Issue # 15: Jobsite Health & Safety
ISSN 1703-5597
July 30, 2003


Contents:
Issue #15 Jobsite Health & Safety

  1. Getting Started: Glossary, True Accident Costs, 13 Myths
  2. Injuries: Most Common, Arm/Hand Pain, Stress & Strains
  3. Hazardous Stuff: Asbestos, MSDS Search, Have DIY Fun
  4. WCB: Online Services, Regulations, Safe Work Practices
  5. Safety Programs: Overview, Due Diligence, Implementing
  6. Training: Certification, Courses Available, CD-ROM
  7. Other: Safety Association, Links, First Aid, Job Board

1. Getting Started: Glossary, True Accident Costs, 13 Myths

Glossary Of Common Terms
Are you one of those that thinks action level is the number of cougars in a bar? Here is an easy-to-use glossary of commonly used health & safety terms from WorksafeBC.

What Does An Accident Really Cost?
This chart from WorksafeBC shows an example of all costs related to a worker falling 10 feet. It’s a real eye-opener and could help you when explaining the importance of safety.

13 Myths Of Construction Safety
This IRMI article challenges some of the traditional “safety” thinking such as the use of incentives, safety programs, lower bids, disciplinary programs and safety associations.


2. Injuries: Most Common, Arm/Hand Pain, Stress & Strains

Most Common Construction Injuries
Knowing what types of injuries are most common can help you decide on priorities for prevention. COCA provides a chart showing types/numbers of claims and costs to our industry.

Arm & Hand Pain On The Jobsite
Here’s a doctors take on wrist, elbow and shoulder troubles common to builders. It’s a Fine Homebuilding article that gives you insight onto their causes and some tips for pain relief.

Strain & Stress Prevention Ideas
You can search this Ideas Bank from the Washington State Department of Labour for over 200 ideas and resources on preventing stress and strain injuries.


3. Hazardous Stuff: Asbestos, MSDS Search, Have DIY Fun

Asbestos Hazards In Demolition & Renovation (PDF FILE)
For you renovators, this WCB bulletin has an overview of what to do if you find asbestos, and a good drawing showing various places where it might be found in a home.

Find Material Safety Data Sheets
The MSDS Solutions website has a free online search for data sheets. Enter the product and manufacturer and it will find the info for you. This site does require free registration.

Have A Little Fun: Create Your Own UMDS
Create your own Unsafe Material Data Sheet by filling in the blanks at the ILPI site. There are some pretty strange options and you can create sheets for specific friends or co-workers.


4. WCB: Online Services, Regulations, Safe Work Practices

New Online Services Could Save You Time
Some of these could be real time savers for you. Clearance letters, rate information, remitting, incident & injury reporting, claim status, experience-rating calculations are all online now.

Quickly Find Construction Regulations Online
Do you ever need to quickly access or print any part of the WCB regulations affecting the construction industry? This part of the WCB site has links to each specific section of the Act.

Safe Work Practices For House Construction (PDF FILE)
WCB Online This online booklet outlines safety requirements for various phases of house construction. The handy directory at the side makes it easy to quickly find an item and then print it.


5. Safety Programs: Overview, Due Diligence, Implementing

Overview Of Effective Health & Safety Programs (PDF FILE)
The online booklet “Effective Health and Safety Programs” from WorksafeBC has detailed information on due diligence and what things are needed in your program to comply.

Due Diligence Checklist For BC (PDF FILE)
This 2-page checklist from WCB helps employers determine if they have the required documentation in their OH& S program.

Steps For Implementing Your Own Program (PDF FILE)
Another online booklet from WCB has all the details required for setting up your own health and safety program. Also included are sample forms you can print for your own use.


6. Training: Certification, Courses Available, CD-ROM

Certification: CSO & TSC
The Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC administer the Construction Safety Certification Program for Construction Safety Officers and Trades Safety Coordinators.

Occupational Safety Courses For Construction
The British Columbia Safety Council offers various safety courses. Choose from their list of various occupations, to get more info on upcoming courses.

Construction Safety Courses
BCIT offers a variety of safety related courses for our industry. For those outside of the Lower Mainland you should check the website of your local colleges for similar courses.

Safety Training On CD-ROM
The Construction Safety Training System is a user-friendly CD developed for construction workers. It takes about four hours, is interactive and people can learn at their own pace.


7. Other: Safety Association, Links, First Aid, Job Board

New Construction Safety Association of BC
COCA, the Council Of Construction Associations acts on behalf of all major construction associations in WCB matters. They have formed the Construction Safety Association of BC to provide safety training, reduce injuries and lower contractor costs. Its new site will be launched in a couple of weeks.

Links To Lots Of Safety Websites
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety has an easy to use directory of links to lots of safety websites.

First Aid: Place To Find A Local Certified Attendant
The Occupational First Aid Attendants Association of BC can provide a certified person within hours in the Lower Mainland, and have a free job referral service for other areas of BC. The “Links” section also lists some good first aid resources.


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