Update to BC COR Program

SafetyDriven will keep working with stakeholders and clients during the COVID-19 crisis. WorkSafeBC has set up a plan for 2020 audits for clients who have achieved their Certificate of Recognition (COR) or are working toward it.

  • Certificate of Recognition (COR) for Audits in Progress
    For audits in progress now, follow COVID-19 best practices. That means you will stay 2 metres away from people (physical distancing). You will also make sure you always follow the guidelines for hygiene and washing your hands. There will be changes to operations because of COVID-19. Consider those changes to help you stay flexible while you conduct observations and interviews. You should still have access to documents and records because these changes should not affect document review.
  • COR Certifications that Expire on or Before August 31, 2020
    WorkSafeBC may grant audit waivers for certifications that will expire on or before August 31, 2020. Employers must contact SafetyDriven’s COR department to apply for this waiver.
  • COR Certifications that Expire Between September 01 and December 31, 2020
    WorkSafeBC has not announced any changes for certifications that will expire after September 01, 2020. We recommend that employers contact SafetyDriven or check with WorkSafeBC to find out about the latest updates. We will make adjustments as necessary.
  • Maintenance Audits (M1 and M2)
    Maintenance audits can be conducted at any time of year as long as they are completed before December 31. Consider scheduling your maintenance audit for the fall if it cannot be completed now because of safety or operational concerns.
  • Brand New Certification of BC Audits
    All new certifications must follow the standard processes and auditing requirements. For Employers seeking COR but are not able to follow the standard processes or to follow them safely, WorkSafeBC asks that employers put off new certification until they can safely meet the requirements.

SafetyDriven will continue to follow the advice of public health officials. We will provide updates based on their advice as well as information from WorkSafeBC’s COR Team.

SafetyDriven’s COR Department is available to answer your questions. Email us at COR@SafetyDriven.ca or call 1.877.414.8001 | 604.888.2242 and one of the COR team members will return your call.

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Physically Distant but More Ways to Connect with SafetyDriven!

The COVID-19 outbreak has changed many aspects of our daily lives and operations, but we wanted to let you know just because we can’t support you in person, we are here to support the Trucking, Transportation and Moving & Storage industries in other ways. Our Safety Advisors are always available by email or phone on their respective cell phones as well as video conferencing! We have adjusted our new normal to best support our industries and wanted to remind you we have many resources available online:

  • Designated COVID-19 resource page for Trucking and Moving & Storage
  • Our Resources page on our website for safety information, posters, videos and more!
  • Online training courses available any time anywhere at your own pace.
  • You can also call 1.877.414.8001 | 604.888.2242 or email info@safetydriven.ca us at anytime and we will connect you with one of our Safety Advisors.
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We Want to Hear From You: Share Your Stories About Professional Driver Covid-19 Heroes

As Canada fights Covid-19, Canada’s professional drivers are holding things together. They keep on trucking – and we want to hear about the road heroes who make that happen.

Are you involved in trucking, transportation or moving & storage or know someone that is? We want to hear from you! Or do you want to offer special thanks to someone, we would love to share it and recognize our road heroes.

Please email your stories or comment to info@safetydriven.ca or submit it through our contact us page.

Let’s recognize those who continue to work hard and put their safety at risk everyday so we can continue to eat and be home, safe with our families.


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Transport Canada Releases Covid-19 Guidelines for Fleets and Drivers

Source: Trucknews.com

OTTAWA, Ont. – Transport Canada has unveiled a series of recommendations to help commercial vehicle operators prevent the spread of Covid-19 – including a focus on proper handwashing techniques, social distancing, and detailed steps to clean vehicles before and after a trip.

The recommendations emerge in an April 1 document called Federal Safety Guidance to Protect Drivers and Limit the Spread of Covid-19 in Commercial Vehicle Operations.

Fleet managers are encouraged to minimize the number of vehicles shared by employees; ensure drivers have appropriate disinfectants, hand sanitizer, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other material to clean high-touch surfaces in trucks; and implement other guidelines found in the document.

“Commercial vehicle drivers should take precautions such as covering their hands when pumping [fuel], touching the service station door handles, or handling any automotive products that may be required when performing vehicle maintenance, such as filling windshield washer fluid and adding motor oil, if this is possible,” the document adds. If that isn’t possible, they are told to wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer immediately after the task is done.

Regular vehicle cleaning
For the regular cleaning of equipment, drivers should be supplied with personal protective equipment, disposable cloths, paper towels and absorbent material, waste disposal bags and tape, cleaning agents, and disinfectants, the briefing notes.

High-touch surfaces to be regularly cleaned include: keys or fobs; starter buttons; door handles; grab handles, pads and armrests; steering wheels; shift levers and consoles; dashboards; power windows and power door lock switches; radio and climate control buttons; turn signals and wiper stalks; seats and seat adjusters; and touch screens. Also included in the list is any other commonly touched part such as a glove compartment, hood, pickup tailgate handle, and sleeper.

