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 Road Safety Committee helps to identify and communicate the variety of safety codes that industry players need to be aware of.
When must a contractor register an F-150 pickup as a commercial vehicle? How are contractors affected by hours of service regulations in each province? What documentation do contractors need to provide to transportation authorities during an inspection or audit?
Volunteers from the STAC Road Safety Committee are currently reviewing National Safety Code (NSC) standards for commercial vehicle regulation with the goal of better informing the telecom industry about their obligations under those regulations, which can differ widely by province. The team has released two best practice documents identifying individual and corporate obligations under two of the most pertinent NSC regulations.
Among other things, these documents strive to ensure that STAC Members can easily identify when they are subject to NSC regulations and what the NSC requirements are in each province. The document also establishes “maximum thresholds” for each area of regulation to ensure that drivers who work in multiple provinces can easily ensure they remain compliant in each of the provinces they work in.
• National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 10 – Cargo Securement (General Compliance & Best Practice Guidelines)
• National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 11 – Maintenance and Periodic Inspection Standards (General Compliance & Best Practice Guidelines)
• National Safety Code Standards – CCMTA
Dan Renaud, Telecon
Aimee Arsenault, Tridon
Carm Cirillo, Rogers
Brent Hrywkiw, WSP
Tracey Krane, WSP
Jason Wolf, WesTower
For more information about this project including available volunteer opportunities, or to submit questions about particular NSC regulations, please contact Nicholas Kyonka – STAC Program Manager – or Dan Renaud – STAC Road Safety Committee Lead.
In June 2018, the Government of Canada released new impaired driving laws designed to better incorporate consideration of cannabis consumption and the use of other drugs.
“The new law is a modern, simplified, and more coherent system of reforms to better deter and detect drug and alcohol-impaired driving,” the federal Department of Justice said in a post about the changes, adding that each province and territory may have additional impaired driving laws or regulations.
Under the new regime, the Department of Justice has scheduled fines and other penalties – up to and including jailtime – for drivers who are found to be under the intoxication of alcohol, cannabis, or a list of other drugs including “cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, 6-MAM (a metabolite of heroin), Ketamine, Phencyclidine, and Psilocybin and Psilocin (magic mushrooms).” The fines begin at $1,000 for first-time summary convictions.
STAC is encouraging its members to review the defined penalties under the new law and to ensure that their employees are aware of the consequences of driving under the influence. For more information, please consult http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/sidl-rlcfa/index.html
STAC NSC Best Practice Documents
• NSC Standard 10 – Cargo Securement (General Compliance & Best Practices Guidelines)
• NSC Standard 11 – Maintenance and Periodic Inspection Standards (General Compliance & Best Practice Guidelines)
Provincial Roadside Work Requirement Manuals
• Alberta – Traffic Accommodation in Work Zones 2008
• British Columbia – 2015 Interim Traffic Management Manual for Work on Roadways
• Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation – Work Zone Traffic Control Manual
• New Brunswick – Work Area Traffic Control Manual 2009
• Newfoundland and Labrador – Traffic Control Manual 2014
• Nova Scotia Temporary Workplace Traffic Control Manual 2009
• Ontario – Traffic Manual (Book 7) Temporary Conditions 2014
• Prince Edward Island – Temporary Workplace Traffic Control Manual 2005
• *Quebec – Volume V Traffic Control Devices 2015 – Parts 1,2 & 3
• Saskatchewan – Traffic Control Device Manual for Work Zones
*Please note: Quebec’s Traffic Control Device Manual is available through purchase only. STAC has purchased a one-year licence to this manual and can provide excerpts or answer questions relating to its content as necessary.
• Out of Service (OOS) Criteria for Commercial Vehicles
• NSC Weight Requirements by Province
• STAC 2016 – Commercial Vehicles Regulations Presentation – Andy Rambouts – Ministry of Transportation, Ontario
• HIGH Climber Stories – Episode 2
• STAC Road Safety Committee Notes – May 4, 2017
• STAC Road Safety Committee Notes – October 4, 2016
• STAC Road Safety Committee Notes – July 25, 2016
• STAC Road Safety Committee Notes – May 16, 2016
• STAC Road Safety Committee Notes – April 12, 2016
• STAC Road Safety Committee Notes – March 14, 2016
• STAC Road Safety Committee Notes – February 29, 2016