Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

At Cantiro Homes, we expect our employees, suppliers, contracting employer, subcontractors, and their employees to take safety seriously. We hold each Area Superintendent and Contracting Employer responsible for compliance to Cantiro Homes Health and Safety Policy, as well as Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code.

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Cantiro Homes Trade Safety Rules

Cantiro Homes endeavors to take every precaution reasonable to protect and promote the safety of our employees, trade partners, and the public. Trade partners are expected to conduct their business in a manner so as not to put themselves, Cantiro Homes employees, or the public at risk.

A healthy and safe workplace is everyone’s responsibility. Your active participation and support are vitally important to maintaining and improving health and safety in our workplace.  Please read this information and make sure you understand what is expected of you. If you have questions, talk to your employer, supervisor, or a Cantiro Homes Representative. We encourage your input-on safety-related matters and look forward to a successful and collaborative safe work environment.

  • Trade Partners on site will determine the necessary safety requirements, recognizing that they are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. They will demonstrate leadership and cooperation and ensure that the work they perform does not create hazards to others on the work site. All Trade Partners must ensure compliance with all applicable OHS Legislation and all other applicable regulatory requirements.

    Trade Partners:

    • Are to understand and comply with Cantiro Homes Health and Safety Program
    • Will comply with Cantiro Homes Trade partner Health and Safety Compliance Program
    • Are to provide information, instructions, and assistance to their supervisory staff in order to protect the health and safety of their employees.
    • Will, prior to work commencement, develop a hazard assessment and inform the site superintendent and other trades, of the hazards they will encounter through the work on the site and how potential and existing hazards will be controlled.
    • Will notify Cantiro Homes of any unsafe conditions or acts that may exist on the project site.
    • Are to report all incidents, in writing, immediately to Cantiro Homes to investigate incidents fully, and to advise Cantiro Homes on how they propose to prevent similar incidents in the future.
    • Are to carry out and document regular inspections of their work site to ensure a safe and healthy environment
    • Are responsible for well-maintained tools and equipment plus any other special personal protective devices which may be required.
    • Are responsible to provide the appropriate equipment to complete their jobs safely (examples: cranes, forklifts, man lifts, scaffolding)
    • Will ensure that all workers and supervisors have been competency tested and are qualified to use the equipment required to complete the work.
  • Cantiro Homes has general safety rules that everyone must follow.

    1. Field Level Hazard Assessments to be done and updated: when a new work process is introduced (before work starts on site), when a work process or operation changes, at reasonably practicable intervals to prevent the development of unsafe and unhealthy work conditions. A review and update are expected after returning from breaks and/or lunch. Representatives have the right to request the FLHA for review.
    2. Any hazards that may affect a trade partner working on the site will be discussed with the Site Superintendent.
    3. Any trade partner affected by chemical hazards, biological hazards, and harmful substances must comply with the Occupational exposure limits on Schedule 1, Table 2 of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. Furthermore, notification to the Safety Advisor must be done to ensure the safety of all trade partners accessing the site.
    4. All trade partners must be aware of the Emergency response plan written for the Subdivision. If any trade partner is unaware of the Emergency response plan, contact the Site Superintendent or Safety Advisor.
    5. Trade partners shall submit to random inspection of safety equipment and manpower at any time by Cantiro Homes.
    6. The trade partner is responsible for supplying First aid kits to all their crews on site. Cantiro Homes always requires all trade partners on-site to have this before commencing work.
    7. Fall Protection is the responsibility of the trade partner as per Part 9 Occupational Health and Safety regulations and codes.
    8. Trade partners must keep a copy of SDS for all supplied materials and equipment on site.
    9. Lifting on work sites will be done manually or mechanically.
      • Manual Lifting: Proper lifting techniques should be employed (i.e. keep the object as close to the body as possible, lift with legs, not your back.) Know your limits, and do not be afraid to ask for help. Eliminate potential tripping or slipping hazards before beginning to lift.
      • Mechanical Lifting: Equipment or machinery must be of sufficient size to safely lift anticipated loads, not exceeding the manufacturer’s specs. Equipment or machinery must be properly maintained. Workers must be competent in the operation of the equipment, including certification where required.
    1. Only designated or appropriate washroom facilities are to be used. Any other area is strictly prohibited.
    2. Report to your Supervisor all unsafe acts, unsafe conditions, and near-miss reports. Correct or control the unsafe conditions within your level of training and qualifications.
    3. Never leave an unsafe condition, all hazards must be corrected or controlled.
    4. All trade partners and Cantiro staff are required to follow all safety protocols, procedures, and requirements as per Cantiro Health and Safety manual and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Code, and Regulation. If you have any questions in regard to our procedures, please speak with the Site Superintendent or contact the Cantiro Safety Advisor.
  • Required PPE may include:

