Arliss Levine is the safety advisor, trainer, and consultant for Allstar Enviro Safety which is a Calgary-based safety training company. Servicing Western Canada since 2000, Allstar offers 15 different learning programs and over 600 online seminars to help their clients build robust occupational health and safety programs. Owing to their diverse assemblage of courses and training opportunities, Allstar has remained a top choice in Western Canada.
Arliss has built her life around safety. She is authorized to serve as a trainer for Energy-Safety Canada, Red Cross, Built-Force Canada, and was actually one of the first female H2S (Hydrogen Sulphide) instructors in Canada. On top of that, she is CRSP (Canadian Registered Safety Professional) and NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) certified. With her impressive training background and credentials, it’s no surprise that Arliss has steered Allstar to the top of the safety industry.
In the last few years, Arliss has witnessed concerning trends in the Canadian safety industry, most notably with the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from the positives – like handwashing and upgraded cleaning procedures – Arliss sees a shift in safety that could be quite dangerous. As the number of on-site workers needed to be reduced or modified in some capacity, this caused remaining individuals to take on extra roles. This is especially troublesome as fatigue can cause individuals to temporarily lose their safety awareness. Despite these unprecedented times, the Allstar team has been diligent in keeping people trained and safe as worksites change.
The adaptability of the Allstar team is tied to their training approach. By running smaller class sizes, students build a personal connection with the information that may save their lives one day. In addition, sprinkling the course with humour makes them more enjoyable, and ultimately, memorable. This attention to the students’ enjoyment has made Allstar a true success story and keeps clients coming back for more.
When thinking about the younger generation moving into the workforce, Arliss proclaims “one thing I always say to new people: if the company is picky, that’s good. Be particular about where you work and get relevant experience. There’s so much competition today so get as much training as you can to make your resumé stand out from the pack. Instead of an employer having to wait on you to be trained, you’re already prepared to start. This makes you a preferred candidate.”
Arliss explained that Canada used to be at the top of safety, but we’re slowly losing international position. “To be competitive internationally, we need to bring our safety back up to the highest level. This can only be done by having well-trained people in all Canadian industries and spreading awareness about safety to others.”
To back up her views on safety awareness, she also founded an additional company known as Allstar Leads to assist companies with their marketing and promotional needs. Arliss aims to help bring new clients to businesses, and in a way, bring more people to safety.
Allstar Enviro Safety continues to provide top-quality training to Western Canada. Arliss’ extensive knowledge, experience, and credentials in the safety industry is what drives the Allstar to be the only choice for your safety training needs.
Canadian wilderness is famous for its beautiful scenery, open spaces and breathtaking wildlife.
While visiting outside of Urban areas, it is essential to incorporate safety measures, so that
your enjoyment is not interrupted by a wildlife encounter.
Recent sightings and confrontations with Wildlife in Alberta have pinpointed the problem of
WHY ARE WE CONFRONTING WILDLIFE MORE FREQUENTLY?
More development is occurring for recreation, golf courses, housing and work. This is
encroaching on wildlife habitats and shrinking the area that provide food and cover for
animals. Humans and wildlife, as a result, are encountering situations that were very
rare in previous decades. Whenever we are out of the city, we are in Bear Country and must
be prepared for a sighting with wildlife.
Besides the interest in hiking, camping and using ATV’s, many employees are required to
be in remote areas to conduct work activities. Worker Alone and Journey Management programs
are helpful in tracking their whereabouts, but training in Wildlife Awareness and being manned
with deterrents need to be part of a defensive program.
What is very disconcerting is that more sightings have been made within populated areas this
summer. Recognizing that there are bears present in the Kananaskis, and in Banff and
surrounding environments is the first step to preventing a confrontation or predatory attack.
