Construction safety includes suicide prevention

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | October 31, 2018 The construction industry is starting to look at a hidden problem with deadly consequences. Donna Grant, a marketing manager at Scott Construction, addressed the issue of suicide for attendees of the British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance’s (BCCSA) Bridging the Gap safety conference on Oct. 26 in Vancouver….

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WorkSafeBC launches impairment awareness campaign

Journal of Commerce |  News Service | October 19, 2018 VICTORIA — With recreational cannabis use legal as of Oct. 17, WorkSafeBC is launching an awareness campaign about workplace impairment for both employers and employees. WorkSafeBC has created a guide for managing workplace impairment and developing policy around the issue. A toolbox meeting guide is also available…

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Resources for employers on workplace impairment

Workplace impairment means being unfit to safely perform work. This toolbox meeting guide supports employers in speaking to workers about the causes of impairment and responsibilities for effectively managing it in the workplace. Toolbox meeting guide: Substance use and workplace impairment Guide to managing workplace impairment and developing an impairment policy

Are you ready for the legalization of cannabis?

Journal of Commerce |  News Service |  October 17, 2018 VANCOUVER — Uncertainty continues to swirl around the legalization of cannabis and how exactly it will be rolled out across Canada. With today marking the official day of legalization, the Journal of Commerce has compiled a list of prominent themes and suggestions that were made in…

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Bridging the Gap Construction Safety Conference – October 25/26

It’s that time of year again, with the 13th Annual Bridging the Gap Construction Safety Conference happening October 25/26 in Vancouver. This year’s conference theme…Preparing for Tomorrow…The Future of Health & Safety in Construction.  We kick things off with keynote speaker Terry O’Reilly, of CBC’s Radio’s Under the Influence (https://www.cbc.ca/radio/undertheinfluence), who will inspire and help…

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September 2018 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

October 10, 2018 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: Fractured hand Core Activity: Concrete reinforcing Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number: 2018155400032 A worker carrying an acetylene bottle (weighing 40 pounds) tripped and fell…

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UBC’s 2018 COR Research Brief Available

The Research Brief “An audit-based occupation health and safety recognition program: Does certification lead to lower firm work-injury rates?” has been posted on UBC’s website for public distribution.   The analysis has been updated and extended in this Research Brief by examining two additional years of data (i.e. 2015 and 2016).

September 2018 Work-related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

September 25, 2018 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: Lacerated finger Core Activity: Blasting or avalanche control / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2018-Sep ID Number:…

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Alberta Construction Association opposes WCB Accident Fund proposal

Journal of Commerce |  Grant Cameron |  September 26, 2018 The Alberta Construction Association (ACA) is opposing a proposal by the provincial Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) to split its present Accident Fund into two distinct and segregated components. The ACA, which represents about 3,000 firms across Alberta’s construction industry, contends such a move could, in the end,…

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B.C. industry stakeholders get ready for legal marijuana

Journal of Commerce  |  Warren Frey   |  September 26, 2018 With only a few weeks to go, the construction industry is getting ready for the legalization of marijuana. On Oct. 17 recreational marijuana will be legal across Canada, and British Columbia’s construction and safety stakeholders are preparing employers and workers for a new, yet familiar situation….

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WorkSafeBC Public Hearing on Electronic Detonators

WorkSafeBC is holding public hearings on the proposed amendments to Part 21 of the OHS Regulation relating to electronic detonators. Feedback can be provided in writing (through the website) or in person. Please see the links below for more information.   Hearing dates and locations: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/law-policy/public-hearings-consultations/current-public-hearings-and-consultations/2018-public-hearings-proposed-regulatory-amendments/public-hearing-details   Proposed amendments with explanatory notes and feedback deadline:…

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WorkSafeBC Public Hearings on Concrete Formwork

WorkSafeBC is holding public hearings on the proposed amendments to Part 20 of the OHS Regulation relating to concrete formwork. Feedback can be provided in writing (through the website) or in person. Please see the links below for more information.   Hearing dates and locations: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/law-policy/public-hearings-consultations/current-public-hearings-and-consultations/2018-public-hearings-proposed-regulatory-amendments/public-hearing-details   Proposed amendments with explanatory notes and feedback deadline:…

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Public hearings on proposed regulatory amendments

September 20, 2018 WorkSafeBC will hold public hearings in October 2018. These hearings are with regard to the following proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation: Parts 8 and 34, Safety Headgear, sections 8.11(2) and 34.14(d) Part 8, Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment, sections 8.14–8.18, eye and face protection Part 20, Construction, Excavation…

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WorkSafeBC Ergonomics Forum

In recognition of Ergonomics Month in October, WorkSafeBC is hosting its annual Ergonomics Forum on October 11 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please join us to network and to hear speakers from WorkSafeBC, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and Simon Fraser University present on a variety of topics, including: MSI assessment tools Ergonomics for offices, mobile offices,…

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