BILD Calgary Region (BILDCR) is monitoring the government restrictions and is committed to communicating relevant industry information to members.

BILD Calgary Region is not a regulatory or licensing authority but we play an important role in providing information and supporting resources to members. This extends to changes to safety obligations for employers.

This update is in coordination with BILD Alberta 

Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) has provided updated guidance that employers are required to treat COVID-19 as a workplace hazard. Similar to other workplace hazards, employers are obligated to “eliminate a hazard wherever possible”.  This extends to changes to safety obligations for employers. BILD Alberta recommends all member companies familiarize themselves with these new requirements.

NEW OH&S REQUIREMENTS

The guidance from OH&S identifies staff vaccinations as an effective control of the hazard and a first choice in addressing it. If vaccinations are not used as a control, employers must implement other controls such as a combination of alternative work arrangements, physical barriers, enhanced ventilation, physical distancing and use of PPE.

Based on the employers’ above obligations, a number of member companies have introduced vaccination polices for their staff. A preliminary canvas of members indicates that the companies who build more than 50% of all new homes and lots annually have either introduced a vaccination policy or are in the process of instituting one. While the specifics vary, most of policies require employees to provide proof of vaccination or negative test results multiple times per week.

In an effort to assist member companies as they navigate these changes to employer obligations, BILD Alberta engaged Tenfold HR Solutions to prepare a generic vaccination policy that members can use, should they choose. We are making this document available to BILD Alberta/BILDCR members free of charge. A number of companies have also provided generic versions of their policies which are available on request.