Entries by smartik

Handwashing on the increase prior to coronavirus, says survey

The coronavirus pandemic may have helped increase the number of people washing their hands more frequently, reports Bradley Corp., Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, in its annual Healthy Hand Washing survey. In January the company polled 1,005 adults and youth about germs, the flu, colds and handwashing habits. In 2009, when the H1N1 virus was infecting people […]

Ontario clamps down on non-essential construction

The Ontario government has updated its list of essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The list of businesses classified as essential has been reduced. Only critical construction projects have been deemed allowed to continue, including industrial projects such as refineries and petrochemical plants and infrastructure projects such as new hospitals, roads and bridges. New starts […]

IAPMO looking for hydronics committee volunteers

Good design and installation from the beginning reduces troubleshooting later. Dale’s Plumbing, Courtney, B.C., laid down this hydronic slab floor for a storage facility in Parksville, B.C., using 3.55 kilometers of three-quarter inch Vipert oxygen barrier pipe made in Burnaby, B.C. by CB Supplies.

Contractor association calls upon Canadian government to support construction sector 

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) is calling upon federal and provincial governments to present a united message with regards to how the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting contracting companies. In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, MCAC states that they are supportive of the measures taken to date to address the outbreak. […]

Ont. working from heights course given extra year to renew

The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is giving workers in the construction sector an extra year to renew their mandatory working at heights certification. It is anticipated that more than 120,000 workers are due to have their certificates expire over the next six months. However, many training providers have either cancelled classes […]

Alta. releases list of essential services

Alberta has declared the construction industry an essential service. Projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial and municipal infrastructure, demolition services, support health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects, that repair or render operable/safe any public elevators, escalators or ski lifts, that are required to […]

Ont. sets guidelines to protect construction jobsites

Ontario released updated guidelines for the construction industry March 29 to help employers understand their responsibility and what is needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the jobsite. If a construction jobsite fails to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, an inspector could issue a stop work order, reported the chief prevention […]