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Licensing and Certification  

  1. City of Abbotsford Business Number: # 2018-111291, Expires: May 31, 2019 (yearly
  2. B.C. Registry Services, Statement of Registration, Sole Proprietorship: Corporate Registry Number FM0592176, National Business Number 84518 7640 BC0001
  3. Revenue Canada: GST Number  89498 6652RT0001
  4. WorkSafe BC Number: 818115  AA(042)
  5. Construction Safety Specialist Number (BCCSA): 2013-00158
  6. Occupational First Aid Level 3 (WorkSafe BC): GCC318435, Expires July 27, 2020 (3 year rotation      
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Workers Compensation Act.

Legal Section

The Legal Section is exactly what the regulations say about the law that this companies work activities is based on. Hence this Legal Section outlines the requirements that are a vital. They are an anchor to the OH&S sector. In conclusion every Safety Coordinator and First Aid Attendant must follow these laws.  

3.21 First aid attendant responsibilities

(1) The first aid attendant must.

   (a) promptly provide injured workers with a level of care within the scope of the attendant's training and this Part.

   (b) objectively record observed or reported signs and symptoms of injuries and exposures to contaminants covered by this Regulation.

   (c) refer for medical treatment workers with injuries considered by the first aid attendant as being serious or beyond the scope of the attendant's training.

(2) A first aid attendant must be physically and mentally capable of safely and effectively performing the required duties, and the Board may at any time require the attendant to provide a medical certificate.

(3) The first aid attendant is responsible, and has full authority, for all first aid treatment of an injured worker until responsibility for treatment is accepted.

   (a) at a place of medical treatment.

   (b) by an ambulance service acceptable to the Board. 

   (c) by a person with higher or equivalent first aid certification.

(4) The first aid attendant does not have authority to overrule a worker's decision to seek medical treatment or the worker's choice of medical treatment.

20.3 Coordination of multiple employer workplaces

(1) If a construction project involves the work of 2 or more employers or their workers, each employer must notify the owner. Or the person engaged by the owner to be the prime contractor, in advance of any         undertaking likely to create a hazard for a worker of another employer.

(2) If a work location has overlapping or adjoining work activities of 2 or more employers that create a hazard to workers, and the combined workforce at the workplace is more than 5.

   (a) the owner, or if the owner engages another person to be the prime contractor, then that person must.

     (i) appoint a qualified coordinator for the purpose of ensuring the coordination of health and safety activities for the location.

     (ii) provide up-to-date information as specified in subsection (4), readily available on site.

   (b) each employer must give the coordinator appointed under paragraph (a)(i) the name of a qualified person designated to be responsible for that employer's site health and safety activities.

(3) The duties of the qualified coordinator appointed under paragraph (2)(a)(i) include.

   (a) informing employers and workers of the hazards created. 

   (b) ensuring that the hazards are addressed throughout the duration of the work activities.

(4) The information required by subsection (2)(a)(ii) includes.

   (a) the name of the qualified coordinator appointed under subsection (2)(a)(i). 

   (b) a site drawing, which must be posted, showing project layout, first aid location, emergency transportation provisions, and the evacuation marshalling station. 

   (c) a set of construction procedures designed to protect the health and safety of workers at the workplace, developed in accordance with the requirements of this Regulation.

Definitions

"Qualified Coordinator"
Especially relevant is regulation 20.3(2)(a)(i)First of all, the owner or prime contractor of multiple employer construction workplaces that have more than five workers to appoint a "qualified coordinator". Consequently at multiple employer construction site, the role of the qualified coordinator is crucial to maintaining an environment that ensures worker health and safety. The qualified coordinator must ensure that there is communication to employers and workers of hazards present at the workplace, and that those hazards are continuously addressed as they arise.

"Qualified"
The coordinator must be "Qualified". The word "Qualified" defined in the Guidelines 20.3  says the following.  Most of all, this person must be one of "being knowledgeable of the work, the hazards involved and the means to control the hazards, by reason of education, training, experience or a combination thereof". What specific qualifications are required will depend on the nature of the work, and the hazards created by that work. As a result they must possess experience in the work and an understanding of it.  because it includes specific work processes and equipment used. In order to fulfill the duties in subsection 20.3(3), the qualified coordinator is required to work with employers and workers at the workplace, the qualified coordinator should also have the ability to provide direction to others and to be able to effectively communicate with the employers and workers present at the workplace.

Most noteworthy is the qualified coordinator will possess some formal training.  Either that or a trade certification that would suggest the person is capable of identifying and addressing hazards. Yet a trade certification is not a specific requirement, provided that the qualified coordinator is knowledgeable of and experienced in the work being undertaken at the workplace.

Personal Opinion 

 In conclusion, the opinion of this company is as follows. First of all, to be Qualified in coordinating the construction safety program, that person must be trained and pass a CNST 1100 course. Most of all, that same person must have at least 5 years in general construction working on the tools in a related trade. as well they must be over 25 years of age. Anything less than that and they should be disqualified to attend the CNST 1100 course. Also, rather than just going at it alone, they must have a mentor incase issues arise. Furthermore they must also possess an OFA II or OFA III certification.  Also they must NOT be out of the construction industry for more than 3 years consecutively. In addition always striving to gain more education, skills, experiance and wisdom. 

Therefore a Qualified Coordinator in safety must be well rounded. Much as some may like, having just a first aid ticket and a year or two in construction equivalates to being unqualified.  Finally accepting the responsibility for the workers Health, Safety and Lives can be very overwhelming. This probably being one of the largest responsibilities they will have in their lifetime. Rather than putting lives in danger, being fully qualified is essential.