to job skills, safety training may be required by some industries.
Although employers may offer some safety training, up-to-date
certification can enhance employment opportunities. The following
is a list of safety training certificates that are commonly
required in specific industries. Note that regardless of the industry you're working in, if your job takes you onto an oil sands site, you will be required to have your Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) and Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) certification.
- Oil & Gas
- Service & Retail
Work Platform – This is a one-day workshop covers such topics as employer and worker responsibility, emergency procedures, and safety precautions.
- Bear Awareness & Safety – Safety course for those working in remote areas, who need to be aware of bear dangers and how to avoid encounters.
Safety – Courses vary in length and content, but may be up to three days long.
Space Entry/Monitor – This is a four-hour computer-based course for workers who are required to enter and/or monitor entry into confined spaces.
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) – All workers on oil sands sites and all construction sites in Alberta require this safety training. It is a CD-ROM based course developed by the Alberta Construction Safety Association that takes no longer than five hours.
Protection – This one day course provides information on generic fall protection systems.
- Fire Watch/Fire Safety – Courses vary in length and content depending on the service provider.
Aid and CPR – Depending on the level of training, this course takes eight to 16 hours.
- Flagperson training – This one-day course is designed for those involved in day-to-day operations where workers and the general public are exposed to hazards created by vehicles and/or equipment.
- Food Handling
Safety – Food Safe is a food handling course that is offered to all food service workers in a commercial, industrial or institutional setting. Contact Alberta Health Services for a course near you.
and Bobcat Operator Certification – Courses vary in length and content depending on the service provider, but generally at least a full day.
- H2S Alive –This one-day course is intended for all workers in the petroleum industry who could be exposed to hydrogen sulfide (H2S), or sour gas. It is a required course for people who work in the field in the oil industry.
and Rigging/Crane Operator Safety Training – Safety courses vary in length and content depending on the service provider.
- Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) Training – Initiated by the local oil sands companies, OSSA training is the agreed local industry standard. All workers on the major sites must have this training.
Drivers Improvement Course (PDIC) –One of many different driving courses available promoting safety and awareness. This specific course takes 8 hours.
- Roadbuilders Safety Training System (RSTS) – RSTS is a CD-ROM based course that is focused on the roadbuilding industry.
- Safe Trenching,
Excavation and Ground Disturbance – This one-day course is for operators, supervisors, and management to pla safe trenching and excavating where worker entry is required.
Rider Safety – One-day course for basic safety and driver skills for ATVs.
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods – Intended for workers involved in the transportation and handling of dangerous goods within industry operations. Half-day course.
Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – Canada's national hazard communication standard, this course takes half a day.
Also, talk to associations/unions or local service providers to see if they offer safety training.
Obtain certification before coming to Fort McMurray