Looking to Become a Well-Rounded & Knowledgeable Fire Fighter? Start by Enrolling in MI Safety’s Hands-On Fire Safety Training Courses

Edmonton’s MI Safety knows that saving the lives of individuals from deadly fires begins with properly trained fire fighters. Unfortunately, many fire fighting courses in Alberta are offered in classroom-based settings and focus primarily on theory with no regard for the hands-on element of training. This is why, in 2003, Robin Postnikoff created MI Safety to provide a more experiential learning environment for all types of courses.  These courses include fire fighting and fire extinguishing safety training. Edmonton residents interested in taking the fire fighting and extinguishing course have the option of taking the course in two different formats if they have a preferred way of learning.

The first option is the online course for individual classroom learners who are looking to refresh their skills and knowledge of the proper fire extinguishing procedure. The second option is an innovative class room based fire extinguishing course that is designed to teach theory as well as hands-on learning.

From topics such as fire explosions to fire extinguishing agents and burn treatments, students who take either options can expect to complete their training well versed on anything they could expect to encounter in a real life situation.

To learn more about MI Safety’s course on fire extinguishing safety training, Edmonton residents can call 780 987 3465. The online course is available through the MI Safety website and the classroom course is offered on the second Tuesday of every month.

Written by robin postnikoff — December 22, 2014

MI Safety Answers 5 Common Questions about GHS

What is GHS? That is the most common questions that individuals ask when learning about the Globally Harmonized System of Classifying and Labelling Chemicals (GHS). As its expanded name explains, GHS is a universal safety data sheet that makes the classifying and labelling of hazardous products easy to understand for people across the globe, even if they read in a different language or are illiterate.

Right now, the Canadian government is working to update the Workplace Hazard Material Information System (WHMIS) to meet GHS regulations by 2015. Because it is so new, most people don’t know much about GHS which is why MI Safety is answering 5 commonly asked questions regarding it.

  1. Who Will GHS Affect?

GHS will affect people all across the world who work with chemicals including transport workers, emergency responders, and label developers. In Canada, these workers already abide by WHMIS which will be updated and reflected in MI Safety’s safety training. Edmonton residents can sign up for any of MI Safety’s courses by visiting their website.

  1. Are All Chemicals Covered by GHS?

Only chemicals that are deemed to be hazardous by the GHS are covered. Although the term is a broad one, “chemical” is an umbrella term for all kinds of substances, mixtures, and products.

  1. How Will GHS Affect Countries Without Pre-Existing Regulations?

Countries that do not have any prior regulations are expected to learn and adopt the GHS to prevent workplace risks.

  1. What Are the Elements to GHS Labelling?

GHS labelling consists of 3 standardized elements: symbols/imagery, words of warning, and hazard statements.

  1. Does GHS Require Any Training?

Chapter 1.4, Section 1.4.9 of the GHS it outlines that all workers exposed to chemicals in the workplace are properly trained to understand the new labelling system. Once changes to WHMIS are made, MI Safety will be offering GHS safety training.

Edmonton resident who would like to learn more about the GHS or MI Safety’s training courses can call 780-987-3465.

Written by robin postnikoff — December 22, 2014

Fall onto life line that fails worker falls to ground

This is some video we shot that will be included in our online fall protection course, and on in class materials for end user fall protection and instructor training.  It shows the devastating consequence of what happens when a self retracting life line cable is caught on the structure, and a workers falls.  To prevent this, always make sure your self retracting life line is unobstructed above you, and use a shock absorber in the fall arrest system.


Written by robin postnikoff — December 07, 2014

Don’t Know How To Purchase Fall Protection Equipment? MI Safety’s Fall Protection Safety Training Will Teach You How

Purchasing fall protection safety equipment can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not completely sure of what you should be looking for. Prior to making a purchase it is essential to do some research beforehand, but in order to do so you will need a comprehensive understanding of what equipment to use in a number of specific situations.

Instead of using the wrong equipment and making a critical mistake, MI Safety recommends that individuals consider taking their safety course in fall protection training. In this course, students will learn the ABC’s of fall protection to prepare them to make educated decisions when purchasing and using equipment.

