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2019 Annual Event Calendar

Jan - 15 - Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting

Feb - 12 - BOD 

Mar - 12 - BOD

Apr - 16 - BOD  

May - 14 - BOD

May - 24 - Mesothelioma Golf Tournament at North View (REGISTER EARLY)

May - 28-31- EFMA Conterence in Penticton

June -04 - BOD  

July - 09 - BOD

Aug - 24 -  TIAC Conference (Montreal)

Sept - 10 - BOD 

Oct - 15 - BOD 

Nov - 12 - BOD / AGM 

Dec - 7 - Christmas Dinner at River Rock Casino (LIMITED SEATING - REGISTER EARLY)

Dec - 10 - BOD Meeting / BOD Luncheon

 

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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Wednesday
Mar232016

Associate Members "step up" and Supply Materials

When the call went out for material donations in support of the BCICA Inspector Training Program, the associate members did not hesitate in offering to supply everything required to ensure that prospective inspectors had the opportunity to experience working with the latest and best materials availalbe to professional mechanical contractors.

BCICA partnered with BCIT to develop and facilitate four courses designed to prepare qualified individuals for mechanical inspection work. Three of the courses, PPGS 1110, 1120 and 1130 are online and can be accessed from any internet connection. However, PPGS 1140 requires students to attend a two day "hands on" workshop at the BCIT Campus in Burnaby BC. PPGS 1140 provides students with an opportunity to view mechanical insulation installed incorrectly in order to prepare them for actual field inspection. It offers students a chance to observe and complete an observational report that helps prepare them to identify work that is deficient and does not meet industry best practices.

BCICA wishes to thank all of our Associate Members for their support of the various initiatives undertaken by the association to promote professionalism in the mechanical insulation industry. In particular the BCICA Board wishes to acknowledge the material contributions to the PPGS 1140 course from All Therm Services Inc., BrockWhite Construction Materials Inc., Nu-West Construction Products Inc., Shur-fit Products Ltd., and Winroc-SPI.

Thanks to everyone for your generous contributions and continuous support for professional mechanical contractors. 

 

 

Tuesday
Mar222016

LABOUR GROUPS SHOCKED AT BC COURT’S ASBESTOS RULING

Journal of Commerce |  by RUSSELL HIXSON   |   Mar 16, 2016

WorkSafeBC is appealing a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that rejected the regulator’s urging to find a company in contempt of an order to follow asbestos safety laws.

On Feb. 26, the court ruled against WorkSafeBC’s application for a finding that Mike Singh and Shawn Singh of Seattle Environmental Consulting Ltd, are in contempt of an earlier order of the court, which required that they abide by a Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Justice George Macintosh dismissed the WorkSafeBC contempt application against the pair and their firm Seattle Environmental, saying that safety laws and regulations were “voluminous and complex” and that “to most observers it would be like looking through the Income Tax Act.”

Although written reasons for judgment have not yet been provided by the court, WorkSafeBC stated it intends to file a notice of appeal to protect its right to appeal the decision. The appeal will ask the B.C. Court of Appeal for clarity regarding the scope of the court’s injunction powers under and the ability of the court to enforce those powers.

The BC Insulators Union, the BC Federation of Labour and the Hazardous Materials Association of BC issued a release saying they were “shocked and dismayed” at the decision.

Lee Loftus, business manager of the BC Insulators Union, who also suffers from asbestos exposure, was stunned.

“We waited years for the court to send a powerful warning to any asbestos contractor that if they fail to follow the laws and regulations set up for the safety of their workers and themselves – they would be severely punished – even sent to jail,” Loftus said.

Loftus noted that Seattle Environmental received 237 orders by WorkSafeBC to follow the asbestos safety regulations between 2007 and 2012, and 37 counts documented by WorkSafeBC since 2013.

“What’s complex, is trying to protect the safety of asbestos removal workers when the courts refuse to take action in even the most outrageous cases of repeated violations regarding a substance that kills more workers in B.C. than any other,” Loftus says.

“Ask the families of the 60 workers who died in 2015 in B.C. from illness caused by asbestos exposure if the laws and regulations are too complex.”

B.C. Federation of Labour president Irene Lanzinger said the court decision throws the entire system of worker health and safety laws and regulations into jeopardy — and is calling on WorkSafeBC to appeal and for the provincial government to take immediate action to protect all worker lives.

“This is an absolute shock to all workers — despite evidence of multiple violations of WorkSafeBC laws and regulations and after a clear warning from the B.C. Supreme Court to obey those laws. Today the court has refused to enforce that order and impose appropriate penalties,” Lanzinger said.

“We now have a crisis in worker health and safety. If asbestos removal workers are in jeopardy due to laws and regulations not being enforced, so is every other worker in B.C. Employers who put their workers in harm’s way must be held accountable,” says Lanzinger.

Don Whyte, executive director of the Hazardous Materials Association of B.C., says responsible contractors that strive to comply with the regulations, are bound to lose faith in the system, and will now begin to question the entire regulatory regime.

“Why bother complying, if there are no consequences for non-compliance?” Whyte said.

“You don’t have to follow the orders, you don’t have to pay the penalty sanctions.”

He added that the decision suggests that you don’t need to follow the law if it is too complicated.

“If the courts won’t enforce the law when WorkSafeBC evidence indicates that the laws were repeatedly violated, then where does that leave us?” he said.

He explained that it also hurts the competitiveness of firms that take care to follow safety regulations.

“Are the legitimate contractors now going to start circumventing the regulations in order to remain competitive?” he said.

“Does this decision mean that we don’t need to comply with the Workers’ Compensation Act, or Occupational Health and Safety Regulation?”

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