Consultation on Proposed Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) based on the New or Revised 2016, 2017, and 2018 ACGIH TLVs for Selected Chemical Substances

Each year, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) publishes a list of substances for which they have set new or revised Threshold Limit Values (TLVs). A TLV is an airborne concentration of a chemical substance where nearly all workers are believed to experience no adverse health effects over a working lifetime. TLVs may…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

June 17, 2019 These summaries of selected Construction work-related incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Soft tissue injury Core Activity: Structural concrete forming Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2019-Jun A young worker was sacking a concrete wall from the fly section of a ladder. The ladder…

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Lifted steel tariffs welcomed by industry stakeholders

Daily Commercial News | Grant Cameron | June 17, 2019 An agreement between Canada and the U.S. to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum is receiving universal approval from construction employers from coast to coast as well as steel manufacturers and steel workers. Canadian Construction Association (CCA) president Mary Van Buren says employers are elated with…

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LNG Canada and JGC Fluor launch unique program to double percentage of women working in the skilled trades on the LNG Canada Project

LNG Canada | NEWS | Jun 17, 2019 VANCOUVER, B.C.– LNG Canada and its prime contractor, JGC Fluor BC LNG JV (JGC Fluor), today announced the launch of YOUR PLACE, a province-wide workforce development program aimed at attracting, recruiting, training, supporting and employing women to work in the construction trades on the LNG Canada Project. The…

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Certificate of Recognition (COR) audit program

UBC assessed the effect of COR certification on firm-level injury rates in BC by comparing certified firms to similar, but non-certified, firms from 2002 to 2016. An earlier version of this work provided to WorkSafeBC in 2015 found that COR certification was associated with lower injury rates. This update and extension adds several years of…

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Construction Safety Differently Workshop

Safety management has traditionally focussed on the elimination of negative outcomes (incidents, injuries, errors, malfunctions). While this approach has led to significant improvements, it has also produced several problematic side effects: disengagement and disempowerment of people, increasing bureaucracy, loss of innovation and productivity. Furthermore, many organisations now struggle with plateauing safety records. Some industries even…

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Technical Safety BC ~ State of Safety 2018

We are pleased to provide you with Technical Safety BC’s State of Safety report for 2018. The report documents TSBC’s work over the past year through stories and data on hazards, incidents, and safety management of technical systems in British Columbia. Here are some important highlights of their work in 2018, as detailed in the report: 558…

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Companies honoured for safe digging

Journal Of Commerce | News Service | June 6, 2019 Surrey, B.C. – Three companies have been singled out by the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) for their commitment to safe digging practices. The companies were acknowledged to have made a high number of tickets into BC 1 Call and have not damaged any FortisBC gas…

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B.C. reviewing WCB system

Journal Of Commerce | News Service | June 6, 2019 VICTORIA, B.C. – The province of B.C. is asking the public to give their input on its workers’ compensation system and how to shift the system to become more worker-centred. The province will also ask residents how it can increase worker and employer confidence. Officials will…

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Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

The 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 prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing. The proposed regulatory amendment packages under review are: Part 6, Substance Specific Requirements, sections 6.89–6.90, Restricted Entry…

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As criminal case looms, Kiewit bids on 2 major B.C. projects

Contractor on shortlisted teams for Pattullo Bridge replacement, highway improvements in Delta For information only and not an endorsement – this information is shared to ensure members have the context and understanding of current issues that impact the Construction Industry. Bethany Lindsay | CBC News  | Jun 04, 2019 The B.C. government is staying close-lipped on the…

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Industry Voices Op-Ed — Labour Code raid window changes would’ve increased worker rights: Sigurdson

For information only and not an endorsement – this information is shared to ensure members have the context and understanding of current issues that impact the Construction Industry. Journal of Commerce | Tom Sigurdson | June 4, 2019 If there are two things workers value – in addition to the obvious, like wages and working conditions…

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BC limits union raids to three years

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | May 31, 2019 B.C. has passed an amendment to the province’s Labour Code, limiting construction union raiding to every three years. The change went against B.C.’s NDP, which appointed an expert panel to review the Labour Relations Code last year. The panel recommended raiding only after a contract was…

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Request for Feedback – National Energy Board proposed International Power Line Damage Prevention Regulations

The National Energy Board and National Resources Canada are seeking feedback on the proposed International Power Line Damage Prevention Regulations (IPLDPRs) consultation paper. The deadline for comments is June 7, 2019.  If you would like to provide comment on the consultation paper, links to the paper and where to send comments are provided below. Proposed International Power Line…

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Robert Marwood

Note: Rob was COCA’s CMCA-BC Board representative. August 25, 1970 – May 18, 2019 MARWOOD, Robert (Mungie Cakes) born August 25th 1970, passed away suddenly on May 18th, 2019. Rob started his own masonry company in 1994 at the age of 23. Empire Masonry Ltd. is now one of the largest and most successful masonry companies in…

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