Industry Updates

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Danger Will Robinson! Creative OHS initiatives at Extendicare Cedars Villa and Hillcrest

Danger Will Robinson!

by CCSA Safety Consultant, James Davis

“Danger Will Robinson! Danger!” Yells Safety Robot B9 of Extendicare Cedars Villa and Hillcrest as it rolls down the hall toward a spilled mug of water.  Extendicare Cedars Villa and Hillcrest Safety Robot

“Danger Will Robinson!”, repeats the cardboard and tinfoil robot - the voice of which sounds suspiciously like its creator, Sherri J.

“Danger Will Robinson!”

After the third iteration of the famous 1960’s tv catch phrase, Sherri rushes to help explain the message that Safety Robot B9 is trying to tell a nearby housekeeping staff member.

“Safety Robot, what seems to be the danger?” she inquires, “You called out ‘Danger Will Robinson’ three times – what’s wrong?”

A hush falls between Sherri, the robot, and the housekeeping staff member. The silence lingers for a moment and is finally broken by the housekeeper who, through muffled laughter replies “…the spill?”

Sherri, and presumably the robot, nod as the worker bends down to wipe up the liquid hazard (using perfect body mechanics!) thus saving everyone else from danger.  Good job!

Safety Robot B9 is a familiar figure at Cedars and Hillcrest Villas in Central Calgary. Members of the health and safety committee have been using the Safety Robot to help increase awareness about the importance of addressing hazards as soon as they are spotted. Although it may seem silly to an outsider, the results have been no joke. The Safety Robot bit has led to increased awareness of the importance of staffs’ own safety and the safety of others, a key element in reducing workplace injuries.

Maybe you don’t have your own safety robot - that’s ok there are other ways to increase engagement.  Getting workers excited about safety can be challenging so using some creativity that engages workers, like Safety Robot B9, is a great idea.  A light-hearted, human connection can really get people interested in taking action and bringing your workplace’s health and safety system to the next level. As Extendicare in Cedars Villa and Hillcrest have found, sometimes you need to build a robot to get that human touch.

New WCB-Alberta President & CEO

January 22, 2019
WCB Alberta

The WCB Board of Directors has selected Trevor Alexander as WCB-Alberta’s new President & CEO, effective March 18, 2019.

WCB will share more information, including commentary from the incoming CEO in March. In the meantime, all inquiries can be forwarded to media.contact@wcb.ab.ca or 780-717-5855.

Read the full announcement

CCSA 2019 AGM - Registration open

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. 
Please save the date so you are able to join us at this annual event.

We value your input!
We want to know what topics you would like to learn more about in 2019 and what you’ve been implementing at your organization/site that you’d be willing to share with other members, especially with 2018/9 bringing about so much change in Alberta OHS legislation and WCB policy! As you and your team work through ensuring compliance with the new requirements and enhancing safety culture for workers what information do you need, what challenges do you continue to face, what would you like to hear about from colleagues in the industry? Let us know when completing your registration or send your thoughts directly to communications@ab-ccsa.ca.  We appreciate any and all feedback!


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

Register here

Eventbrite - 2019 Continuing Care Safety Association (CCSA) AGM



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

Further information about this year's AGM will be communicated to you over the next weeks.
We look forward to seeing you all there!

9 health and safety trends for 2019

January 16, 2019
Canadian Occupational Safety - Dave Rebbitt

Looking ahead in 2019, some things that dominated the latter half of 2018 will continue to have an interesting impact on workplace health and safety.

Learn about 9 health and safey trends in 2019.