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Hamilton and District Heavy Construction (Hand) Association

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Women in Skilled Labour Survey

Opportunities are increasing

Many employers across Hamilton are struggling to find workers trained in the skilled trades. Despite this need, women are significantly underrepresented across the skilled trades. This is especially true in the industrial, construction, and motive power trades sectors, where less than 3% of apprentices nationwide are women. What opportunities can be created to attract and keep women in the skilled trades? How can they advance in these trades? What challenges do they face?

Here’s how you can help!

YWCA Hamilton and Workforce Planning Hamilton have teamed up on the Building Opportunities: Advancing Women in Non-Traditional Occupations project to look at experiences of women in the industrial, construction, and motive power sectors. Together with community and industry partners, we are creating a toolkit to help employers recruit, retain, and advance women in Hamilton’s skilled trades.  We have identified the Ontario Civil Construction Careers Institute as an organization that could assist us with getting the word out.
We are keen to hear from female apprentices and journeypersons about their experiences. If you are a woman who works or previously worked in the skilled trades, please take a few minutes of your time to complete the survey and share it with other female journeypersons or apprentices. If you are someone who employs or networks with women in the skilled trades, please share our survey link with female journeypersons, apprentices, or pre-apprentices.
Click here to take the survey.
All survey responses will be confidential and only aggregate data will be reported.
The survey should only take 10-15 minutes. Deadline for completion has been extended to Friday October 10, 2014.
If your organization is interested in learning more about this initiative, please contact the Project Coordinator, Jessica Franklin by phone (905-522-9922 ext. 134) or email (jfranklin@ywcahamilton.org).
If you have questions about the survey, please contact me at Workforce Planning Hamilton by phone (905-521-5777), or email (rosanne.li@workforceplanninghamilton.ca).


Customizable Occupational Health and
Safety Policy Manual for OSWCA Members

July 29th, 2014

The OSWCA, through the Young Executives Committee (YEC), has compiled a Health and Safety Program and Reference Manual for Members of the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA), 2014. To view see link below.

OSWCA Health and Safety Program Manual July-2014

The manual is available for all OSWCA members. It will also be posted on our website or available by contacting our office at info@oswca.org.

This manual is intended to act as a seed document to assist members in developing or updating their own occupational health and safety (OH&S) policies and procedures. The document is designed to allow each individual company to customize the included policies and procedures to fit their own individual circumstance, with the necessary areas for modification highlighted in yellow for ease of reference.

It is important to note that once completed, this policy manual will not, on its own, make your company compliant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA), or any other construction/safety legislations or regulations. It is necessary to implement the policies and procedures, and train all employees on the relevant items to be compliant.

In order to implement a practical health and safety culture and become compliant with the OHSA, WSIA, and other construction/safety legislations and regulations, your program must encompass a fully documented cyclical pattern of:
·       Program development;
·       OH&S training and documentation of training;
·       Program implementation;
·       Review and evaluation of company policies and procedures; and,
·       Revision

In other words, you must train staff and be able to demonstrate through documentation how your company is applying the various policies and procedures.

If you have any questions about the attached Health and Safety Program and Reference Manual for Members of the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA), 2014, please contact Patrick (Patrick.mcmanus@oswca.org of 905-629-8819).

 OSWCA Health and Safety Program Manual July-2014       

For more information please contact the Association Office.