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Metro Vancouver – Director, Corporate Safety

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Apply by November 30, 2018

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City of Maple Ridge – Health & Safety Coordinator

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Closing December 2, 2018

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Metro Vancouver – Program manager, Field Safety

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Apply by November 30, 2018

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Dec 11: Hazard Awareness & Recognition for Municipal Inspectors

Location: City of Courtenay – Fire Hall
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Description: Occupational injuries and illnesses happen when workers are exposed to hazards in their workplaces. If you can identify and effectively control the hazards, you can significantly reduce work-related injuries and illness. If hazards cannot be eliminated, employers must do everything reasonably practicable to reduce the risk of injury in the workplace.

In order to determine if the hazards can be eliminated or the threat to workers reduced, the employer must ensure that their employees are able to identify and prioritize the level of risk posed by those hazards, and to establish controls based on the level of priority.

This safety training program was developed specifically to provide attendees with sufficient information about select hazardous substances and/or circumstances so they can effectively identify and minimize the risk they present.

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November 2018 Newsletter

Includes the 2018 joint conference video.

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City of Vancouver – OHS Superintendent

Job-Description-12166-OHS-Superintendent.pdf

The link to apply: https://jobs.vancouver.ca/job/Vancouver-OHS-Superintendent-Brit/517777500/

Application Close: November 28, 2018

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Dec 13: Free Webinar: Building and sustaining best workplace road safety practices

December 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am12:00 pm

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Webinar Description

Presented in cooperation with Road Safety At Work, this one-hour online session explores and explains how organizations can make best road safety practices part of their day-to-day operations.

Learn about the value of applying best practices to prevent workplace crashes, and the role of safety culture in accomplishing that goal. The webinar focuses on practical ways that organizations – management, supervisors and employees that drive for work – can use to plan, build, implement and sustain effective measures. You will also discover the tools and resources available to help your organization succeed.

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City of Richmond – HR Associate – Health & Safety

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The posting will remain open until filled.

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Fatigue Management Webinar

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Nov 26: NAOSH Week Safety Forum & Awards Dinner

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British Columbia Rapid Transit Company – Director Safety, Env & Emerg Mgt

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Closing Date: Open Until Filled

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BCMSA Courses and Costs

Each course listing includes information on course length, class sizes, EOCP CEU’s, etc.  Contact us for prices, or if you are unable to find what you’re looking for.

Please note:

  • There may be additional charges for travel.
  • Prices listed below are for members of the BC Municipal Safety Association  (Local Government employers who are part of the Local Government and Related Operations Classification with WorkSafeBC).  Non-member pricing is generally 1.5 times member pricing; please contact Mike Roberts (mroberts@bcmsa.ca) for more information.

We provide courses for our members (municipalities) when they request them. If there are any seats available they will be shown on the Classroom Calendar.

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BCIT Transfer Credits

BCIT has assessed our courses and Programs and has granted the following transfer credits into their Occupational Health & Safety Certificate Program.  Transfer credits may be used to satisfy the elective credit requirements of the program.

  • Every 8 hour course is worth .5 transfer credits
  • Every 16 hour course = 1 transfer credit
  • Every 24 hour course = 1.5 transfer credits (eg. Utility Locator Specialist)
  • Completion of the Supervisor Safety Certificate Program (SSCP) = 2 transfer credits
  • Completion of the Municipal Worker Safety Certificate Program (MWSCP) = 1.5 transfer credits
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Aerial Work Platform Operator Training

Provided by: Leavitt Machinery
Course length: 8 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 4/8
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $1,950 per class in Lower Mainland; $2,300 outside Lower Mainland
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Asbestos Awareness for Firefighters

Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/no max
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $75 per person for up to 15 (minimum 6); $37.50 per person from 16+. Minimum $600 charge per class. Read More

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Asbestos, Lead, Mould & Silica Awareness

Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/20
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $75 per person for up to 15 (minimum 6); $37.50 per person from 16+. Minimum $600 charge per class. Read More

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Awareness of Mental Health Training

Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/30
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $1,500 per class. Read More

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Backhoe Operator Training

Provided by: Leavitt Machinery
Course length: 8 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 4/8
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $1,950 per class in Lower Mainland; $2,300 outside Lower Mainland
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Bucket Truck Operator Training

Provided by: Leavitt Machinery
Course length: 8 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 4/8
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $1,950 per class in Lower Mainland; $2,300 outside Lower Mainland
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Chainsaw Operations and Safe Practices

Provided by: BC Plant Healthcare
Course length:
7 hours (4 theory, 3 practical)
Class minimum/maximum: 6/14
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $2100 per class
Post session: Certificate of Recognition Read More

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Chlorine Handling for Municipal Aquatics

BCMSA has teamed up with BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) to offer this 2-day course.