The ABC’s of Fall Protection Equipment

A – Anchor

B – Body Harness

C – Connecting Components

While the ABC’s of fall protection equipment are easy enough to remember, there is still a lot to be learned about their variations. For example, body harness equipment has several variables that need to be considered before you can decide on which to use. These can be remembered by another acronym: ADELP, which stands for Arrest attachment, Descent control, confined space Entry or exit, Ladder, and Positioning.

If you do not know much about the ABC’s of fall protection, chances are that you will have a difficult time purchasing the correct type of equipment. As a result, purchasing the wrong type of equipment can have disastrous consequences and even endanger your life as well as the lives of those around you. To learn more about the fall protection safety training courses from MI Safety, visit http://misafety.ca/ today.

Written by robin postnikoff — November 24, 2014

Load Management Safety Training Courses from Edmonton’s MI Safety

Load management can be an extremely dangerous environment, especially if there are workers that are not properly trained in slinging and rigging procedures. As a crane operator it is your responsibility to make sure that everything is properly secured before it is hoisted; otherwise you will be responsible for any injuries that may occur as a result of your negligence.

By enrolling MI Safety’s Crane Safe Slinging and Rigging safety training, Edmonton crane operators will learn one of the most crucial lessons to ensuring safety: do not transport anything until you are satisfied that it is adequately secured. If the load is not correctly fastened and slung to the crane, the entire operation must be stopped and correctly re-slung.

In addition to the responsibilities of the crane operator you will also learn a valuable wealth of information including the equipment that is commonly used in slinging and rigging, how to use them, and when to use them. Specific topics that will be covered in the course also include load weights, fibre ropes, hardware, and crane operations.

If you are a crane operator who is interested in load management safety training courses, Edmonton’s MI Safety offers a slinging and rigging course that may save the lives of everybody on your worksite. To learn more, visit their website at http://misafety.ca/pages/safe-slinging-and-rigging or call the office at 780 987 3465.

Written by robin postnikoff — November 20, 2014

Updated Fall Protection Course Information

We are continually working to increase the quality of our safety training course materials, and the linked video from our YouTube channel show the video references we have created to enhance our PowerPoint.  This video covers various connector failure scenarios, shows a series of drop tests using a live person and a bunch of destructive drop tests using a test mannequin.

Register for our Fall Protection Safety Training Edmonton Course - http://bit.ly/1qs7Ai0

Written by robin postnikoff — October 21, 2014

First Aid Training – Edmonton’s MI Safety Describes the Difference between Emergency First Aid & the Standard First Aid Course

In Alberta, every worksite and place of employment requires, at least, one employee who has completed an Emergency first aid training course. However, most employers have the majority of their workers also train in first aid as a precaution.

Emergency First Aid vs. Standard First Aid Training

Edmonton’s MI Safety currently offers two types of first aid courses: emergency and standard. Emergency first aid is intended to teach students about immediate life threatening injuries including breathing and cardiovascular emergencies, often caused by air way blockages due to anaphylaxis, deadly bleeding, shock heart attack, and cardiac arrest.

Standard first aid, on the other hand, covers a broad scope of all the information available on first aid training as well as first aid for injuries that are not immediately life threatening. Standard first aid training educates students on anything from head and spine injuries, muscle and bone injuries, heat and cold injuries, poisons, emergency child birth, and burns.

First aid training is important for individuals from all lifestyles, even if they are not working in hazardous industries. Statistics show that 80% of the time that a Canadian performs first aid, it is on someone who is a friend or family member, 16% of the time they perform it at work, and 84% of the time they perform it on a member of the public. This means that first aid training is not only has occupational benefits but may also save the lives of the worker’s family or friends. To learn more about the courses available at MI Safety, explore their website at: http://www.misafety.ca/.

Written by robin postnikoff — October 20, 2014

How Is Worker Safety Enhanced With the H2S Alive? Edmonton’s MI Safety Describes the Importance of Hands-On Training

Are you currently a worker or soon to be a worker who is going to be around Hydrogen Sulfide (or H2S) gases? At MI Safety, we offer all kinds of safety certification courses, including the H2S Alive for anyone who works around H2S including anyone in the oil and gas industry, anyone who is manufacturing chemicals, utility workers, farming operations, pulp and paper, and heavy water.

