A new WorkSafe BC guideline references three APEGBC/Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals (ABCFP) practice guidelines as the standards of practice for assessing landslide risk in BC and for developing written safe-work procedures under section 26.18 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
Under WorkSafe BC guideline G26.18 Acceptable standards for landslide risk assessments, the APEGBC/ABCFP Guideline for Managing Terrain Stability in the Forest Sector, Guideline for Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Terrain Stability Assessments, and Guideline for Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Forest Roads set out the required standards of practice. In situations where a WorkSafeBC prevention officer identifies that an individual performing assessments lacks the required qualifications, guideline G26.18 directs the officer to refer the matter to the appropriate professional association.
The guidelines cited by WorkSafe BC were prepared by the APEGBC/ABCFP Joint Practice Board, which comprises professional members of both regulatory agencies and was specifically mandated to make recommendations on matters concerning practice overlap among the professions.
“This is a great joint effort by the Joint Practice Board, in collaboration with WorkSafe BC,” says Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., APEGBC Director of Professional Practice, Standards and Development, “and serves to emphasize the importance of the standards of practice referenced in the joint guidelines issued by the two associations.”
All of APEGBC's professional practice guidelines are available for download.