As my term as President of the NCHCA comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Board of Directors, Committee volunteers, Dale Harley, and Alison Hogan for your tireless efforts this past year. A special thanks to all of our members for your support of the Association through attendance and sponsorship of our events. We saw a noticeable increase in interest for the Education Series that we co-sponsored with the City and the local chapter of the Consultant Engineers of Ontario. These events are a great example of the cooperation between all three parties. We have updated our strategic plan to better align with our committee structure and have added Governmental and Educational Institution membership options. We have also recently updated the look of our website to make it more accessible to our members. And Finally, over the past few weeks we have been meeting with local politicians to outline our priorities in anticipation of the Federal Liberal’s funding commitment to infrastructure renewal.
I am looking forward to my role as Past President and plant to continue working with the board on the important initiatives we’ve begun.
The following is a list of our Board members and the committees they participated on this past year. Please do not hesitate to contact any one of us if you would like to provide input or volunteer in any capacity.
Client Relations Dale Harley
Specifications Chair Concrete Subcommittee Ezio Vena, Tony Cerquozzi
Chair Asphalt Subcommittee
Steve Goodman, Dana McLachlin, Cam MacDonald
Chair Sewer Subcommittee
Darrin Alberty, Dennis Colautti, Rob Wallace, Russ Perry, Noel Finn
Chair Excess Soils Subcommittee Steve Goodman, Steve Turner
Health & Safety Committee Ty Arslan (Chair), Wade Clouthier, Kurtis Beveridge, Andre Burnet, Michelle Richer, Troy MacDonald, Neil Falls, Nicky Iannucci, Chris Keeping, Brenda Shalla, David Swan, Chris Brent
O.S.W.C.A. Rep Jeff Mulcock
O.C.A. Rep Ray Shannon
Theft Stephen Turner
Marketing Committee Steven James (Chair), Jim Flegg, Alison Hogan
Bursary Committee Steve McEachen (Chair), Deborah Mohr-Caldwell, Steve McEachen, Ernie Johns
Education Committee Jim Flegg (Chair), Steve Goodman, Deborah Mohr-Caldwell, Adam Hendriks, Steve Montcalm,Rob Wallace
VPM Committee Wade Clouthier (Chair), Ivan Levac, Deborah Mohr-Caldwell, Jeff Mulcock, Jim Flegg, Kevin Kiley, Steve James, Bernie Ingimundson ,Rob Wallace, Dale Harley
The new 2015 WHMIS is now available and it incorporates the GHS (Global Harmonized System). In Canada, you have until December 1, 2018 to fully transition to the new WHMIS standards.
Many of our customers have been confused as to how the GHS affects the new WHMIS. Does it replace it? Does WHMIS cease to exist? To clear it up, GHS is a standard that will be incorporated into the new WHMIS.
Until this year, the WHMIS we’ve all been using was known as WHMIS 1988. Let’s call that the old WHMIS. The new WHMIS, or WHMIS 2015, simply means it’s been updated to include GHS standards.
What Is WHMIS?
WHMIS is a Canadian system for classifying hazardous products and communicating information to people using the products via labels, training and material safety data sheets. It helps ensure that every worker who comes in contact with chemicals understands the hazards posed by chemicals they work with and other essential information.
What Is GHS?
GHS is a global system. Given how many chemical products cross international borders every day, having a global system is essential. Basically, it helps ensure that we all understand/interpret the chemicals and hazardous materials in the same way.
What’s Changed With WHMIS 2015?
For 2015, WHMIS has aligned with the worldwide hazard communication system known as GHS – the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Aligning with GHS provides many benefits, including:
· Hazard classification criteria are more comprehensive which improves ability to indicate severity of hazards.
· New hazard classes are included.
· Physical hazard criteria are consistent with the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG regulations).
· Standardized language (hazard and precautionary statements).
· Standardized SDS format and more comprehensive requirements.
WHMIS symbols will be changed and referred to as pictograms.
What Do Employers Need To Do?
We advise employers to plan with the December 1, 2018 deadline in mind. How you plan the transition is up to you, but ensure you are fully compliant with WHMIS 2015 by the deadline. During the transition period, you may receive hazardous products that follow either WHMIS 1988 or WHMIS 2015 requirements. To ensure worker protection, employers must educate and train workers about WHMIS 2015 as new labels and SDSs appear in their workplaces. During the transition period, employers may continue to have WHMIS 1988 labels and MSDSs in the workplace – if so, they must also continue to educate workers about WHMIS 1988. Employers must review and comply with the WHMIS requirements of their occupational health and safety jurisdiction.
What Are Suppliers’ Duties Under WHMIS?
Suppliers are those organizations who, in the course of business, sell or import hazardous products. Suppliers must ensure the appropriate classification of hazardous products. This classification is determined based on comparison of all available hazard data for the ingredients or mixture to the WHMIS requirements as outlined in the Hazardous Products Regulations(WHMIS 2015) or the Controlled Products Regulations (WHMIS 1988).
When a product is considered to be a “hazardous product”, the supplier must label the product or container and they must provide a safety data sheet (SDS) to their customers. The purpose of the label is to clearly identify the hazardous product, the supplier, the hazards and precautionary measures. The SDS provides more information about that product.
What Are Employers’ Duties Under WHMIS?
When a hazardous product is used in the workplace, employers are required to:
· Educate and train workers on the hazards and safe use of products.
· Ensure that hazardous products are properly labeled.
· Prepare workplace labels, as needed.
· Prepare SDSs, as necessary (e.g., if an employer manufactures a hazardous product that is used on-site).
· Provide access to up-to-date SDSs to workers.
· Ensure appropriate control measures are in place to protect the health and safety of workers.
