" NCA Safety News" provides you with valuable information and assists in your quest to achieve a world-class safety culture. We believe that developing a safe work ethic is a never-ending process that must be part of every businesses professional development.

Please do not hesitate to contact  Karin Sheldrick with your input and suggestions. We value your feedback!
Introducing the all new NCA Safety Question Box!

Do you need to find out more about WSIB Safety Groups?
What is COR and do we need it?
Legislation questions?
Safety Pass Program?
Or do you just need to ask a few questions regarding safety in general?
Do you have suggestions on training?

Email our Safety Committee for assistance.
Monthly Safety Tip
Working Safely around Stinging Insects
What are stinging insects?
Stinging insects have a sting (or stinger) at the posterior end of their abdomen. This group of insects includes honey bees, bumble bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and ants. However, many ants do not have stings. A couple of species that do have stings are army ants, found in the southern U.S., and harvester ants, found in the southern U.S. and western Canada.

The sting (formally called an aculeus), which is connected to a venom sac, is a modified egg-laying tube (ovipositor). So if you are stung, it was a female insect that did it. In North America, yellow jacket wasps are involved in about 70% of the stings to humans. They are often mistaken for bees because of their yellow and black bodies. Most stinging insects can sting you more than once. One exception is the honey bee (worker bee) which has a barbed sting. When the worker bee escapes after stinging a person, the sting and attached venom sac are ripped out of the bee and stay in the victim's skin; the bee will die afterwards. More
NCA has made safety awareness a primary initiative for our Association. We have recently launched our PATHS initiative, Partners Aligned Together for Health and Safety, formally making a stronger commitment to safety awareness and training.

NCA had special guest speaker, Rob Ellis of My Safe Work and League of Champions attend our Membership Appreciation Day on September 19, 2018 at Club Roma.

Rob became an outspoken advocate for health, safety and wellness in the workplace after the death of his 18 year old son in 1999. David Ellis was killed in a workplace accident. He was given limited training and no supervision. It was his second day on the job.
Rob delivered a strong message to our membership and he inspired everyone to achieve greatness in safety culture.

See video clip below of Rob Ellis and NCA President, Carol Danis.
Training at the NCA
ALL NEW this year, the NCA Foundations for Construction Professionals Certificate, a program offering seven Gold Seal accredited training courses instructed by Ellaline Davies of Safety Works Consulting Inc:
  • INJURED WORKER? Successful WSIB outcomes for Construction Workplace Injury Claims (TESTIMONIALS) Thursday, October 4, 2018/8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Taking Care of the 'Bad Seeds' in Your Construction Business - Thursday, November 1, 2018/8:30 am to 4:30 pm 
  • Handling Workplace Violence & Harassment in Construction 
  • Thursday, November 8 & Friday November 9, 2018/8:30 am to 4:30 pm (2-day course)
  • Mental Health & Your Construction Workplace - Monday, December 10 & Tuesday, December 11, 2018/8:30 am to 4:30 pm (2-day course)
  • Impact of your Attitude on Employees (new date coming soon) 
  • So You're Managing in Construction Now - A Cause for Concern or Celebration? (new date coming soon) 
  • Creating Successful Employee Engagement (new date coming soon)
Take a moment to read some amazing Gold Seal success stories  here.  Visit Gold Seal site for more information.
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for NCA Educational & Training Course
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INJURED WORKER? Successful WSIB outcomes for Construction Workplace
Injury Claims
Thursday, October 4, 2018
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
2-Day Supervisor Course
Tuesday, October 30 & Wednesday, October 31, 2018
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Working at Heights
Training Schedule
October - November 2018
WHMIS 2015
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
4:30 to 7:30 pm
Impact of your Attitude
on Employees
*New date coming soon
Substance Use Prevention in Your Construction Business
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday, December 6, 2018
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Managing Excess Soil
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
8:30 to 10:00 am
You Need to Know More about COR Breakfast Seminars
(2 dates)
Wednesday, October 24 &
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
8:30 to 10:30 am
WSIB Safety Group -
St. Catharines Chapter
Information Sessions (2 dates)
Thursday, November 9 &
Thursday, November 29
4:30 to 5:30 pm 
Don't miss out! Hold Tuesday October 30 in your calendar
You asked, and we answered! Due to popular demand, Niagara Region Public Health & Emergency Services will be hosting a FREE workshop on the topic of cannabis and the workplace.
A range of issues relating to cannabis and substances will be covered in the workshop, with a focus on developing an effective policy.

