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Safety always a big concern on home builds or renovations

Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

Whether they specialize in new builds or renovations, MHBA builder members must be COR/SECOR certified.

Safety is an important issue for the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association and our members.

The MHBA requires all of its’ builder members to be COR/SECOR certified as part of our membership criteria. The Certificate of Recognition (COR) Program is the ultimate accreditation to verify companies that have implemented a comprehensive health and safety program. This program provides industry employers with an effective safety and health management system to reduce incidents and injuries along with associated human and financial costs. The Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) Program is an occupational health and safety accreditation program that verifies companies that have a fully implemented safety and health program that meets provincial standards. It’s like a simplified version of COR for smaller companies.

COR certified companies undertake extensive safety training for their workers. COR/SECOR certification for Manitoba’s residential construction industry is managed and monitored by the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba. CSAM is a tremendous resource of information and best practices that keep our COR/SECOR certified members up to date on workplace safety and health issues.

MHBA renovator members take worksite safety just as seriously. In order to promote and achieve greater safety results for renovators, the MHBA and CSAM developed and implemented a specific safety training program for home renovators. Completion of the renovator safety program is a membership requirement for all MHBA renovator members and part of the MHBA membership criteria. The goal of this program is to help MHBA renovators improve safety on their worksites and keep them up to date on the latest in safety procedures and best practices. The MHBA is proud to provide this training tool to our renovator members to help ensure that they are working in a safe work environment when renovating your home.

When you are choosing a builder to build your new home, make sure that your builder is COR/SECOR certified. You can be assured they are certified if they are a Manitoba Home Builders’ Association builder member. If you are looking for a contractor to take care of your home renovation, hiring a MHBA Renovator member will also ensure the job is done professionally and safely. You will want to know that the work site for your home is safe and is operated by someone who takes pride in their reputation, their performance, and most of all, takes care of the people working on your home. Safety is everyone’s business and everyone should come home from a day at work safe.

Lanny McInnes is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.

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