BC's Construction Health & Safety Association
The final countdown to the Certified Concrete Pump Operator regulatory deadline is on...
In June, WorkSafeBC sent out a friendly reminder letter to all concrete pump industry stakeholders regarding operators who haven’t yet received their Certified Concrete Pump Operator (CCPO) certification. Operators have until January 1, 2024 to do so — after that, it will be illegal for any uncertified person to operate a concrete pump in BC.
Employers are responsible for ensuring their workers comply with this important safety requirement if they own, coordinate work with, or operate equipment. Though most operators have already complied, many operators still haven’t obtained certification during this grace period.
There’s still time for everybody to become certified if they want to continue working as a concrete pump operator. Successful applicants must pass a written and a practical exam. Leaving it to the last minute could see operators sidelined from their jobs until they meet the legal requirements.
Get the ball rolling today — register by visiting the BCCSA’s CCPO website at
www.ccpo.ca. If you know someone who needs to be aware of the CCPO deadline, share the WorkPlaceBC letter with them using this link.
In June, BCCSA staff also attended the annual meeting of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) in Winnipeg.
As an umbrella organization uniting 13 construction safety organizations across all provinces and territories, the CFCSA directly benefits employers by promoting awareness of construction health and safety practices and programs, sharing information, and producing workplace health and safety training, standards and information resources.
In addition, the CFCSA oversees national programs such as the COR® accreditation standard, and the National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO®) and National Health and Safety Administrator (NHSA™) designation programs — as it works to harmonize them across Canada.
Read more about the CFCSA’s mission here, including an interview with BCCSA’s Executive Director, Mike McKenna.
Finally, in this issue meet Regional Safety Advisor David Dunham, and learn why artificial intelligence isn’t quite ready for prime time in a safety setting.

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The CFCSA: sharing construction safety resources and building safety harmonization from the bottom up
Meet new Northern BC RSA, David Dunham
In a previous life, David Dunham was a carpenter who broke his wrist in a work accident, when a van T-boned his vehicle on the way to a job site. The severity of the injury sidelined him from carpentry, but opened a door to a new career in occupational health and safety. 

Get your asbestos certification
WorkSafeBC is implementing mandatory requirements that anyone doing asbestos abatement work in B.C. will need to be trained and certified, and employers that carry out asbestos abatement work for others will have to be licensed. These requirements are an important protection to ensure workers have the appropriate understanding of how to safely do their asbestos abatement work.

Certified Concrete Pump Operator program
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Train the Safety Trainer

This 1 day course is designed to assist participants to plan and deliver safety training to adult learners. Ideas and strategies are presented that will provide participants with a basis for making sound decisions in their training settings. The emphasis of this course is on the development of practical skills to deliver effective presentations in the workplace.

Date: July 24, 2023
Location: Camosun Coastal Centre - 100 Maplebank Rd, Victoria BC
Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm

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