Safety First Industrial Safety Services

Program Related Training: Course Descriptions

Workplace Hazardous Materials information System (WHMIS)

WHMIS is a Canadian hazardous materials awareness program. It involves understanding the conditions under which "controlled products" can be considered harmful. Introducing the main elements of WHMIS (Symbols, Labeling, Material Safety Data Sheets and Employee Training), the program provides a clear understanding of the hazards and necessary controls required to keep a person safe in the workplace.

Safety First Industrial Safety Services instructors can provide WHMIS training in various formats and styles. We deliver the CPA/PACE WHMIS Modular Program (Introduction, Health Hazards, Site-Specific), Fire Service WHMIS (as delivered to the Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Service personnel) and can provide a computer-based program on CD-ROM.

Safety First Industrial is also able to call upon the assistance of commercial delivery agents to provide specific proprietary programs, such as the Danatec products for classroom WHMIS & the WHMIS Self-Study program.

In addition to basic WHMIS, Safety First Industrial offers a "WHMIS Coordinator" Training Program. A WHMIS Coordinator is the focal point of a company's WHMIS effort and, with the proper background and training, can organize the critical elements of WHMIS implementation.

Elements such as hazardous products inventory, collection and distribution of MSDS, coordination of initial training and annual review are all part of the WHMIS world. A properly prepared WHMIS Coordinator can establish and maintain a diligent program that will support the company's broader OSH goals.


Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Safety First Industrial can provide training in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods, either through internal resources, or in conjunction with commercial delivery agents, in Road and Rail modes and Air Mode. Marine TDG is discussed in the Marine Industry Training area of this site.

Where the WHMIS focus is on the use of controlled products within a workplace, TDG regulations, and training programs, focus on the movement of dangerous goods by various transportation modes.

TDG has a series of placard and label requirements (quite different from WHMIS) and a certification requirement for any person who transports, offers for transport, handles, ships, receives, or manifests dangerous goods.


Workplace Safety Induction (Orientation)

Safety First Industrial offers a generic Safety Induction Program that will provide the new employee with an understanding of what hazards, controls and OSH programs are likely to be present in a general workplace. We have such programs for a number of jurisdictions. Please contact us for further information.

However, any organization wishing to develop a Due Diligence environment, should not rely upon the generic program as its complete answer. If considering the use of one of our Induction Programs, Safety First Industrial strongly recommends that the Client provide us with certain workplace information to permit a customized program in order to provide greater benefit for the employee. This customization is generally provided at no additional cost to the employer.

Where the Client wishes a full company-specific Safety Induction Program, there may be a development fee. However, in this case the training program becomes the property of the Client and the training materials are provided within the cost of the program to permit In-House training to be conducted by company resources.


Accident / Incident Reporting and Investigation

Safety First Industrial provides an Accident / Incident Reporting and Investigation program based upon the principles of identification and control of Basic Cause. Our instructors have the professional training and practical experience to relate the theoretical aspects of reporting and investigation to the every-day circumstances of the workplace.

Presented at two levels, employee and manager/supervisor, the program uses reference materials, video presentations and case studies to highlight the critical elements of a good reporting and investigation structure. Attention is paid to not only the "practical how" of conducting an investigation, but also with regard to the "humanistic how" of interpersonal communications skills when conducting an investigation. This program also provides checklists and guidance notes on the conduct of an effective investigation.

Safety First Industrial is also capable of designing and presenting a training program which will communicate your company's existing accident / incident reporting and investigation procedure. This may be conducted as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with other training sessions, such as a Safety Induction Program.


Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee Member / Representative

We provide a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees and Representatives Training Program, based upon the latest version of the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour (Occupational Health and Safety Division) guidelines.

We also provide a similar program for the Health Safety Policy Committee, Health and Safety Committee, and Safety Representative under Federal Legislation.

All programs contain important elements of committee / representative responsibility and performance:

How does a company choose a committee or representative?

What are the "Terms of Reference" for the committee or representative?

What are the general powers and expectations from the committee / representative?

How is the committee run?

What are the yardsticks for safety committee or representative effectiveness?

Both programs also include a discussion of the responsibilities under their respective Act and Regulations and review the specific regulatory and guideline references that form the requirements for committee and representative activities within those workplaces.


Supervisor Safety Awareness

Safety First Industrial has developed a series of Supervisor Safety Awareness programs for specific Canadian provincial jurisdictions and for Canadian federally-regulated workplaces. The SSA identifies typical workplace hazards and selections of controls necessary to maintain a safe working environment.

Within each program, the Supervisor is introduced to the regulatory requirements for the company and (specifically) the supervisor role. The regulations applicable to the jurisdiction in which the Supervisor performs his or her duties are presented and analyzed. Areas of specific requirements are highlighted, as well as recommendations for the development of due diligence activity. Student materials will normally include excerpts from the applicable regulations and guidance on how to acquire a complete set of the appropriate regulations and guidelines for the jurisdiction.

