MI Safety Answers the Question: “What is OSSA Confined Space Entry and Monitor Training?”

We often get the question, “What is OSSA confined Space Entry and Monitor Training” and “How does it vary from Confined Space Entry and Rescue training?”.


Generally speaking, the knowledge taught in the course is not much different. Essentially “OSSA” means that the course is approved by the Oil Sands Safety Association. All workers entering site in and around Fort McMurray for one of the Member Companies Such as CNRL, Albian Sands, Syncrude and Suncor, must have the approval if they are entering a confined space on site and appropriate confined space training. The technical information and legislation information taught is essentially the same information in either course. The OSSA course has specific work practice information required for working on the OSSA member sites.


If a worker takes the non OSSA course, they are learning the same information regarding legislation, and technical information, however the practices and procedures information learned would typically be generic. If the course was provided for a specific client, the information generally would be customized to the customer, and company specific information would be inserted.


Many companies choose to take the OSSA accredited version, even if they do not do work on OSSA members sites, as the Oil Sands Safety Association has a very stringent process for evaluating and auditing those companies that they accredit. Additionally, they have the Monitor training included into the course. If you are not using an accredited course, you must check to verify if Monitor training is included. Rescue training is not included in Oil Sands version of the course, however many non-accredited courses include rescue components. Typically this is not covered as member sites provide site specific rescue teams. Rescue training typically includes an overview of hazard assessment for rescue, rescue planning, rescue equipment, and then a component that includes hands on rescue drills, with live rescues and standard CPR training. We offer this course each week at MI Safety Inc. Other courses offered from MI Safety all include both theoretical in-classes, as well as, a practical hands-on classes that cover a broad range of health and safety training courses, from confined space training and fall protection training to CPR training.

Written by robin postnikoff — August 13, 2014

Confined Space Entry Permit and Plan

A confined space entry permit and plan is essentially a document that sets out the work to be done and the precautions to be taken. In some ways, it functions as a safety checklist to make sure that nothing is overlooked. In addition to an entry permit and plan, confined space training and other health and safety training from a recognized and accredited training institution, such as MI Safety, will ensure that when you enter a confined space, you know what you are doing.

Before entering a confined space, an entry permit and plan must be written. It should contain at least the following information:

  • The permit and plan must contain name of the worker who did the confined space testing.
  • The name on the permit would indicate that adequate precautions are being taken to control the anticipated hazards.
  • The entry permit should be posted at the confined space and remain so until the work is completed.
  • The employer should keep a copy of the completed permit on file for 1 year if there were no incidents and for 2 years if there was an incident.

The information required for a confined space entry permit and plan is as follows:

  • The length of time the permit is valid for and the name or names of the workers that will enter the confined space.
  • The name or names of the attendant, (also known as safety watch, safety monitor or hole watch).
  • Where the confined space is located, a description of work that has to be done in the confined space and the date and time of entry and an expiry date.
  • Atmospheric testing information. Ex. when, where, results, date monitoring equipment was calibrated.
    • Ideally, calibration should be done just before each confined space entry. If this is not possible, follow the equipment manufacturer’s guidelines for frequency of calibration.
  • Any other special precautions taken, such as specialized PPE and mechanical ventilation equipment, and rescue equipment needed, etc.

Each site you work on should provide a site specific orientation regarding practices and procedures; you are obligated to follow these site requirements. Confined Space Training and other health and safety training will act as an asset and ensure you remain safe the entire time you are on the work site. As you work, the completed permit must be kept available to all workers involved. Depending on the site, and the circumstances, the practice is to have the permit posted at each entry point into the confined space. If you have an entry permit that will cover a specific job, which may occur over more than one shift, the time for which the entry permit and plan is valid is based on the estimated time to finish the project’s work activities and must be written on the permit and plan.

An entry permit will be regarded as expired if any of the following situations occur:

  • The confined space is returned to service
  • There is not a competent supervisor for the confined space
  • Or if there is an interrupted for a significant time because of an emergency that affects the space, such as an incident, or a breakdown of engineering control equipment.

If an entry permit has timed out or expired for any of these reasons, a new permit must be issued before entry into the confined space. If a hazard assessment is performed for a representative sample of identical confined spaces, then one entry permit can be used for the identical confined spaces.

Written by robin postnikoff — August 13, 2014

job opening sales and promotions staff member

Sales and Promotions Job Description


MI Safety is a established safety training company with locations in Devon and Edmonton that is looking for a Sales and Promotion Person to keep us in touch with our customers.  The right person will be presentable, well spoken, good at interacting with costumers. 


-Phone call, emailing and visit regular customers on a daily basis.

-meeting customers for coffee and taking them out for lunch on a daily basis.

-reporting to company management on contact made with customers.

-cold call and visit new customers

-follow up with customers who log complaints.

-attend tradeshows


You will need your own vehicle for this job.  We can pay $15-18/hour plus we will reimburse you for mileage and expenses. 


Please forward your resume and a letter of intent. Robin 780 405 3472 or robin@misafety.ca


Written by robin postnikoff — April 11, 2014

Edmonton Safety Training Location

MI Safety Inc is very excited to be opening a new Edmonton location located directly on the Yellowhead Freeway at the 149st intersection.  This location has excellent exposure, and is extremely convenient for students needing training.  Students simply pull off the Yellowhead and park onsite.  We will be having a regular schedule of course at the site, including OSSA Fall Protection, Confined Space Entry and Monitor, Regional Orientation, Standard and Emergency First Aid with CPR.  We will also be hosting weekend classes and evening classes.  New to this facility, we will be hosting hybrid online/classroom training. You will be able to do the theory portion of a course online, then attend a 2-3 hour practical component, after work.

