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5.1 Policy

The Training and Education Program ensures workers know how to perform work tasks safely and effectively using industry best practices and legislated requirements. 

Workers must complete a Safety Orientation before work starts, and the BC Conservation Foundation will ensure training requirements are established and verified.

Key Definitions

Qualified: Having the knowledge, skills, and training to perform a work task safely and accurately. 

Authorized: A person approved or assigned by the employer to perform a specific task or be at a location on the job site.

5.2 Responsibilities

Management

  • Ensure the Training and Education Program meets legislative requirements and industry best practices.
  • Ensure employees receive mandatory training.

Supervisors

  • Participate in provided training and education.
  • Provide on-the-job training for workers.

Workers

  • Participate in provided training and education.
  • Carry out work utilizing the skills and knowledge obtained during training and education.

5.3 Program Overview

BCCF uses the following training programs to ensure workers are qualified to perform tasks safely.

Safety Orientation

When: Before work begins.

Who: Conducted by the Safety Administrator or Project Coordinator.

Tool: Safety Orientation Checklist (meets young and new worker requirements) must be completed in conjunction with the Project Safety Assessment (provides project-specific details).

Reviewed: After a workplace incident or to confirm training requirements.

Documentation: Stored electronically on the BCCF server.

Working Alone/Isolation Training

When: Before a worker is assigned to work alone or in isolation.

Who: Conducted by the Safety Administrator.

Tool: SafetyLine & InReach Set-Up and Use, Check-ins with Garmin inReach SE & SE+, SE or SE+ Manual 

Reviewed: 

  • Annually.
  • If the check-in service provider changes.
  • If there is a change in satellite devices.

Documentation: The Project Safety Assessment Step 1 contains the project-specific working alone procedure. The PSA will be stored electronically on the BCCF server.

On-the-Job Training

When: As needed to ensure workers receive task-specific training to safely complete their job duties (e.g. ATV training, chainsaw training). After completing the training, BCCF authorizes the worker to complete specific tasks.

Who: Conducted by a supervisor/trainer, with the participation of the required workers.

Tool: On the Job Training Record Form.

Reviewed: After a workplace incident, employee misconduct, or to confirm training requirements.

Documentation: Training Records will be kept electronically on the BCCF server.

5.4 Internal Training and Education Courses

Training and education requirements depend on the project-specific hazards and conditions identified through the Project Safety Assessment and Task Hazard Analysis. BCCF's training and education programs can be accessed under the Training and Education Tab.

Table 7: Education and Training Programs

Program/Training

Required for

Provided by

Safety Orientation

All workers before the start of work

Safety Administrator, Project Coordinator.

Personal Protective Equipment

Workers using PPE

The Personal Protective Equipment Tab

Working Alone/Isolation

Workers who work alone or in isolation

Safety Administrator.

WHMIS 2015

Workers who use or work near hazardous materials.

WHMIS 2015 course and on-the-job training

Wildlife Awareness and Safety Course

Field staff working in bear country

Available on the BCCF website as an Online Course.

Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee Training

JOHSC Representatives

Safety Administrator, External Company.

Hazard Assessment and Control

Workers during the review of the Project Safety Assessment.

Safety Administrator.

Incident Investigations

JOHSC Representatives

Safety Administrator.

Workplace Inspections

JOHSC Representatives

Safety Administrator.

Workplace Violence

Workers who have a significant risk of workplace violence

Safety Administrator using the Workplace Violence Safe Work Procedure.

Bullying and Harassment

All workers during orientation.

Available on the BCCF website as an Online Course.

5.5 External Education and Training Courses

Certificates issued by external training providers must be sent to the Safety Administrator/Project Coordinator.

Table 8: External Education and Training Programs

Program/Training

Required for

Provided by

Occupational First Aid Level 1

  • Project Safety Assessment determines the need for an OFA level 1 attendant.
  • Electrofishing crew members.

Any WorkSafeBC-approved training provider.

Occupational First Aid Level 2

Project Safety Assessment determines the need for an OFA level 2 attendant.

Any WorkSafeBC-approved training provider.

Transportation Endorsement

Project Safety Assessment determines the need for a First Aid Attendant to have a Transportation Endorsement.

 

Any WorkSafeBC-approved training provider.

Electrofishing Operator Certification

Workers who electrofish

Any company listed by WorkSafeBC.

ATV Training

Workers who drive ATVs.

Canadian Safety Council approved training or an authorized person who completes the Training Record Form.

Basic Chainsaw Training

Workers who use chainsaws.

Can be provided by a company of the worker's choice or an authorized person who completes the Training Record Form.

Snowmobile Training

Workers who drive snowmobiles.

Can be provided by a company of the worker's choice or an authorized person who completes the Training Record Form.

Fall Protection

Workers exposed to falls greater than 3 meters

Can be provided by a company of the worker's choice.

Possession and Acquisition License (PAL)

Workers who are required to handle guns.

Can be any company approved by the Chief Firearms Officers of British Columbia and Yukon.

Small Vessel Operators Certificate (SVOP)

Workers operating vessels more than 8 meters in length and less than 5 Gross Tonnage (GT) in internal volume.

Any company listed in the Transport Canada Accredited Course Providers document

Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate  (PCOC)

Workers operating vessels less than 8 meters in length in Sheltered Waters or within two nautical miles from shore in Near Coastal waters.

Any company listed in the Transport Canada Accredited Course Providers document