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Mechanical contractors need to be aware of installation requirements where continuous vapour barrier is required on cold water piping systems

The following update to the BC Insulation Contractors Association Quality Standards Manual, dated August 20, 2018, was provided to MCABC by the BCICA Technical Committee: a) Where a continuous vapour barrier is required, Insulation Contractors include for Crush Proof Insulation at Hanger / Support locations for piping 2-1/2″ and larger unless specified otherwise. Sheet Metal […]

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Spring 2018 Issue News

Vancouver Zero Emissions Centre set to launch   The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society has announced the launch of the Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence (the Centre), a collaborative platform to strengthen the public, private and civic […]

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Marijuana in the Workplace

by BC Construction Safety Alliance In 1973 the LeDain Commission (among the better known of the many publicly funded examinations of illicit drug use in Canada over the years) was tasked to look into the impact of non-medicinal drugs like marijuana. The review was spurred by what the federal government called a “growing concern” about […]

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Legalization of marijuana worries contractors

While the government seems to be focused on rules related to distribution and the sale of pot, the impact on workplace safety seems to fall to the contractors. They have a lot of unanswered questions. Current drug testing is limited to pre-job and post-incident and, for the most part, focuses on determining whether someone has used […]

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Lean Construction & Insurance

Lean construction methods In early November, MCA Canada held its 76th conference in Maui, Hawaii. More than 300 delegates from across Canada gathered to enjoy a little sunshine, camaraderie and to squeeze in some education.  Two topics covered were Lean Construction and MCAC’s new captive insurance program. After my September Informer article about the absence […]

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