Unlike similar safety associations that can access funding through levies and programs offered by provincial government departments and the WCB when employers carry their insurance, 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. Construction safety training is designed and specific to the employer-employee relationship. This training is directed to the task and role the employee takes on at the work place. These safety training programs are usually subsidised and paid for by the employer.
In order for there to be a subsidy offered to both the property owner and those folks they hire there has to be a common theme between these two parties where their contribution can equally benefit both parties. This should be similar to how the subsidies work for and benefit the employer-employee relationship. 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 are both property owners. Through this method of funding they could 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, instead we will enhance them. THE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ASSOCIATION RCSA will also be extending our Skills Development Safety Training beyond what is presently available.
RCSA SAFETY TRAINING MODULES OUTLINE
• Proper use of various manufactured products such as but not limited too, bracket scaffolding platforms and guardrail products found on residential construction sites including roof jacks and pump jacks.
• Wooden scaffold, guardrails and ramps construction built on site.
• How to control a workplace accident event.
• House keeping on a construction site
Over time these safety training modules will be developed by the RCSA and made available to the public.
RSCA operates from and serves Nova Scotia.