THE SAFETY ACCORD
OF THE BC FOREST INDUSTRY
Our Key Beliefs:
believe that all fatalities and injuries are preventable.
believe in a culture where the health and safety of all workers is an
believe that excellence in health and safety is important to our long-term
are collectively and individually responsible for the safety of all
workers and all worksites.
must assume responsibility for their own safety and the safety of co-workers
by following all safety rules, procedures and practices; by refusing to
perform unsafe work; and by taking collective responsibility for the
unsafe conduct of others.
holders, licencees and prime contractors must take a leadership role in
ensuring worker health and safety and assuring accountability for safety
on the worksite.
Recognition of Safety Performance and
commitment to health and safety is to all workers, not just direct
employees. When engaging contractors, sub-contractors and others to
provide services, the selection process and administration of contracts
will include recognition and support of good safety performance and
will recognize and support the safety performance of their employees.
owners of forested lands, tenure holders and licencees will give weight to
the safety record and current practices of companies in the awarding of
contracts and in the determination of fees and levies.
Commitment to Training and Supervision:
understand the importance of workers being fully prepared for the work
they do and the provision of competent supervisors who will insist on and
enforce safe work practices. All workers on the worksite must be competent
and fully trained and certified for the work they are performing.
is understood that the regulatory environment of the Forest Industry can
have profound impacts on safety. Accordingly, government ministries and
agencies must take into account the importance of health and safety when
developing, reviewing and drafting applicable areas of law and regulation.
are committed to the on-going improvement of our practices and support
efforts to develop and implement new methods, procedures and technologies
that have the potential to improve safety.