Bridging the Gap in Health and Safety Management

Bridging the Gap in Health and Safety ManagementSICA’s Education Department continues to strive to provide our members and the industry with the necessary tools to maintain a healthy and safe work environment.  Knowing the legal requirements that must be met by all work places under the OH&S Regulation Act, SICA understands the processes and documentation involved to be compliant.  To help bridge the gap SICA now offers Consulting Services and a Health and Safety Management System. Our goal is to work together to identify your needs and what is necessary to educate both you and your workers.  

SICA recognizes the importance of creating a safe work culture by following the steps in the overall development of an Occupational Health & Safety Program.  
•    The first step is to establish your customized OH & S Program 
•    The second step is crucial; the program must be implemented to be effective  
•    The final step which can be very time consuming and sometimes onerous; management of the overall program  

Unfortunately gaps can occur in the process when these steps are not followed.  SICA can help you through the whole process: ordering, customizing, implementing and managing through our new Safety Management System.
Implementation = Due Diligence”, “Non-Compliance = Negligence” 

Worker training is an integral part of an employer’s due diligence which must be planned, researched, and managed for it to be effective.  Each workers specific job requirements should be examined so a detailed plan can be developed that addresses the training needs.  Training and certifications assures the organization of: 
•    compliance with regulatory requirements 
•    assists in effective management of risk 
•    promotes heightened productivity 
•    reduces costs 
•    clarifies roles

Training is also effective to ensure the skills, knowledge and attitudes of employees are more closely aligned to the organizations goals. Training at all levels of the organization ensures each person is aware of their responsibilities and the policies to be carried out.  If not, the legal ramifications can be serious!  By not adhering to the legal requirements you are at risk of an increased number of incidents and accidents, higher WorkSafeBC premiums, and the potential for individual and company fines which ultimately costs money and affects the bottom line.  

Practice due diligence, be informed and stay current on regulatory compliance by attending our Safety Meetings and join the discussion on that month’s topic. 

Do you need help managing your safety program?  With several years of combined experience, knowledge and expertise SICA provides a diverse range of custom-tailored services for your solutions. Along with our safety consultant, HSE and Training Advisor and our NEW complete interactive Safety Management System (SMS), let us help you “Bridge the Gap”.

SICA Education Department
Jennifer Marte, Director of Education
Leanne Hendrickson, Education Services Coordinator  

SICA Education Resources SICA Training Centre Resources
Health & Safety Program Safety Courses
10 - $1000 Scholarships  OSSA Accredited Courses
Gold Seal  BC Housing Cerfitied Courses
Safety Management System (SMS) Seminars/Workshops
CSTS-09 and e-Learning Equipment Operator Certification Training




December 12, 2018

Winter Safety Tips

Working during winter feels more like survival of the fittest than an everyday challenge. The risks are much greater for employees who have to work and drive outdoors.
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September 13, 2018

8th Annual Chair Dinner & Awards Celebrates Industry Leaders

SICA held our annual Chair Dinner and Award Night where we celebrate member anniversaries, board volunteers, Gold Seal recipients, and scholarship recipients. In addition, this year we had the honor of awarding both a Consultant Award and the Innovation Award.
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June 28, 2018

2018 Kamloops Trap & Skeet

Every year the Kamloops Trap & Skeet is one of the most anticipated events we host! With over 100 attendees, BBQ steaks, and some tough competition it is safe to say that a blast was had by all.
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June 27, 2018

2018 SICA Golf Tournament

On June 21st, 2018 144 golfers converged on Sunset Ranch Golf Course for the annual SICA Golf Tournament. Despite lightening in the valley causing a brief course closure and pouring down rain in the afternoon the event was a huge success!
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May 30, 2018

2nd Annual Family Fishing Derby

The beautiful Roche Lake Resort was again the site for our now 2nd annual Family Fishing Derby. This event, hosted through a joint partnership between the Southern Interior Construction Association and CapriCMW Insurance, is quickly becoming a must attend for all SICA members.
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April 30, 2018