When cleaning vehicle interiors:

  • Put on disposable waterproof gloves, and avoid touching your face. Direct contact with contaminated areas should be avoided.
  • Use a hard-surface disinfectant approved for use against Covid-19, following recommended dilution rates, contact times, and conditions specific to the surface.
  • Avoid bleach, except on simple plastics, and don’t use solvents.
  • Wipe off what you wipe on. Don’t leave chemicals to linger.
  • Soiled cleaning clothes, disinfection clothes, and disposable gloves should be discarded in a waste disposal bag. Then it’s a matter of washing hands using recommended techniques.

Federally regulated carriers are also encouraged to ensure Hazard Prevention Programs address Covid-19. This would mean developing measures with Workplace Health and Safety Committees or representatives.

Watching health and personal hygiene
Drivers, meanwhile, are told to monitor themselves for signs of the virus and self-isolate if symptoms like a mild cough or low-grade fever emerge.

Since the coronavirus seems to survive on hard surfaces for one day or longer, washing hands is stressed as being particularly important. Hand washing with plain soap and warm water for 20 seconds, and then drying with paper towels, is preferred. But an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of 60-90% is seen as a temporary option. Concentrations above 70% are preferred.

But the sanitizers may not be effective if there is organic material on the hands, such as after using the toilet, the briefing adds. Wipes should first be used to remove any soil, followed by the sanitizer.

It’s important to avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands at any time.

Any cough or sneeze should also be directed into a tissue or bend in the arm, while the tissues should be discarded in a lined waste basket as soon as possible, washing and sanitizing hands for 20 seconds after that, the briefing says.

Face-to-face meetings should also be minimized to support social distancing.

If that isn’t possible, it’s a matter of keeping at least six feet as possible from other people, and avoiding physical contact such as handshakes.

“This includes contact with customers, receiving personnel and those at rest stops,” Transport Canada says.

Covid-19 resources
The following are suggested as additional resources in the fight against Covid-19:

World Health Organization: Getting your workplace ready for Covid:19


Government of Canada: Resources for Canadian businesses


Government of Canada: Risk-informed decision-making guidelines


Preventing Covid-19 in the workplace


Canada Post: Practicing social distancing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Practising social distancing can keep you and other employees safe – March 18 2020

Trucking HR Canada: Covid-19 resource guide for trucking and logistics


Canadian Urban Transit Association: Guidance for the Public Transit Industry


International Association of Public Transport: Management of Covid-19 guidelines for public transport operators


Mental Health Commission of Canada: Choosing information sources for mental wellbeing


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Operation Protect launched by SafeCare BC to ensure urgently needed equipment and supplies are available for health care workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Personal protective equipment and products, such as N95-grade safety masks, gloves, gowns, and hand sanitizer, are urgently needed by health care workers, including those in BC’s continuing care sector.

Health care workers, including those working in long-term care homes, assisted living residences and home care, are the heroes in our communities. Demand for this equipment and supplies has skyrocketed at the same time supply chains have been cut, putting the health and safety of our health care workers and those they care for at risk.

Do you have any of these supplies? If you do, then your contribution can make a life-saving difference. We are reaching out to those who can contribute any of the following products:

• Exam gloves (FDA-approved)
• N95 masks (FDA-, NIOSH-, or CSA-approved)
• Surgical masks (FDA-approved)
• Hand sanitizer (60% alcohol or higher)
• Medical-grade disinfection wipes
• Protective gowns
• Eye protection

All contributions must be unused and unopened. We are not accepting any other items.

We are asking people to go to www.safecarebc.ca/operationprotect to learn what supplies are needed and how they can donate. The BC Care Providers Association is also rerouting their Route 65 toll-free number—1-877-955-6565—to help with this effort.

We must all work together and support each other during the COVID-19 crisis. Your contributions to this vital program will save lives.

SafeCare BC appreciates contributions from BC Care Providers Association, Big Steel Box, City of Vancouver, and the City of Surrey in the support of Operation Protect.

Thank you!

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Notice: Office Closure

The SafetyDriven office is closed and our team is working remotely. We are here and happy to help with your safety needs and questions via phone or email. Contact us at info@safetydriven.ca | 1.877.414.8001 | 604.888.2242.

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Resources on Covid-19/ Coronavirus & Pandemic Awareness

The Canadian Trucking Alliance has been working with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety to supply a host of compliance resources for members, as well as materials related to emergency preparedness and Covid-19/ Coronavirus and Pandemic Awareness.

BC Trucking Association’s recent bulletin with resources

Essential Services Letter – March 13, 2020

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ICBC and Police Remind Drivers to “Take a Break” from their Phones

Source: ICBC.com

Since 2014, more than one in four fatal crashes on B.C. roads have involved distracted driving, which is why ICBC and police continue to combat this dangerous driving behaviour that claims 76 lives each year.*

This month, drivers will be hearing one message – take a break from your phone when you’re behind the wheel. Not only is it dangerous, but the costs can add up quickly.

One distracted driving ticket is $368 plus four penalty points ($252) for a total of $620. And this number vastly increases to more than $2,500 if you get a second distracted driving ticket within 12 months. Yet tough penalities haven’t deterred some drivers, with an average of 1,335 drivers receiving multiple tickets every year.**

If you want to save your money for something more fun, remember to leave your phone alone while driving.

