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General Mine Safety Awareness (GMSA)

posted by Victory Safety    |   April 5, 2018 12:13
Here's just a bit of info. on General Mine Safety Awareness (GMSA) which is a new program that is becoming mandatory on most Saskatchewan mine sites. And if you want to get a leg up on mine site work opportunities you can get a head start by taking this course GMSA is a 24-hour training course required for any contractor working on a mine site in Saskatchewan as of June 30, 2018 or September 30, 2018 depending on site. This is a Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA) requirement. Partnership to create common provincial training standards for contractors at SMA sites "For contractors, this will mean one set of training standards reducing repetitive training, saving time and facilitating mobility between SMA member sites This course is now available from Victory Safety and Training in Saskatoon, Esterhazy, Regina or at your location for a public group. Additional courses such as confined space entry, fall protection, hoisting and rigging safety among others will be rolled out as they become available. The CMI is working with approved third-party training providers (ie. Victory Safety and Training ) to ensure that the standardized training is available throughout Saskatchewan.

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“interesting Drug and Alcohol testing read”

posted by Victory Safety    |   February 8, 2018 09:03
Legalization of Cannabis Presents Conundrum for Canadian Military February 1, 2018 By DATAC Questions are arising in the Canadian army, navy, air force, and special forces as the July 2018 legalization of cannabis looms. Since the Spring of 2017, military experts have been assessing their drug and alcohol policies in advance of the legislation that will see legal medical and recreational use of cannabis come into effect across the country. “We’re concerned about how folks will be able to do their job,” Lt.-Gen. Chuck Lamarre has said, “And we are concerned about folks who have the challenges of operating heavy equipment, weaponry, who are on call on a regular basis to go and do things, like our [search and rescue] technicians.” At this point, and relying on scientific rationale, Lamarre is prepared to “recommend or propose control measures” for the drug. The military has already limited impairment substances in some instances, including the consumption of alcohol by personnel stationed in Afghanistan. Just like in private companies across Canada, the Canadian military has also designated certain roles and work within the armed forces as “safety-sensitive,” and has experienced lobbying by senior commanders to expand drug and alcohol testing, particularly in these sectors. But Lamarre has stated that due to legal rights considerations, the military will need to be careful in how it applies random drug testing procedures. Because of its management of potentially violent and destructive machinery, the Canadian Armed Forces occupies a unique position within the framework of drug and alcohol policy, but Lamarre has still requested that health research help form any testing restrictions, and is specifically interested in determining “the impact of marijuana … on the developing brain,” since the hiring range for the Canadian military is between 18-25 years of age. Additionally, Lamarre is looking into what legally defines cannabis impairment, a hotly contested subject as there is no current and government-approved technology that shows definitive roadside testing results for marijuana. “How do you deal with that?” Lamarre asks. “Is there a testing technology that is coming around the corner?” Lamarre also faces the impact of potential cannabis sales in military mess halls, which are currently licensed to sell alcohol.

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Interesting Drug and alcohol testing read

posted by Victory Safety    |   January 18, 2018 13:59
Toronto police chief considering drug testing for officers January 18, 2018 By Astra Hemming After last year’s fentanyl overdose death of Const. Michael Thompson, 37, an officer working undercover in the Toronto Police Force drug squad, Police Chief Mark Saunders is considering drug testing for the city’s officers. “I don’t want to lose any officers to anything, especially drugs of any kind and if there are things that we can do to reduce that, then I’m very interested in that,” Saunders said during a year-end interview. Saunders insists that introducing drug testing isn’t motivated by an effort to catch officers out, but says that it is his responsibility to address any issues arising from the danger of officers working in law enforcement under the influence of drugs. Saunders has been seeking drug testing advice from police chiefs in other major cities, and has established an internal team within the Toronto Police Force to review the gathered information and plot out the procedure should the TPF undertake similar measures. More than ten years ago, when Judge George Ferguson suggested that officers in “high-risk” jobs should be subject to random drug testing, the police board at the time did not take on his suggestions after opposition was raised by the Toronto Police Association. Saunders, a former undercover drug officer himself, sees the loss of Const. Michael Thompson as part of the national opioid crisis, which caused 68 deaths in Toronto in 2017, compared to only 7 the year before. He said he would like to see more preventative measures in place to understand how so many “normal” people become addicted to the drug. Over the years, Saunders has lost friends to substance abuse “and I can tell you I’m a lot less judgmental than I was 35 years ago when I joined (the service). It can happen to anybody.”

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INSTRUCTOR OPPORTUNITY

posted by Victory Safety    |   January 4, 2018 14:35

Do you have MINIMUM 2 YEARS MINING EXPERIENCE and interested in an instructing opportunity?

Send us your resume with a description clarifying type of mining experience and we'll contact those who meet our requirements.

We are looking for someone who is an excellent communicator, confident with electronic equipment (ie.power point and basic computer skills), willingness to travel regularly.

