BCCSA Covid-19 Resources – April 6, 2020

Starting this morning at 9:00 a.m. Regional Safety Advisors alongside BCCSA’s Senior Research Scientist (Dr. Melanie Gorman-Ng, PhD Hygienist with a sub-specialty in epidemiology), will be hosting a LIVE video conference call to answer all your Covid-19 related construction questions.  These sessions will be held for the entire week at 9:00 a.m.  Depending on demand, we will…

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COVID-19 and the workplace

From WorkSafeBC | April 2, 2020 4:50 pm At WorkSafeBC, we are actively monitoring and adjusting to the COVID-19 situation to determine how we can best support workers, providers, and employers around the province.  As part of these efforts, we have created a COVID-19 information and resources section on our website, where you can find the following…

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Plumbers stay at work with DIY hand-washing solution

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | April 2, 2020 Vancouver Island plumbing company is taking COVID-19 on with common sense, warm water, soap and a little social distance. Victoria-based Oceanview Mechanical Ltd. is building and installing washing stations on its projects along with other guidelines to ensure its employees are both working and safe as…

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BCCSA New Resources

There are new resources posted yesterday.  More to come.  Please share with your members. What to do when Physical Distancing is Not Possible?  (download) *updated Mar 31st NEW:Guidance to Employers: Performing Work in Private Residences  (download) Presumed COVID-19 Case on Site Procedures   (download) Stay safe.

Helping employers address COVID-19 in the workplace

During the COVID-19 outbreak, WorkSafeBC is committed to providing the essential services that workers and employers around the province rely on, which includes helping employers prevent workplace injury, illness, and disease.  Workplace inspections play a critical role in ensuring workplaces are healthy and safe. During this situation, WorkSafeBC will continue their work with employers and…

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INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES OP-ED: Construction essential to public safety

Journal of Commerce | Chris Gardner | March 30, 2020 Across the country, provincial governments are closing down major pieces of our economy, protecting the public from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But one industry that has been tapped to continue is construction.   On March 26, the B.C. Government declared construction an essential service, deeming our industry a “daily…

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Member Help Desk – Covid-19

COCA has set up a member Help Desk for Covid-19 WorkSafeBC-related questions and concerns in an effort to expedite and, where possible, provide interim answers to your questions.  Please forward your questions in our template to covidhelpdesk@cocabc.ca.   We will do our best to get back to you quickly. A collection of the questions and responses is included…

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WorkSafeBC reminds contractors, employees of rights and obligations around COVID-19

DCN-JOC News Services | March 26, 2020 ANCOUVER – WorkSafeBC has released health and safety information for the construction industry regarding COVID-19, including the provincial health officer’s directions and prime contractor responsibilities. “WorkSafeBC is aware of the important concerns raised by the construction industry,” reads a statement from the organization. “We are working with workers, employers,…

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CCA formalizes COVID-19 protocols for construction sites

Journal of Commerce | Angela Gismondi | March 27, 2020 he Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is implementing a number of measures to help its members, the industry and the government during the COVID-19 pandemic including releasing its first version of the COVID-19 Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites, which it encourages all construction firms to implement.  “While we have asked the federal government to keep…

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BC Building Trades calls for enforcement to protect workers against COVID-19 threat

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | March 27, 2020 The BC Building Trades Council is calling for WorkSafeBC to enforce construction safety regulations after putting out a public call for construction workers to share site sanitary conditions during the COVID-19 crisis.   Comments from workers included a lack of access to washroom facilities, running water, and soap or hand…

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COVID-19 Resources

BC Construction Safety Alliance –> COVID-19 FAQ’s link BC Construction Association –> New content will be added daily to the BCCA Construction Briefing COVID 19 webpage –> bookmark the page to stay up to date. ICBA — Check out ICBA’s coronavirus website for a summary of the most recent health, government and industry developments at  www.icba.ca/coronavirus.