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1.1 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. 

Our comprehensive 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 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 the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR). We will continuously monitor the effectiveness of our safety procedures and strive to enhance, develop and improve our Health and Safety Program

This policy and the content of the British Columbia Conservation Foundation Safety Manual will be reviewed and endorsed annually by senior management.


1.2 Introduction

The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) Safety Manual aims to assist employees and contractors in understanding and performing their occupational health and safety responsibilities. It provides resources to assist in obtaining compliance with the Workers Compensation Act (WCA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR). It is important to remember that each workplace will have specific hazards and thus require the identification of hazards and applicable legislation areas.

In case of inconsistency between this manual and occupational health and safety legislation, the legislation will always take precedence. This manual is not intended to be legal advice or a definitive guide to the legislation. For more detailed information, refer to the WCA, OHSR and applicable guidelines.

1.3 Purpose

The purpose of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) (i.e. the “Safety Program”) is to protect and enhance worker health, safety and well-being in the workplace. The System ensures that programs and processes are implemented, monitored and continuously improved to identify and control hazards in the workplace.

The Safety Program is implemented and enforced on all BCCF worksites. It applies to all parties performing work on behalf of the BCCF unless contractually agreed upon. 

The BCCF Health and Safety Manual has been developed for internet-connected electronic devices. Tools, forms, templates and courses are hyperlinked within each section to improve user access.

Key Definitions 

Management: The person(s) at the highest level of an organization responsible for leading, managing or directing the organization.

Supervisor: A person who instructs, directs and controls workers in the performance of their duties; also means the senior worker in the work unit.

Worker: A person employed by the organization or under the day-to-day control of the organization, whether paid or unpaid. This definition of "worker" includes employees, supervisors, managers, team leaders, contractors, service providers, volunteers, students and anyone actively engaged in undertaking activities for the benefit of the organization.

Workplace: Any location where work-related activities are performed under the organization's control.

1.4 Worker Rights

Every worker in British Columbia is entitled to three fundamental health and safety rights. The following rights apply to all personnel employed by BCCF.

The Right to Know

Workers are to be made aware of reasonably foreseeable hazards (presented by equipment, materials, the environment and work processes) and how BCCF will mitigate risk. This is achieved through the completion of a Project Safety Assessment (PSA).

The Right to Participate

Workers have the right to be involved in the process of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling workplace health and safety. This is best achieved through participation in the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC).

The Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

Workers may refuse unsafe work without fear of reprisal or retaliation. The process for the Refusal of Unsafe Work is provided in Appendix B.

1.5 Duties and Responsibilities


  • Maintain the premises to ensure the health and safety of people working on site.
  • Disclose to employers or prime contractors the full details of any potential hazards in or around the workplace so they can be eliminated or controlled.
  • Comply with occupational health and safety requirements and orders.


  • Establish a valid occupational health and safety program.
  • Provide employee orientations that create awareness of worker rights and responsibilities.
  • Train employees to do their work safely and provide proper supervision.
  • Provide supervisors with the necessary support and training to carry out health and safety responsibilities.
  • Ensure adequate first aid equipment, supplies, and trained attendants are on-site to handle injuries.
  • Regularly inspect the workplace to prevent the development of hazardous conditions.
  • Ensure unsafe acts or conditions reported by workers are corrected.
  • Transport injured workers to the nearest location for medical treatment.
  • Ensure all medical aid injuries are reported to WorkSafeBC.
  • Investigate incidents where workers are injured, or equipment is damaged.
  • Co-operate with the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) representatives and WorkSafeBC prevention officers.
  • Lead by being consistently safety conscious and insisting on the safe performance of work.


  • Ensure the health and safety of all workers under your direct supervision.
  • Know the WorkSafeBC requirements that apply to the work under your supervision and make sure those requirements are met.
  • Ensure workers under your supervision are aware of all known hazards and the means to protect themselves.
  • Ensure workers under your supervision have the appropriate personal protective equipment, which is being used properly, regularly inspected, and maintained.
  • Co-operate with the JOHSC, WorkSafeBC prevention officers, and anybody with health and safety duties.
  • Ensure that all hazards generated by work are controlled.
  • Lead by being consistently safety conscious and insisting on the safe performance of work.


  • Actively participate in a BCCF orientation.
  • Work in a way that does not endanger yourself or others.
  • Ensure that any hazard generated by work is adequately controlled.
  • Be alert to hazards. Report them immediately to your supervisor.
  • Know and follow all applicable safe job procedures, and safe work practices.
  • Care for, use and maintain protective clothing, devices, and equipment per manufacturer instructions.
  • Co-operate with the joint occupational health and safety committee, worker health and safety representatives, WorkSafeBC prevention officers, and anyone with health and safety duties.
  • Report all workplace injuries immediately to supervision and first aid.
  • Return to work safely after an injury and work within your limitations.
  • Never work under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if you're overly tired.
  • Lead by consistently performing work safely and encourage others to do so.

Prime Contractor

Includes, but is not limited to BCCF.

  • Coordinate the occupational health and safety activities of all employers, workers, and anyone else at the workplace.
  • Establish and maintain procedures to ensure occupational health and safety requirements at the workplace are followed by all parties.


  • Complete a BCCF volunteer waiver form.
  • Work in a way that does not endanger yourself or others.
  • Ensure that any hazard generated by work is adequately controlled.
  • Be alert to hazards. Report them immediately to your supervisor.

1.5 Drug and Alcohol Policy 

The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace. The consumption of drugs and alcohol can pose a risk to the safety of employees, contractors, and volunteers.

The BCCF prohibits the use of alcohol, prescribed and/or non-prescribed drugs known to cause impairment during the workday. The use of alcohol and drugs while at work can result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, and may have legal consequences. Workers are expected to come to work unimpaired by the effects of drugs and alcohol.

Determination of drug and alcohol abuse may be based on reasonable suspicion which includes, but is not limited to, physical evidence of use, involvement in an accident, or a substantial drop in performance.


This policy will be reviewed and endorsed annually by senior management.