Division 1

Bermuda City Hall was based on the traditional Bermuda cottage built of Bermuda limestone block it is the last large building to make extensive use of native Bermuda cedar. 

2023 Schedule

Bermuda College is an internationally recognised accredited community college, we offer associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas in the areas of applied sciences, business, technology, hospitality, and the liberal arts.

The Bermuda Fire Rescue Service protects lives and property in case of fire. It also provides the following services: Emergency services: firefighting; emergency medical response; vehicle extrication

King Edward VII Memorial Hospital provides comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services in response to the full spectrum of medical and mental health needs.




Bayethe wena waphakati! Nkhosi ndlovukazi mhlekazi. Wena weMbhubhe.


Bermuda Construction Safety Council All Set For Third Annual Premier’s Awards 2020

The Bermuda Construction Safety Council has the following functions:

  • Open communication with students, employees and employers
  • Ensuring the provision of essential safety programs 
  • Regulating the cost of safety classes
  • Exercising regulatory inspection of safety equipment 
  • Updating safety service providers and safety professionals 
  • Identifying future challenges and goals for the safety culture 
  • Anticipation of hazards and preplanning, detecting unsafe acts
  • Record keeping, emergency response and action plans
  • Growth training and program implementation
  • Positive recognition for positive contribution.
Painting by Tai-Quan Ottley.



The Bermuda Construction Safety Council is focused on meeting the demands of the work force in all areas regarding their work life including education, work experience and healthy sporting activities. The council continues to meet at regular intervals at various locations around Bermuda with different themes and discussion topics. and differing views can be met and disputes can be settled amicably. Anyone can sit in free of charge and have their voice heard as well as have their questions answered by local officials and authorities whom have supported those types of initiatives.

The council has open talks with professionals in the Caribbean, North American, Europe and Africa to stay current expand our communication horizons. We encourage access to continued education courses at Bermuda College, Humber College, ACCA, City & Guilds, OSHA & NCCER.  Many of us have paid large sums of money into institutions and associations for certificates, diplomas and degrees and after completion we face the dilemma of how to get a job without experience and how to get experience without a job.

Bermuda has a high quality of trademanship whom have been revered by overseas employers, however, Bermuda has a very low population than that of other countries. Naturally, there is much focus on profit making especially in a countries with high expenses but also we must focus on every aspect leading up to productivity. It is also noted as having a high level of educated individuals however more and more qualified Bermudians are being laid off without employment or are being forced to work in occupations outside of our education. It is imperative that we are able to showcase our talents locally and internationally along side other workman.

We maintain healthy overseas relations with our American and British employers who have invited us to work with them because of the impression we left on them in the working environment as well as with our Caribbean neighbors whom share in our efforts to improve island safety culture and workforce demand. Many of the Caribbean islands have become successful by adopting our model and now have become major players in the global market and if we are to maintain our competitive advantage we must reinvent ourselves according to the times.

Bermuda is known to have a high quality of legislation however that information doesn’t always reach the day to day worker. We have made it our business to answer the questions of workers that have no other voice other than that of the council and to show positive recognition for workers positive contribution.

The Police Recreation Club located at Headquarters Hill, Prospect Devonshire is an English Colonial architectural style building.

2020 Summit

The Berkeley Institute was built in 2005 designed by architects Kyril Burrows and Phil Nearon of the Bermuda Government and is a Modern Colonial architecture style building.

The First Quarter conference was held at the Berkeley Institute discussing with students on the importance of education, health and safety. Presentations were made by Bermuda College, the Bermuda Health Centre and the Bermuda Construction Safety Council. Students were able to ask questions and give their feedback on current issues that relate to them presently and in the near future as they mature into our future leaders.

Bermuda Cancer and Health Center is a not for profit organization that receives the support from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, to ensure patients can have access to the best standards of care. “We fully support the efforts of Bermuda Cancer and Health to establish a Radiation Therapy service in Bermuda. Azuree Williams is an education co-ordinator encouraged young women to make healthy choices and to get regular screening in order to maintain and prevent health challenges. Ms Williams said other preventive measures include regular exercise, a healthy diet, quitting smoking and a reduction in alcohol consumption.

Bermuda College is an internationally recognized accredited community college, we offer associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas in the areas of applied sciences, business, technology, hospitality, and the liberal arts. Dill is a coordinator who encouraged students to enroll in Bermuda College to pursue higher education. Dill added that Bermuda College students are 3 time more likely to complete their degree.

