STAC prioritizes and focuses its efforts through Committees, tasked with achieving desired outcomes with respect to a specific subject area of the communications infrastructure and vertical real estate industry.
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Workplace Health & Safety Standards Committee
The Workplace Health & Safety Committee helps ensure employers and workers have access to necessary safety resources, training providers and educational programs that help them recognize, avoid and prevent health and safety hazards in the work environment. The Committee identifies the workplace health and safety information and training needs that are not adequately met, and assesses the opportunities to fill gaps by providing information, liaising with existing training providers or developing custom training material and administering training sessions.
Contractor Qualifications Committee
STAC’s Contractor Qualifications Committee works to standardize and optimize the industry prequalification process wherever possible.
STAC’s Credentials Committee was created to identify and fulfill the requirements needed to launch a credentialing system in Canada. This system will help ensure tower workers have the knowledge and skills needed to do their jobs effectively and with the highest regards to safety.
Engineering Guidelines & Practices Committee
The Engineering Guidelines & Practices Committee identifies the best safety practices related to telecommunications engineering from a design perspective, such as determining which design conventions facilitate a safer climbing environment.
Industry Workforce Committee
The Industry Workforce Committee works with employers, workers, training and academic institutions, professional associations and government to identify skills shortages and barriers to entry (perceived and real). The committee will develop tools and resources for employers, new and prospective workers and academia to ensure there is sector alignment on developing a skilled and employment-ready workforce. Informed by labour force research, this industry-led committee will identify specific skills shortages across Canada, educate and inform prospective workers about the opportunities of a career in the tower industry and develop resources for employers to attract and hire workers.
New & Emerging Technologies Committee
The New & Emerging Technologies Committee brings together industry professionals to discuss new technologies of relevance to the communications tower industry, including how best to ensure the safe use of those technologies. Current technologies under consideration by this committee include Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and Small Cell technologies.
Radiofrequency Awareness Committee
The Radiofrequency Awareness Committee develops best practices procedures and guidelines to assist workers and management in understanding the steps that need to be taken by those working in close proximity to wireless antennas. This includes identifying which personal RF monitors conform to exposure standards and clarifying rooftop antenna signage requirements.
Roadway Safety Committee
Companies working in the antenna construction industry are subject to a variety of provincial and federal regulations, depending on the task being performed and the work location. STAC’s Roadway Safety Committee helps to identify and communicate the variety of safety codes that industry players need to be aware of.
Women of STAC
The Women of STAC Committee’s vision is to encourage and support women in their pursuit of career advancement in the telecommunications and related industries in Canada. The committee will work to identify areas where there are training, mentoring, and networking gaps and opportunities for the career advancement of women working in the telecommunications industry in Canada, and will explore initiatives that could include scholarships, training grants, corporate and industry recruitment plans and strategies, and educational opportunities for STAC members, among others.