Contact BCWWA directly to register:
– Alexandra Trott atrott@bcwwa.org

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2018 Joint Annual Conference Presentations

 

Conference Presentations:


 

 

 

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NAOSH Safety and Health Champion Award

On Monday, August 27th, Mike presented Parm Phangura from the City of Abbotsford with the Safety and Health Champion Award. Congratulations Parm and the City of Abbotsford!

Pictured (l-r): Mike Roberts, Executive Director, BCMSA; Parm Phangura, Manager, Occupational Health & Safety, City of Abbotsford; Mayor Henry Braun, City of Abbotsford.

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Confined Space Attendant/Entry Supervisor

Course length: 16 hours (2 days)
Class minimum/maximum: 6/12
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: 1.2
Price: $300 per person (minimum 6). Minimum $1,800 charge per session.
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Confined Space Entrant

Course length: 8 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/12
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: 0.6
Price: $150.00 per person (minimum 6). Minimum $1,600 charge per session.
Post session: Wallet card Read More

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Media Backgrounder: Mental Disorder and PTSD Claims – 2016 and 2017

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/about-us/news-and-events/backgrounders/mental-disorder-ptsd-claims-2016-2017?lang=en&origin=s&returnurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.worksafebc.com%2Fen%2Fsearch%23q%3Dmental%2520disorder%2520claims%26sort%3Drelevancy%26f%3Alanguage-facet%3D%5BEnglish%5D

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New Cannabis webpage

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/hazards-exposures/substance-use-impairment?origin=s&returnurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.worksafebc.com%2Fen%2Fsearch%23q%3Dcannabis%26sort%3Drelevancy%26f%3Alanguage-facet%3D%5BEnglish%5D

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Policy Amendments for Mental Disorder presumption:

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/law-policy/board-of-directors-decisions/bod-2018-07-12-02-amendments-to-section-5_1?lang=en

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WorkSafeBC: a message to BC employers

Employer Message
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Above & Beyond / St John Life Saving Award

The BCMSA and St. John Ambulance are pleased to announce that an award has been created for BCMSA members.

OBJECTIVE OF THE AWARD:
To recognize those individuals who have acted alone or as a team in providing assistance to:

  • those in need of medical aid using their knowledge in first aid; or
  • those in a situation where their lives may be in danger with or without the application of first aid.

ELIGIBILITY:

  1. The nominee must be a municipal worker as defined by the BCMSA
  2. The deed must be performed during work hours
  3. The deed must be outside the nominee’s line of duty
  4. The deed must be performed within twelve (12) months of the date of application
  5. It is not necessary that the deed or attempt was successful, that the nominee has a first aid certificate or is a member of St. John Ambulance

Download Life-saving Award Nomination form (Word Doc)

Please complete this form and send it directly to:
Mike Roberts
BCMSA Executive Director
mroberts@bcmsa.ca

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#ConeZoneBC

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March 8 Webinar Presentation

Creating a Win/Win... Best Practices in Injury Management
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1,000 SSCP Completions!

The City of Surrey’s Anja Fouche was successful in completing the course requirements for the Supervisors Safety Certificate Program (SSCP) on November 23rd. Anja was presented with the 1,000th certificate in the Program. The Program was established in 2012 to recognize those who have invested time and energy into learning the key elements of occupational health and safety from a supervisor’s perspective.

From left: Sam Chauhan (Manager, Occupational Health & Safety), Anja Fouche (ByLaw Enforcement Officer, Public Safety), Justin Chouhan (Manager, Audit and Training Services, BCMSA), Jas Rehal (Manager Public Safety Operations, Public Safety).