The Bermuda Construction Safety Council’s Premier’s Awards is to recognize the positive contributions that Bermudians and Bermuda residents make to the island and throughout the world in Health Care & Essential Work, Construction and Sports.

The City Hall of Hamilton was completed in 1960 the (second) designed by Wilfred Onions was inspired by the traditional Bermuda Cottage architectural style building though its central tower demonstrates a Scandinavian influence.[46]

The End of Year Awards was held at City Hall in the Earl Cameron Theatre.












The Bermuda Construction Safety Council provides a platform for workers to voice their concerns on current topics, issues and relevant discussions as well as professional answers according to local administration and legislation and educators the opportunity to assist others reach qualifications from free 1 hour certifications to 4 year degrees.

The architecture of Bermuda has developed over the past four centuries. The archipelago’s isolation, environment, climate, and scarce resources have been key driving points, though inspiration from Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas is evident. Distinctive elements appeared with initial settlement in the early 17th century, and by the second half of that century features that remain common today began to appear.

Pastel Bermuda cottages are often regarded as a hallmark of the island, along with pink beaches and Bermuda shorts; the style has even been described as the country’s only indigenous art form.[1] In addition to the local style, historical military buildings and forts and modern office buildings are highly visible. The historical architecture of Bermuda has received recognition from UNESCO, with the Town of St. George and some twenty-two forts and military facilities in St. George’s Parish being declared World Heritage Sites.

AXA XL Building

Completed in the year 2000 by Ted Wood at Entasis Architecture is a modernist architecture style building.

An International Speakers Conference as held at the AXA XL Building Thursday March 28th 2019.

Introductions: Information, Health, Safety, Environment and Infection Control.

Message from the Information Commissioner’s Office: Angie Farquharson on establishing access to public records, eligibility and rights.


Message from Bermuda Health Centre: Azuree Williams on Health Risks, Lifestyle Changes and Treatments.


Message from Environmental Officer: Claire Jessy on Environmental Reports, Medical Significance and Unwanted Introductions.


Message from Safety Officer: James Gould on Working at Heights, Statistics and Legislation.


Message from Safety Officer: Michael Parsons on Site Safety, Personal Protective Equipment and Health.


Message from Infection Control Officer: Linda Rothwell on Permits to Work, Risk Identification and Treatment Centers.


Sessions House

Sessions House was established in 1817 and is a Neo Classical architecture style building. 

Message from The Hon. David Burt, JP, MP Premier of Bermuda on Establishment of a Commission of Inquiry.

Message from The Hon. Wayne Caines, JP, MP Minister of National Security on the Hurricane Season.

Message from The Hon. Zane DeSilva, JP, MP Minister of Tourism and Sports on the New Bermuda Championship PGA Tour.

Message from The Hon Lt. Col. David Burch, JP, MP Minister of Public Works on the Railway Trail and Gibbets Island.

The 3rd Quarter meeting of Council was held Tuesday, September 10th 2019 at the College Centre building at the Bermuda College.

An Open Forum was held in the Hamlet Hall Lecture Theatre of Bermuda College for workers to receive information and ask questions regarding Employee Rights, Employer Responsibilities, Certification Programs and Women in Construction.

Guest speakers from the Bermuda Health Council, Workforce Development, Bermuda College, Bermuda Construction Safety Council and Global Environment were in attendance to give presentations.

Message from the Compliance Officer: Elisabeth Kast explained employer responsibilities, legal action and processes.

Bermuda Health Council Act 2004


Employers Compliance Presentation to Bermuda Construction Safety Council

Message from the Relations Officer: Gabrielle Cann explained the law compliance, legislation and arbitration.


LRSection Presentation 1 – September 2018


Message from the Educator: Dereck Bean noted at Bermuda College you will find a student-centred environment where learning and student success are our top priorities.

Message from the OSHA Officer:

Yuri Lightbourne, the CEO of GEI (BDA) Testing has a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I have in the UK for over 22 years as an Engineering Verification and Engineering Design for an several multinational companies.  I have worked on projects from Nuclear Energy to certification of equipment used in the Oil & Gas industry.  In 2012 I was appointed by the Bermuda Government as Competent Person for Pressure Equipment in Bermuda.

I have reviewed, developed and implemented Safety Systems for several multinational in the Middle East, Europe, North America and South East Asia.

In 2018 I opened GEI (BDA) Testing to preformed Verification, Training and Testing of EMF, Radiation Emitting Equipment and areas, Pressure Systems and Air Quality Testing ( Mold and Allergy Testing). We also review, design and implement Safety for companies. This job is very rewarding and I enjoy making Bermuda a safer place for everyone.

