Why Should Your Builder Be Safety Certified?

A safety certified builder has proven that they’ve taken extra measures to ensure safety on their jobsites.

So why does that matter to you – the homeowner?

Safety certification isn’t necessary in the home building industry, so it demonstrates that your builder is willing to go the extra mile. It also gives you peace of mind knowing the employees and trades working on your home will be doing so in a safe and professional manner. This is especially important because, in the event of an accident or injury, you – as the Homeowner – could be held liable.

Before you decide on a builder, be sure to ask if they’re safety certified. Have they successfully met all the requirements of a health and safety audit that meets the Workers' Compensation Board standard? (WCB)

All WCB certified builders have developed a safety program and trained their employees on safe work practices, as well as provided them with the tools they need to work safely – such as personal protective equipment. They’ve also successfully passed a WCB evaluation, which measures the quality and results of their safety programs. This evaluation must be completed each year to maintain certification.

Some safety certified builders may hire an Independent Safety Officer to visit all their projects on a regular basis to ensure their jobsites are in compliance, and tradespeople are working in a safe, professional manner.

A builder that protects its employees and trades will work to protect your interests, and ensure a positive home building experience for all involved.

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You can learn more about WCB Safety Certification from Safety Services Nova Scotia >> here. 

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.


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