Police across B.C. are ramping up distracted driving enforcement during March, and community volunteers are setting up Cell Watch deployments to remind drivers to leave their phone alone. The campaign also features advertising and social media support.

Drivers can do their part by avoiding distractions while driving and encouraging others to do the same. Activate Apple’s Do Not Disturb While Driving feature or what’s similarly available on other devices. Free ‘not while driving’ decals are available at ICBC driver licensing offices and participating Autoplan broker offices for drivers to support the campaign and encourage other road users to leave their phones alone.

You can get tips and statistics in an infographic at icbc.com.

Chief Constable Neil Dubord, Chair of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee

“Distracted driving continues to be a serious issue in our province – it’s the number one cause of crashes. Police officers see distracted drivers on the roads in every community. We are stepping up efforts making sure people leave their phones alone while driving.”

Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s Vice-President Public Affairs & Driver Licensing

“Using electronic devices, like smartphones, is one of the most common and riskiest forms of distracted driving. Safer roads start with every driver making a conscious decision to focus on the road and leave their phones alone. Let’s all do our part to create a safer driving culture in B.C.”

Regional statistics*:

  • Every year, on average, 26 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes in the Lower Mainland.
  • Every year, on average, nine people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes on Vancouver Island.
  • Every year, on average, 29 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes in the Southern Interior.
  • Every year, on average, 12 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes in the North Central region.

*Police data from 2014 to 2018. Distraction: where one or more of the vehicles involved had contributing factors including use of communication/video equipment, driver inattentive and driver internal/external distraction.

**Annual average based on 2016 to 2018 ICBC data.

Editor’s note: Interviews and photo/video opportunities of enforcement in Vancouver this morning. Please contact ICBC for details.

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SafetyDriven is for Moving and Storage, Too!

You may know SafetyDriven as a one-stop shop for trucking safety information and resources. And yes, “Trucking Safety Council of BC” is part of our official name. But proud as we are to serve the commercial trucking industry, we are much more than that.

For moving and storage companies, we offer services and resources ranging from our Certificate of Recognition (COR) program to Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) courses. We have forms, templates, videos, posters, and blogs related to the health and safety challenges of moving and storage professionals.

Our COR program, for example, is for any company, large or small, that wants to reap the benefits of committing to a strong health and safety management program. The financial benefits of having COR may include WorkSafeBC premium rebates and better cost controls for your company. Having COR also shows that your company prioritizes health and safety, which can attract quality employees and engage today’s socially-conscious clients. COR registration is simple and free, and we will tailor your COR program specifically to your needs.

In today’s world of social media, blogs are a popular source of up-to-the-minute information. SafetyDriven publishes blogs every week on topics of interest to moving and storage workers, for example:

Manual material handling or MMH is a big part of moving and storage. Unfortunately, over 60% of work-related injuries to drivers in this industry stem from MMH. SafetyDriven provides dozens of resources on this important subject to inform company owners and managers and to educate workers. Our MMH videos include:

All these MMH resources and many more are available via SafetyDriven’s Manual Material Handling page. Employers will find a number of them conveniently bundled in our MMH Employer Resource Toolkit, also accessed through the MMH page.

Work in warehouses can be a big part of moving and storage, and we have resources specifically covering warehouse safety, including:

Moving and storage is a challenging, high-pressure business. Let us help you keep everyone in your company safer.

We welcome suggestions on which moving and storage resources or topics you’d like to see added or covered in more depth on our website. Email info@safetydriven.ca with your ideas.

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New COR Certified Companies: F & G Delivery, WDI Services, Steve Hallaert Trucking, and many more!

Congratulations to our new COR certified companies:

F & G Delivery
WDI Services
Steve Hallaert Trucking Ltd.
Red Spade Ent Ltd.
M & M Water Trucks Ltd.

Owner Operators:
Varpal Trucking Ltd
Wojciech Trucking Ltd.
Satnum Sagu
1201566 B.C. Ltd.
Bogdan Tarekanov
Chandanpreet Bhambi
Hung Van Nguyen
Independent Truck & Crane (ITC) Ltd.
Duc Huu Tran
Manny & Yogesh Logistics Inc.
Pacific Point Trucking Ltd.
Bao Van Pham
1200440 B.C. Ltd.
Bonn Chaldwen Redota
1223180 B.C. Ltd.
Mahadev Trucking Ltd.
Jatinder Rai
JGP Trucking Ltd.
Alsaud (Mohammed) Atick
Bhupinder Singh Boparai
Baj-Way Transport Ltd
Sanjay Vashisht
Overhaul Transport Ltd.

These companies have all achieved a Certificate of Recognition through SafetyDriven – Trucking Safety Council of BC!

The Certification of Recognition is an initiative that recognizes and rewards employers who develop and implement sustainable occupational health and safety programs. Their COR programs meet or exceed provincial requirements by taking a “best practices” approach to health and safety.

Companies who achieve COR – which involves standards for documentation, participation in training, an internal review process, and an on-site audit – are eligible for WorkSafeBC premium rebates of up to 10%.

Learn more about the COR program.

List of COR Certified companies.

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