Email: yuri@geibdas.com

OSHA Safety Council Presentation 2018

Message from the Coordinator: The Bermuda Construction Safety Council is meeting to discuss employee rights, employer responsibilities, certification programs and women in construction.

Open Forum Presentation


Through our awards, we set health and safety standards and celebrate best practice.

The End of Year Awards were held at City Hall Art Gallery December 4th 2018.

We also hold a range of professional events, including open forums and college classes, designed to give the community of health, safety and environmental representatives positive recognition for positive contribution.

Introductions:2018 End of Year Awards

Message from Emergency Medical Technician: Veronica Manderson presented medical lines of communication, prevention and education.


The Bermuda Construction Safety & Health Council is a non for profit resource of educational information for construction workers.

We believe that excellence in Occupational Health, Safety & Environment is a philosophy inherent to how we do business in all aspects of our operations. We recognize our most important assets are our people, and that production, quality, and cost-effectiveness can be achieved through the daily integration of our Safety Management Systems and processes.

Hospital All Hands Meeting

The Bermuda Construction Safety Council is a Resource Center for all workers in Bermuda.

Bermuda Electric Light Company Hamilton, Bermuda

Morgan’s Point Southampton, Bermuda

King Edward VII Memorial Hospital In Hamilton, Bermuda

The new Hamilton Police Station in 2011























Division 2 – Site Work

OSHA defines an excavation as any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the Earth’s surface formed by earth removal.


A trench is defined as a narrow excavation (in relation to its length) made below the surface of the ground. In general, the depth of a trench is greater than its width, but the width of a trench (measured at the bottom) is not greater than 15 feet (4.6 m).



Course Number: TDS EXCAV1

Excavator Association

Excavation AHA

Tool Box Talk Excavators

Excavations BCSC quiz

Division 3 – Concrete


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Division 3 consists of Formwork, Reinforcing Steel and Concrete placing.
Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials in the world. Safety issues exist in all phases of concrete production, including the manufacture of portland cement and pre-cast concrete products, as well as during the use of concrete in construction.

This page was developed with input from OSHA’s Alliance Program and Strategic Partnership Program participants. It includes information on concrete and concrete product hazards in manufacturing and construction, including relevant OSHA standards, directives, and standard interpretations. This page also identifies some of the major industry segments involved in the manufacturing of concrete and concrete products, and in construction work with concrete. It lists some of the leading workplace hazards for these industries and provides links to safety and health resources for controlling these hazards.

For additional resources to help employers comply with and workers understand OSHA requirements, read OSHA’s Employers page.

Tool Box Talk Carpentry

Tool Box Talk Division 3

BCSC quiz Concrete

MSDS Bermuda Concrete


Division 4 – Masonry

A special congratulations to Mcdonald “Mackie” Simmons who won the 2022 Mason of the Year Award at the Premier’s Awards last year. Mackie could not be in attendance at the ceremony, so the award was re-presented to him this month by Mayor Gosling and City CEO/Secretary Dwayne Caines. Please join us in celebrating this significant achievement with him! #CityLifeBda#HamiltonBermuda.

Division 4 Masonry involves all forms of masonry materials and methods. From traditional limestone buildings to the more modern concrete block and plaster applications.

Concrete Masonry Unit

A Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) is a standard size rectangular block used in building construction.

Those that use cinders (fly ash or bottom ash) are called cinder blocks in the United States, breeze blocks (breeze is a synonym of ash)[1] in the United Kingdom, and hollow blocks in the Philippines. In Bermuda, New Zealand and Canada they are known as concrete blocks or more commonly as just blocks. In New Zealand, they are also known as construction blocks. In Australia they are also known as Besser blocks or Besser bricks, because the American-based Besser Company was a major supplier of concrete-block-making machinery. Clinker blocks use clinker as aggregate. In non-technical usage, the terms cinder block and breeze block are often generalized to cover all of these varieties.


Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed largely of mineral calcite, the balance being made up by silica, flint, sand and clay.  The primary source of calcite is most commonly marine organisms.  Limestone is quarried from places, which millions of years ago, would have formed the floor of a shallow area of the sea.  Limestone is formed close to earth’s surface and captures fossilised plant and animal life.  Like marble and granite, quality limestone is used in a wide range of interior and exterior building applications.