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Contractor Safety Management

Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/25
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $75 per person for up to 15 (minimum 6); $37.50 per person from 16+. Minimum $600 charge per class.
Post Session: Certificate of Attendance Read More

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Counterbalanced/Vertical Mast Forklift

Provided by: Leavitt Machinery
Course length: 8 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 4/8
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $1,950 per class in Lower Mainland; $2,300 outside Lower Mainland
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Above & Beyond Award Presentation

The BCMSA and St. John Ambulance recognizes individuals who have acted alone or as a team in providing assistance to either those in need of medical aid using their knowledge in first aid; or those in a situation where their lives may be in danger with or without the application of first aid. Taylor Buell (bottom center), Shem Smith (top center) and Meagan McMillan (not shown) were recognized for their actions at the Comox Valley Regional District Parks and Recreation Meeting jointly by Mike Roberts, BCMSA Executive Director (right) and Dave Valentine, St. John Ambulance Area Commissioner (left) for Vancouver Island at the first annual Above and Beyond Award presentation on January 23rd, 2018 .

In September, a gentleman in his early 50’s collapsed into full cardiac arrest while public skating. The staff responded very quickly and began performing CPR. After using the AED machine three times and further CPR, the gentleman regained consciousness. The gentleman arrested two more times and was then stabilized and transported to Vancouver where he received a complicated heart surgery. We are thrilled to report he is now doing very well.

If you know of someone who has acted alone or as a team in providing assistance to either those in need of medical aid using their knowledge in first aid; or those in a situation where their lives may be in danger with or without the application of first aid in the past year, the BCMSA and St. John would like to recognize their effort.

Above & Beyond Nomination Form
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City of Abbotsford Achieves COR

From left: Madelyn Davidson (Coordinator, Occupational Health and Safety), Justin Chouhan (Manager, Audit and Training Services, BCMSA), Mayor Henry Braun, Parm Phangura (Manager, Occupational Health and Safety), Allison Pye (Manager, Business Improvement).

On February 5th, Justin Chouhan, BCMSA Manager of Audit and Training Services, presented the City of Abbotsford with their COR certificate. The City of Abbotsford was successful in completing their COR certification for Safety Management Systems in December of 2017 and is to be commended for their leadership in health and safety, as achieving COR is no simple matter. The heart of COR is a commitment from the highest level to do what it takes to ensure worker health and safety and takes dedication from staff to ensure safety programs and procedures are created and maintained. The City of Abbotsford showed commitment from every level of the organization in establishing an excellent safety culture among all workers, management, and executives. The BCMSA congratulates the City of Abbotsford on this outstanding achievement!

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2017 NAOSH Award Presentation

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On November 28th, Mike Roberts, BCMSA Executive Director, presented The District of North Vancouver (pictured above), Royal Roads University and Squamish Nation with NAOSH Awards at the Annual B.C. Safety Forum & Awards Luncheon.

The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is an annual, continent-wide event where employers, workers, and all partners in occupational health and safety collaborate to promote injury and illness prevention in the workplace.

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go2HR Demonstrates Excellent Commitment to Workplace Safety with COR Certification

Vancouver, BC – go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, is pleased to become certified by the Certificate of Recognition Program (COR).

Members of the Internal Health & Safety Committee receive COR certificate on behalf of go2HR. From left: Michele Priddy, Stephanie Mallalieu, Debbie Yule, Mike Roberts (Executive Director, BC Municipal Safety Association), Arlene Keis (CEO, go2HR), Heidi Romich (Board Chair, go2HR), Amy Knechtel

As part of their commitment to promote workplace safety within the tourism industry, go2HR is the certifying partner for the COR program in partnership with WorkSafeBC, developing audit tools and supporting tourism operators to achieve their certification.

With the launch of Small Employer COR (SECOR) in early 2017, go2HR undertook the program and was audited in September. Today, Mike Roberts, Executive Director of the BC Municipal Safety Association, presents go2HR with their official COR certificate.

“This was a phenomenal result, especially for an organization going through the COR process for the very first time,” says Roberts. “The BCMSA has never awarded 100% on a certification audit before; go2HR has clearly demonstrated that there is a commitment from every level of the organization, in establishing an excellent safety culture among all workers, management, and the executive.”

The Certificate of Recognition Program (COR) is an occupational health and safety audit, certification and incentive program, rewarding employers that go beyond the legal requirements by taking the “best practice” approach to health and safety in the workplace. Employers with fewer than 20 employees can participate in the Small Employer COR with a slightly different process and audit tool that takes into account the size of the operation in order to increase small employers’ success.

