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1.1 Health and Safety Policy

The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is committed to the safety and well-being of its workers. We recognize that every worker has the right to a healthy and safe work environment and, achieve this through the promotion of our proactive safety culture and continuous improvement of our Health and Safety Program.

The BCCF maintains a Health and Safety Program which consists of policies, procedures, training and other resources. The Health and Safety Program is upheld by regular safety meetings, inspections, and ongoing supervision and support.

Management and supervision will ensure compliance with the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Every employee will be educated on the safety aspects which are applicable to their work. Everyone is accountable and responsible for their acts or omissions at work as they pertain to safety.


This policy and the content of the British Columbia Conservation Foundation’s Safety Manual will be reviewed and endorsed annually be 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 also provides resources to assist in obtaining compliance with the Workers Compensation Act (WCA) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR). It is important to remember that each workplace will have its own specific hazards and will thus require the identification of hazards and any corresponding areas of legislation that apply.

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 nor is it a definitive guide to the legislation. For more detailed information, refer to the WCA and 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. This includes BCCF employees, contractors, and, volunteers.

The BCCF Health and Safety Manual has been developed for use on internet connected electronic devices. Supporting tools, forms, templates and courses are hyperlinked to each section to improve user access.

Key Definitions 

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

Supervisor: Means 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 a person under the day-to-day control of the organization, whether paid or unpaid.

Note: This definition of “worker” includes employees, supervisors, managers, team leaders, contractors, service providers, volunteers, and students or others actively engaged in undertaking activities for benefit to the organization.

Workplace: Any location in which work-related activities under the control of the organization are performed.

1.4 Worker Rights

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

The Right to Know

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

The Right to Participate

Workers are encouraged to ask questions concerning their health and safety. Workers have the right to be involved in the process of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling workplace health and safety hazards. This is best achieved through the participation in the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

The Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

Workers may refuse work where they believe it is likely to endanger themselves, or any other worker without fear of reprisal or retaliation. The process for a Refusal of Unsafe Work is provided in Appendix B.

1.5 Duties and Responsibilities


  • Maintain the premises in a way that ensures 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 Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) 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 as the result of work conducted under their supervision is 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 performed 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 provided or required in accordance with manufacturer instructions.
  • Co-operate with the joint occupational health and safety committee, worker health and safety representatives, WorkSafeBC prevention officers, and anybody 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, drugs or any other substance, or if you're overly tired.
  • Lead by consistently performing work safely and encourage others to do so.


Prime Contractor

Includes, but 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 performed 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 from 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.