Remembrance Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, please take the time and pause to remember those who fought for our freedom. Those who selflessly gave their lives for the betterment of ours. Those who left behind loved ones, so we can live freely with ours. We salute all the the men and women, past and present who protect us and our country. Thank you.

 

Happy Halloween

Tomb it may concern, us guys and ghouls here at ABCS would like to wish you and your family a spooktacular Halloween! May it be filled with lots of laughs, scares and of course boo’s! Play it safe, look out for your witches. Don’t forget to creep it real tonight, for Halloween is gone with the morning light. MAUHAHAHAHA 🎃🧙🧟‍👻🧛‍

ABCS Safety Training

ABCS has been making your safety our business since 2006. As leaders in the safety training industry, we strive for zero injuries for all of our trainees. We are available for on-site training or classroom courses in Alberta and BC. We also offer train-the-trainer options for companies wanting to have in-house trainers of their own throughout Canada. To date, ABCS has issued 282,000 training credentials to workers throughout Canada and the US.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tis’ the season to be thankful… and we have so much to be thankful for. Thankful for our families and loved ones. Thankful for our health… And we should be thankful that we live in a country where safety at the workplace is “a thing”. Where the companies we work for strive to send us home safely to those loved ones and we go home healthy. We shouldn’t look at safety at work as a chore, but as a gift, that we should undoubtedly be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Alberta BC safety!

ABCS

I don’t want this to sound like a cheesy infomercial… You know the “We have it all” and the “Wait there’s more!”. But we do have it all. No matter what trade you work in you will likely need safety courses or refreshers along your way. ABCS offers both online and in class courses. We have experienced trainers that can help you no matter your level of experience. Go to albertabcsafety.com and take a look at our huge variety of competitively priced courses. You really can save-an-arm-and-a-leg with Alberta B.C safety.

Refusing Unsafe Work

I remember being asked to take an EWP to the top of a two storey building and hop out and do a quick weld. Just a couple of catches, 1- you don’t “hop out” of a EWP without a permit (it’s not an easy permit to get either). 2- the anchor bars were missing and I was being asked to clip onto the railing of the EWP (this lift was a relic and probably had not had and inspection or maintenance since dinosaurs roamed the Earth). While a supervisor was explaining this task, I simply said NO and it was my right to do so. I would like to think that workers are no longer put in these situations but unfortunately they are. Not all unsafe conditions are as negligent as this, sometimes something has just been overlooked. Either case you have the right to refuse unsafe work. You have the right to do this without the fear of any punishment, loss of time or loss of wages. Now this being said, please be aware that saying no to a task means that there is imminent danger to yourself or others. Not just a task you don’t want to do. You need to first inform your supervisor of the hazard. If the problem is not readily fixable there will generally be an investigation to fix the problem. If you are still unwilling to do the task, a member of OHS will get involved to rectify the situation. The worker may be given a different job to do while this is going on. This is not a punishment, it’s to keep you working and not lose hours.

If you are being asked to break safety protocol or do something that is unusually hazardous, it is not only your right to refuse it but you also owe it to yourself and your family not to take risks with your life or someone else’s just to please your boss or coworkers. Stand your ground and be safe.

Muster Points

This is one of the first things brought up in your orientation on site or even in most safety training classes. This is not where you get toppings for a hot dog… it’s where workers safely assemble in the case of an emergency. These meeting points help avoid unaccounted for workers and work for even a huge scale of workers.  However, if we become careless about muster points, they are pointless. They might as well be signs that say “chaos” or “stampede” in their place. It’s a blessing if we never have to use these assembly points, but that doesn’t mean we can forget about them all together.

Always know where your muster point is. The one you had in orientation has probably changed and could change day to day, even hour to hour depending on where you’re working. If you’re not sure ask a supervisor. Please don’t settle for a general answer like “by the wash cart”. There are tons of wash carts. Get someone to point it out and if you need to, physically walk over to it so you won’t forget. Always write it on you JHA. Make sure you go over it with your partner or crew working in the same area. Always ask when signing into a JHA. Keep in mind, if an emergency does occur and you’re at the wrong muster point, no one will know where you are and a search could ensue. If you do end up at the wrong one, make sure you tell the appointed safety officer in charge of that muster point, so he/she can radio it in.  This will save everyone’s time and worrying about your whereabouts.


Muster points are one of the many things we pray we never have to actually use. However we need to be very aware of them. This is one of the reasons most sites do practice evacuations. This is great, but you need to take it upon yourself to always be in the know. Every time you change work areas, know your muster point and know you’ll be safe.