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.



CCSA's Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Manufacturer’s Health and Safety Association in Red Deer, 54 Queensland Crescent from 10AM - 2PM.


Hazardous Medications 
Chelsea Penner, Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacare

This educational presentation takes a look at cytotoxic & hazardous medications, what they are, how they work in the body, and ways to minimize risk of exposure to staff working in care homes.

Occupational Health and Safety Update: What’s happened over the last 8 months
Sharon Roberts, Partner, Field Law

This engaging presentation will take a look at some of the key changes to legislation and what the first eight months have shown us by looking at Joint Health Safety Committees, Harassment Investigations and Incident Investigations. This presentation will also review return to work and modified duties under the amended WCB Act. Finally, the presentation will review a case study R v. Precision Diversified Oilfield Services Corp: The Alberta Court of Appeal which introduces reason to “reasonably practical” offences.

To Be Confirmed - HSC/HS Representatives, Committee and Training Requirements
Amanda Russell, Partnerships

This informative presentation will review the requirements for Health and Safety Committees/Health and Safety Representatives which came into force on June 1, 2018 and will address questions Partnerships and CCSA members have raised for both work site requirements and training requirements.

Implementing the CSA Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace 
David Grauwiler, Executive Director, CMHA Alberta

This informative and experience-based presentation will review the three key factors to successfully implement the CSA Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The presentation will include examples of organizations who have been successful in implementation and identify barriers for organizations to consider when implementing the standard.

Organizational Initiative, Violence and Harassment
Lesley Mackinnon, Safety Manager, Bethany Care Society


Registration is now open.  Please note that the deadline to register is March 26, 2019.


There are 4 Board of Director positions up for election this year (2 SSL Directors, 2 LTC Directors). Please consider who you would like to nominate for these positions.  

CCSA Board of Directors Nomination form (deadline to nominate is March 22, 2019)

CCSA AGM Proxy Vote Authorization form (if required)

For additional information regarding the AGM and Board of Directors positions, please contact the CCSA.

Date: April 10, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Manufacturer’s Health and Safety Association, 54 Queensland Crescent, Red Deer, AB, T4P 0V2

We look forward to seeing you all there!

OHS Futures Research Grants – Projects funded

March 4, 2019
AB Government

The OHS Futures grant program annually provides OHS research funding. Details of the 14 research projects that received funding from the 2018 competition are available here. These studies provide evidence on a variety of topics including stress, musculoskeletal injury risk assessment, and hazardous drug exposure.

2019 WCB Policy Project Plan

February 28, 2019

The 2019 WCB Policy Project Plan reflects stakeholder priorities and input from the 2017 Review Report. As WCB begins working on these projects, they welcome your feedback on the topics in the current plan, your ideas for how to communicate   plans in the years ahead, and any concerns and suggestions you have for next year’s plan.

This posting will be open for comment until March 12, 2019.

Visit the WCB website: www.wcb.ab.ca/forms/policy-feedback2.asp

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.