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How and Why Interviews are part of an Audit

(Transcribed from Video at When it comes to the audit process, the auditors have to select the interviewees, not the company. They will work with the company in selecting the interviewees, in terms of the fact that they have to know who is there? Who isn't? Who has a good command of the English language, [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:39-07:00September 13th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|

Avoiding Complacency

(Transcribed from Video at If you receive a high audit score, in your audit, do you not get complacent. Do not think you don't have to do an action plan. You don't have to work on your health and safety program. An audit is snapshot in time. It can change from one moment to the [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:40-07:00September 6th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|

Purcell Enterprises talks about the components of a Health And Safety Audit (part 2)

(Transcribed from Video at The different components of the health and safety audit. Next, after hazard control, is inspections, where you monitor the health and safety status of your program, you check the hazards so there are no uncontrolled hazards, and you ensure that you are aware of the state of your organization. Then is [...]

2018-08-03T14:22:01-06:00August 30th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|

Purcell Enterprises talks about the components of a Health And Safety Audit (part 1)

(Transcribed from Video at Every audit in Alberta is unique to the industry that it's in. There are 14 certifying partners in Alberta currently and each has their own health and safety audit. Basically, they've done an analysis that hazard identification and hazard control, regardless of what audit you use, is worth 33% of the [...]

2018-08-03T14:22:01-06:00August 22nd, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|

Understanding COR and SECOR in the Alberta Health and Safety Industry

(Transcribed from Video at COR and SECOR stands for the Certificate of Recognition program, COR, for larger employees, 11 or more. SECOR is the small employer Certificate of Recognition program for 10 or less employees, and it's usually done by the company themselves. The intent is to attain a Certificate of Recognition which is comparing [...]

2018-08-03T14:22:02-06:00August 13th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|

Recent Alberta WCB Changes and Health and Safety Impacts for Businesses

(Transcribed from Video at There have been some changes to the WCB Act and Regulations this year. Basically what's happening as of April 1, traumatic psychological injury, like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is now compensatable under the WCB Act and Regulations. As of September 1, 2018 if workers worked a year or more at your [...]

2018-08-03T14:22:02-06:00August 3rd, 2018|Safety Matters|

So what markets does Purcell Enterprises best serve?

(Transcribed from Video at Well, I'm certified in seven different health and safety areas. We do oil and gas, we do trucking, we do construction, we do food processing, we do manufacturing, and we also do grab bags, like AASP - the Alberta Association of Safety Partnerships, which has things like staffing agencies, retail, security, [...]

2018-08-03T12:46:44-06:00July 11th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|

How do I as an Employer deal with Cannabis legalization in Canada?

One word--the Canadian Model for Drug and Alcohol Use established by the Construction Owners Association of Alberta and Energy Safety of Canada formerly known as Enform.  This system incorporates the leading legal opinions on drugs in the work place and how they affect workers in the workplace and employer's duties and responsibilities. Google the Construction [...]

2018-07-09T16:34:28-06:00July 9th, 2018|Safety Matters|

Amendments to the WCB Act in Alberta

The WCB Act in Alberta is changing!  The WCB Act in Alberta is changing!  Make note--they are major! As of January 1, 2018 the Alberta Price Index will no longer be reduced by 0.5% for claims.  Calculations will now be based on the actual Consumer Price Index or CPI without any reductions. As of April [...]

2018-07-09T16:18:25-06:00July 9th, 2018|Safety Matters|
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