Oct 202014

As reported in previous ACA newsletters, Occupational Health and Safety has identified a potential issue of occupational exposure to crystalline silica for many trades on many building sites.  While you may think this does not affect you, OHS exposure studies have shown that secondary exposure affects most trades on a jobsite. For some time, an ad hoc committee of ACA has been developing a draft code of practice, which has now been reviewed by ACA’s Safety / WCB Committee.

The Committee would like comment from the broad ACA membership on the draft Code of Practice.  Once the Code of Practice is acceptable among members, then the Committee will seek expert input to develop proposed controls.

Please review the attached 2 documents. We’d like your comments, and your willingness to provide expert input on controls, to ken.gibson@albertaconstruction.net by November 4.

ACA Silica Protection Rev01

Exposure Control Plan


 Posted by at 12:48 pm
Oct 202014

The Canadian and Alberta governments earlier this week announced the new Canada-Alberta job grant.  This new grant will assist employers looking to upgrade skills of employees. Training new or current employees through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant offers employers the opportunity for 2/3 of the direct training cost reimbursed up to $10,000 per person.

This employer driven program allows employers to decide on the type of training, who gets trained, and which eligible third-party trainer delivers the training.

Find application forms and terms and conditions at www.AlbertaCanada.com/jobgrant.

 Posted by at 12:25 pm
Oct 172014

Field workers in construction are using mobile technology — apps, devices, services — to increase their productivity and decrease project costs. Construction was among the first industries to use cell phones and push-to-talk (PTT) to improve communication among project teams on the jobsite, and many construction companies are now using mobile to accomplish basic business tasks with greater efficiency and lower cost.

For example, you can:
  • eliminate entire days from the field reporting cycle by using electronic mobile forms on a smartphone or tablet;
  • let your field employees use mobile devices to complete their time sheets;
  • enable your supervisors to manage crew time and easily submit data into the payroll system;
  • gather and manage data on your construction equipment and asset fleets, from simple location to performance metrics like hours of service, fuel use, and maintenance alerts;
  • give your field workers tools for entering project information on mobile devices that goes straight into your back-office systems; and
  • instantly communicate with up to 250 people at a jobsite using Enhanced PTT.
New areas of mobile automation are becoming more popular in construction. Imagine your field workers picking up their assignments each day on their phones instead of having to drive in to the office. They report task completion through their mobile device so you can reassign them as soon as they’re available. They order special equipment through their smartphone, and you find and dispatch assets geographically close to them.
They set up impromptu conference calls over PTT and update entire teams in real time.
Best of all, your entire company reduces its dependency on paper and the costs associated with handling it. That can lead to a quicker, less costly exchange of information that streamlines the process of making decisions.

For more of this article click here.


 Posted by at 8:33 am
Oct 142014

The Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) has adopted the Canadian Model for Providing a Safe Workplace – Alcohol and Drug Guidelines and Work Rule v 5.0 October 8, 2014. A copy can be viewed and downloaded from the COAA website.

 Be advised that this version 5.0 is not recognized as the version in the collective agreements with the IBEW Local 424.

The Canadian Model dated October 2005 as updated by the 2010 Addendum is the version in the collective agreement.

Workshop on the Rapid Site Access Program / Case Management

A workshop on RSAP and Case Management of workers who have had a non compliance with the Canadian Model will be held on October 21st at 1:00 p.m. This workshop will have presentations from our service providers Organizational Health, Homewood Health and CannAmm Occupational Testing Services.

This workshop is geared for people managing the Canadian Model.

Please let Jim Bendfeld know if you wish to attend. (780-619-8843)

 Posted by at 3:22 pm
Oct 082014

Scott Matheson, Chairman of the Alberta Construction Association, responded favourably on behalf of Alberta’s construction industry to the October 8, 2014 announcement of Phase 3 – 55 new schools and 20 modernizations.

The Alberta Construction Association supports building the infrastructure to meet the needs of Albertans, especially the 90,000 plus new residents each year in our Province.

Mr. Matheson noted that “Provided collaborative processes are in place, I am confident that industry has sufficient capacity to respond.”

The ACA Chairman further noted: “The Alberta Construction Association is also pleased that one of the projects announced is for a Collegiate School for Science, Technology and the Trades.  ACA and the College of Alberta School Superintendents are promoting partnerships among industry, school districts, and post-secondary institutions to equip Alberta’s youth for great careers in the construction and related industries.”

