BC's Construction Health & Safety Association
Big events in March, big month in April, big change in 2024
It’s been an eventful month here at the BCCSA, and the near future looks just as busy.
On March 7, researchers from the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction at Simon Fraser University presented preliminary findings from Blueprint for Action to an audience of 85. The study was designed to better understand the state of substance use in the BC construction sector and to provide robust evidence to create meaningful programs to target the problem. While news articles in recent years claimed that the BC construction sector was “ground zero” for opioid addiction, the research suggests otherwise.
Integrating data collected from 639 construction workers and 35 senior industry leaders, study findings indicated that, while prescription opioid use may contribute to excess mortality in the construction sector, alcohol and other drugs play a much larger role. In addition, socioeconomic and job-related-factors appear to play a key role in determining the level of alcohol and other drug risks in the trades.
“This research changes our understanding about the type of substance use we’re seeing in construction,” says Mike McKenna, Executive Director, BCCSA. “With this evidence, we believe we’ll be able to devise programs that more effectively address substance use.”
At our Eat & Greet Langley Outreach Event held March 1, more than 100 people turned out, including the BCCSA executive and Board of Directors, employer members and their employees.
“Response to the event was great,” says Lui Garcea, Director, Marketing, Partnerships & Provincial TCP Program with the BCCSA. “We received a clear message that people want to see more of these types of events.”
In April, the BCCSA marks Construction Month 2023, a celebration of the BC construction industry’s many contributions to the province. The Alliance is a gold sponsor of the event, organized by the British Columbia Construction Association.
We’d also like to remind our members of the steady approach of January 1, 2024. On that day, provincial regulations will require all concrete pump operators to be certified. The good news is that there’s still time left for operators to be certified under BCCSA’s Certified Concrete Pump Operator (CCPO) program — so register today.
Finally, meet our newest COR® Program Coordinator, MJ Angeles, a friendly voice on the phone for employers looking to renew COR® certification — and an experienced Internet brand ambassador in her spare time.

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Meet COR® Coordinator, MJ Angeles
COR® Program Coordinator MJ Angeles is the newest face on the BCCSA’s four-person COR® Coordinator team, joining the crew in May 2022.
MJ earned a BA in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in 2021. She worked with the VGH and UBC Hospital Respiratory Centre in various research positions from 2019 until 2022. Looking to try something new, she responded to a posting for the BCCSA position. Full profile
Expression of Interest: BCCSA Regional Safety Advisors (RSA) wanted...
Vancouver Island & Southern Interior
The role of an RSA is to assist members to meet their regulatory obligations. RSA’s are available to support employers who have safety questions or concerns, are looking to develop safety programs and materials, or who want to prepare for COR® (Certificate of Recognition).Download full document
Certified Concrete Pump Operator program
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COR® Internal Auditor

This 2 day course provides participants with comprehensive information on conducting health & safety program audits utilizing the BCCSA’s COR® OHS National Audit Document. Participants complete exercises designed to prepare them for conducting a company audit. This course is for both qualifying and requalifying internal auditors.

Date: April 25 & 26, 2023
Location: VILT (Virtual Instructor Led Training)
Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm

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