Oct 272014

Last week the Alberta Government came to ACA first with 3 separate requests for advice and input from the construction industry:

  1. Advice on promoting the Canada Job Grant.
  2. An exclusive briefing and request of our input to strengthen the Youth Employment Initiative currently under development.
  3. Alberta construction’s input on irritants arising from our members complying with differing safety regulations across the New West Partnership region.

This success has allowed the ACA to continue its longstanding practice of working with the Alberta government on behalf of its members.  We continue to see success from this partnership with government and we look forward to sharing more successes with you in the future.

The ACA as part of this discussion is already arranging a follow-up with the Local Construction Association leaders. We have also been asked to lead the contacts with our counterparts in BC and Saskatchewan.

 Posted by at 12:27 pm
Oct 272014

Last month we asked the members of our Association to fill out a survey on how they thought we were doing in our roles as your voice in the province.  We are happy to share the results of the survey with you.

During our board retreat last week the survey was a key piece on helping the board understand where our members want us to proceed in the future and we appreciate all the input.  Thank you for taking part and we hope you found it useful as well.

To read the report please click here.

 Posted by at 9:13 am
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