safety manuals which are supplied by all manufacturers and distributors of large vehicle tires and wheels.
Updated: March 2006
* PDF (290 KB)
Setting the standard: Helicopter logging (video)
|Setting the standard: Helicopter logging
This video focuses on hillside and log landing hazards, correct procedures, and safety standards. (17 min 14 s)
Helicopter Operations in the Forest Industry BK13
A comprehensive guide to proper planning of helicopter logging and related operations. This booklet can help employers, supervisors, and workers develop safe work procedures. It includes general helicopter logging safety, cedar block flying, and selective logging by helicopter. Descriptive graphics include hand signals and ground-to-air recognition patterns.
Updated: March 2005
* PDF (2 MB)
Safety Guide for Operations Over Ice
"This occupational health and safety guide published by the Treasury Board of Canada is intended to provide information to assist departments and agencies in establishing programs for the prevention of work-related accidents, injuries and illnesses. It is of wide interest and applicability to those who work on surface ice, including frozen lakes, rivers and ice bridges."
Source: Treasury Board of Canada (Raven Rescue Website link)
Forest Management Practices Fact Sheet Crossing Options Series # 4
Source: University of Minnesota
Marine Passenger Safety Guide
"This document provides basic information for small vessel passengers and is intended for forest workers in BC. It should not be considered a replacement for any training programs or a pre-trip briefing." Updated: 2012
Source: BC Forest Safety Council
* PDF (431 KB)
Helicopter Passenger Safety Guide
"This document provides basic information for helicopter passengers and is intended for forest workers in BC. It should not be considered a replacement for any training programs or a pre-flight briefing."
Source: BC Forest Safety Council
* PDF (423 KB)
Preventing Tree Planting Injuries BK73
This booklet provides information on ways to prevent tree planting injuries by using good planting techniques, maintaining good physical fitness, and choosing an appropriate shovel.
* PDF (469 KB)
* La prévention des accidents chez les planteurs d'arbres (French, PDF 431 KB)
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store
Updated: June 2006
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety provides health and safety information for tree planters.
Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
Go to the ergonomics web pages for more information.
WCB Standards - Personal Protective Equipment
The following WCB Standards on Personal Protective Equipment are available for reference. If you require further information, please contact the Engineering Section, Prevention Division. Phone: (604) 276-3100 in the Lower Mainland or toll-free 1-888 621-7233.
WCB Standard: PPE 1 - 1997 Leg Protective Devices
WCB Standard: PPE 2 High Visibility Garment - Personal Protective Equipment Standard 2