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History and Background

Workplace safety has been evolving for almost two centuries. The most recent giant step in Canada was in the mid 1990's. It was the end result of a mining tragedy in Nova Scotia. The outcry across the land was so great that it caused both the Federal and Provincial governments to overhaul and revise the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Out of this action all nature of business were now required to operate within the new guidelines of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The Westray Bill - C45 known as the Internal Responsibility System was very challenging for the commercial and industrial construction industry in its implantation into the cultural shift of their workforce. During that same period in time RCSA founder David Dahr's focus went in a different direction. His concerns were directed to the residential side of the construction industry and how these revisions effected and changed that culture.

After many years of research and various projects involving the residential construction sector David Dahr decided to bring together a group of experts he worked with over those many years. This group of individuals all agreed that this was the right time for residential construction safety to evolve. One of David Dahr's precious projects was the creation of a web site specifically for residential construction, Homeowner Safety


Although this web site was informative it was not enough. The residential construction sector needed its own safety association that could provide Occupational Health and Safety education and skills development training specific to their needs and concerns. This association is now known as THE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ASSOCIATION RCSA (RCSA for short) a not for profit organization.

Our mission is to provide a wide range of Occupational Health and Safety educational Workshops as well as Skills Development training programs in the use of various products used within the residential construction sector. We do not duplicate the pre-existing safety training programs presently available to the construction industry but may touch on some of their subject matter.

In the interim we will consult with Nova Scotian homeowners, independent contractors and self-employed individuals to assist them in their needs and concerns as best we can when they contact us. We will also make ourselves available for seminars on the various topics outlined when requested.

RSCA operates from and serves Nova Scotia.

Contact Information


339 Patton Road
Upper Sackville, Nova Scotia
B4E 3C2

Geo: 44.817535, -63.7604871