Masonry BCSC quiz


Bermuda masonry is one of the earliest trades on the island. Bermudians have practiced masonry for hundreds of years. Masonry includes the use of limestone blocks. One of the oldest stone block buildings in Bermuda is the Cathedral.

The Bermuda Construction Safety Council masonry curriculum includes architectural drafting, estimating and contract management. Personal Protective Equipment, scaffolding and materials. Layout, leveling and squaring.


Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed largely of mineral calcite, the balance being made up by silica, flint, sand and clay.  The primary source of calcite is most commonly marine organisms.  Limestone is quarried from places, which millions of years ago, would have formed the floor of a shallow area of the sea.  Limestone is formed close to earth’s surface and captures fossilised plant and animal life.  Like marble and granite, quality limestone is used in a wide range of interior and exterior building applications.

Division 5 – Metals



1. Structural steel work is defined in the American Institute of Steel Construction
(AISC) “Code of Standard Practice.” Structural steel shall comply with the

a. AISC “Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges”

b. AISC Specifications for Structural Steel Buildings,” including


c. “Specifications for Structural Joints Using ASTM A325 or A490 Bolts”

approved by the Research Council on Structural Connections

d. American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 “Structural Welding Code – Steel”

e. ASTM A6, “General Requirements for Delivery of Rolled Steel Plates,

Shapes, Sheet Piling, and Bars for Structural Use”

f. ASTM A36, “Structural Steel Shapes, Plates, and Bars”

g. ASTM A500, “Grade B Cold‐Formed Steel Tubing”

h. ASTM A501, “Hot‐Formed Steel Tubing”

i. ASTM A307, “Anchor Bolts”

j. ASTM C150, “Type I or Type III, Cement Grout”

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Division 6 – Wood

Wood has always been a utilized building material for its strength durability and its accessibility for generations of builders.


Carpentry is a skilled trade in which the primary work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc.

Carpenters traditionally worked with natural wood and did the rougher work such as framing, but today many other materials are also used[1] and sometimes the finer trades of cabinetmaking and furniture building are considered carpentry. Carpentry in the United States is almost always done by men. With 98.5% of carpenters being male, it was the fourth most male-dominated occupation in the country in 1999,[2] and there were about 1.5 million positions in 2006.[3] Carpenters are usually the first tradesmen on a job and the last to leave.[4] Carpenters normally framed post-and-beam buildings until the end of the 19th century; now this old fashioned carpentry is called timber framing. Carpenters learn this trade by being employed through an apprenticeship training—normally 4 years—and qualify by successfully completing that country’s competence test in places such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and South Africa. It is also common that the skill can be learned by gaining work experience other than a formal training program, which may be the case in many places.

Tool Box Talk Carpentry

BCSC quiz Carpentry

Division 7 – Thermal



Thermal insulation is the reduction of heat transfer (i.e. the transfer of thermal energy between objects of differing temperature) between objects in thermal contact or in range of radiative influence. Thermal insulation can be achieved with specially engineered methods or processes, as well as with suitable object shapes and materials.

Heat flow is an inevitable consequence of contact between objects of different temperature. Thermal insulation provides a region of insulation in which thermal conduction is reduced or thermal radiation is reflected rather than absorbed by the lower-temperature body.

The insulating capability of a material is measured as the inverse of thermal conductivity (k). Low thermal conductivity is equivalent to high insulating capability (Resistance value). In thermal engineering, other important properties of insulating materials are product density (ρ) and specific heat capacity (c).

BCSC quiz Waterproofing


Division 8 – Doors & Windows

Door and Window Openings

Glass is made primarily of liquid sand; yes the sand you find on a beach. Made mostly of silicon dioxide, the sand is heated up until it turns into a liquid. Once cooled, it doesn’t turn back into sand, but rather the glass you see around you! Don’t worry about your favorite beach though, sand melts around 2930 °F (1610 °C).

When scientists were testing the first nuclear bomb, in New Mexico, the heat of the explosion turned the sand into glass! Called Trinitite, this glass is left behind on the desert floor of the Trinity testing site!



Division 08 Openings includes the maintenance, repair, installation, or replacement of those products or elements of construction that fill openings, including doors, grilles, entrances and glazing systems, windows, skylights, hardware, glazing materials, louvers and vents.

Division 9 – Finishes

Division 09 Finishes is devoted to the basic interior building blocks of a construction project. From walls to paint and ceilings to floors, Division 09 includes the majority of common interior finishes. Interior finishes are described in a manner to provide information about their past usage, present usage, installation requirements and methods, and future advancements.