Please contact us to determine if we have a program available for your area.


Safety Awareness For Employees (S.A.F.E.)

Safety First Industrial has developed a series of Employee safety awareness programs for specific Canadian provincial jurisdictions and for Canadian federally-regulated workplaces. The SAFE Program identifies typical workplace occupational safety and health hazards and methods of self-protection to maintain personal safety and the safety of your co-workers.

Within each program, the Employee is introduced to the regulatory requirements for the workplace and (specifically) the employee role. The regulations applicable to the jurisdiction in which the employee performs his or her duties are presented and analyzed. Areas of specific employee activity requirements are highlighted. Student materials will normally include excerpts from the applicable regulations and guidance on how to locate these references within your workplace.

Please contact us to determine if we have a program available for your area.


Confined Space Entry - Hazard Awareness

This Confines Space Entry (CSE) training program is conducted primarily in classroom format, and employs practical demonstrations of typical equipment used for the prevention of an accident. Self-contained breathing apparatus and a number of atmosphere sampler (gas detector) models are provided for instructor demonstration and student familiarization.

The program focuses upon Pre-Entry Activities, Entry Operations, Self-Rescue Options and Closure Activities. In each of the four sections, the program provides students with the information and reference materials necessary to plan and safely conduct the CSE. The program includes instruction on Identification of a Confined Space, Safe Work Permit procedures, Ventilation Techniques, Entry Logging, Air Supply maintenance and the responsibilities of the Standby Person.

While the program is primarily generic, provision has been made to readily customize the program for company-specific procedures and equipment. The program can be presented onsite at a Client's premises and, in that circumstance, will include a group exercise developing a hazard assessment and CSE plan for a specific confined space at the workplace.


Confined Space Entry - Practical Rescue Module

In certain cases, Client companies will require an advanced program of Confined Space Entry operations. The Practical Rescue Techniques module can be conducted immediately after the completion of the Hazard Awareness program.

The Practical Rescue module is conducted at an industrial training facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. A vertical tower mock-up and a horizontal tank mock-up are available to conduct a broad range of CSE rescue training options.

Use of this facility can be arranged through Safety First Industrial Safety Services.


Introduction to Risk Analysis and Risk Management

Safety First Industrial Safety Services is positioned to be able to provide training in these modern techniques of Loss Management principles.

Risk Analysis techniques are able to be adapted for the majority of business functions, whether commercial, operational, mechanical or safety-oriented. Our program focuses upon the safety issues encountered almost daily by individuals and organizations.
  • What happens if?

  • When is it too much?

  • When is it too hazardous?
This program provides easy-to-use qualitative assessment tools, paper-based or computer-based, which will assist personnel in identifying the potential exposures from workplace risks and provide a comparison of relative risk to assist in arriving at operational decisions.

Discover the critical factors of risk and their potential outcomes if ignored.

Learn to develop your own Risk Matrix and assess the safety risks as they occur in your workplace, by assigning qualitative factors that mean something to YOUR business.

We are pleased to feature the Liberty Risk Services "RiskSafe98" WorkSite Risk Analysis system and computer software as the model tool for this program.


Risk Screening Techniques

This Safety First Industrial Safety Services training program highlights the business and safety benefits of evaluating important projects or activities before they are undertaken. By using a few simple Risk Screening techniques and tools provided within the program, identify the potential causes of harm or loss to your employees, new ventures, or ongoing operations.

One of the most challenging business activities is adopting and absorbing Change within the company. It is also at this time that a greater potential for harm or loss arises.

Benefiting from a multi-discipline approach to evaluating an activity, a Risk Screening can promote "lateral-thinking" in assessing the potential risks, whether they be safety-oriented or operationally based. A Risk Screening has a focus, but no boundaries.

Learn how to harness this focus to your advantage in your business activities.


Safe Work Permiting Systems

Safety First Industrial Safety Services' Instructors have worked within a multitude of Safe Work Permit systems and have brought that practical experience forward, for your benefit. We are pleased to provide two levels of Work Permit familiarization.

The Introduction to Safe Work Permit Systems presents an overview of generic Work Permit functions and elements. The best elements of the most successful programs are discussed, as well the pitfalls that can arise when developing your own company's specific Work Permit procedures. A model Work Permit System is provided, which can be easily adapted for your company's needs.

Safety First Industrial is also able to develop a training package and materials for your existing Work Permit system. An diligent development effort by in-house resources, which has resulted in an effective Work Permit System, is sometimes lost in the process of training the workforce in the new procedures. This occurs because the means to present this information in a way that promotes buy-in from the rest of the organization are not present or are not effective.

Let Safety First Industrial develop a training program based upon your existing Work Permit System for delivery by in-house or out-sourced resources.


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