The H2S Alive course at MI Safety discusses the properties, hazards, protective equipment, measuring equipment, and emergency response guidelines for workers and rescuers.  

In the last decade, H2S detection for worker protection has been simplified. For one, access to reliable gas detection monitors has never been cheaper and more available than it is today. However, despite the superior advancements of technology and, as a result, the awareness of a need for gas detection, it is now commonplace for many workplaces to have personal gas detectors on employees at all times. These alarms will go off when sensing even the smallest amount of H2S, warning workers of the hazards. Although overall worker protection is greatly enhanced by these precautions, accidents may still happen every once in a while.

If you are currently working in an industry in which Hydrogen Sulfide is a threat, it may be worthwhile to consider taking H2S Alive. Edmonton’s MI Safety currently offers this and other courses by using a combination of textbook education and hands-on training. To learn more, explore the MI Safety website at: http://www.misafety.ca/.

Written by robin postnikoff — October 17, 2014

Edmonton’s MI Safety Describes the Challenges Involved with Rescuing a Worker after a Fall

In order to ensure fall protection, it is necessary to read and follow all of the inspection steps written out by the manufacturer of the equipment that you are going to be working with should an emergency occur. It is in this way that you will able to not only know how to properly use it, but notice if it is in bad condition or failing in some way.

If you cannot find any instructions, MI Safety, recommends searching online in order to prepare yourself when performing fall protection. Edmonton workers should also take time out to make sure the fabric components, metal components, and plastic parts appear to be in good condition.

Sometimes falls are unavoidable which is why it is best to consider all the challenges that you may come across during a fall including designing a plan to rescue your fallen co-worker.

Rescue Challenges during a Fall

One of the main rescue challenges that you may come across following a fall involves getting to height safely. Although this can often be a slow and time consuming process, rescuing a worker post fall can be accomplished much more successfully if a rescue plan has been prepared including a plan using proper equipment. Once a worker has fallen, it is imperative that his or her coworkers know how to properly lift them by utilizing an anchor and designing a functional pulley system.

MI Safety trains workers to follow various safety procedures in a number of different industries. Properly trained workers ensure a safer environment for everyone. The best method to avoiding hazardous situations is to inspect equipment thoroughly prior to beginning a job. Although this may not always prevent a worker from falling, it will make sure that the rescue situation is a success. To learn more, explore the MI Safety website at:  http://www.misafety.ca/pages/about-us.

Written by robin postnikoff — October 16, 2014

What Are the Dangers of Confined Space Entry? Edmonton’s MI Safety Explains All You Need to Know

If a confined space is not properly locked out, it can result in dire consequences such as serious injury or death to the individuals working within it. MI Safety was established in 2003 when the founder, Robin Postnikoff, observed that many rescue and first aid certification courses lacked the right combination of textbook education and hands-on training to properly prepare students for real world situations.

A dangerous confined space can be characterized by a number of elements. In general, it is either the work environment or the activities being performed within the environment that may create a potential hazard.

What Kind of Hazards Can Occur in a Confined Space?

When performing a confined space entry, Edmonton students should review the actual area in itself to ensure that it is not too small, cramped, dark, cold, or hot. In addition, depending on which industry you are working in, the space can contain many moving parts including mixers, chains, gear, and drive shafts. These instruments should all be locked out; otherwise they could seriously injure or kill workers.

Additionally, sometimes a building’s pipes contain dangerous substances which are even more detrimental in a smaller space. Harmful substances can displace oxygen, consume oxygen, or cause toxicity within the human body.

Other times, activities performed by workers can also cause potentially fatal problems. Grinding, chipping, and hammering can produce sparks that can start an explosion in a tight place if the atmosphere is flammable.

These are just some of the dangers that can occur from confined space entry. Edmonton workers need to be alert at all times in order to notice potential hazards and how to deal with them if anything ever happens. To learn more visit the MI Safety website at: http://www.misafety.ca/pages/about-us.

Written by robin postnikoff — October 15, 2014