“For several years we’ve been dedicated to helping other employers obtain COR. It was a great experience for us to undertake the process ourselves and see it from the other side,” says Arlene Keis, CEO of go2HR. “I’m very proud of our team for exhibiting such great safety knowledge and practices. It sets a great example to others to also go above and beyond the standards of workplace safety.”

Interested small employers in the tourism industry can learn more about SECOR and how to participate at go2hr.ca/SECOR.

About go2HR
go2HR is BC’s tourism human resource association, responsible for coordinating the BC Tourism Labour Market Strategy and providing programs and resources in the area of recruitment, retention and training. For more information, visit www.go2hr.ca.

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Above & Beyond Award

The BCMSA and St. John Ambulance recognizes individuals who have acted alone or as a team in providing assistance to either those in need of medical aid using their knowledge in first aid; or those in a situation where their lives may be in danger with or without the application of first aid. Lea Kunz was recognized for his actions at the BCMSA Regular General Meeting jointly by (below left to right) Mike Roberts, Executive Director BCMSA; Caleb Mierau, President BCMSA; Lea Kunz recipient District of Lake Country; Cam Manning, Survivor; Tanis Stoltz, District of Lake Country and Jean Chute, St. John Ambulance Chair of the Honours and Awards at the first annual Above and Beyond Award presentation on October 16th, 2017 .

 

Lea Kunz, a recreational worker for the District of Lake Country, was asked to provide assistance to a hockey player in a dressing room of an arena. Lea immediately grabbed the AED machine and told another person to call 911. When Lea entered the dressing room the hockey player was sitting on the bench and suddenly collapsed and went into arrest. Realizing that the man was unconscious and not breathing, Lea immediately hooked up the AED machine and continued chest compressions until emergency services arrived. The casualty was transported to hospital where he made a full recovery.

If you know of someone who has acted alone or as a team in providing assistance to either those in need of medical aid using their knowledge in first aid; or those in a situation where their lives may be in danger with or without the application of first aid in the past year, the BCMSA and St. John would like to recognize their effort.

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Fentanyl Awareness and Exposure Prevention

Thanks to the City of Surrey for sharing!

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WorkSafeBC to hold rate consultation sessions

WorkSafeBC’s senior management team will be travelling the province in July to talk with employers about insurance rates for the coming year.

During these sessions, the organization will provide an overview of WorkSafeBC’s preliminary rates for 2018, outline injury trends in British Columbia, and advise employers on what they can do to reduce injuries, as well as their claim costs and insurance rates.

WorkSafeBC’s health and safety team will also be on hand to answer questions about injury prevention, and provide resources to help employers protect their workers.

The two-hour sessions are being held in Richmond, Nanaimo, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Langley, Fort St. John, Terrace, and Nelson.

For more information, and to reserve a seat at one of the sessions:

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Driver Training

BCMSA has teamed up with the Thinking Driver to offer on-line and classroom driver training including such topics as Defensive Driving Techniques, Defensive Driving Attitudes, Winter Driving and Safe Backing.

View the course catalogue at http://www.thinkingdriver.com/course-catalogue.

Members of the BCMSA will be eligible for a 10% discount for all online and classroom courses.

Contact Thinking Driver directly to register:
– Pamela Peterson <thinkingdriver.pam@gmail.com>
– Kristy Gittens <thinkingdriver.kristy@gmail.com>

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Joining forces to build psychologically safe and healthy municipalities

The Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division (CMHA BC) and the British Columbia Municipal Safety Association (BCMSA) have partnered to offer a suite of workplace mental health awareness and training courses to BCMSA members across the province.

Read the full article at http://www.cmha.bc.ca/news/joining-forces-to-build-psychologically-safe-and-healthy-municipalities/

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Due Diligence for Supervisors

Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/20
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: required course
EOCP CEU’s: 0.4
Price: $75 per person for up to 15 (minimum 6); $37.50 per person from 16+. Minimum $600 charge per class.
Post session: Certificate of Completion Read More

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Guide to Handling Highly Toxic Substances

The unprecedented drug overdose crisis hitting our Province has led to some new challenges in health and safety.

The RCMP have shared their “Guide to Handling Highly Toxic Substances” which may help you create your Exposure Control Plans and will certainly assist in educating your staff. (With thanks to Gail from the City of Richmond for providing this information)

Guide to Handling Highly Toxic Substances

Following are links to a Fentanyl documentary and Safety website as a reference.

