THE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ASSOCIATION RCSA
Unlike similar safety associations that can access funding through levies and programs offered by provincial government departments and the WCB The Residential Construction Safety Association RCSA does not fall within those guidelines of an employer - employee relationship. We are outside the box of these requirements. The work that is carried out on residential properties for the most part is done by the homeowners and the independent contractors and self - employed individuals. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act there is a relationship between these two parties but it is not an employer - employee relationship.
There has to be a common theme between these two parties where their contribution can benefit both parties. One of these common themes that could be considered is a modest property tax levy. This method would provide a real value benefit. The owners of residential properties and those individuals they hire would receive a subsidy towards the Occupational Health and Safety Workshops and Skills Development Training programs provided by THE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ASSOCIATION RCSA.
Our safety programs will not be designed to replace those safety training programs that presently exist, we will enhance them. THE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ASSOCIATION RCSA will also be extending our Skills Development Safety Training beyond what is presently available.
- The duties and responsibilities between the homeowner and the independent contractor and self-employed individuals under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
- The various roles each party plays or takes on under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
- Having liability insurance, WCB coverage and a written contract pertaining to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
- Due-diligence, how to identify it and apply it to a workplace.
- What is a hazard and how do you identify it and control them.
- What types of safety training programs are presently available and what is the protocol for this safety training at a workplace.
- Proper use of various manufactured bracket scaffolding platforms and guardrail products found on residential construction sites including roof jacks.
- Wooden scaffold, guardrails and ramps construction.
- How to control a workplace accident event. Over time these topics will be made available to the public in a classroom environment as funding for this association is put in place and a facility to operate out of is set up.
RSCA operates from and serves Nova Scotia.