VANCOUVER — WorkSafeBC has announced updates to its health and safety materials for residential construction.
The new material includes a publication titled, Safe Work Practices for Residential Construction, and a Notice of Project (NOP) postcard.
The new publication focuses on the planning, site preparation and construction phases of a project as well as on working at elevation and tool and equipment safety. The publication replaces the previous version, Safe Work Practices for House Construction.
“Over the past five years, more than 1,200 workers were injured or killed as a result of their work around wood-framed construction in British Columbia. We want to help keep construction projects safe for workers, and are reaching out to all of you who work in residential construction, to help bring awareness to the health and safety responsibilities of residential building owners and contractors engaged in construction and renovation projects,” said WorkSafeBC consultation and education services manager Janet Swanson in a statement.
Prior to starting work on some projects there is a legal requirement to submit an NOP to WorkSafeBC that provides key information about the project and identifies the key people responsible for health and safety on the worksite as well as contact information, details on the scope of work and other general information.
The NOP form is located online at worksafebc.com/residential-construction.
Swanson appealed to the industry to raise awareness of the new documentation and the NOP requirement.
“We’d certainly appreciate your help in reaching out to your trades, co-workers and even competition, to raise awareness of the NOP requirement and the new Safe Work Practices for Residential Construction publication,” Swanson said.