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Safety Associations Team up to Improve Worker Safety

October 22, 2019

Helping employers meet the requirements of the new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act prompted three safety associations from different industries to work together for the first time to deliver a common online training course.

The Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA), Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) and Energy Safety Canada collaborated and received approval from the Government of Alberta to deliver a course designed specifically to train health and safety committees (HSCs) and representatives (HSRs).

The new OHS regulations came into effect on June 1, 2018, and significantly expanded the nature of the health and safety obligations for employers in Alberta. While the need for HSCs and/or HSRs is not new, there are some additional requirements.

“We’re clear in the need for the recent changes, and particularly the need to provide these OHS updates to employers,” said Tammy Hawkins, ACSA’s Chief Operations Officer. “We are excited to have the opportunity to partner in this course delivery initiative.”

The online course is divided into two parts: a free introductory course that provides foundational knowledge of the requirements for HSCs and representatives; and a longer, more in-depth second part at a cost of $75 + GST that provides comprehensive training.

“Training is mandatory for health and safety committees and representatives,” explained Erik Sherman, Director of Injury Reduction and Training with AMTA. “The curriculum delivered by our three organizations addresses all the legislative changes to this topic and reinforces the value in collaboration and the importance of continuity in program delivery.”

“This is part of our organization’s ongoing efforts to lead collaboration on a unified approach to injury and incident prevention, reduce duplicate training and, ultimately, improve safe work performance in Alberta,” said Murray Elliott, President and CEO of Energy Safety Canada.

Information about the course is available at each organization’s website: youracsa.ca, amta.ca and EnergySafetyCanada.com.

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