Construction culture training goes virtual during coronavirus crisis
BCCA’s Builders Code expands with Crew App and online training
With COVID-19 physical distancing orders in effect across British Columbia, the BC Construction Association (BCCA) is making its anti-harassment, hazing and bullying training available online to help fight transmission of the virus while supporting worksite safety and productivity.
The COVID-19 pandemic can lead to increased stress and anxiety at work. Since its launch in 2019, thehas recognized that safety in the construction industry isn't just about physical hazards and personal protective equipment, it's also about psychological hazards. The impact of hazing, bullying, and harassment on productivity and safety cannot be underestimated.
For construction crews, the Builders Code "Cool or Tool?" app is an engaging and effective reminder of acceptable behaviour. Its 20 real-life workplace scenarios depict model behavior or actions that compromise safety and productivity, workers simply identify if the behavior is "Cool" or "Tool" and get a message that reinforces the appropriate action and its benefits. The app includes a scenario about coming to work sick, which is particularly relevant as industry continues to face challenges related to COVID-19 and fights transmission of the virus.
In addition to the "Cool or Tool?" app, the Builders Code team has created an online culture training course on how to build an Acceptable Worksite culture, including definitions and appropriate policies and procedures. It discusses redefining safety and demonstrates how culture can create a safe and productive environment. There is content on COVID-19 and how it can bring new biases and discrimination to the worksite. The training will be provided at no cost to employers during the pandemic.
The Builders Code team has also made the Acceptable Worksite Pledge completely contactless. Employers can now visit the Builders Code website and electronically sign the pledge from their laptop, IPAD or mobile phone.