Prime Contractor Technical Advisory Committee (PCTAC)

The Prime Contractors Technical Advisory Committee (PCTAC) was formed by the BCCSA in late 2012 with a group of representatives from COR® certified ‘General Contractors’, who all faced similar challenges in coordinating safety on medium to large sized construction projects. The group’s mandate is twofold:  to research, develop, and share with industry best practices relating to the role of ‘Prime Contractor’ as defined in the Workers Compensation Act, and to create consistent programs and expectations for the many ‘small employer’ sub trade companies and their employees.

2022 Prime Contractor Technical Advisory Committee

Participation on the committee is vetted by the BC Construction Safety Alliance.  Interested stakeholders must meet the following requirements to be eligible to participate on the committee:
  1. Be registered with WorkSafeBC in sector 721027 "House or Other Woodframe General Contracting, Construction, or Renovation work" of sector 721028 "Industrial, Commercial, Institutional or Highrise Residential General Contracting or Construction."
  2. Operate as a Prime Contractor as per the definition under Division 4- General Duties of Employers, Workers and Others
  3. Maintain COR® status
  4. Ability to attend meetings regularly

If you meet the above criteria, please review the Terms of Reference , download the Authorization Letter , and complete the Representation Consent form , and forward to

Current PCTAC projects include:

  • Small and multi-employer workplace resources, including: a ‘Small Employer Health and Safety Toolkit’ and a ‘Sub-Contractor Management System’.
  • The resources are in draft form and a pilot is in initiation phase prior to release to industry. Please contact for more information.
  • Sector 72 (Construction industry) Health and Safety Statistic Infographic

Past Activities & Accomplishments

  1. 2018 Presentations and site visits:
  • Presentations:
    • EHS Analytics
    • Safety Climate Tool- Mott Electric & BCCSA
    • ‘CSA National Standard Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace’ Canadian Mental Health Association
    • ‘Not Myself Today campaign’, Scott Construction on their mental health committee initiatives
    • ‘Working Safely Around TransLink Infrastructure’, Translink
    • ‘Accessing Statistics’- Business Information Analysis, WorkSafeBC
    • High Risk Strategy- Regional Prevention Managers, WorkSafeBC
    • Isocyanates- WorkSafeBC
    • ‘Thames Tideway Tunnel Project OHS Research’, Loughborough University, UK- Karin Boers, University Graduate researcher, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
  • Site Visits
    • Wales McLelland Sub-Contractor Health and Safety Meeting

      2.    Identified top Prime Contractor issues and clarified best practices including:

  • Site safety orientation standards
  • 'End of project' clarifications relating to the termination of Prime Contractor responsibilities on a construction site.
  • Joint Health and Safety Committee requirements of all workplace parties on a multi employer worksite.

Asphalt Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC)

Originally called the “Road Builder Group,” the ATAC committee came together after the asphalt production industry faced a series of severe accidents and near misses. ATAC serves as an ongoing industry committee that now provides the BCCSA with valuable insight and works to develop tools that address workplace safety.

ATAC committee members work with BCCSA to review and compile industry specific workplace safety resources and templates such safe work practices and safe job procedures. They have also developed new employee orientation forms, a template silica exposure plan, and asphalt training matrix tool specific to their work in the road building industry.  Check out the BCCSA Asphalt website which provides safe work practices that you can print off and use as a tool for your hazard assessment processes:


Please email elinde@bccsa. ca for this tool!

COR™ Technical Advisory Committee

As a Certifying Partner of the Certificate of Recognition program the BCCSA has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to ensure our COR™-related training and audit requirements for employers reflect OHS best practice and industry needs. The COR™ Technical Advisory Committee work to guide the development and maintenance of BCCSA audit tools, training materials, and quality control processes that meet the construction industry’s needs.

BC Stone, Sand, and Gravel Safety Committee

In response to fatalities within the aggregate industry in 2007, the BC Stone, Sand and Gravel Association made safety a high priority on their agenda.  This committee is currently composed of industry representatives from the BCSSGA working in partnership with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR) and the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA).

Together the group worked on an initiative titled the Aggregate Workplace Safety Project which has resulted in the development of an online database of safe work practices for aggregate operations and most recently a web based Hazard Assessment Training course.

Concrete BC Safety Committee

This committee was established in 2009 and works with BCCSA and industry specialists to enhance industry health and safety through such initiatives as development of information materials and annual safety awards that recognize safety commitment via annual safety awards, and other initiatives.

Through this committee Concrete BC developed a Concrete Pump Operator's Safety Training Manual