STAC Releases New Documents for Members


It was with great pleasure and pride that the STAC Steering Committee approved a handful of new STAC documents for release last week – just in time for STAC 2019!

These documents represent a combined total of more than 10 years worth of work by STAC project teams, and provide valuable information about a range of industry issues, best practices and hazards, including climbing safety, anchor shaft corrosion, rooftop fall protection, and more.

Four of the five newly available documents can be accessed via the links below.
STAC Climber Training Guidelines
STAC Study: Mitigating Anchor Shaft Corrosion and Related Tower Failures
Telecommunications Rooftop Site Access, Visits and Work
Structure, Tower & Antenna Council Governance Policy
• STAC Prequalification Questionnaire

The STAC Prequalification Questionnaire will also be provided to STAC members who request a copy in the weeks ahead, and each such request will also be afforded an opportunity for a consultation on how best to utilize the questionnaire.

Additional information about each document follows.

STAC Climber Training Guidelines
The STAC Climber Training Guidelines was developed to assist the Canadian tower industry’s efforts to harmonize fall protection training requirements by identifying baseline training and retraining requirements for climbers with various levels of expertise, and by outlining a coherent training curriculum through which those requirements can be taught effectively.

These guidelines offer guidance to trainers, trainees/climbers and employers that can help ensure tower climbers know how to properly protect themselves and each other when working at heights in the communications industry.

Chapter include:
• Climber 1 – Gives new hires the tools and knowledge to allow them to perform introductory tower work safely following the completion of training
• Rescue 1 – Gives new hires the tools and knowledge to perform self-rescue
• Climber 2 – Gives workers with 6+ months of experience the tools and knowledge to deal with advanced climbing situations
• Rescue 2 – Gives workers with 6+ months of experience the tools and knowledge to perform assisted rescue


STAC Study: Mitigating Anchor Shaft Corrosion and Related Tower Failures
STAC’s first “STAC Study” document, Mitigating Anchor Shaft Corrosion and Related Tower Failures, provides information about how corrosion affects below-grade steel anchor shafts on guyed communication towers, as well as factors that can affect corrosion rates.

The intent of this document is to provide communication tower owners and operators with a resource to help inform decisions relating to guy tower siting, anchor shaft corrosion protection and anchor shaft inspections.

Sections include:
• What is Corrosion
• Why Corrosion Occurs
• Identifying Towers at Risk of Anchor Shaft Corrosion
• How to Investigate Towers at Risk
• Going Forward Designs
• STAC Recommended Anchor Shaft Inspection Priority Matrix


Telecommunications Rooftop Site Access, Visits and Work
The objective of the Telecommunications Rooftop Site Access, Visits and Work document is to raise awareness about the hazards associated with working on rooftops when accessing, installing or planning for rooftop telecommunication systems, including the steps required to mitigate those hazards and the regulations and standards that govern rooftop work.

The ultimate goal of this document is to ensure that all parties in the chain of development – from vendor to installer – recognize and understand the hazards of rooftop work, and then use that understanding to promote conversation and develop their own processes for safe work procedures.

Sections include:
• Typical Tasks
• Typical Hazards
• Hierarchy of Controls
• Training
• Fall Protection Plan
• Passive Fall Protection
• Fall Hazard Zone
• Fall Restraint/Travel Restraint
• Fall Arrest


Structure, Tower & Antenna Council Governance Policy
The Structure, Tower & Antenna Council Governance Policy provides a consistent set of rules that will govern how STAC operates, including how its leadership is selected and the means through which committees, meetings and activities are run.

Requirements found in this governance policy will be implemented over the summer, with the full policy coming into effect in September, 2019. This includes an expansion of the STAC Steering Committee, and additional details about the application process for joining the Steering Committee will be provided to STAC members in the weeks ahead.

Sections include:
• STAC Mandate
• STAC Membership
• STAC Steering Committee
• STAC Committees


STAC Prequalification Questionnaire
The STAC Prequalification Questionnaire was designed to serve as an “ideal” industry prequalification questionnaire that can be used by STAC member companies as the basis for the own prequalification questionnaires.

This document will be provided in the weeks ahead to STAC members who request a copy, and each such request will also be afforded an opportunity for a consultation on how best to utilize the questionnaire.

Sections include:
• General Information
• Insurance and Liability
• Occupational Health and Safety
• Environment
• Company Capabilities


STAC will also be holding special meetings of the STAC Workplace Health & Safety Committee and the STAC Engineering Guidelines & Practices Committee in the weeks ahead to provide a more in-depth overview of some of these documents and to respond to members’ questions. Please contact info@stacouncil.ca to request to join these committee email distribution lists if you are not already enrolled.