Member Announcements

Silica control tool pilot project

Sept. 26, 2022

CSNS is looking for companies to participate in a pilot project in Nova Scotia for an online silica control tool. The tool is having great success in other jurisdictions, including Ontario and B.C. — with 3,500 users — and it is expected to be available for Nova Scotia employers in 2023. We are looking for participants to test the tool and provide feedback for improvement — let us know what works and what doesn’t. The tool was originally designed in partnership with WorkSafeBC and BCCSA in 2017 to comply with Silica Monitoring Regulations in British Columbia. BCCSA has been working with Infrastructure Health & Safety Association and the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development in Ontario to make the online silica control tool available nationally. Your participation in this project will provide valuable feedback in ensuring the tool is valuable for Nova Scotian companies.

If your company is interested in joining this innovative project, please contact Phil Brownell at pbrownell@constructionsafetyns.ca or 902-489-9765.

Health risks of exposure to crystalline silica:
• 570 lung cancers are due to crystalline silica each year in Canada
• Most occupational lung cancers associated with crystalline silica occur in workers in the construction sector (56%)
• Work-related silica exposure resulted in approximately $562 million for newly diagnosed cancer cases annually
• Other health effects include silicosis- thickening and scarring of lungs, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Farewell to our retired board member, Brad Smith

August 24th, 2022

MJ MacDonald, Construction Safety Nova Scotia CEO, presented Brad Smith with a thank you plaque for his ten years of service and leadership on the board last Monday, August 22, 2022.

Brad Smith is a retired Board Director and was a representative for the Mainland Building Trades Council. We are thankful for his dedication and contributions to CSNS and the construction sector in Nova Scotia.