Valid drivers license

Satisfactory work history

experience instructing is a definite asset

email your resume to victorysafety@gmail.com if interested

 

We thank all for your interest however, only those who qualify will be contacted

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Rescuer Award for man who saved son with CPR Posted September 10, 2016 by Anna Teehan Cliff Colpitts took his first ever first aid class. It was offered through his workplace. Canadian Red Cross training partner Ron Gillatt instructed the class, teaching important first aid skills – including CPR, which Cliff would later use to save his son’s life. After his training, Cliff’s family experienced an emergency that can happen to anyone. Cliff saw his son wasn’t breathing. He went in to what he describes as “auto-pilot”, saying, “once I was sure my son was not breathing...I could hear Ron in the back of my mind, ‘push hard and push fast’”. When Ron heard about Cliff saving his son, he nominated him for a Rescuer Award. This award celebrates non-professional rescuers and off-duty first responders who take action to save a life, prevent further injury, and provide comfort to the injured. Cliff was presented with his award in an emotional ceremony, attended by his whole family. Cliff thanked his work supervisor for providing him with access to the training and to Ron for “not only giving me the skills, but the confidence to administer CPR – that saved my son’s life.” Cliff brought his son up to meet everyone; he simply said “I’m happy to be here to meet everyone.” Every day, Canadians find themselves in need of first aid. While it’s not always this dramatic, having a good knowledge of first aid can empower you to provide comfort or even save a life. Learn more about Canadian Red Cross first aid programs on our website.

posted by Victory Safety    |   December 12, 2017 12:28
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Drug and Alcohol testing-Interesting Read

posted by Victory Safety    |   December 7, 2017 23:20

Workplace Safety After Legalization of Marijuana

November 23, 2017 

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Since the federal government set July 1st 2018 as the deadline for provinces and territories to produce regulations for the nationwide legalization of marijuana, business owners across the country are urging governments to provide clarification as to how the use of legalized cannabis will impact the workplace and the rights of both employees and employers.

Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, has requested guidance from both the provincial and federal governments in regards to balancing employee privacy and safety once cannabis is legalized, and has asked that B.C.’s Employment Standards Act be amended to include a province-wide standard on the use of marijuana. Currently, WorkSafeBC only specifies that workers are prohibited from performing on the jobsite if they suffer from any physical or mental impairment that could risk their safety or the safety of others, and that employers can prohibit employees from entering the workplace if they are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or dangerous substances.

“In every province, in every territory, we want to make sure this is done right,” Huberman said, “even if it takes longer than the amount of time allotted by the government.”

Businesses are also exploring workplace drug testing in preparation for the legalization of marijuana, and requesting that the government provide a “legalized framework” for random drug and alcohol tests on company jobsites. As Louise Yako, President and CEO of the B.C. Trucking Association, stated, “We recognize that there is an increased safety risk due to the possibility of impairment and in order for the public safety risk to be reduced, we think it’s imperative that employers be allowed to randomly drug test workers that are in safety-sensitive positions.”

Yako is requesting that rules on random workplace testing be clarified to give employers the chance to effectively manage the safety of their worksites after 2018’s forthcoming legalization.

Workplace drug and alcohol testing is a hotly debated topic in Canadian courts, including Alberta’s Court of Appeal, which, in an unprecedented September ruling, permitted energy giant Suncor to continue to test its workers at its oilsands jobsites.

Contrary to Canadian businesses, unions across the country have yet to claim any position on the presence of legal marijuana in the workplace.

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ENFORM AND OSSA COMPLETE MERGER: ENERGY SAFETY CANADA TO SET STANDARD IN OIL AND GAS SAFETY

posted by Victory Safety    |   November 14, 2017 15:19

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Standard First Aid Blended Learning

posted by Victory Safety    |   July 20, 2017 15:34

One day in class and one day online 

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Safety poem

posted by Victory Safety    |   June 23, 2017 10:23
I Chose to Look the Other way
By Don Merrill

I could have saved a life that day, But I chose to look the other way. It wasn't that I didn't care, I had the time, and I was there. 

But I didn't want to seem a fool, Or argue over a safety rule. I knew he'd done the job before, If I spoke up, he might get sore. 

The chances didn't seem that bad, I'd done the same, He knew I had. So I shook my head and walked on by, He knew the risks as well as I. 

He took the chance, I closed an eye, And with that act, I let him die. I could have saved a life that day, But I chose to look the other way. 

Now every time I see his wife, I'll know, I should have saved his life. That guilt is something I must bear, But it isn't something you need share. 

If you see a risk that others take, That puts their health or life at stake. The question asked, or thing you say, Could help them live another day. 

If you see a risk and walk away, Then hope you never have to say, I could have saved a life that day, But I chose, to look the other way. 

Don Merrell 


 

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Happy National Aboriginal Day

posted by Victory Safety    |   June 21, 2017 10:41

Happy National Aboriginal day from your friends at Victory Safety and Training proud to be an aboriginal owned company serving all our friends in Saskatchewan

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