Our regular programming will begin on Tuesday February 18th.

Click here for a map to the location.



Written by robin postnikoff — January 31, 2014

Fall Rescue for Tower Workers

MI Safety Inc is actively promoting our Tower Worker Fall Rescue course.  This course is designed for telecommunication tower workers, ski lift workers, and oil and gas processing workers.  In these types of work environments, there is typically a limited number coworkers/rescuers and work is in a remote location.  The only option for rescue is for the casualty to be rescued by a coworker.


The course covers fall rescue planning, rope systems for fall rescue, primary and secondary securement, first aid, kernmantle ropes and knots, 4:1 pulley systems, prussiks, mechanical ascenders, descent control devices like the MPD and Petzl ID.  The course consists of a short theory section and the majority of the day is spent doing practical exercises.


This course is offered at our site at the Leduc #1 Historic Site, which despite the name, is actually 2km south of Devon Alberta on Highway 60 at 50339, Hwy 60.  We can also offer this course at your site, if you have a group of workers.

Written by robin postnikoff — January 31, 2014

online h2s training

MI Safety is pleased to be able to offer an online H2S training course.  We specifically formatted this course for the western Canadian Oil Patch, and it deals with Hydrogen Sulfide detection, protection and emergency Response.  This course is illustrated very well, and contains excellent video and photo examples that help the user understand the hazards of poisons gases like H2S.

Click this link to go directly to the information page where you can read about and purchase the course.



Written by robin postnikoff — January 21, 2014

Alberta OHS Updates Ticketing and Administrative Penalties as of January 1 2014

Currently OHS penalties can be imposed against employers, workers, prime contractors, suppliers and contractors.  The penalties exist to enforce compliance with the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code.  The Act requires all parties to do everything that is practical and common in the industry to ensure not only their own safety, but everyone else who is present at the work site.
OHS administrative penalties can be imposed against any parties regulated by OHS legislation, these include workers, contractors, suppliers, prime contractors and employers. These penalties aim to encourage improved compliance with health and safety regulations, and are meant to work as a persuasive deterrent against those who demonstrate a chronic disregard for health and safety in the workplace.
Currently those who are in non compliance can face Administrative penalties which can be up to $10,000 per violation per day. The amount of an administrative penalty is determined by OHS officials, upon their consideration of the companies historical safety performance together with factors such as compliance interventions and frequency of orders imposed.  OHS officials are looking to determine if there is a authentic commitment to maintaining a health and safety system in the workplace. OHS administrative penalties can be appealed to the OHS Council.
Issuing Administrative Penalties is not a straightforward process, and is not an immediate "Cause and Effect" like the new system of "Ticketing" will be.
Beginning January 1, 2014, workers and employers in contravention of ticket able provisions of OHS legislation can be issued tickets by OHS officers. OHS tickets will be similar to a traffic ticket, they are an on-the-spot penalty given out following an infraction of the law, and range from one to five hundred dollars.
The Tickets will be paid at any Provincial Court of Alberta Building, just like a traffic ticket. A party that wishes to plead not guilty, will be given a court date to contest the ticket.
The reasons ticketing has been proposed is to improve compliance with the Alberta OHS Act, Regulation and Code on work sites across Alberta.  Unlike Administrative Penalties that are less clear to issue, the ticket will be an immediate consequence where an OHS officer observes a situation of non compliance.  A list of Ticketable offences is available by clicking here.
Robin Postnikoff, Director, MI Safety Inc.

Written by robin postnikoff — December 18, 2013

British Columbia is Granting $500 000 to the Canadian Avalanche Center and BC Search and Rescue.

The government is splinting the money into two $250 000 grants for both the CAC and BCSAR.  The money is provided by the Gaming Industry Revenues Grant.  So far 4.1 million dollars have been provided to SAR, Firefighting and other emergency organizations.
As part of the announcement the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Suzanne Anton, reminded back country uses of the importance of preparness and safety in the back country.
An average of 15 people die from exposure and hypothermia each year in the province, and another 10 die from skiing, snowboarding and snowmobile related accidents.
Acton Quoted-"The Canadian Avalanche Centre an BC Search and Rescue Association, along with their membership, do tremendous work educating people about safe practices when heading into the winter backcountry, work that saves lives". She also went on to say "We encourage everyone to listen to these experts: get the gear, get the training, check the forecasts and leave a plan."
The CAC has recorded a steady downward trend in the number of avalanche fatalities in the last then years. This is encouraging as the number of back country users has had a large increase over the same period.  The industry is excited about this trend, and the grant, which will allow them to continue to promote the message of safety.

Written by robin postnikoff — December 14, 2013

Company Charged in Deadly Propane Explosion

An Ontario Business convicted in a deadly explosion of a propane plant in Toronto is expected to be sentenced in in Provincial Court today.

The company Sunrise Propane and its directors Shay Ben-Moshe together with Valery Belahov were found guilty in June of 2013 of nine occupational health and safety offences related to the 2008 explosion that killed one man and caused  thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes.

A 25 year old employee Parminder Saini died in the explosion and a 55-year old professional firefighter who responded to the emergency on his day off, died of cardiac arrest.

The Provincial court ruled that Sunrise Propane failed to provide its employees safety training and to do everything reasonable practicable to ensure a safe working environment.  They were additionally charged with discharging a contaminant, and contravened a number of provincial orders related to the cleanup after the explosion.

The Provincial court also found that Ben-Moshe and Belahov failed to take all reasonable care and to comply with orders in place after the explosion.

The Occupational Health and Safety department shut down all three of Sunrise Propane's facilities.

Written by robin postnikoff — December 10, 2013