ACA Seeks Members Comments on New West Partnership Standard Exception Changes

On August 28, 2014 the Premiers of Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia announced a review surrounding the current list of exceptions to the New West Partnership agreement (NWP), with the goal being to reduce internal trade barriers where it is appropriate to do so.

The three governments are keen to understand regulatory irritants in complying with differing OHS standards and regulations across the three western Provinces. The governments cite as an example a recent change for industry was agreement on first aid kits.  The potential benefits to industry are reduced costs for compliance and related training costs.

These changes however, may mean harmonization to use the highest level as the standard will not recognize acceptable alternative solutions.

The ACA is preparing for a presentation to the Alberta Government on December 1st. We would welcome your input on examples of irritants in complying with differing OHS standards between BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan and your thoughts on support or opposition for adopting the highest standard.

Email your input before November 26th to ken.gibson@albertaconstruction.net.

OHS Code Review

The Alberta government is currently inviting review of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. The ACA is seeking your input with a deadline of November 30th for comment.

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code contains the technical work site rules that protect the health and safety of Alberta’s workers. Between 2012 and 2014, as part of an ongoing process, Albertans provided feedback on which areas of the Code were in need of review. The government has since reviewed the Code based on feedback received and developed proposed changes.

You can find the link to the proposals information here.

Email your comments before November 30th to jonathan.williams@albertaconstruction.net.

Have your say on Trade Definitions

The ACA along with its Local Construction Associations are reviewing requested changes to the Trade Definitions in December. Each year these definitions are reviewed and updates are published on a yearly basis.

All member companies and trade associations may request changes to any or all trade definitions by providing their request in writing to the ACA or the Edmonton Construction Association (ECA). The request must include the change, reason for the change and the effect on other scopes. The Trade Definition committee will review and rule on all requests.

If you want to put forward input please do so by January 1st 2015. The revised definitions will be posted March 1st as per what is stated in the Trade Definitions.

You can put forward your ideas using the following form.

Please click here to see the existing trade definitions.