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What has changed for the 2019 Alberta Safety Audit Process?

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) People have asked me how you can prepare for the 2-19 Partnerships' audit. It's changed massively from this year. There's going to be two new sections. There's going to be a section on health and safety committees because health and safety committees, as of June 1st, 2-18 are mandatory in Alberta. [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:32-07:00December 27th, 2018|Safety Matters|

Competency Based Training in Alberta Industry Safety

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) Some people have asked me under the 219, January first partnerships audit, is there gonna be more emphasis on competency based training? - You bet! There will be, so you want to make sure you have a good system in place. You should identify new workers, either with green hardhats or [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:33-07:00December 20th, 2018|Safety Matters|

Who and what are Certifying Partners for Alberta Safety Programs?

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) There is some confusion about the role of certifying partners and the Workers Compensation Board in Alberta. There used to be about 14 certifying partners. The certifying partners were responsible for the Certificate of Recognition Program which is a partnership between Occupational health and safety, Workers Compensation Board, which supplies the [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:34-07:00December 13th, 2018|Safety Matters|

Do I need Health and Safety Committee for my Alberta business?

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) Health and safety committees, What are they? How do you comply with the new Alberta requirements for a health and safety committee in Alberta as of June first, 2018. The June first, 2018 health and safety committee requirements are based on the federal regulations. Also, many certifying partners like manufacturers have [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:34-07:00December 6th, 2018|Safety Matters|

Another Safety Power Tip for Alberta Businesses

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) A power tip is the cheapest Alberta Act Code and Regulation is available at Alberta Constructions Safety Association's website. It'll set you back about $28 versus $35 or $38 for the Queen's Printer. So, if you want it cheap per legislation, go to the ACSA.

2018-11-22T10:20:35-07:00November 29th, 2018|Safety Matters|

What happened to WHMIS 2015 and How does it work now?

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) Many people have asked me about WHMIS 215 which is also known as the Globally Harmonized System, which is used world wide now with nuances in every country. Canada is one of the last countries in the world to implement GHS WHMIS, or WHMIS 215 as it's known. We have had [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:36-07:00November 22nd, 2018|WHMIS|

Alberta Safety in Industry – Why should there be Incentives for Safe Work?

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) People often ask me, "Barb, why should I have incentives? "They're costly, they're trinkets, "they may prevent the reporting of incidents." "If I'm an accountant, do I get an incentive "for balancing the books? "No, I don't, it's just part of the job. "So why should I give incentives for people [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:36-07:00November 15th, 2018|Safety Matters|

A Safety power tip for Alberta Businesses

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) I have a tip in how to choose an auditor. When you're interviewing for the position, make sure that you have an auditor that you're comfortable with that has a great deal of experience in auditing. If they don't have a lot of auditing experience, you want to make sure that [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:37-07:00November 8th, 2018|Safety Matters|

Safety in Alberta Industry – The Canadian Model Drug and Alcohol Policy

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) People have asked me what to do in the workplace when cannabis becomes legal October 17. By the time you see this, it will have passed and it should be legalized. If you want to ensure that you meet the Canadian human rights code, you should follow the Canadian model drug [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:37-07:00November 1st, 2018|Drugs in the workplace|

Understanding Essential Workplace Skills and their impact on Safety in Alberta

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) I have recently taken a course in the nine essential workplace skills. And believe it or not, the federal government has analyzed all the occupations in Canada, and broken them out into nine essential skills. I won't talk about all of them, but some of them are working well with others, [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:38-07:00October 25th, 2018|Safety Matters|
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