What Are Workers’ Duties Under WHMIS?
Workers will participate in WHMIS education and training programs, take necessary steps to protect themselves and their co-workers, and participate in identifying and controlling hazards.
What Happens When An Inspector Visits The Workplace?
Inspectors have the authority to ensure that occupational health and safety legislation is being followed.
For WHMIS, for example, employers should be prepared to:
· Demonstrate that a WHMIS program is in place.
· Show where the SDSs are for the hazardous products used at that workplace.
· Show that hazardous products in use have the appropriate labels.
· Show education and training records for employees who work with or may be exposed to a hazardous product.
Inspectors may need to speak to workers to confirm that education and training has taken place. Workers should be able to answer these questions for every hazardous product they work with:
· What are the hazards of the product?
· How do I protect myself from those hazards?
· What do I do in case of an emergency?
· Where can I get further information?
For further details, see our website at https://www.nchca.ca/resources/content/d1984.pdf
Calabogie Peaks Ski Day, March 3rd!
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 14, seasonal load restrictions are in effect. Commercial vehicles or trailers with a gross vehicle weight in excess of five tonnes or 11,000 lbs. per axle are prohibited on roads where restriction signage is posted, and on all truck routes identified as restricted on the Truck Route Maps Urban Truck Routes and Rural Truck Routes.
These restrictions also apply to all non-truck routes. Heavy vehicles that exceed weight limits on restricted load roadways during the spring thaw period will be subject to fines.
During the spring thaw period, some roads cannot withstand heavy vehicle loads. Every year, the City monitors thaw progression by utilizing the forecast temperature data to calculate the Thaw Index. When the Thaw Index reaches its threshold value, the load restrictions are imposed. Once the pavement strength has been restored, the load restrictions are removed.
CRIME STOPPERS AND NCHCA
NCHCA is working closely with the Ottawa Police and Crime Stoppers in an effort to combat theft of any equipment in the Ottawa and surrounding area’s . In an effort to help we are asking members and associate staff to please take photos of vehicles on sites or around offices that may appear suspicious and email them to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be kept on file . We are also looking into a special paint that may be applied to the roof of your equipment for aerial identification , this paint will be reflective in nature and visible from the air for easier identification . Crime Stoppers and NCHCA will offer rewards to those who are instrumental in the arrest of any individual involved in a theft or crime if charged and any information received is completely confidential . Thank you for your help !
OSWCA will be hosting province wide MOECC breakfast seminars to provide information surrounding the MOECC fines that are linked to gas line strikes and the subsequent release of a contaminant into the atmosphere.
Additionally, this seminar will provide what preparation procedures will protect a contractor should this occur.
To register, please If you are interested in attending one of these events, please registering by emailing Scott Sterling (email@example.com) at the MOECC. Ottawa session is scheduled for April 5th at the Radisson Hotel Ottawa
Should you have any questions regarding the seminar, please contact the Association Office.
Permit to Take Water
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) will be hosting information sessions across the province on its upcoming changes to the Permit to Take Water (PTTW) process. These sessions will provide an overview of the upcoming regulatory changes, as well as provide a detailed demonstration on how to register your company with the MOECC for electronic permit approval through its Environmental Activity and Sector Registry.
Read more to find out when these sessions are coming to your City by Clicking Here.
Reclassifying Road Building Machines
The Ministry of Transportation has posted its official Road Building Machines (RBM) legislative and regulatory change proposal for public comment. Based on the proposal, certain pieces of heavy equipment currently defined as RBMs will be reclassified as a commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and subject to all of the corresponding rules and regulations for CMVs, including: vehicle permits; fuel tax; CVOR; Hours of Services; vehicle weights and dimensions; and automobile insurance amongst others.
DCN Industry Perspectives: Preparing for the 2016 Construction “Open Period” in Ontario
April 30, 2016 marks the expiry of the vast majority of Ontario’s construction industry collective agreements and as many construction employers know, the Ontario Labour Relations Act, 1995 provides for a two month “open period” at the end of each collective agreement term. During this open period, an incumbent union can lose its right to represent employees in one of two ways: Employees governed by an agreement may apply to decertify the union; or a rival union can apply to displace the incumbent union through a process known as a raid.
Ministry of Environment – Proposed Excess Soil Policy Framework now Open for Public Comment
The MOECC has published its proposed Excess Soil Policy Framework for public comment until the end of March. The Framework seeks to introduce a number of policies and regulations that encourage the reuse of excess soil on construction projects and diminishes the patchwork of restrictive municipal bylaws that are making disposal and reuse increasingly difficult.
If you have any comments on the Framework or any feedback that you would like to see inserted into the discussion, please contact the Steve Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 NCHCA Event Dates – Save these in your calendars!
Centurion Conference and Event Center
Kanata Lakes/Eagle Creek
Summer BBQ/Lobster Fest
1299 River Road
Fall Dinner Dance
The Westin Hotel
AGM, APRIL 13, CENTURION CONFERENCE & EVENT CENTER
Our President, Perry Crozier, and current Board would like to invite ALL MEMBERS to attend our Annual General Meeting being held on April 13th at the Centurion Conference and Event Center (170 Colonnade Road South). If you are able to join us, please register on line at by April 1st. A cocktail reception starts at 5:30 PM. The business meeting, including guest speaker Honourable Bob Chiarelli, will be held at 6:30 PM, followed by a social networking dinner.
Look forward to seeing you on the 13th!
2016 Membership Renewals
2016 annual membership are now past due. Rates for 2016 are $725 plus HST. If any members require assistance, please contact Alison Hogan.
Please note that the Association has changed it’s email address from email@example.com to firstname.lastname@example.org effectively immediately.