October 30 from 9am-3:30pm. Registration starts at 9am and facilitation will begin around 9:30am. Light breakfast will be provided in the morning, full lunch to follow in the afternoon. You will receive an official e-vite with full details in the coming weeks. If you have any further questions relating to the upcoming workshop, please feel free to contact Dan Schonewille .
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Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL)

Ministry of Labour What's New -  September 2018

Reporting workplace incidents or structural hazards - click here

In September and October, the ministry will work with the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association to help employers address the hazards of operating equipment in reverse on construction projects. During the first phase, they will provide information to help employers comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations. During Phase 2, inspectors will carry out enhanced enforcement at construction projects targeting hazards associated with reversing equipment.Z

Reversing equipment on construction projects:
  • Phase 1: compliance support and prevention education (Ministry of Labour and Infrastructure Health and Safety Association) September 1 – September 30, 2018
  • Phase 2: Ministry of Labour enforcement campaign October 1 - October 31, 2018
Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)

IHSA is a leader in health and safety education - stay up to date with the latest industry safety news and training by clicking here.

 IHSA invites you to our COR™ Internal Auditor Conference at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga on Oct 16. Here you will meet other current and future internal auditors and obtain valuable information, tools, and experiences. http://ow.ly/vnfB30ksvwr 
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
An independent not-for-profit, Workplace Safety North (WSN) is one of four sector-based health and safety associations in Ontario, and provides province-wide Ministry-approved workplace health and safety training and services for the mining and forest products industries, as well as for businesses across northern Ontario .

Learn more here .
Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA)
PSHSA is working with Ontario employers, supervisors and workers to provide information on cannabis and applicable legislation. Some of the areas we are assisting with are around accommodation and suggested control measures for the workplace. Read more.

Complimentary Webinar - Recognizing, Evaluating, and Controlling Noise Hazards in the Workplace, September 28, 2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm Click here

Wondering whether a sit-stand workstation is the right solution for your employees? Check out this fast fact resource to understand the benefits and limitations of sit-stand workstations. Find out more here .

Check out their resource calendar here .
Workplace Safety North (WSN)
An independent not-for-profit, Workplace Safety North (WSN) is one of four sector-based health and safety associations in Ontario, and provides province-wide Ministry-approved workplace health and safety training and services for the mining and forest products industries, as well as for businesses across northern Ontario.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is an independent trust agency that administers compensation and no-fault insurance for Ontario workplaces. 

The WSIB announced its 2019 premium rates at its AGM this week. Here’s the link to the construction rates. Construction rate groups will see premium rate reductions of between 30 and 48 percent.
"WSIB President & CEO, Tom Teahen was the guest speaker at COCA’s Board of Directors meeting and he was delighted to share this good news story, the largest rate reduction in the WSIB’s recorded history. Tom also reported that the WSIB’s unfunded liability has been eliminated." Ian Cunningham, COCA President Click here for news release.

Upload and go - document upload tool: The WSIB is making it faster and easier for you to send us claims information.Complete and submit forms, letters and documents related to WSIB claims online. click here
Compass is our online health and safety tool. You can use it to compare health and safety statistics for businesses across the province. For more information, visit here. 
Helpful Information
Why The Safety Pass?
Construction sites have many safety hazards; any one of them can cause serious harm, so you need to know how to manage them all.
Contractors are responsible to provide their workers with a complete safety awareness orientation, which will ensure that all workers work safely.

The Safety Pass provides an online orientation of the 13 most common hazards and prepares you to deal with them. It’s convenient, easy-to-use, easy-to-understand, and is interactive and accessible online.

The program begins with an introductory module that describes the content, purpose and important practical information necessary to help participants navigate through the training experience. Visit OGCA site here for more information.
The BuildForce Canada Online Respectful and Inclusive Workplace Toolkit - all the resources you need to create and support a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace! www.buildforce.ca

Get Involved:
  • Make a public statement of your values as a safe company
  • Be recognized for achieving safety excellence
  • Support to champion safety in your organization including League of Champion's jerseys
  • Access to motivational "Rob Talk" by MySafeWork
Visit the League of Champions website for more information -  click here!
Your Guide to Construction Health and Safety Legislation in Ontario. This Guide is designed to provide Ontario workplaces an understanding of the Construction Projects Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario. The Guide to Construction Health and Safety Legislation provides information on 50 topics. Each topic allows the user to read through a plain language summary of each topic, and then link to the legislation itself.
DOWNLOAD THE APP   - available online  http://ow.ly/Eeso30iqdzB       iTunes  http://ow.ly/J8hD30iqdzC       and GooglePlay  http://ow.ly/A2AG30iqdzD    
ONLINE training in psychological health and safety : " Being a Mindful Employee: An Orientation to Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace " -
free e-course here.
Provided by: Mental Health Commission of Canada
The Canadian Model for Providing a Safe Workplace (the Canadian Model) is a best practice alcohol and drug policy that all stakeholders within the construction industry across Canada can adopt and follow. The purpose of the Canadian Model is to ensure a safe workplace for all workers by reducing the risks associated with the use of alcohol and drugs. Hi Karin and good morning. Here is a PDF about Alcohol and Drug Guidelines . It is a best practices guide from Construction Owners Safety Association of Albert and Energy safety Canada.