OAHI INSPECTION CONNECTION
JULY 15, 2020
On The Job Safety-Heat
Member Profile – Terry Carson R.H.I.
TARION: Reinstatement of timelines
TARION: Public Consultation
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ON THE JOB SAFETY-HEAT
Home inspectors are subject to the weather and elements during much of our routine; in the summer months we can experience high heat exposure during roof, exterior and attic inspections (and of course homes with no AC).
It is important to know how to avoid heat related illnesses, and to recognize when you need to cool down!
When heat waves roll through Ontario, it is important to adjust your routine to avoid heat related illnesses and be at your best on the job.
Hydrate! The best way to stay hydrated is to avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, and soft drinks – which rob your body of hydration. Instead, make sure you drink half of a litre of water (or sport drink) before work, and at least a litre during each inspection. Packing a cooler bag with water, ice packs and sport drinks
Don’t be a hero! We all need to move a little slower and more deliberately when under the stress of a heat wave. Don’t hesitate to take a break when needed, sit in the shade or retreat to the AC of the house or your vehicle if you start feeling unwell.
Dress right! Wear loose-fitting, light weight clothing, wear a hat in the sun and seek shade when you can. A cloth dampened with cool water on the back of your neck can help immensely.
Eat right! During heat waves, smaller meals are best; eat fruits and vegetables, avoid protein-heavy meals.
Know the signs! When you start to feel weak, sweat excessively, feel confusion or dizziness – it is time for a break. Cramps, flushed skin and confusion means it is time for a rest, cool down and rehydrate. If you pass this point and stop sweating, feel chills or have a rapid heartbeat or slurred speech, seek medical attention immediately.
Adjust your inspection technique. When temperatures soar, roofing materials become increasingly fragile; the potential for damaging roofing increases, as does the chance of getting burned touching the roof or falling from heights. Look for proven, alternate ways of inspecting a roof without walking it. Attics can pose a hazard to inspectors as well; avoid prolonged exposure to attic temperatures and be prepared to rest and hydrate when you descend your ladder.
Home inspectors brave the elements to get the job done, and we experience a vast range of working conditions. Remember to eat right, stay hydrated and keep your heat exposure to a minimum. If you have tips and tricks you would like to share with our OAHI colleagues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB: This message is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your healthcare practitioner.
Just a friendly reminder that your membership renewals were due, July 1, 2020.
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We would like to remind all members that it is only OAHI, RHI members that are given the exclusive right to use the designation of R.H.I. (Registered Home Inspector) by Bill Pr158 of 1994.
Wear it proudly.
Let’s continue to build the OAHI into the biggest and best association of home inspectors in Canada.
We thank you for your continued contribution with the association and look forward to another year!
Thank you in Advance,
The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors
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Check out the latest blog post from Health Plus.
Tarion: Important information on the reinstatement of timelines
July 7, 2020
Dear Home Inspection Professional,
The COVID-19 outbreak has been an unprecedented event that has impacted many aspects of the real estate marketplace, including the new home warranty. Tarion is monitoring the public health situation and would like to share updated information about some of our services and the warranty process.
At this time, the Emergency Order that suspends timelines associated with repair periods, warranty form submissions and conciliations is in place until Sept.11, 2020. Understanding the impact that these ongoing delays are having on homeowners, Tarion has determined that, with the appropriate health and safety protocols in place, we will re-start inspections on July 13, 2020 and reinstate timelines on Aug. 27, 2020.
Click here for more information.
Tarion: Home Inspector Report: Seeking feedback on implementing recommendations from the Auditor General of Ontario
Home inspectors play an important role in the new home buying journey, from walking your clients through the importance of the Pre-Delivery Inspection, to helping them complete warranty forms. That’s why we want to hear from you on how to best implement recommendations from the Auditor General’s report. Your feedback will help to inform Tarion’s path forward.
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We look forward to receiving your comments by Aug. 24, 2020 through the Ontario Regulatory Registry or at email@example.com.
Terry Carson R.H.I. L.E.T. C.E.T. B.S.S.O.
Why did you decide to be a home inspector?
In 1984 Shell Canada decided to move to Calgary and I was engaged to be married, and looking for new opportunities in Toronto. Home inspection seemed to be the perfect match for my knowledge and skill set since I previously worked for builders as a site superintendent.
How long have you been a home inspector?
Since late 1984.
How long have you been an OAHI member?
I’ve been a member since the OAHI started in 1986. I organized the first meeting with a representative of the Consumer and Commercial Relations (Ministry) speaking, after an MPP called for licensing of home inspectors. I later became the first OAHI president and have been active since.
Why did you decide to be an OAHI member?
I did not want to be run over by a misinformed politician. It’s tough to be a professional without a professional body standing behind you. It was important to quickly establish credibility with government and the public by establishing a code of ethics, performance standards and a credible qualification process. At the time, we became a chapter of ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors). The OAHI became the vehicle for establishing a profession.
What do you love most about being a home inspector?
I love the unpredictability, changes in technology and challenges. Every client has different expectations, while deficiency conditions vary with every property. Many inspections are happy events, but some result in unusual surprises. I know that I seldom know all of the details a deficiency at its worst state, but I still must provide the best answer to help my clients make their property decisions.
What is your home inspector superpower?
My super power is the knowledge that I do not have super powers. Despite 36 years of field experience and over $130,000 spent on education upgrading, I still have to go slow, ask the right questions and research to be able to discover the defects and provide my clients with customized reports that address their specific questions, which often fall outside of the scope of practice.
My favourite tool is my curiosity. I do have many of the latest tools as well as the training and additional certifications, but the key is to know what tool to use and when.
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