July, 2019 – A mother grizzly bear, protecting her cubs near Ghost River, Alberta attacked
A couple who were unlucky enough to stumble in her path. The casualty was sent to the
hospital after experiencing multiple puncture wounds and a fractured arm. The conclusion
for this attack is to beware of the season where cubs are being born and the young are
out with their mothers,
July, 2019 – The next day, in Canmore, Alberta in the Low Line area. a bear attack to a cyclist
to hospital. The cyclist could not bike as fast as a bear can run, which can be upwards of 40 miles
per hour. The result was serious, soft tissue injuries to her upper body and internal injury. The
woman told paramedics she and a friend came across the bear, which struck the woman as
the pair attempted to leave. Her friend used bear spray and the bear left, EMS said.
Summer, 2019 -A couple in the Waiparous area, in the NW area outside Calgary, were
attacked by a grizzly bear protecting her cubs. This left a woman with a broken arm and
home range in search of food and a safer environment
Forest fires, such as in Ft McMurray and High Level, Alberta have removed cover for animals and destroyed their food sources.
Rotting food from evacuated living areas has attracted wildlife to easy nutrition sources
2019 has provided a healthy berry crop in the mountains.
Large amounts of tourists have left uncontained food to attract wildlife.
Off leash dogs will spot wildlife and start a chase, which can result in deadly consequences for our pets
Record numbers of visitors on omultiple puncture wounds. After an investigation, Park officials decided not to put downthe bear, as it was acting defensively to shield its cubs.
Summer, 2019 – In Canmore, Alberta entered the Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue
causing the diners to leap up off their chairs in surprise. The bear ran out of the
restaurant, with no resultant damage to anyone.
REASONS WHY BEAR ATTACKS and WILDLIFE CONFRONTATIONS ARE OCCURRING:
The habitat of many animals has been reduced in size and quality , forcing animals to leave their natural
Those hiking by trails, by our rivers and in our day use areas are coming into contact with wildlife by berry patches and fishing sights.
FOREST RANGERS WILDLIFE ACTIONS:
Bear Aversion Team – It’s the first year the province has hired two full-time wildlife
technicians in K-Country. These Forest Rangers are collaring some of the bears are
and tracking their movements which are monitored with GPS and with mapping
technology. Alberta Environment and Parks in Kananaskis Country Rangers are using Radio Telemetry
Collaring bears with bad behaviours and tracking their movements
Use of Rubber slugs and deterrents to negatively condition bears who are habituated
Other Rules and Educations for Tourists;
Penalties for off -leash pets. Their yapping and chasing behaviours can cause wildlife to charge
.Warning signs about bears roaming areas near tourists
Pamphlets to provide tourists with warning signs of nearby wildlife
Understanding when Wildlife may come into contact with Humans:
Mating Season – Males are aggressive and Territorial
Birthing Season – Moms are defensive of their cubs
Hibernation – When animals come out of hibernation, they are hungry, dazed and will attack if confronted.
Encountering the cache where the animal stores its food. Wildlife will defend their food source.
Entering what animals consider to be their territory
Predatory and Confrontational behaviours of animals
.New requirements to complete a course on Wilderness Awareness Level 2 are the result of
attacks in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta. One lady on an Oil Sands site was killed by
a Predatory bear in front of other workers, while entering an outhouse.
Education will be focused on safety for personnel as well as the animal’s rights to be in wilderness areas which is their habitat.
Appreciation for our many unique wildlife species from a distance, so that avoidance and awareness does not result in a confrontation.
How to set up camps and worksites to protect animals from entering and causing damage.
Occupational Health and Safety has required Employers to conduct a hazard assessment of the worksite. (Alberta labour Part 2 of Code) This helps to determine if a danger of a confrontation exists and inform affected workers.
Students will learn to understand animal awareness, how to identify different species of bears, and be prepared in case of a real-life encounter. Level one and part of level two is classroom based.
Allstar Enviro Safety offers several types of courses to train your staff:
An OSHA-Compliant training course online for riggers and signalers. I-CAB Recognized. This basic rigger and signaler class covers an introduction to rigging, determining load weight, sling angles and stresses, center of gravity, basic hitches, sling types, lifting hardware, below-the-hook-devices, verbal communication, and hand signals. Quiz questions along the way prepare the trainee for the final written examination. Upon completion, gain access to and print off your test, certificate, and a checklist which can be used by your employer to administer the required practical observation.
