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Ask the Safety Expert - Janice Kirchner

Updated: Aug 4

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August 2020


Our contract with Alberta Labour provides two unique programs to people in Alberta – with preference first to those in the local area. We have two fully funded programs that can help people on a current employment insurance claim and people who have collected EI in the past 4 years and are currently unemployed.These programs are filled through an application process.


Industry Preparedness Training (IPT) was created for people wanting to enter construction, manufacturing, agriculture, or the oil and gas industry. It provides 10 safety certifications and additional topics over 4 weeks of training.


The Commercial Driver Program (CDP) follows the new Alberta Transportation requirements of the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program for all new Class 1 drivers. This 8-week program is the only fully funded program in the province!


Want training but don’t qualify for the funded option? We have public classes running every month – check out our calendars online for safety and light equipment courses, or call to arrange company-specific training at your location or ours.


For more information on the funded programs or to register in our public courses, call our office or check out our website and online courses.


We are Medicine Hat’s Centre for Excellence in Safety and Commercial Driver Training. Give us a call today: 403-528-3779.

July 2020


If you are like me, you are looking forward to spending time outside in the warm summer sun or are making summer vacation plans. With this brings risks of heat-related emergencies... the same ones people who work in the heat endure. Fortunately, there are several ways we can protect ourselves.


Stay cool in the heat by minimizing the length of time you are in the sun. It is hottest between 11:00 and 4:00, so if you will be outside during these times, remember to drink plenty of water, try to find some shade (or wear a hat), slow down your activity, and wear light-coloured clothing. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and apply it frequently as well to protect your skin.


Although there is nothing legislated about the maximum temperatures in which a person may be required to work, “employers have a duty to take every reasonable precaution to ensure the workplace is safe for the worker. This duty includes taking effective measures to protect workers from heat stress disorders if it is not reasonably practicable to control indoor conditions adequately, or where work is done outdoors” (CCOHS).


Watch for the following symptoms which may indicate heat exhaustion, the most common heat related disorder – which may start suddenly:


Nausea or irritability; dizziness; muscle cramps or weakness; feeling faint; headache; fatigue; thirst; heavy sweating; and high body temperature. When sweating stops; skin is red, hot and dry; or the person loses consciousness, the situation is severe, and the person should get medical assistance!


Enjoy the summer, and stay safe!



June 2020


“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” This quote from Jim Rohn can be applied to everyone – regardless of their work situation. We need to be better at ensuring safety at work and maintaining our skills.


This month, people are looking forward to resuming the ability to enjoy weekend activities and time with people they haven’t seen in some time, or to get back to work. Now is the ideal time to ensure you get your training updated. For those beginning studies in the fall and requiring first aid or other training, now is the time to take care of that as well.


We pride ourselves on providing current, high-quality courses that meet industry standards. We invest in our instructors’ on-going professional development needs, and we are in continual contact with industry. Each week, we offer a range of train ing opportunities, from on-line courses that can be taken off-site to Standard First Aid, H2S, Fall Protection, Confined Space, Light Equipment, and other industry-related courses.


Not only do we offer courses in-house, but we can arrange training on-site for many of our offerings. Register today for a course, whether it is for a job requirement, school entrance, or personal growth. View our courses and monthly calendar at

www.safetyconnections.ca

or call 403-528-3779.



May 2020


For many, the COVID-19 pandemic means added stress, uncertainty, and adjusting to distancing. Public Health Agency of Canada guidelines state that Canadians should be staying at home to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. What does that mean to those who are able to work and need safety certifications? The good news is most of the industry certification expiry dates have been extended, and courses like Defensive Driving (to reduce demerits from your license), TDG and WHMIS are still available through us in an online format! Two critical courses for many people: First Aid (for those with or without a current certificate) and H2S renewal (for those with a current certificate) have blended options you can also take at this time. Complete the online portion now; then, come in later for a time-reduced classroom portion to complete the certification once training resumes. For these options, please call us for registration details. Some families are facing the challenge of keeping children’s needs met during time at home or are looking for content to keep you and your family entertained. The Canadian Red Cross blog (https://www.redcross.ca/blog/2020/3) has great information to access! We look forward to resuming courses. In the meantime, please stay safe and make use of the abundance of online resources. Give us a call with your questions: 403-528-3779.

April 2020

In March, we turned our clocks ahead one hour. We didn’t really lose an hour, we just “shifted” time. Studies have shown that on the Monday after the clocks turn, more people have strokes and heart attacks than on other Mondays, and there are more fatal traffic incidents for up to a week after daylight savings time. Why are we affected? Because we experience mild sleep deprivation. In the workplace, sleep deprivation causes an increase in workplace injuries, not just after daylight savings, but throughout the year. Though many in office environments are not subject to an increase in injuries, they may lose productivity because of sleep deprivation. Those involved in physical labour positions, however, are at risk of an increase in injuries, so we must accept the effects of sleep on overall health and wellness. Worldwide, 6,300 people die each day as a result of occupational incidents or work-related diseases, and there are thousands of loss work days because of injury or illness – a fact that cannot go unnoticed. April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work, but every day should be this – the day to focus on safety and health in the workplace. Both employers and employees are responsible for ensuring safety at work: being properly trained, having the necessary equipment, and being in a state of mental alertness and physical condition. We can help tailor a health and safety wellness program for your workplace and facilitate sessions on safety in the workplace. Our sessions are available on your location or at ours. Give us a call today to discuss your needs.


March 2020

Employers want people with good attitudes and current industry-required certifications. If you are searching for employment and need training, we can help! In addition to our public classes, we have two fully funded programs that can help people on a current EI claim and people who are unemployed and have collected EI in the past 4 years.


Industry Preparedness Training (IPT) was created for people wanting to enter construction, manufacturing, agriculture, or the oil and gas industry. It provides 10 safety certifications and additional topics.


The Commercial Driver Program (CDP) – the only one in the province – was created to help people obtain their Class 1 or Class 3 license. It follows the new Alberta Transportation requirements of the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program.


Our monthly funded programs are filled through an application process. For more information, call our office at 403-528-3779.


Want training but don’t qualify for the funded option? We have public classes running throughout the month – check out our calendars online for safety and light equipment courses, or call to arrange company-specific training.


Consider saving time and money with these options:

• On-line training

• Blended First Aid – do the first part on-

line then spend half the normal time in

the classroom!


Medicine Hat’s Centre for Excellence in Safety and Commercial Driver Training, our sessions are available at your location or ours. Give us a call today: 403-528-3779.

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