The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is undergoing a transition to adopt new international standards for classifying hazardous chemicals and providing information on labels and safety data sheets. These new standards are part of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The new system will be gradually phased-in between 2015 and the end of 2018.
2. Mental health in the workplace: What employers can do?
Mental Health? What is it? Can I talk about it? Who do I talk to? Should I feel embarrassed asking for help? Questions that 15-20 years were very difficult in receiving responses to or being educated on. Nowadays mental health is in the forefront in schools, organizations, athletics and general public information. Champions of mental health such as Clara Hughes and Bell Canada have allowed the topic to be openly discussed in the public now. The NCHCA Health and Safety Committee would like to continue this open dialogue on this matter.
To read more, please http://www.nchca.ca/resources/content/d1480.pdf
3. Specification Committee
The committee is working on their “Top Ten List” of specificiation/process issues. If any members have any comments/concerns; please forward to Alison Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Goodman at email@example.com
There is a specification form on our website for your submission. Please complete and return to Steve Goodman.
4. Safety Committee
Safety Committee minutes are available for your reference on the NCHCA website at www.nchca.ca or http://www.nchca.ca/default/385
Mr. J S Bidal from WSIB will be presenting again on the proposed WSIB rate restructuring on September 9, 2015 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the OCA (196 Bronson Avenue).
5. Monthly Safety Recogination Awards
The NCHCA Health and Safety Sub-Committee is pleased to announce the commencement of a new Recognition Program for Safety in our community. This program will be open to all member’s employees in an effort to recognize the safety efforts of individuals, crews, and/or projects.
So, what do you have to do? If you see or hear of someone taking a proactive approach to safety, we want to hear about it! Simply fill out the Safety Award Nomination Form (found on our website), and submit your nomination to the NCHCA by email: firstname.lastname@example.org . We ask that all nominations be submitted by the end of each month. The NCHCA Safety Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month, which is when a winner shall be chosen. A trophy will then be presented to the winner(s) at their work location, which will be theirs to keep and brag about for one month until it is time to pass it on to the next winner. All nominees will be recognized on our website by name and the company they work for, so please pass the message on to your colleagues!
Should you have any questions with regards to this exciting new program, please feel free to email email@example.com and your inquiries will be forwarded to the appropriate committee members.
We are confident that this is an exciting new way to promote the Culture of Safety that we are all aiming towards, and to share the ways that individuals are going above and beyond to keep their workplace, their coworkers, and the general public safe each and every day.
We look forward to your nominations! Stay safe everyone!
6. Manhole Open, GreyHawk GC, August 18th
A wonderful day was had by over 210 golfers this year. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the new dinner format and the chance to mingle with clients and collegues alike. Please forward any suggestions regarding the tournament to Alison Hogan (firstname.lastname@example.org) at your convenience.
The NCHCA would like to thank this year’s sponsors:
SITECH Mid-Canada Ltd.
Capital Cutting & Coring
Nortrax Canada Inc.
Tallman Truck Centre
Anchor Concrete Products Limited
Stevenson & Hunt
Clean Water Works
7. National Capital Heavy Construction Association Bursary Program
The bursary receipents were awarded their respective bursaries at the Manhole Open Golf Tournament which was held at Greyhawk G&CC, on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015.The following four bursaries, each with a value of $2500, were awarded.
The Founder’s Award – Robert Kimberley was awarded to Kyle Smallegange The Harley House Award (highest grade point average) was awarded to Nathaniel Quinn The National Capital Heavy Construction Association Award (industry related) was awarded to David Brown The National Capital Heavy Construction Association Award (industry related) was awarded to Stephen Zeggil
8. NCHCA Director Profile
Jim Flegg 2015 NCHCA Second Vice-President Education Committee
Mr. Flegg started his construction career in South Western Ontario, working on heavy civil highway construction. Mr. Flegg was transferred to the Ottawa area in 2004, first settling in Richmond. From their Jim his wife and three children, relocated to Russell, where they currently reside. Jim’s has had the opportunity to be a part of many interesting and unique projects, including being the project manager for the first two rapid bridge replacements in Canada. Jim has been successful in this industry wearing many different hats, from Superintendent to Estimator to Project Manager. His current duties at Louis W Bray Construction include, leading the construction team on all projects, and working as a contributing member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Save the Date… Fall Dinner Dance, November 28th, Brookstreet Hotel