Woodlot Safety Plan

Each small tenure holder in BC has a responsibility to have a safety plan in place to guide forest management activities on their tenure area. Recognizing that tenure holders manage those operations in a range of ways, the Woodlot Licence and Community Forest Safety Committee has developed three safety plan templates based on two main criteria:

  1. Who conducts the activities (e.g. the tenure holder and/or their employees or contractor(s)
  2. The nature of those operations (e.g. higher risk activities – road building, harvesting, log hauling vs. lower risk activities – planting, surveys, layout)

The following descriptions will help you evaluate your situation and choose which scenario is most relevant.

Scenario 1

Intended for tenure holders who contract out all activities carried out on the tenure area. However, this does not preclude the tenure holder from conducting administrative tasks and/or visiting the tenure for general or site inspection purposes.

Scenario 2

Intended for tenure holders who use contractors to conduct higher risk activities (i.e. road building, harvesting, log hauling, etc.) and the tenure holder conducts ONLY lower risk activities (i.e. basic silviculture, layout, etc.).

Scenario 3

Intended for tenure holders who directly conduct low and high-risk activities in the tenure area (i.e. planning, harvesting, silviculture, etc.). The tenure holder may also periodically use contractors to perform some of these activities.

Safety Plan Templates

Each template provides guidance and resources (checklists, example forms, links) to help woodlot licensees build a new safety plan or enhance their existing program. If you are interested in becoming Safe Certified, these templates will also assist you in pursuing that objective.

Safety Plan Template – Small Tenure Scenario #1
Safety Plan Template – Small Tenure Scenario #1 – fillable

Safety Plan Template -Small Tenure Scenario #2
Safety Plan Template – Small Tenure Scenario #2 – fillable

Safety Plan Template –  Small Tenure Scenario #3
Safety Plan Template – Small Tenure Scenario #3 – fillable

For more information or inquiries, contact the following Woodlot Licencees, who are members of the Safety Committee:
Gary Hanson:    Canyoncreekresources@gmail.com
Rick Walters:    RickWalters@thelakebc.ca
Ken Dodd:        okisollo@shaw.ca

Woodlot Licence and Community Forest Agreement Safety Committee

The committee was established in 2015 to improve safety performance within woodlot and community forest operations. It targets the specific needs and challenges of small to medium sized tenure holders and is supported by the BCFSC.

Committee Membership
The committee is chaired by a representative from the BC Forest Safety Council with joint representation by BC’s woodlot license program and community forests.
WL-BCCFA Safety Committee

Terms of Reference
WL-CFA Safety Committee terms of reference

WL-CFA Safety Committee Communications Plan
WL-CFA Safety Committee Workplan

The Committee has produced the following series of articles and bulletins.


Safe Woods – Worker
Safe Woods – Owner
Safe Woods – Prime Contractor PLUS Mgmt of Prime Contractor: Risks, Liabilities & link to BCFSC Prime Contractor Guide
Safe Woods – Supervisor
Safe Woods – Employer
Safe Woods – Testimonial OH & S
Safe Woods – Licensee liability
Safe Woods – Know Your Responsibilities Wrap Up
Safe Woods – Post Wildfire
Safe Woods – Fire Responsibilities
Safe Woods – Logging Near Powerlines
Safe Woods – Trail Use and Licensee Liability in BC


Resource Road Orientation Video

As reminders when working on your woodlot licence, the following posters are available. For a larger size, higher res versions are available on request admin@woodlot.bc.ca.

Licensee Liabilities poster
Licensee Safety Responsibilities poster

Safety Program

June 11, 2012

The FBCWA Woodlot Licence Safety Program which meets Safe Certification requirements became available in 2012. It is referred to as the Safety Management System. To request a flashdrive which contains the program, please contact admin@woodlot.bc.ca.

All Safety Management System information and downloads are also available on the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) website at the following link:

BCFSC Prime Contractor resources can be found at:

Safety in the Forest Industry

There are 2 regulatory bodies overseeing forest safety in BC. WorkSafeBC and the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) which was created by the forest industry in 2004.

  • WorkSafeBC administers the Workers Compensation Act for the B.C. Ministry of Labour. For more information go to worksafebc.com
  • BCFSC has developed a forest safety infrastructure across BC, providing safety management systems leading to SAFE (Safety Accord Forestry Enterprise) Company certification. SAFE Companies is designed to assist companies in improving their safety performance and to evaluate company safety programs using industry recognized audit protocols. All types and sizes of companies can be evaluated using one of three different audit tools. The BASE audit (Basic Audit Safety Evaluation) is for companies that have 20 or more workers, the SEBASE audit (Small Employer BASE) is for companies that have between 3 and 19 workers, and the IOOBASE audit (Independent Owner Operator BASE) program is for independent owners/operators of 1-2 person companies.

WorkSafeBC coverage may be a legal requirement so woodlot licensees are advised to check with WorkSafeBC before commencing operations. Participation in the BC Forest Safety Council’s SAFE Companies program is recommended but optional.

For information on how to register, audit category, and other requirements and benefits to being SAFE Certified, go to bcforestsafe.org

There are 2 phases to the Safe Company Program. 1 is to be Work Safe Compliant (is intended to assist woodlot licensees and owners comply with WorkSafeBC regulations and being registered with the BCFSC). The other is to be Work Safe Certified.

The BCFSC is also a certifying partner to WorkSafeBC’s Certificate of Recognition (COR) program. As a result, companies achieving SAFE Certification from the Council are also eligible to receive COR recognition from WorkSafeBC, and a 10% rebate on their assessments.

Safety & Resource Roads

The Resource Road User Safety Guide, developed by FLNRORD and the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC), can be found at http://www.bcforestsafe.org/files/tk_pdfs/gde_resrd.pdf.

WL licensees must ensure that standard radio communication protocols are followed on all roads for which they are responsible.  More information can be found at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/natural-resource-use/resource-roads/radio-communications.

WorkSafeBC Guideline for Landslide Risk Assessments

WorkSafe BC has developed a guideline for acceptable standards for landslide risk assessments and safe work procedures for forestry operations.

G26.18 Acceptable standards for landslide risk assessments

To address the standards for the risk assessment and development of safe work procedures acceptable to WorkSafeBC, the guidelines reference professional practice guidelines produced by the Joint Practices Board of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals.  Links to the three relevant professional practices guidelines as follows:

Management of Terrain Stability in the Forest Sector
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Forest Roads
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Terrain Stability Assessments