Celebrating our Own - Terry Brown Receives CCA's Person of the Year Award

The CCA Person of the Year Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the qualities of a leader and who apply the highest standards and principles of the construction industry and business community. To those who have had the opportunity of working alongside Terry Brown, he is the living embodiment of this description.
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April 24, 2018

10th Anniversary of Heavy Metal Rocks in Kamloops

2018 marked the 10th year of the Heavy Metal Rocks event in Kamloops. This project provides opportunities for Grade 11 and 12 students from the School District No. 73 to explore career opportunities in the heavy equipment operator field.
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April 19, 2018

Construction Industry Celebrates BC Construction Month at Okanagan College

The Kelowna building community was proud to celebrate BC’s Construction & Skilled Trades Month with a breakfast held at Okanagan College on Thursday. In the newly built Trades Building contractors, apprentices, foundation program students and industry support organizations gathered to recognize the impact the construction industry has on the BC and specifically the Okanagan economy.
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March 07, 2018

Member Spotlight: TKI Construction

TKI recently completed construction on the flagship Mr. Lube store in Kelowna, where they went beyond your standard oil change facility and built a truly stunning building. Brandon had the opportunity to work with the Mr. Lube franchise owner to design a tower and architectural details that make the store more visually appealing than it would otherwise be.
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February 07, 2018

Unsung Benefits

The BCCA Employee Benefits’ plans offer other services beyond dental and extended health care.
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January 24, 2018

Message Delivered, Message Received

Successful buildings have always been the result of collaboration between the client, designers, and contractors. A strong team, clear expectations, and concise information will typically result in a project which all involved parties will consider successful. Through recent decades the delivery of projects has changed with increased complexity, decreased timeframes, and changing delivery methods. Now more than ever it is critical that the collaboration between the team occurs to ensure the desired outcome.
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December 20, 2017

TAX ALERT – Government Simplifies Measures to Rein in Income Sprinkling

On December 13, the federal government released legislation to simplify restrictions on income sprinkling, proposed to go into effect January 1, 2018. These revisions indicate they’ve listened to feedback during the consultation period, by providing more certainty to taxpayers through the introduction of “bright-line” tests to automatically exclude some family members, and allow income sprinkling for those members who make sufficient contributions to the business.
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December 13, 2017

Member Spotlight: Ok Excavating

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November 29, 2017

Construction and Cyber Risk: An Overview

A hazard such as a fire has protocols and procedures that are designed to mitigate risks – inspections, suppression systems, and risk management practices. Cyber protection of a business should also employ a rigorous process to develop both a risk prevention and incident response plan. Most cyber insurance applications serve as a catalyst in moving towards this process.
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November 15, 2017

Could Tax Issues Throw Your Business Off Track?

To stay on track, real estate and construction companies should develop a better understanding of where tax issues are likely to complicate or disrupt their business — and develop a plan to mitigate those risks well in advance.
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November 08, 2017

Top Five Reasons for Having an Employee Benefits Plan

One of the biggest investments employers can make is in their employees. And it makes sense to want productive, healthy, and engaged employees. Employees with poor health cannot exert the effort required to be highly productive, and you need engaged employees in order to create innovative solutions.
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August 30, 2017

Obligation of Good Faith in Contracting

The Supreme Court of Canada changed the legal landscape for contracts in the decision of Bhasin v. Hrynew, [2014] SCC 71. This decision created a new common law obligation of good faith that applies to all commercial contracts.
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August 23, 2017

Embracing the Purpose Era

Regardless of the size of your business or the sector you operate in, the purpose movement is shaking up the rules of business and ringing in a new era where business is an active participant in making the world a better place.
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April 05, 2017

Reaching the Millennials | Attracting the right people is in how the story is told

With businesses adjusting to the era of the happy workplace, concepts such as social responsibility, company culture, and employee engagement are common buzz words used around the open-concept, flexible, shared workspace. They are used more so as companies shift their recruiting focus toward the millennials, the largest generation in the workforce today.
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