Builders Code Partners Cool or Tool app

The Builders Code partners are pleased to release the “Cool or Tool” culture training app for construction crews. This is an engaging and simple way to “unlearn” negative behaviours like hazing, harassment and bullying that can be disruptive and undermine site safety and productivity. No matter who you are, a construction site can be a tricky culture to…

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B.C. construction leaders back federal COVID-19 infrastructure stream

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | May 14, 2020 estern Canadian construction leaders are reacting positively to a new COVID-19-focused funding stream for federal infrastructure programs. Federal Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna recently alluded to the fact the government will most likely set aside up to 10 per cent of the $33.5-billion Investing In Canada program…

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WorkSafeBC chair leaves legacy of safety

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | May 13, 2020 WorkSafeBC officials announced that its board chair, Ralph McGinn, has died. “It is with great sadness that we announce that Ralph McGinn, WorkSafeBC’s Board Chair, passed away suddenly on May 11,” said Anne Naser, WorkSafeBC president, in a statement. “This is shocking and saddening for…

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Ralph McGinn

COCA received the following note on May 12, 2020: I am reaching out to share some very sad news – for our organization, for our province, and for many people, personally. Ralph McGinn, WorkSafeBC’s Board Chair, passed away suddenly yesterday afternoon. This is shocking and saddening for all of us who knew him. He was…

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Returning to operations in B.C. in a healthy and safe manner

With the announcement last week of the gradual, phased reopening of B.C. businesses, WorkSafeBC would like to provide an overview of their role in the provincial government’s Restart Plan. The attached letter from WorkSafeBC’s President and CEO, Anne Naser outlines their approach.  WorkSafeBC is committed to providing all of our stakeholders with guidance and support on…

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Construction site fever monitoring needs comprehensive program: Stakeholders

Journal of Commerce | Jean Sorensen | May 11, 2020 Forehead thermometers are popping up everywhere from the retail sector to airports as a preventative assault against spreading COVID-19 and the construction industry in Western Canada has been a fast adapter. But these devices come with caveats, industry advisers say.  Melanie Gorman Ng, a research scientist…

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Saskatchewan unveils $7.5-billion infrastructure plan to boost economy

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | May 11, 2020 REGINA — Saskatchewan has announced a $7.5-billion, two-year capital plan to put people back to work and jump-start the province’s economy with infrastructure projects in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding represents a $2-billion increase over the government’s existing capital plan and the…

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Horgan says details of plan to reopen B.C. during pandemic coming next week

Journal of Commerce | The Canadian Press | April 30, 2020 VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan says he will outline details next week about reopening British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic as workers at two additional poultry processing plants were reported to have tested positive for the virus. Horgan said the reopening guidelines will be different…

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Premier extends state of emergency but says details on reopening B.C. will be unveiled next week

Karin Larsen | CBC News | Posted: Apr 29, 2020 B.C.’s state of emergency introduced last month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended until May 12.  “It’s going to take resolute action from all of us to make progress and not give up progress,” said Premier John Horgan in announcing the extension.  The provincial state…

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Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Our Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback before the proposed amendments are taken to public hearing. The proposed regulatory amendment packages under…

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Approved amendments to Part 20 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

Board of Directors approves amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation At its March 25, 2020 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to section 20.47 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The amendments will become effective on July 14, 2020 with the exception of the requirements in section 20.47(4), which will take effect on…

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Where we stand in Canada: Reopenings by province and territory from coronavirus lockdown

National Post | Bianca Bharti | April 29, 2020 Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan have the most detailed reopening plans, while Alberta and B.C. have yet to put an economic relaunch plan forward As Canada tries to contain the novel coronavirus, some provinces are preparing plans to reopen their economies. COVID-19 has gripped the country, forcing…

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Information for COR certified employers

Published on: March 30, 2020 by WorkSafeBC: WorkSafeBC’s Certificate of Recognition (COR) team is working with the certifying partners (CPs) to support employers with 2020 COR audit requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak. Audits not yet started for employers with COR certifications that expire by August 31, 2020 If you are an employer with an Occupational…

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