May 252014

ACA applauds OHS for meeting with industry to raise awareness of potential OHS Code changes.  While formal proposals cannot be released until after Ministerial approval likely this Fall, OHS held information sessions this week to discuss potential areas for change and to invite further dialogue with industry.  ACA has long advocated for dialogue in advance of finalizing proposals and OHS deserves credit for its current approach.

The proposals can be accessed here.

ACA welcomes any questions or comments from members, please contact


Alberta Construction Association is developing a best practice to protect construction workers from occupational exposure to silica.  As reported previously, field testing of Alberta construction jobsites indicates that exposure above acceptable limits can occur on many different types of jobsites and many of the workers onsite.  ACA strongly believes industry is in the best position to develop practical and effective solutions, rather than those created through regulation.

To this end, ACA needs your leadership and ideas.  Our ad hoc committee has identified numerous construction processes and products that could generate exposure to silica. We are asking for knowledgeable and committed volunteers from a number of trades to join our work.  We would welcome representation from trade associations to ensure we have the best ideas and can raise awareness as broadly as possible.  The committee terms of reference are attached.  Contact for further information.

May 192014

Congratulations to Ledcor Industrial and Construction Labour Relations / Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta for being named the 2014 recipients at this year’s COAA Best Practices Conference.  Ledcor was the recipient in the large company category for their winter program, and CLR / ECAA in the small company category for their audiometric testing program.

The award recognized Ledcor’s “proven work processes and outstanding practitioners” as part of its efforts to protect against winter-related accidents.

The winter safety procedures that led to Ledcor’s nomination for the award were introduced after a regular management review of high potential incidents noted the recurrence of winter­-related incidents. Action was immediately taken to ensure staff could work as safely as possible in winter conditions on an ongoing basis.

This included the creation of a standard site preparation plan and a checklist of mitigation actions, as well as an annual all-project leadership review that kicks off the Winter Works campaign to ensure sites are ready for cold weather and snow.

Ledcor procedures have since been recognized by other organizations, and are being used as the basis for a COAA Best Practice.

The CLR-A Audiometric Testing Program was launched on September 1, 2006 and is compliant with OH&S legislation regarding audiometric testing, assisting CLR member company with noise management compliance.

May 112014

 ”Occupational Health and Safety Peace Officers have been instructed to take a strong enforcement position in relation to unsafe practices involving fall protection. If fall protection is required by legislation, is not in use, and an employer requirement to use or wear fall protection system exists, Peace Officers will use ticketing (if appropriate) as an enforcement tool in conjunction with others to help ensure compliance and the safety of workers.”

Issued by OHS Compliance

In fact, the first 2 tickets were issued May 9, both related to fall arrest.

Mar 172014

ACA is this year’s recipient of the Alberta Construction Safety Association’s Partners Award. The Partners award is presented to an organization in recognition of the efforts given to the promotion of the ACSA and for invaluable input towards program development in the interest of construction health and safety.

As we celebrate the ACSA’s twenty-fifth anniversary, we look forward to many more years of fruitful collaboration between our organizations.

OHS Survey

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Feb 242014

Nichols Applied Management has been asked by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) to identify the information and data needs of employers and workers in Alberta. The results will help to identify what information and data are needed and valued by OHS stakeholders so that decisions concerning the development of new resources is informed by the interests of Albertans.

We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete a brief survey that asks about your firm’s data and information needs in regards to Occupational Health and Safety.  It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

The link to take you to the survey is:

If you have any questions or concerns about the authenticity of the survey, please contact:

Mr. Gene Ozon,
Effective Practices Specialist
Occupational Health and Safety Program Development and Research

And if you have any questions about the survey itself, please contact:

Mary McIntyre
Nichols Applied Management



Directors reviewed a number of items, including:

Industry partnerships with K-Grade 12 education

ACA to flesh out it’s K-12 education strategy that considers the following points:

1. Where does ACA add value and not duplicate / interfere with initiatives and partnerships of Local Construction Associations?

2. What are truly provincial initiatives?

3. How do we maximize return on investment?

Public Funding of Private Delivery of Apprenticeship Training

The Board unanimously passed the following motion:

ACA opposes, and encourages Canadian Construction Association to oppose, federal government funding of apprenticeship training through the Canada Jobs Grant Program.  Areas where the Jobs Grant should be used include pre-apprenticeship training and post-journeyman upgrading.

ACA opposes any fragmentation of the apprenticeship system that follows from public funding of private delivery of apprenticeship training.

Training of BIM Practitioners

The Board also is providing comments on proposed approaches of educational institutions in training BIM practitioners.

Safety in Education Curriculum

ACA’s Brian Freemark is developing recommendations for Government.

Silica Dust

ACA continues to seek information to examine best practices to reduce occupational exposure to silica dust.

Refusal of Modified Work

The Board continues to review options of providing industry opposition to the WCB position that the WCB obligation to pay compensation does not end in situations where the employee has been terminated with cause.



Jan 062014

The Alberta Government has released a new Health and Safety Bulletin Lead at The Work Site. The bulletin addresses common sources of lead exposure, methods of controlling exposure in the work site, and legislation requirements under the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.


microsoft software downloadsork Safe Alberta has been re-established with a Vision of: “Alberta is a recognized leader in the development, implementation, and promotion of a positive health and safety culture”.  ACA Past Chair Brian Freemark is ACA's appointee to the Minister's Joint Strategic Advisory Body (JSAB) to connect industry perspectives with the Work Safe initiative.  The JSAB met December 10th and confirmed 10 strategic directions to work on, with Brian leading the strategic direction to “Increase focus on workplace health and safety in all levels of Alberta's education system”.  ACA will support the efforts of Brian and Work Safe Alberta to further improve safety for Alberta workers and workplaces


OHS Partnerships is seeking input from stakeholders on the question of developing some new methods to deal with Certificate of Recognition (COR) holders who have been through the Employer Review process two or more times, but where their health and safety performance is not improving over time.  They will measure performance using the new Employer Scorecard which considers Disabling Injury Rate, Loss Time Claim Rate, Days Lost Frequency Rate and the occurrence of fatalities over multiple years.

Currently, when reportable incidents occur, to COR holders, Partnerships conducts a review of the incident with and determines whether the employer may have significant deficiencies in their health and safety management systems.  When deficiencies are identified, a meeting is held with the employer and an action plan with deliverables and completion dates is developed.  As this process occurs each time a reportable incident occurs with a COR holder, some employers have been through the action plan process several times.  While most employers show some dramatic improvement following completion of their action plans, not all improve and some continue to have more incidents.  There are not many COR holders in this situation, but they are aware of some, and they will be in better position to identify others once the data from 2013 from the WCB becomes available.   The idea is for Partnerships to develop a “toolbox” of approaches that we could use to assist these COR holders.
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ACA's Safety / WCB Committee met with Partnerships November 28. Click here to see the OHS presentation from the 28.

As per the preceding paragraph, OHS is seeking industry input on additional measures to address those few employers who continue to trigger reviews (OHS ideas are covered in bottom slide on page 10 of the attached document) .  One idea raised yesterday from industry was that these employers be subject to more frequent and random external audits as part of their action plan.  The regular audit cycle would come into play once OHS was satisfied that the problems had been rectified.

Please provide your comments by December 12 to

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