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Construction site safety management guarantor

The role of the construction site safety management guarantor is to take every necessary measure to protect the health and safety of the workers or subcontractors operating on the work sites coming under the responsibilities of the company which the guarantor qualifies. To this end, they warrant the respect of the company’s duties and responsibilities with regard to the Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety (AROHS), the Safety Code and the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases.

If the company has at least 1 worker, within the meaning of the AROHS, the guarantor must ensure that this worker is registered with the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST).

If the company which the guarantor warrants is an employer, the guarantor must ensure that a prevention program was formulated, as set forth by the AROHS.

This program must provide in particular for the following activities:

  • Identifying the hazards, through various means, at each stage of the work
  • Eliminating at the source these hazards through the implementation of safe work processes
  • Informing and training the workers
  • Auditing the compliance of the measures set up, as well as the compliance to the applicable laws and regulations.

When the company which the safety field guarantor warrants is the general contractor of the construction site, the guarantor must ensure that the measures provided for by the AROHS and by the Safety Code are being enforced. These responsibilities are in addition to those that the company must fulfill as an employer.

Occupational injuries and diseases

If the company employs salaried workers, the guarantor must know about the provisions of the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases and ensure that the claiming procedure provided for in case of an accident or an occupational disease is being enforced.

Interventions by the CNESST

The regional directorates of the CNESST are responsible for the enforcement of the AROHS and its regulations. The Construction action plan [Fr]This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. issued by the CNESST emphasizes aimed hazards such as falls, collapsing of structures, occupational accidents near power lines and hazards involving exposition to asbestos fibers or crystalline silica (quartz) dust. The inspectors also verify chiefly the use of personal protection equipment, and issue statements of offence to faulty workers.

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