The exercise workbook and rigging reference card for this training will be available for download upon purchase.
This course also includes practical exam guides and examination helps, as well as hand signal and rigging poster files, which can be accessed and used by your employer after the written exam for the purpose of administering the required practical examination.
BASIC RIGGER & SIGNALMAN ONLINE COURSE OBJECTIVE
To help employers or to help operators complete OHS-compliant rigger and signalman training and properly record it. This basic rigger and signaler class covers an introduction to rigging, determining load weight, sling angles and stresses, center of gravity, basic hitches, sling types, lifting hardware, below-the-hook-devices, verbal communication, and hand signals, and more.
I-CAB RECOGNIZED COURSE
This content developer is recognized by the International Competency Assessment Board (I-CAB) for its expertise in this subject matter and is listed as a competency development resource for I-CAB assessment participants.
BASIC RIGGER & SIGNALMAN ONLINE COURSE TOPICS
Section 1: Introduction, Load Weights
Section 2: Angles, Stresses, COG
Section 3: Sling Hitches, Sling Types
Section 4: Rigging Hardware, Lifting Devices
Section 5: Communication, Conclusion
Rigger/Signaler Final Exam
Rigger/Signaler Practical Exam
BASIC RIGGER & SIGNALMAN COURSE DURATION:
Approximately 3 hours
BASIC RIGGER & SIGNALMAN ONLINE QUIZ:
Quizzes conducted throughout this course are designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved.
BASIC RIGGER & SIGNALMAN ONLINE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION:
Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.
ARTICULATED BOOM TRUCK COURSE OVERVIEW
safety mom online courseIn our highly mechanized world, cranes are the workhorses that have increased economic growth and productivity in construction, mining, logging, maritime, production and service facilities.
Mobile cranes are versatile machines that can be used for many job applications from loading and unloading materials to placing those materials or personnel at heights hundreds of feet high.
Mobile cranes come in all sizes. From large all terrain cranes used to lift loads in excess of 75 tons to small capacity utility truck cranes used for lifting much smaller loads, training is needed to ensure safe operation and productivity.
During this training we will cover the anatomy of the crane and stress the importance of inspecting it each day before it is put into service.
Stability & Setup
ARTICULATED BOOM TRUCK ONLINE COURSE DURATION: Approximately 1.5 hours
ARTICULATED BOOM TRUCK ONLINE COURSE ASSESSMENT: Testing conducted throughout this online course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved.
ARTICULATED BOOM TRUCK ONLINE COURSE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing.
This Online Air Brake Program is designed as a refresher and study aid for those individuals who are going to be writing their Alberta Air Brake Exam at a registry. The program is also ideal for individuals or corporations with employees who need or would like a good refresher program.
The program comes in 4 sections: Sections 1 & 2 represents the full Alberta Curriculum; Section 3 is a set of interactive activities to enhance the learner experience and Section 4 are practice tests. Students are allowed to move back and forth through all the material at will, allowing easy access for individual review topics. The user creates their own experience.
This program can be employed in a number of ways:
Understand the cost of driving drowsy
As a preview before taking your Alberta Air Brake Program
As preparation for your Alberta Air Brake written test (Alberta Registries test after an actual air brake program)
As a great review for anyone or any company with employees who require or would like an air brake refresher.
AIR BRAKES ONLINE COURSE TOPICS
Section One: Air Brake Curriculum Part 1
Air Brake Pretrip
Airbrake System Overview
Tractor / Trailer
Section Two: Air Brake Curriculum Part 2
Foundation Brakes and Adjustment
Air Operated Disc Brakes
Anti-Lock Braking Systems
Automatic Traction Control
Section Three: Activities
Supply System Activity
Service System Activity
Park Brake Activity
Tractor / Trailer Activity
System Failure Activity
Foundation Brake Activity
Section Four: Practice Tests
Practice Exam One
Practice Exam Two
This program was developed by Dr. Randy Flemmer who has over 30 years of driver education and fleet safety experience.
