Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Health & Safety Committee Update

February 21, 2019

As a designated training agency from the Government of Alberta, the CCSA’s HSC/HS Rep training meets newly legislated mandatory training requirements for HSC co-chairs and Health and Safety Representatives. Training will assist them to understand their legislated duties and functions. While employers are not required to ensure committee members attend this workshop, it is strongly advised that they attend this training as part of their legislated annual training allotment (of the greater of 16-hours or two-shifts).

When considering whether your committee members should attend this course, consider the following:

  • How long has your committee been in place for?
  • How effective is your current committee?
  • Are there new members on the committee who would benefit from additional information about their role and responsibility as a committee member?

Important notice: Joint OHS Committee training received through the CCSA, or other training agencies, prior to 2019 does not meet the new OHS legislated criteria.

The mandatory HSC/HS Representative training requires completion of two training components:

  1. the free two-hour prerequisite CCOHS webinar, here is a link to that webinar: https://www.ccohs.ca/distributors/alberta/
  2. the eight-hour classroom-based workshop delivered by CCSA. The cost of this program is $75 per participant for CCSA members or $125 + travel expenses for non-members.

NOTE: Proof of completion of the 2-hour prerequisite is required prior to attending the CCSA’s 8-hour HSC workshop.

A link for more information (and a link to the free online pre-requisite) can be found here: https://continuingcaresafety.ca/index.php/ccsa-approved-hs-committee-rep-training-agency

CCSA has scheduled training sessions for workshop delivery in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lloydminster, Grand Prairie, and Lethbridge. (www.continuingcaresafety.ca/calendar/events64/)

If the current calendar’s training offerings do not meet your needs, please complete the following on-site training request form: https://form.jotform.com/71865185822262


NOTE: on-site training requires a minimum of 5 or more participants but cannot exceed 25 per session. When completing the on-site training request form please identify the top three specific dates you would prefer, not just the months.

New! MIP Techniques Video Added to YouTube

February 11, 2019

We have added another musculoskeletal injury prevention video to our YouTube channel! 
This short video demonstrates techniques for helping to move a resident from their bed to a chair using proper body mechanics for the caregiver and the resident's safety.

Subscribe to the CCSA YouTube channel to get updates and stay informed!

CCSA Approved HS Committee / Rep Training Agency

February 8, 2019

The CCSA has been approved as a designated health and safety committee/representative training agency by the Government of Alberta!  We are now finalizing our HSC training program and will begin offering training in March. 

Please complete this form asap to let us know how many of your staff require training and the location of the site(s).  This information will help us manage the training schedules as efficiently as possible.

*If you require training at multiple sites, please complete a form for each site.

Provide training requirements
Have staff who need HSMS or Auditor training? There is also an option on this form to indicate how many staff you may need to send to HSMS: Basics for Auditors and Auditor Training as we expect to be able to offer these programs soon as well.

Please note that the 2 hour online training provided by CCOHS is a prerequisite for the HSC course.

AB Gov: Health and safety committee / health and safety representative training program - OHS information for workers and employers

Psychiatric hospital fined $650,000 for failing to protect its workers in B.C.

February 7, 2019
Canadian Occupational Safety

RICHMOND, B.C. (CP) — WorkSafeBC has fined the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital almost $650,000 for failing to protect the safety of its workers.

The workplace safety agency says the fine is the largest such administrative penalty and was imposed because the hospital in Port Coquitlam didn't ensure the safety of its workers with adequate risk assessments, policies and training to prevent violence.