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Members know that OGCA has actively been opposing the use of Third Party Qualification firms, particularly in Safety, where we published a Guide to help members oppose this useless process. A recent tender for King City (York Region) again shows how little respect owners are showing for the safety of workers. The use of these firms is a throwback to the infamous "Binder" days. Firms were asked to submit their safety "Binders" as part of their Tender. The use of these firms is no different. There is no confirmation that the policies or "Binders" are actually being implemented.
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League of Champions
On Friday April 15, 2016 the League of Champions welcomed its first members, with a Charter presentation at IHSA. The League will be reaching out to all OGCA members in the next few weeks to encourage all of you to make the commitment to excellence in workplace safety, and become members.
Safety
Every year on April 28 we pay our respects to, and remember, the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. We also honour the many families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.
Companies like EllisDon, PCL, GEN-PRO, Walsh, Merit, Turner and Alpeza, are all hosting events to celebrate Safety Week, May 1 - 7, at locations from jobsites to offices.
Legislative & Legal Updates
The latest update from Frank Zechner about changes to legislation can be found by clicking on the headline.
Education & Events
Leading Edge Group has developed a revolutionary eLearning program which introduces the learner to the fundamental benefits, principles, tools and techniques of Lean Construction. This interactive eLearning course takes 2 hours to complete, includes ‘check your knowledge’ quizzes at the end of each module and a 10 question final assessment. Upon completion, learners are provided with a Leading Edge Group Certificate of Completion.
Calendar of Events
Registrations open this week for the 2016 OGCA Golf Tournament and Past Chairman's Luncheon. This year, all past chairmen are invited to golf for free. We'll be sending out the registration forms later this week and hope to see you all there! Don't forget that sponsorships are also available for hole signs, cart cards and score cards. It is through the generous sponsorship of our industry stakeholders that we are able to offer this great networking event with lots of extras. Exclusive "stations" are also available to be sponsored. This is a great way to get your name out there. See you on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. (Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.)
Your registration form for the 78th AGM and Conference is now available. Hotel reservations are now open - remember to quote the OGCA Group when booking. We have lots of events planned, including a visit to the District Architectural Centre for a dinner with contractors and architects from America. Speakers include Mary Fitch from the DAC, Melissa Aveiro from Deloitte, and Marnie Dicker from Infrastructure Ontario. We hope, as well, to hear from Canada's Ambassador to the United States, David McNaughton! Lots of free time, and several spousal and group events have been planned, including a Segway tour! Click on the headline for the Registration Form.
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Industry News
The design and construction industry in Ontario is a major player in the health of the provincial economy, providing employment to more than half a million Ontarians and generating more than six per cent of the province’s GDP. It is carried out by a range of players from large national organizations who have international reach, to a multitude of smaller participants who work only in their local environments. For various reasons beyond our control, the industry is also attracting offshore international organizations given Ontario's strong construction economy.
Concrete Ontario (formerly Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario) has just released their Call for Entries for the Ontario Concrete Awards. The awards will be announced and presented at an Awards Banquet being held at the World of Concrete Pavilion, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
This two-hour webinar will present the seismic design requirements of the National Building Code of Canada 2015 and Clause 27 of CSA S16-14 as these requirements apply to industrial buildings.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless and colourless gas that can be a serious workplace hazard. In fact, hundreds of Canadian workers experience CO poisoning each year, which can lead to hospitalization or, in some cases, death. CO gas is produced as a result of the incomplete burning of carbon. As such, common sources of CO in the workplace include, but are not limited to, internal combustion engines, kilns, furnaces, welding, forging, space heaters and fires.
Combustible dust is typically defined as any fine material that has the ability to catch fire and explode when an ignition source is present. While the type of combustible dust may differ depending on the workplace, common examples include dust created by wood, agricultural products, metals, chemicals, pesticides, rubber, textiles and plastics.
Dig Safe Month is kicking-off in a very big way across Canada, including Ontario!
In this month's newsletter from OGCA Affinity Partner Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers, you'll learn best practices for maintaining heavy equipment in the cold. In addition, you'll read about how to create an effective workplace housekeeping program.