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2018 Annual Event Calendar

Jan - 9-Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting

Feb - 6-BOD M

Mar - 6-BOD

Apr - BOD  / Industry Dinner Meeting

May - 8-BOD

   25 - Mesothelioma Golf Tournament

June -12-BOD  

July - 10-BOD

Aug - No Meetings

Sept - 4 BOD

 7-10-TIAC Conference 

Oct - 9-BOD / AGM 

Nov - 13-BOD

Dec - 8 - Christmas Dinner at River Rock Casino

Dec - BOD Luncheon

 

Friday
Jul082016

Quality Assurance Certificate Update

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Wednesday
Jul062016

WORKSAFEBC 2016 ASBESTOS ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE POSTED ON JULY 5, 2016 BY COCABC

Notice of asbestos inspections and featured resources

Asbestos exposure remains the number one killer of workers in B.C. Hundreds of houses are demolished and renovated every month in our province, and as many homes built up until 1990 used products containing asbestos, this poses a potential threat of exposing workers to harmful asbestos fibres.

WorkSafeBC prevention officers will be conducting a province-wide program of worksite inspections from July 1-December 31, 2016 to ensure homeowners, contractors, and consultants are properly informed and equipped to safely remove asbestos containing materials and are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

WorkSafeBC has a list of information and resources to help ensure everyone remains safe from asbestos-related occupational disease on the jobsite.

Some of these resources include: 

  • Ten simple steps to complying with asbestos abatement
  • Safe work practices for handling asbestos
  • Health hazards of asbestos toolbox meeting guide
  • Asbestos removal toolbox meeting guide 

For more information and a full list of resources, please visit the WorkSafeBC asbestos resource page.

Monday
Jul042016

BC BUILDING TRADES REPORTS: ASBESTOS RESOLUTION FROM CITY OF VANCOUVER POSTED ON JULY 3, 2016 BY COCABC

City of Vancouver joins call for mandatory certification and licensing of asbestos contractors

Date:  Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The BC Building Trades Council and the BC Federation of Labour congratulate Vancouver City Council for passing a critical resolution calling on the province to implement mandatory certification and licensing of asbestos and hazardous material removal contractors.

“Many believe that asbestos exposure only happens in the workplace, but that’s just not true,” said Lee Loftus, president of the BC Building Trades Council. “Asbestos has been installed in our schools, community centres, shopping malls, libraries and homes for more than a half century. When it is disturbed, workers and the public are being exposed unwillingly.”

The City of Vancouver motion calls on the provincial government to require mandatory licensing, certification and enforceable compliance in safely handling asbestos and other hazardous material for all demolition, renovation and environmental remediation contractors.

Vancouver is the third municipality in the Lower Mainland to lend its voice to the issue, following the City of Port Coquitlam and the City of Burnaby which passed similar resolutions earlier in June.

Current provincial legislation does not provide the protections required to eliminate exposures when unscrupulous contractors disturb asbestos containing materials and transport or dump them in public areas such as parks, laneways and waste bins.

“The continued risk to the community, the environment and workers is unacceptable. I want to congratulate the cities of Vancouver, Port Coquitlam and Burnaby for adding their voices to this complex and important issue,” said Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour. “The BC Federation of Labour has asked the province to convene a provincial roundtable that would bring together all levels of government, regulatory bodies, industry and labour to develop a multifaceted approach to eliminating asbestos exposures in BC workplaces, including mandatory licensing and certification.”

It is estimated that every year more than 145,000 Canadian workers are exposed to asbestos at their workplaces, and over 2,000 are diagnosed with fatal asbestos cancers and other diseases. In BC, asbestos remains the single largest cause of workplace deaths.

Full text of the resolution can be found at: http://council.vancouver.ca/20160628/documents/motionb6.pdf.

For More Information: 

Brynn Bourke, BC Building Trades Council – 778-888-5493

Jaime Matten, BC Federation of Labour – 604-561-2663

Thursday
Jun232016

For Immediate Release

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Wednesday
Jun082016

EFMA Update

 

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