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TLA TALKS: Answering your COVID-19 questions
In this session we will hear from four panelists, discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the forestry sector.

Our panel includes:
WorkSafeBC - Tom Pawlowski will review what employers need to do to keep their workers and workplaces safe during the ongoing pandemic.
BC Municipal Safety Association - Mike Roberts will present information about their psychological support toolkit for workers and employers.
Wahkash Contracting Ltd - Charlene Keats will share her experience of how her company implemented provincial health order protocols to prevent COVID-19 from entering their camps.
Denning Health Group - Tom Yearwood will discuss employers’ duties in dealing with the risks associated with increased drug and alcohol use during COVID-19.

Mar 4, 2021 10:00 AM in Vancouver

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Tom Pawlowski
Manager, OHS Consultation & Education Services @WorkSafeBC
Tom is a Manager of OHS Consultation & Education Services at WorkSafeBC, working with the Forestry and Commercial Fishing portfolios. Consultation & Education Services serves the workers and employers of BC by positively influencing workplace health & safety behaviours through partnerships, consultation, and outreach. Tom has a Diploma in Forestry from BCIT and has worked in a variety of technical positions in the forest sector for eleven years, prior to entering the fields of public safety, administration, and accident investigations, working with a number of government agencies, including seven years with the BC Coroners Service. He has been with WorkSafeBC since 2012.
Charlene Keats
Safety Officer @Wahkash Contracting Ltd
After completing the National Construction Safety Officer program from ASCA as well as the Occupational Health and Safety program at University of Alberta, Charlene has been in a career of safety since 2013. From 500 ton cranes, to now processors and bunchers, she is no stranger to big equipment. She understands that safety is an important part of the system and must balance out with production. Charlene wants to be on the offensive when it comes to safety so that incidents can be prevented from happening instead of working reactively. This requires camp visits each month to participate in safety meetings, complete onsite inspections and observe day to day operations.
Tom Yearwood, LLB
President & CEO @Denning Health Group
Tom has worked with hundreds of companies across Canada with a focus on the BC lumber industry over the last 25 years.