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Safety Guidelines & Manuals

  • SITE SAFE: Health and Safety Agreement

    The purpose of this “SITE SAFE” Best Practice Guide for Concrete Supply is to outline our commitment and expectations to safety of our employees and our construction partners. The policies and procedures outlined in this document are designed to promote a safe and healthy work environment for all parties.

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  • Rollover Prevention

    Ready Mix truck drivers are professional drivers who face unique and ever changing challenges due to the design of their vehicles and the products they transport. As an industry, we have seen several Ready Mix truck rollovers in the recent past. This document is designed to raise awareness amongst member companies by illustrating some of the hazards so that they can be identified early thus allowing the appropriate controls to be implemented. Its focus is to reinforce the importance of understanding and constantly monitoring vehicle dynamics and adjusting driving behavior.

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  • Guidelines for Delivering to Concrete Pumps

    Guideline for Delivering to Concrete Pumps has been developed by the Health and Safety Committee of the Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (RMCAO) for its members.

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COVID-19 Communications

  • Updated Requirements for COVID-19 Screening (Issued Sept. 29th 2020)

    Based on the amendment that came into effect on September 26, 2020, businesses and organizations are required to screen all workers and essential visitors for specific COVID-19 symptoms before they enter the workplace each day. The term workers includes all staff, as well as students, contractors and volunteers that report to the business location, while the term essential visitors includes individuals providing a service in the workplace who are not employees or patrons of the business such as delivery personnel, maintenance or contract workers. This screening process does not apply to patrons and customers or emergency services/first responders entering a workplace for emergency reasons.

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  • Updated Best Practices for Delivering Concrete During COVID-19 (Issued April 8th 2020)

    The Concrete Ontario Health & Safety Committee has been working diligently to implement and improve the COVID19 concrete industry best practices over the past several weeks. As the situation continues to evolve and new best practices are shared across various industries, the committee has identified additional protocols that members can implement to address worker safety in the ready mixed concrete industry. This document is an update to the original SafetyMatters bulletin the association issued on March 24, 2020.

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  • In-Cab Driver Safety Protocols (Revised Nov. 19th 2020)

    This bulletin addresses the recommended best practices for in-cab driver training and mentoring of newly hired ready mixed concrete drivers during COVID-19.

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  • Guideline for Raw Material Sampling on MTO Contracts (Issued May 13th 2020)

    As companies try to limit the number of outside personnel entering their facilities, sampling procedures must be adjusted to account for company specific and government health and safety measures. MTO contracts have some of the most stringent sampling and testing qualifications, that are strictly enforced on all MTO projects. For these projects to continue during COVID-19 the MTO insists on obtaining raw material samples as per the existing contracts. Since most concrete plants are considered “closed facilities” to non-essential work and external visitors, to minimize the potential for COVID-19 exposure, the MTO has developed the attached document. The Material Sampling COVID-19 Guideline outlines new criteria for obtaining samples while observing industry specific public health measures.

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  • Field Testing Technician & Driver Interaction COVID-19 Best Practices (Issued April 14th 2020)

    Concrete Delivery Tickets The information on a concrete delivery ticket is provided to the concrete field testing technician to allow for the field test results to be reported properly. While the required properties of the concrete are included in the concrete mix design submission at the start of the project, the delivery ticket includes information specific to the batch of concrete being delivered. This data needs to be included in the concrete compressive strength report to ensure that the concrete conforms to the various jobsite acceptance criteria (class of concrete, batch time, time of placement, etc.). To minimize contact between drivers and field testing technicians, Concrete Ontario highly encourages the use of electronic ticketing. Using either personalized software or e-mail, the ticket must be sent electronically to all relevant parties during or after the placement, as is agreed upon prior to placement.

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  • E-Learning Ready Mixed Plant Safety Video (Issued May 22nd 2020)
  • E-Blast – Ontario Tightens Restrictions Under Province Wide Stay At Home Order (Issued Apr 19th, 2021)

    The Association reminds all members that ready mixed concrete remains an essential product, and all members can operate fully. Since some forms of construction are no longer considered essential, it remains the General Contractor’s responsibility to determine if their project meets the essential construction criteria listed above.

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  • E-Blast – Made In Ontario (Issued July 29th 2020)
  • E- Blast – The Impact of COVID-19 on the Supply of Ready Mixed Concrete (Issued Sept. 28th 2020)

    Public health authorities and economists forecast the continuation of these impacts, for the foreseeable future, as some areas of the province experience the start of a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. Although the cement and ready mixed concrete industries continued to operate throughout the pandemic, our businesses have not been immune from the effects. The disruptions caused by the economic shutdown and the government restrictions in place, caused additional pressures on manufacturing, and our ability to supply the market.

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  • COVID-19 Best Practices (Revised Mar. 12th 2021)

    Concrete Ontario’s Health & Safety Committee has been working diligently to implement and improve our COVID-19 best practices documents. As the situation continues to evolve, the committee has identified additional government requirements and safety protocols that members can use to ensure compliance and address safety in the ready mixed concrete industry.

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  • Cement, Concrete, Aggregate Best Practice Guidelines for use During COVID-19 (Issued March 30th 2020)

    COVID-19 Best Practice Health and Safety Guidelines for Employees in the Cement and Concrete Industry. The following guidelines are to keep employees of cement and concrete product manufacturers safe and to help stop the spread of COVID-19. They are based on advice and directives from Canada’s health authorities (Federal and Provincial).

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Pedestrian & Cyclist Safety Awareness Program

  • Employee Guidelines to Health & Safety

    Concrete Ontario is fully committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment throughout the operations of its members that will meet/or exceed all legislative requirements according to Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. Concrete Ontario will operate in an environment where “doing a job right is the safe way” and will strive to cultivate a proactive consciousness in all members and a sense of personal responsibility in the efforts to prevent accidental loss and maintain a healthy environment.

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  • Concrete Ontario Driving Awareness Best Practices Guide

    Driving defensively is the best way to avoid being involved in an on-road incident. A defensive driver is one who can make allowances for the lack of skill or improper attitude of the other party, and make quick calculated decisions to avoid conflict. The defensive driver is always working to gain better information from their operating environment to allow themselves more time and space to make decisions. The defensive driver is always more concerned with being safe versus being right, and will give away his/her right-of way to avoid an incident. There are many defensive driving courses on the market and each has its own unique approach to the topic. The most important thing to remember is that driving defensively is a skill set that must be practiced and applied on an ongoing basis, and that the techniques apply to any sized vehicle.

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  • Concrete Ontario Blind Spot Awareness Truck Sticker
  • Concrete Ontario Blind Spot Awareness Poster EN

    Concrete Ontario Blind Spot Awareness Poster (English)

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