The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) was pleased to see the call from the Canadian Construction Association to establish an Emergency COVID-19 Construction Cost Relief Program to help contractors grappling with the financial implications of project shutdowns, delays, and losses of productivity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Trade Contractors Council of Canada (NTCCC) has sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to emphasize the need to support the trade contracting sector as it grapples with COVID-19. MCA Canada is an active member of the NTCCC, and we continue to liaise with our council counterparts on issues of mutual interest to trade contractors across Canada.
As part of its efforts to support member firms grappling with the unique circumstances the industry is currently facing, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada has introduced new guidelines to help answer questions related to health and safety and the safe operation of job sites during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This guidance document outlines the recommended best practices for mechanical contractors to maintain the health and safety of their workers, and other individuals who may be impacted by their work, while performing their necessary duties during the current SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic.
The objectives of this guidance document are as follows:
- Prioritize the health and safety of workers, other individuals, and the surrounding communities.
- Assist stakeholders with recommended best practices from federal, provincial and municipal health authorities.
- Establish and maintain a robust SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 work plan across multiple facilities.
- Promote and foster a healthy and safe work environment for all involved individuals.
The guide was developed in consultation with experts at OHS Global Risk Solutions.
It is important to note that this guide was developed to assist MCAC and its contractor members to develop their own safety policies and procedures to deal with the COVID-19 issue, and does not supersede any guidelines, protocols or best practices implemented by any level of government.