1. Application

Company submits application form. The certification process officially begins when the application has been internally reviewed and accepted (the “application date”). At this time the company will receive a Resource Manual and a formal “SAFE Certification In Progress” letter and certificate.
DEADLINE: Application is valid 24 months from date application is accepted.

2. Training

All upper level site management responsible for health and safety (directly and indirectly) are required to successfully complete the “Safety Management System Training” course offered by the New Brunswick Forest Safety Association. Participants to be determined by New Brunswick Forest Safety Association. To be completed within 6 months from application date. All personnel responsible for safety management system components including the health and safety manager are required to successfully complete the “Internal Auditor” course offered by New Brunswick Forest Safety Association. Participants to be determined by New Brunswick Forest Safety Association.
DEADLINE: To be completed within 6 months from application date.

3. Readiness Assessment

An audit will be performed by qualified auditors from the New Brunswick Forest Safety Association. The purpose is to determine if the site is ready to pursue the Certification and Compliance Audit.
DEADLINE: Request must be made within 24 months from application date.

4. Certification & Compliance Audit

An external audit performed by qualified auditors from New Brunswick Forest Safety Association to validate company’s “SAFE Certification” status to full. If successful, company will receive official letter of Certification status, Certificate and electronic “SAFE Certification” logo.
DEADLINE: Request must be made within 6 months from Readiness Assessment.

5. Internal Audit

To be performed by company representatives.
DEADLINE: To be performed annually to maintain certification status.

6. External Audit

To be performed by representatives of New Brunswick Forest Safety Association.
DEADLINE: To be performed annually to maintain certification status.

7. Re-Certification Audit

To be performed by representatives of New Brunswick Forest Safety Association.
DEADLINE: To be performed every 3 years to maintain certification status