AIR BRAKES ONLINE COURSE DURATION: Approximately 4 hours
AIR BRAKES ONLINE ASSESSMENT: The FSI Online Air Brake Program is designed as a refresher and study aid for those individuals who are going to be writing their Alberta Air Brake Exam at a registry.
The program has no final exam, but includes sample exams and activities as well.
AIR BRAKES ONLINE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing.
AERIAL LIFTS AND SCISSOR LIFTS ONLINE COURSE OVERVIEW $99.95
Aerial lift platforms are great tools to conduct work at heights and increase production efficiency. These machines lift personnel, tools and materials, from 10-12 feet in the air to as high as 100 feet.
Successful completion of this course will result in familiarization with various types of aerial lifts, increased knowledge of how to set up and safely operate them, and recognition and avoidance of the most common hazards associated with their use.
AERIAL LIFTS AND SCISSOR LIFTS ONLINE COURSE TOPICS
Looks at different types of lifts and their anatomy
Shows why it’s important to conduct a thorough pre-shift inspection each day before putting a lift into service
Looks at aerial lift stability and the importance of knowing the machine’s capacity
Emphasizes the importance of planning each lift and setting up the machine properly to avoid hazards and obstacles around the work site
Identifies the six most common hazards associated with aerial lift operation and explains how to recognize, avoid or minimize them
AERIAL LIFTS AND SCISSOR LIFTS ONLINE COURSE DURATION: Approximately 90 minutes
AERIAL LIFTS AND SCISSOR LIFTS ONLINE TEST: Testing conducted throughout this online Aerial Lifts and Scissor Lifts course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion.
AERIAL LIFTS AND SCISSOR LIFTS CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing.
safety mom online courseThe Advanced Rigging Course is made up of six half-hour, stand-alone modules — a total of three hours of total run-time. The individual half-hour modules may also be purchased as a stand-alone product.
ADVANCED RIGGING ONLINE COURSE TOPICS
Master Rigger’s Reference Card Orientation
Winches and Blocks
Levers, Jacking, and Rolling
Chain Hoists and Load Drifting
Off-Level Pick Points
ADVANCED RIGGING ONLINE COURSE DURATION:
Approximately 3 hours
ADVANCED RIGGING ONLINE COURSE QUIZZES:
Quizzes conducted throughout this course are designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 70% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved.
ADVANCED RIGGING ONLINE COURSE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION:
Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.
Everyone who pulls a flatbed for a living knows that properly securing cargo to a trailer is key to safe and profitable operation. This online Cargo Securement Flatbeds course explains valuable ways to prevent load loss, trip delays, increased insurance rates, injury, and damage to cargo, vehicles and property.
CARGO SECUREMENT FLATBEDS ONLINE COURSE TOPICS:
Why cargo securement is important
What federal regulations mean to drivers and carriers
How cargo securement affects CSA scores
Working load limits
Direct and indirect tie-downs
Proper cargo loading and securement techniques
Performing pre-trip and en route flatbed and cargo inspections
Best practices for securing common commodities
CARGO SECUREMENT FLATBEDS ONLINE COURSE DURATION:
Approximately 90 minutes
CARGO SECUREMENT FLATBEDS ONLINE ASSESSMENT:
Testing conducted in this online Cargo Securement Flatbeds course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved.
CARGO SECUREMENT FLATBEDS ONLINE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION:
Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.
This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.
Fall protection engineering plays a role in the construction of any commercial or industrial workplace. As falls account for 14% of fatal workplace injuries and over 20% of disabling injuries, it behooves businesses to implement measures equal to or surpassing the standards established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The failure to meet fall protection standards is the second most common OSHA violation, just behind failures in scaffolding and general requirements.
Under OSHA workplace provisions, employers have a duty to provide fall protection in any situation offering a fall hazard. The provisions require an employer to ascertain the structural integrity and strength of any surface workers will walk or work upon, implement one of several appropriate options to protect against fall hazards, and provide workers with fall protection training.