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Drywallers put the finishing touches on our home and office interiors by installing and finishing sheetrock walls. Physical stamina is required to lift, cut, and maneuver heavy sheets of drywall and fix them in place. Finishing and sanding seams is also an ergonomic and physical challenge. Consider that this demanding work is often done on a construction site and at heights, and it is clear that drywallers need to think safety on the job.


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Lifting and maneuvering tools and heavy, awkward sheets of drywall pose an ergonomic risk for drywallers. Maintaining good physical condition and using proper lifting techniques can reduce the chance of injury and strain. Working in pairs makes it easier to lift, position, and control sheetrock. Seam taping and sanding tools with spring-assisted or powered systems makes overhead finishing work easier by reducing the force that workers must apply. Completing work one task at a time (hanging, taping, finishing, etc.) may be efficient, but is harder on the body; completing one area at a time allows workers to rotate tasks and give muscles a break.

Because drywallers work at heights to install tall walls and ceilings, they need to use extra caution to prevent falls. Workers can use ladders if the work can be done safely from them, but they should follow ladder safety rules. Lean-to or jack scaffolds, shore scaffolds, nailed brackets, loose tile, loose brick, loose blocks, and other unstable objects cannot be used as working platforms or for their supports. Stilts should never be used due to their instability. Sturdy scaffolds or steps that are at least 20 inches wide provide safe, stable working platforms when installed and used correctly.

Dust is a hazard for drywallers at the beginning and end of every job. When sheetrock is cut, the gypsum dust that is released can be irritating to the eyes and lungs. Dust from dry mixing joint compound can be an irritant; pre-mixed compounds can reduce worker dust exposure. Sanding finished joints can also create a lot of dust. Whenever job tasks may create dust, safety glasses and respirators or dust masks should be used to protect workers’ eyes and lungs. Proper ventilation on the jobsite can reduce dust in the air.

Travertine Tile is transported to Bermuda from Turkey. Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave. In the latter, it can form stalactites, stalagmites, and other speleothems. It is frequently used in Italy and elsewhere as a building material.

All tilers to wear Personal Protective Equipment: Safety hat, glasses, vest, pants and boots. When working on elevations fall protection is required. When handling materials Kevlar gloves provide additional hand protection. Limited access zones are to be established to provide traffic control. Workers exposed to chemicals may require ventilation to help air circulation. Knee pads are a good way to prevent knee injuries associated with tile installation. Only use operator’s instructions when using power tools. All electrical tool and equipment are to have GFCI requirements. Physical conditions are to be controlled by muscular warm up and stretches. Environmental conditions are to be controlled with shade and drinking water.

2. Waterproofing

This specification describes the application of a waterproofing, slip resistant, wearing surface using a low modulus epoxy binder and selected aggregate.

Tool Box Talk (Tile)

BCSC quiz Painting

Division 10 – Specialties

Specialty items are things that may not fit into other categories of the MasterFormat and therefore are special! Some examples of Division 10 products are fire extinguishers, toilet partitions, or marker boards.

The Bacardi Limited completed in 1972 by architect Ricardo Eguilior in honour of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is a twentieth-century Minimalist architectural style building.

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute completed in 1997 were awarded the Public Commercial Winner in 1998 by Bermuda Building Design Awards designed by architects Sjur Linberg and Gary Simmons is a Museum architectural style building.



  1. Personal Protective Equipment for Landscapers include: Hard hats, Safety glasses, Construction shirts, construction pants and construction boots.
  2. Juniperus Bermudiana                  is a species of juniper endemic to Bermuda. This species is most commonly known as Bermuda cedar, but is also referred to as Bermuda juniper.
  3. Silver buttonwood         is a member of the (Combretaceae) family has velvety-soft leaves dusted with silvery-gray color and makes a stunning hedge, accent or small tree.
  4. Hibiscus   is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world.
  5. Palm Trees (Arecaceae) are a botanical family of perennial trees, climbers, shrubs, and acaules commonly known as palm trees (owing to historical usage, the family is alternatively called Palmae).
  6. St. Augustine grass       (Stenotaphrum secundatum) (also known as Charleston grass in South Carolina and buffalo turf in Australia) is a warm-season lawn grass that is popular for cultivation in tropical and subtropical regions.
  7. Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), also known as Vilfa stellata[2] dūrvā grass, Dhoob, is a grass that originated in the Middle East.[4] Although it is not native to Bermuda, it is an abundant invasive species arriving in North America from Bermuda, resulting in its common name.


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