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Education and Training

BCCF is committed to ensuring that all employees are adequately trained to complete their duties before they undertake them. As outlined in the responsibilities sections of this manual, it is the responsibility of management and supervisors to ensure that workers have the necessary and appropriate experience, education and training to perform their duties safely. In addition they must observe workers post training to ensure they understand and follow safe work practices, enforce safety rules and practices and complete crew talks or tail gates with workers to discuss safety issues. Managers and or supervisors will monitor their employees to ensure that they conduct their work safely and continue to follow safe work practices (input from project sponsors may be used to ascertain employee competence level regarding tasks). Due to the increased responsibility of supervisors they may receive additional training and orientation to ensure they are aware of and capable of performing all their responsibilities related to the health and safety of BCCF employees. WorkSafeBC provides several free training resources and an online training course for supervisors at www.supervisingforsafety.com.

Training for BCCF employees begins with new worker orientation or safety orientation checklist. This is to be completed by the Project Coordinator, Safety Coordinator, or Regional Manager.

All employees must complete this orientation that includes:

  • Legal responsibilities and roles of the employer and employees
  • Method of reporting injuries, accidents, incidents, near misses and unsafe conditions
  • Right to refuse unsafe work
  • Location of first aid equipment
  • Applicable emergency procedures
  • Location of applicable fire extinguishers, fire exits, escape routes and muster points
  • Applicable safe work practices and safe job procedures
  • Job Safety Analysis
  • Any other communication techniques/protocols
  • Verification of job specific training requirements through submission of certifications, trade tickets, diploma, licenses, or programs, including but not limited to:
  • ATV
  • Avalanche
  • Bear and cougar safety
  • Chainsaw
  • Chemical immobilization
  • Confined space
  • Dangerous tree assessment*
  • Electrofishing*
  • Fall protection
  • First Aid*
  • H2S
  • Pleasure Craft Operators Licence
  • Powerboat handling
  • Restricted operator marine
  • Swift water rescue
  • Specialized drivers or operator licence or training
  • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System
  • Wilderness first aid
  • *Training that must be from an approved or accepted provider as set on in the Regulation by WorkSafeBC.

It is the responsibility of the employee to ensure that submitted proof of training, education, certification, qualifications and licencing are correct. All qualifications must be valid at their time of submittal and should have appropriate time remaining for the duration of the intended project. Any qualifications expiring during the scope of the project should be addressed with the employee prior to commencement.

Safe work practices documents are an effective tool to test an employee’s capability and skill levels to complete their tasks safely. All employees must review all SWPs and SJPs pertinent to their position in addition to completion of their job safety analysis and review of any other safety related training videos or documents as prescribed by their Regional Manager, Project Coordinator, supervisor, and/or the Safety Coordinator. Once the Regional Manager, Project Coordinator or supervisor believes an employee has completed the necessary training and can conduct their job safely the safety orientation is concluded until such time that a new task or equipment is introduced or their job or responsibilities change.

Often employees at BCCF receive on-the-job training specific to their project and work tasks. All on-the-job training will be recorded, reviewed, and documented in the project/employee file. On-the-job training should focus on proper technique and safety precautions during  explanation and demonstration by someone experienced in that task to the employee followed by observation of the employee completing the task safely themselves.

All equipment must be authorized by the Regional Manager or Project Coordinator and/or Safety Coordinator prior to use. If a Project Coordinator, Regional Manager, supervisor, or the Safety Coordinator feel that an employee may not have the skill level necessary to handle situations that may arise while conducting their work and/or could put them at risk they must remove the employee from that task all together and/or supply additional training.