Please see full release here.

 Posted by at 4:27 pm
Oct 082014

The ITF (Industry Task Force) Association is seeking input from members on the awareness and satisfaction of Alberta employers with the WCB Employer Appeals Consulting service. The ACA would like to encourage our members to participate in this brief survey. Your feedback will be valuable even if you are not aware of, or have not yet used the Employer Appeals Consulting service.

The ITF was established in 1983 and is comprised of employer associations and individual employers working to effect positive change on issues related to Workers’ Compensation in Alberta.

The ITF Association membership represents approximately 50% of all premiums paid to the WCB and the corporate and association members cover major sectors of the Alberta economy. Our Association is one of the ITF member organizations.

The ITF Association was successful in lobbying the WCB to introduce an Employer Appeals Consulting (EAC) Service in September 2012. The EAC service is intended to provide enhanced services to assist employers who may disagree with a claim decision.

This brief survey can be accessed via the link below. Your feedback will be used by the ITF Association to advocate for further improvements to the EAC service. This survey will remain open for responses until November 7 2014.


The goals of the ITF Association are:

  •  To provide a forum for the presentation of member concerns and views on issues related to Alberta Workers’ Compensation.
  • To be an information resource for the members of the Association on policies, programs, and issues relating to Alberta Workers’ Compensation.
  • To develop and maintain an effective working relationship with the Workers’ Compensation Board-Alberta.

In keeping with ITF Association goals, this survey is a tool for enhancing the Employer Appeals Consulting service and to ensure the needs of Alberta employers are being met.

Thank you for your participation.

 Posted by at 8:31 am
Oct 032014

Health Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), has released a new e-course entitled “WHMIS (After GHS) for Workers”. The course will be offered free to the first 100,000 applicants.

Please see the CCOHS news release for information about the course and go to their website for further details on how people can register.

 Posted by at 3:09 pm
Oct 032014

Productivity Alberta will be hosting 500 business leaders from leading companies in manufacturing, construction, energy, finance, government, non-profits, and more, to hear inspirational keynotes, network, attend breakout sessions, and leave with action plans and toolkits for their business to improve their productivity.  Delegates will learn from leading experts in Innovation, Leadership & Management and Operational Excellence.

The Productivity Summit is the first in what will be an annual event by Productivity Alberta, providing industry and organizations the tools, action plans, and inspiration they need to continue building on their productivity improvement performance.

Edmonton Expo Centre

November 26, 2014
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Networking Reception & Lightning Productivity Talks

November 27, 2014
7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Keynotes, Panel, Breakout Sessions, Wine & Cheese

Some of the keynote speakers include:

Amanda Lang from CBC and author of The Power of Why
David Usher, singer of Moist
Carrie Doll, former news anchor with CTV
Pavithra Mehta, author and filmmaker of Infinite Vision

For further information on how you can attend the event please click here.

 Posted by at 8:56 am
Oct 032014

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) has been a key component on emergency health care in our provinces since 1985.  Many workers have benefited from the fast action of the Air Ambulance and its ability to reach them no matter where they are and get them to safety.

The Building Magic in the Air Gala partnership between the construction industry and STARS was formed with a shared mission of education, safety and saving lives. The construction industry’s support of STARS is important because of the role STARS provides to industry workers and all Albertans should they require emergency medical transport. All funds raised through the Building Magic in the Air Gala will directly go to helping STARS’ life-saving mission.

The 4th annual Building Magic in the Air Gala is our industry’s opportunity to give back to the community and to ensure that the construction industry workers and residents of Alberta continue to have access to quality medical attention when and where it’s required.

We invite you to join with us Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel in Edmonton for an unprecedented opportunity to support our shared initiative of education, safety, and saving lives at our annual fundraising gala in support of STARS.

For further information on how you can attend or sponsor the event please go to:


 Posted by at 8:24 am
Sep 292014

The Alberta Construction association has added three new ways to interact with us online. Social media’s reach has never been larger and our industry like many others  are increasingly using it to raise awareness.

The ACA has added a new presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as part of our goal to help members and the public to communicate with us and be a part of the conversation. We hope if you use social media you will follow us and allow everyone to work together to build interest and understanding of our industry.


Twitter - @ACA_social


 Posted by at 12:10 pm