The OSHA guidelines allow for a wide range of fall protection designs, depending on potential fall heights, the work being done on the at-risk surface, and other factors. Guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, and safety nets cover most needs. Other solutions include positioning devices, safety monitoring systems, and warning line systems. Some jobsites require additional measures, typically a combination of two or more systems.
Guardrails are the most common form of fall protection, and are found in almost every workplace. OSHA standards require toprails and midrails to be thick enough to prevent cuts, be at least 42 inches tall, and be capable of withstanding 200 pounds of force in any direction.
Personal fall arrest systems work by connecting a worker to an anchor point via a body harness. Anchorages, connectors, lifelines, and deceleration systems are all held to exact standards of engineering. All parts of the system must be capable of withstanding several thousand pounds of force, and the maximum distance of a free fall, and the force exerted during a fall, must not exceed certain levels.
Similar to personal fall arrest systems, positioning device systems attach workers to an anchor point via a body belt or harness. However, positioning device systems can only allow free falls of two feet or less. Engineering standards for dee-rings, snaphooks, and other connectors remain the same as for personal fall arrest systems.
Safety Net Systems
Safety net systems, installed as close as is practical beneath a work surface up to a maximum of thirty feet, catch workers in reinforced, frequently inspected nets. These nets must be capable of holding up to 5,000 pounds, must be inspected weekly, and must have mesh openings of less than 36 square inches. They must extend out beyond the furthest point of the work surface, with the extension minimum increasing the further below the surface the net begins.
Fall protection engineering companies offer design and consultation services for implementing these measures and others. Qualified firms can produce custom solutions for any jobsite and typically have a broad understanding of many applicable safety standards, such as those of OSHA, IWCA (International Window Cleaning Association), ANSI (American National Standards Institute), and ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers). By working with a fall protection engineering firm, employers can be certain of their compliance with all standards despite any special considerations of their jobsite.
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A lot accidents can occur at a construction site, which means executing and pressing safety rules should be the most important objective of all construction projects. For employers to accomplish this, they must adhere to the established regulations of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).
Safety Standard #2: Establish Site Safety Management
The utilization of site management and safe-site management can drastically improve safety awareness among the employees and will aid promoting a work site that is free of hazards and accidents, conducing to a productive and very efficient construction project.
Safety Standard #3: Protective Equipment is A Must
Safety equipment must be issued to employees by the employer to ensure the safety of human life. On the list of safety equipment are, but not limited to:
proper face masks
Safety Standard #4: Have a Safe Place to Store Things
Break areas and rest areas are essential for the health of workers. Every work site should have a suitable place for workers to store food, beverages, and other items.
Safety Standard #5: Access to Clean Running Water
Per OSHA rules, employers are required to provide their worker with an area that has clean water for washing utensils, hands, and other objects. Moreover, the water must be suitable to drink without causing illness to those with access.
Safety Standard #6: Have a Place to Boil Water
There should be a space for workers to have access to that would allow them to boil water for sterilization purposes or food preparation. This aids in the cleanliness of the facility and promotes excellent sanitary practices.
Safety Standard #7: Must Have a Place to Eat Meals
In addition to having a place to store food and boil water, it is imperative that the employee allocate space for workers to sit and eat their meals. This space has to be out of harm’s way.
Safety Standard #8: Workers Need to Have Access to Restrooms
Employers must provide adequate access to restrooms with working toilets, or Port-A-Potty for waste management purposes. Restrooms must be well ventilated and have a door so workers can have privacy.
Safety Standard #9: Safety Precautions for Workers Above Ground
OSHA has established a set of rules for workers who operate at different heights. By installing equipment support systems, the employer will be providing safety measures to prevent any individual from falling to their death, in addition to lessening the severity of possible injuries.
Safety Standard #10: Guard Rails and Other Measures
Scaffold platform that incorporates a double guard rail must be used to prevent workers from falling from lethal heights. Safety nets in the construction site should be used to reducing the distance and impact of a fall, and drastically reducing injuries, casualties, and liability.
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