ACA’s Safety / WCB Committee responded February 21st to two important issues affecting Alberta’s construction industry.
ACA has long expressed concern about the use of data collected for the WCB (lost time claims and disabling injuries) being used as measures of employer safety performance. The Committee was pleased to provide an industry response for research being performed for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) to identify performance indicators. Specifically, input was provided on leading and lagging performance indicators to help identify best practices in measuring the effectiveness of occupational health and safety prevention activities. Key leading indicators identified by the Committee included:
- Quality and sharing of lessons learned from post incident investigation
- Pre-job site inspections / Thoroughness of field level hazard assessment
- Regular tail gate meetings
- Employee turnover. Perception surveys
- Commitment of entire management team – head office, site managers
- Alignment with sub trades
- Job site visits
- Timely completion of hazard assessment reports
- In-depth near miss reporting system
- Peer to peer observation system
- Supervisory presence at the workforce
- Jobsite safety training of apprentices
The Committee also provided industry feedback on the Review of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation set to renew February 2013. The Committee agreed to the proposed changes with one exception. ACA felt that the existing wording for Section 15.1 was adequate and that the proposed change was too broad.