Your safety is always our top priority. In fact, Canstar is an industry leader in employing a full-time, dedicated Safety Officer. Our safety officer conducts site inspections, monitors policy and procedure compliance, and liaises with WorkSafeBC.
All of our field technicians receive ongoing training and our employees adhere to restoration industry standards and guidelines including:
- Hazmat training
- Asbestos identification and sampling
- Personal protective equipment
- Safety initiation for all staff
- Site Safety Assessments
- Confined Space Safety
Canstar supports WorkSafeBC’s Partners in Injury and Disability Prevention Program. In recognition of our in-house health and safety management programs, Canstar has received WorkSafeBC’s Certificate of Recognition (COR).
Restoration Industry Affiliations
Canstar has partnered with the BC Construction Safety Alliance and the Fire, Flood and Restoration (FFR) Industry to create a new program(the Fire and Flood Restoration Program) dedicated to improving health and safety in this sector. Canstar is part of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to promote workplace health and safety for the benefit of workers and employers within the Restoration Contractor industry in B.C. and meets monthly.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) (www.iicrc.org) has a well-recognized written restoration standard called the IICRC S500 that Canstar recognizes and adheres to.
Hazardous building materials are often hidden and do not pose a threat to the building’s inhabitants. However, fire, water or storm damage can expose dangerous materials such as asbestos, lead and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), to name a few.
Training And Certifications
Canstar can evaluate your site and determine the safest way to remove and dispose of hazardous materials. Our employees are trained in safe hazardous materials removal, and continually update their certifications and training through:
- Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
- Canadian Standards Association (CSA) courses
- High-Risk Abatement Certification
- Trauma Training
- Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)
- Building Inspector Certification Programs
- CSA Z71 Standards
Trauma Scenes & Biohazards
Blood and other body fluids are biohazards that pose serious risks to human health if not cleaned properly. Trauma scene and biohazard cleanup is one area of restoration where professional services are mandatory.
Canstar has a specialized training program for employees who work on our trauma scene and biohazard cleanup teams. We provide our crews with both the technical skills as well as the coping skills to deal effectively with this unique type of work.
Canstar employees respect your privacy, and your identity and personal information are strictly confidential. Our trauma scene crews are selected for their sensitivity and ability to compassionately interact with the family members of the victim.
When needed, we dispatch sub-contractors such as hygienists and medical waste specialists to conduct onsite testing.