Documentaryhttp://www.cbc.ca/firsthand/episodes/unstoppable-the-fentanyl-epidemic

Safety websitefentanylsafety.com

(With thanks to Sergio from the City of Burnaby for sharing this information)

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BCIT is Granting Transfer Credits!

Great news! BCIT is granting transfer credits for our courses, if you enroll in the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program.  The OHS Certificate is granted after completing 45 credits, of which 25 are electives; these transfer credits would apply to the electives.  So keep taking BCMSA courses and get credit towards the Certificate!

  • Every 8 hour course is worth .5 transfer credits
  • Every 16 hour course = 1 transfer credit
  • Every 24 hour course = 1.5 transfer credits (eg. Utility Locator Specialist)
  • Completion of the Supervisor Safety Certificate Program (SSCP) = 2 transfer credits
  • Completion of the Municipal Worker Safety Certificate Program (MWSCP) = 1.5 transfer credits

bcit-logoIndividual courses shorter than 8 hours don’t qualify for transfer credits, unless taken as part of the Safety Certificate programs.

For more information on BCIT’s OHS program, check out their website: http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/6850cert#details

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Workplace Mental Health – CMHA Presentation December 9, 2016

Dec 2016 CMHA Presentation
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Electrical Hazard Awareness for Municipal Workers

Course length: 2 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/25
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $37.50 per person. Minimum $450 charge per class. Read More

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Fall Protection

Course length: 8 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/12
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: 0.6
Price: $150.00 per person (minimum 6). Minimum $1,600 charge per session.
Post session: Wallet cards Read More

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Fatigue Management: Sr. Leadership/Management

Provided by: Solaris Fatigue Management – a proud division of WorkSMART Ergonomics Ltd.
Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/15
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $1,300 per class

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Fatigue Management: Supervisor/H&S Committees

Provided by: Solaris Fatigue Management – a proud division of WorkSMART Ergonomics Ltd.
Course length: 8 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/15
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s:  0.6 (application in progress)
Price: $2,250 per class
Post session: Certificate of Attendance Read More

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First Aid

BCMSA has teamed up with St. John Ambulance to offer First Aid training.

Discounted prices for these courses are available for BCMSA members.

BCMSA members will register directly by telephone or in person at any one of the St. John Ambulance BC branches using the promotional code ‘BCMSA’.  Visit https://portal.sja.ca/eRegistrationSearch/ for course information.

St John Ambulance

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Sun Safety at Work

SunSafetyatWork Myths and Facts
SSAWC Safety Talk on Heat Stress
SSAWC Safety Talk on Solar UV

View more sun safety resources online.

Other resources under development include: Training Presentations, Policy Examples, among other resources for workplaces to be able to use to enhance or develop a sun safety program that would address both solar UV radiation exposure to prevent skin cancer, as well as heat stress prevention.

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

Read it online at http://www2.worksafebc.com/enews/nis/160429/160429.htm

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Introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury

Concussions are a more common injury to municipal workers than you may think.  Workers who suffer concussions are often away from work for a long period of time from this unfortunately debilitating injury.

WorkSafeBC attended the Regular General Meeting on Friday June 10th, and presented “ Introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury”.

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Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule — 2016 Review

Read it online at http://www2.worksafebc.com/enews/prrd/160429/160429.htm

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Get out of the passenger seat!

A presentation given by Elise Kobylanski at BCMSA’s Regular General Meeting on March 11, 2016.
Get out of the passenger seat!

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Hazard Awareness & Recognition for Municipal Inspectors

Course length: 4 hours (previously 8 hour course – updated Aug 2017)
Class minimum/maximum: 6/20
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: elective course
EOCP CEU’s: n/a
Price: $75 per person for up to 15 (minimum 6); $37.50 per person from 16+. Minimum $600 charge per class.
Post session: Certificate of Attendance Read More

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Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments

Course length: 4 hours
Class minimum/maximum: 6/20
Supervisors Safety Certificate Program: required course
EOCP CEU’s: 0.4
Price: $75 per person for up to 15 (minimum 6); $37.50 per person from 16+. Minimum $600 charge per class.
Post session: Certificate of Completion Read More

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