    • Eye Protection: Where danger of injury or irritation of a worker’s eyes exists (e.g. during use of power or pneumatic tools, drywall, sanding, working with a table saw)
    • Foot Protection (steel toes): At all times when on Cantiro Homes Sites.
    • Limb and Body Protection: Where danger of injury to the worker’s hand, arms or leg, or trunk of his body exists (e.g. material handling, kneeling, and the use of a chainsaw).
    • Respiratory Protective Equipment: Where there is or may be exposed to, an airborne contaminant in a concentration exceeding applicable Occupational Exposure (e.g. spray painting, cutting, and sanding).
    • Hearing Protection: Where noise levels in excess of the occupational Exposure Limit of 85dBA exist (e.g. sawing, power tools, etc.).
    • Head Protection: Where danger exists to the head (overhead dangers) and on all sites when walking up to the home. A Hard hat should always be on you to ensure that hazards do not become present when you are in the house working. On Multifamily sites head protection is mandatory.
    • Reflective Clothing: All Cantiro Homes Sites require all contractors and employees to wear High Visibility clothing where the potential of mobile equipment exists. i.e. Bright clothing (yellow or orange shirts) or high visibility vests.
    • No Muscle Shirts on any sites. Full-length pants and a T-Shirt with a 4inch sleeve are minimum requirements.  At the knee, shorts are acceptable from April thru October if the hazard assessment deems that shorts will not cause a safety concern.

    Please note that this is a Cantiro Homes minimum standard.

    Trade Partner are responsible to ensure their own workers and Sub-Contractors follow Cantiro Homes PPE Policy. All procedures must be in accordance with the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

  • It’s very important to keep the job site clean. Debris materials, equipment, and tools (including cables and cords) should be kept clear of workspaces and traffic paths to prevent tripping hazards. It is a requirement that a fire extinguisher is readily available, especially for Trade Partners working with open flames. It is the Contractors responsibility to ensure that proper maintenance of their fire extinguishers is being done as per OHS Code.

    There must always be adequate lighting when performing work.

    Housekeeping and Clean sites are an obligation and condition of the General Safety Agreement and must be adhered to.

    • Housekeeping should be done during work daily. “Clean as you go”
    • Contractors at their designated work area should maintain a clean working environment.
    • Access ramps and ladders must remain clear of debris and other materials. Materials and other debris should be placed in waste containers immediately and removed from the work area.
    • Each worker is responsible for maintaining and cleaning their work area. Protruding objects must be protected by a suitable means in order to prevent injury or impalement. This should be noted on the Hazard Assessment.
  • Proper perimeter protection is critical to a safe work site. Guardrails and barricades must be set up to protect open floor openings, open edges, and scaffolding. Under no conditions shall perimeter protections or barriers be removed unless accessing the protected area is critical to the task at hand. When perimeter protection is removed, all floor openings must be covered and secured. Anyone who removes a protective barrier of any kind must replace that barrier before leaving the area.

  • The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation requires workers to use fall protection systems when they could fall from a height of 3 m (10 ft.) or more, or where a fall from a lesser height could result in serious injury.

    The fall protection hierarchy must be used when choosing methods to eliminate or control fall hazards. The steps are listed in the order in which they should be considered.

    1. Guardrails

    Where fall hazards cannot be eliminated, permanent or temporary guardrails or handrails form a protective barrier around an opening or edge to prevent a fall to a lower level.

    1. Fall restraint

    After eliminating fall hazards and installing guardrails, a fall restraint system is a next level in the fall protection hierarchy.

    Fall restraint systems prevent you from falling through either travel restrictions or work positioning. With travel restrictions, workers are attached to a fixed-length line that prevents them from traveling too close to an opening or edge.

    1. Fall arrest

    When it’s not possible or practical to use a fall restraint system, the next line of protection is fall arrest.

    A fall arrest system (including a lanyard or lifeline, a harness, and, most importantly, an anchor) protects you after a fall by stopping you from hitting the surface below.

  • Trade Partners must be aware of the chemical hazards they are exposed to and must have a Hazard Communication program in place. This program should include copies of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the chemicals used on site. You must be able access to this information and should also be trained in how to read an SDS sheet.

    Trade Partners and their employees are not allowed to bring any hazardous chemicals on the site without an accompanying SDS. Whenever a new chemical is brought on site, you should be sure that your supervisor is aware of it so that appropriate information can be communicated to the people on site, and appropriate SDS documentation must be forwarded to Cantiro Homes for inclusion to their SDS Database.

    Trade Partners and their employees are responsible for the proper notification, care, use, storage and disposal of their chemicals or hazardous materials always.

  • In the event of an emergency, notify a Cantiro Homes Representative.

    All Trade Partners should have a First Aid kit available. Additionally, First Aid supplies are available at all Cantiro Homes show homes & in their fleet trucks. If emergency medical services are needed, call the emergency personnel at the phone numbers provided to you, or call your supervisor.

  • OH&S and Cantiro Homes require our trades to report to us any near miss or incident that happens on our sites.

    The objective of the Cantiro Homes incident investigation policy is to determine the root causes through examinations, observations, and inquiries from witnesses, and to implement corrective measures to prevent further recurrence. To prevent incidents and improve our safety performance by requiring the identification and correction of unsafe work practices and system deficiencies that could result in incidents that may injure an employee or trade.

    Cantiro Homes Safety Policy states that:

    • Incidents that did or could have (near miss) resulted in injury, damage, or loss shall be reported to the Site Superintendent immediately and/or the Cantiro Safety Advisor
    • The investigation shall identify root causes and contributing factors
    • Corrective or preventive actions shall be identified and implemented in order to prevent reoccurrence
    • Any trade partners involved will receive notification of all recommendations and outcomes
    • Submit information to Cantiro Homes when requested.
  • Serious violations of these safety requirements could cause you and/or your employer to be removed from the site.