New Builders Code addresses worksite conduct

March 21, 2019

The Province of B.C. and the BC Construction Association (BCCA) have launched a new program that aims to address B.C.’s skilled labour shortage by reducing harassment, bullying and hazing on construction worksites. 

Poster of BC Builders Code
The Builders Code is a standard code of conduct for workers on construction sites in BC. It defines an “Acceptable Worksite” as the starting point for reducing risk and ensuring a safe and productive environment for all workers.

Contractors who lead the way in culture change will have distinct advantages to retaining skilled workers. First year retention rates for women apprentices have anecdotally been estimated at less than 50 percent. By comparison, first year retention rates for men are estimated at 70 per cent.  

Hazing, bullying and harassment causes stress for workers who experience it directly as well as bystanders who witness it. Stress and distraction play a significant role in worksite safety. The new program defines an acceptable worksite and provides employers with tools, training and resources to improve and promote safe and productive worksite behaviour. 

The Builders Code Worksite poster is on the last page of this week’s issue. For more resources visit

Excerpt from March 8, 2019 Press Release BCCA

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