Proper Worksite Policies Help Avoid Hazards

Every construction project comes with its own set of risks – from fire and water damage to equipment theft, slips and falls, cyber attacks and even infection control. These risks not only vary in size and complexity but can also evolve over the course of a project. That’s why having proper worksite policies and procedures…

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Improve Sales with Psychometric Testing

In the Post Covid-19 environment, do you know what core behavioral competencies are required for your team members to succeed in your “New Normal” working environment? You can have excellent management skills and be able to mentor or coach excellent sales strategies and techniques, but it is meaningless if you don’t have the people you…

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Phase 2 Reopening – BCCSA’s Recommended Phased approach

As British Columbia enters Phase 2 of the provincial restart during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are now considering how to manage office-based staff who have been working at home during Phase 1. Including a recommended gradual and staged approach to returning these workers to the office. BCCSA has prepared this document including fillable forms covering:…

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New COVID-resistant coating promotes safer hand washing

HAVAN member, Valley Acrylic Bath, in partnership with the University of Victoria,  is excited to announce it is working on an innovation to fight Covid 19, by creating a new line of antiviral bathroom fixtures, a new made in Canada solution for the industry and the world. A grant awarded to the university this month…

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Best Practices for Operating Safely during COVID-19

May 6, 2020, the Government of BC released BC’s Restart Plan, with timelines on the re-opening of the economy and the repealing of certain COVID-19 restrictions. What the New Normal Means for Employers and Public Institutions The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) identified the risk of transmission at busy workplaces and other institutions as a direct…

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AVOIDING ONLINE SCAMS

Cyber threats are on the rise with COVID-19. HAVAN member Federated Insurance has prepared a list of resources to protect you and your business from phishing scams including outlining how VPNs can help businesses keep remote employees secure, and tips on selecting a safe video conferencing platform and securing webcams. Item Description What is phishing…

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Preparing Workplaces with Pending Economic Re-Opening

Surrey Board of Trade Releases Call to Action and Planning Guide to Prepare Workplaces with Pending Economic Re-Opening The Surrey Board of Trade has released a call to action to their 6,000 member contacts and to Surrey’s business community with an Action Guide full of ideas and concepts to consider and implement, as we start…

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Global Passive House Happy Hour

  Dear Passive House enthusiast; This is social distancing at its finest! This weekly event enables our Passive House community to come together to continue to share all the great work that we are doing to spread something good in the world. The Global Passive House Happy Hour will happen again this Wednesday May 6 at 4pm Vancouver, with participants joining…

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COVID-19: Making sense of federal resources

During COVID-19, the Federal Government is offering business resources to help keep employees working with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, and businesses operational with access to credit, deferred tax payments, and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit etc. Some resources preclude others, and not every resource will fit your business model. Understanding the offers, who it…

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Business Continuity Planning & COVID-19

  Federated Insurance is sharing resources to help members during COVID-19, including business continuity planning guides, checklists plus signage to ensure you and your business are protected. In order to develop an appropriate business continuity plan, you’ll need to know the risks your business is facing. You may not be able to prepare for each…

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Bounce Back Surrey with Minuteman Press

  Bounce Back Surrey, an initiative created by Minuteman Press, offers two free services to help support neighbouring businesses as we find a way to work together through these unprecedented times. First, Minuteman Press will be distributing a COVID-19 awareness and prevention poster at no charge to any business in their service area. Second, they are…

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A Few Good Lads Clean Sites for Peace of Mind

  A Few Good Lads have undertaken COVID-19 cleaning services to ensure job sites can stay operational and running as smoothly as possible. Offering their current client base this service since the outbreak hit the Lower Mainland, they would now like to extend the same service to other HAVAN members, as the system has been…

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BCCSA: Resources & Frequently Asked Q&A During Covid-19

The BC Construction Safety Alliance BCCSA has been developing, posting, and sharing many resources around Construction and COVID-19, such as safety notices, sign downloadables, FAQs, and mental health resources. Check them out below. The BC Construction Safety Alliance is a not-for-profit association that provides services to over 40,000 construction companies employing over 200,000 workers. Resources…

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Beginner’s Guide to Managing a Remote Team

Reposted from: by Katie MacAlister | Mar 26, 2020 | Employer Info, General News, Impact Recruitment Updates, Job Seeker Info The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and businesses across the country are responding to changing government policies by sending their employees home to work remotely – many for the first time. As a manager, your team is going to be looking to you…

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ABSTRACT HOMES WORKING THROUGH COVID-19

How Abstract Homes & Renovations is preparing its construction company during Covid-19. As with any safety measures, Abstract Homes & Renovations is reminding its workers how to minimize risk on the job site. FOLLOW THE PROVINCIAL GUIDELINES First and foremost, they are limiting and restricting people working in close proximity to each other, as per…

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BC Design + Construction Forum

  Jamie Banfield Design has created a Facebook forum for British Columbia Design + Construction industry members. Designed to assist, educate, and create innovative, successful ways for the design industry to stay strong and vibrant, Jamie is encouraging you to register. It’s a great way to stay connected as we practice social distancing in an…

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FortisBC Support During COVID-19

  As businesses and government take additional steps to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, FortisBC has taken several steps to protect the health and safety of our customers and employees while maintaining service levels and responding quickly to any emergency or outage situations.   SAFETY FIRST First and foremost, we are working…

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Kuhn LLP: How COVID-19 Impacts Construction Contracts

Introduction The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is significantly impacting the construction industry in British Columbia.  But is it enough to legally justify changing or terminating your contractual obligations? Business is becoming more difficult.  Some provinces have shut down all non-essential businesses.  British Columbia may soon follow.  Even if the construction industry is exempt from being shut…

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Trillium Project Shares Covid-19 Operating Procedures

Trillium Projects is a Vancouver based construction and project management company.  Over the past 20-years, they have developed over one billion dollars of real estate ranging from townhomes and condominiums, to senior assisted dwellings and custom homes. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Trillium Projects has instigated the following site operating procedures during an anticipated…

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COVID-19 Construction Site Signage

    Maintain the health and safety of your onsite workers. Post these Site Safety Signs to remind everyone of the new protocols required to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Heightened awareness and concern are increasing daily, and require clear site safety messaging. Best health and safety work site practices must be upheld to…

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ALAIR HOMES Invites Industry into their Weekly All Partner Calls

Feeling overwhelmed and alone? We get together every Wednesday. Join us. Every day in communities all across North America, we help people live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Whether it’s building or renovating someone’s dream home, or bringing a community together, our goal is really quite simple. Help Others. With all the challenges COVID-19…

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Insightful Healthy Homes: Site Policy During Covid-19

  As a small builder, Insightful Healthy Homes is organizing site activities as follows, to achieve social distancing: Divide crew into teams of ~three, and each of these teams would work only on one project. Reassign tasks such that physical collaboration between teams is eliminated. Delivery to job sites is picked up at the curb.…

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Capital Home Energy – Release Covid-19 Work Site Policy

ATTENTION Important information about the site visit: As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, Capital Home Energy is sharing some best practices and our policies for site visits. These policies are put in place to help reduce Coronavirus transmission risks. During these truly unique times, extraordinary measures need to be taken for the health and…

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