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Alberta Construction Association
The University of British Columbia is currently measuring exposure to respirable crystalline silica among construction workers. They are seeking construction companies to participate in this project. The information collected will be used to adapt the BC Silica Control Tool for Alberta. They developed the BC Silica Control Tool in collaboration with the British Columbia Safety Association (BCCSA) to make silica risk assessment easier and less costly for construction companies.
A UBC occupational hygienist is based in Edmonton. He is visiting construction worksites and taking exposure measurements during common construction activities. Companies who participate will receive a report on the measurements taken at their worksites. All participating companies and workers will be kept completely anonymous in all reports and communications.
If you are interested in having the occupational hygienist visit your worksites, or if you would like to learn more about the project, please contact Dr. Melanie Gorman Ng at email@example.com or at 250-884-3050. Information about the Silica Control Tool is available at: http://www.silicacontroltool.com
On Oct 25 & 26, 2017, the Alberta Construction Association sponsored Part II of the “Optimizing the Flow of Money” Workshop hosted by its partner Associations, Calgary Construction Association and Edmonton Construction Association.
All participants reported on the flow of money processes in their operation that they spent the summer/early fall reviewing for efficiencies. With enthusiasm and recognition of the importance of the issue, they shared thoughts and best practices. As one participant reminded us, “We all have a part to play in this; we should all take care of our part with the same care, attention and urgency as we would expect in handling our own pay cheque.” We all need to get paid whether we are a sub-consultant, a supplier or an employee. No one can, or is able to, work for free without agreeing to that upfront.
Participants stated, “It is rare to get all industry partners (Owners, Consultants, Contractors, Trades and Suppliers) in one place to talk about this issue” and “through this open discussion we were educated on all others’ perspectives about the process”. Having project managers and accounting personnel together is the only way to find solutions that can affect the flow of money.
It takes courage to follow those who are showing leadership about this topic – “find your courage to follow and show others how to follow”.
Stay tuned in early 2018 for Best Practices “Made by the Industry for the Industry”!