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Emergency Preparedness and Response

BCCF will complete Emergency Response Plans (ERPs) for each of its three permanent office spaces. Within these plans emergency procedures and supplies such as fire extinguishers or fire alarm pulls will be identified and locations known. Drills will be completed annually along with reviews of plans both of which will be directed, documented and kept on file by the office designate to ensure that employees are aware of safe evacuation procedures including routes and muster points. Furthermore, all backcountry crews working for BCCF will have evacuation plans in place scaled appropriately to the nature of their tasks and size of crews involved.

Depending on their scope, these may be outlined within their Job Safety Analysis or alongside as a companion document. It should be noted that the Regulation states the following activities must have written rescue and evacuation procedures in place:

  • Work at high angles
  • Work in confined spaces, underground or in workplaces with a risk of entrapment
  • Work with hazardous substances
  • Work on or over water
  • Workplaces with persons requiring physical mobility assistance

Note: BCCF employees are not equipped to perform high angle rescues. In the event that a high angle rescue is required, the supervisor or designate will contact the local fire department or appropriate agency.

All BCCF employees will receive adequate training in their expected evacuation procedures, emergency response protocols, and if applicable fire prevention in the workplace.

Supervisors/Staff responsible for the organization and control of emergency response should be designated within the applicable ERP. In the event of an incident at a workplace please follow and coordinate your efforts with the designated emergency response staff.

For office workplaces of BCCF, where applicable, earthquakes will be included in the ERP. Drills specifically formed around the event of an earthquake shall be completed and both safe places (refuges) and location of earthquake kit identified. Resource material from both Emergency Management BC (http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-  response-recovery) will be considered and used as reference when considering earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides, avalanches, sever weather, hazardous material spills, wildfires and disease outbreaks on a project and workplace specific basis.