Oil Drilling Safety then and now

This Oil industry video from the 1950's does a great job of explaining the process of producing oil, and explaining some of the hazards involved.  It is interesting seeing how times have changed, but risks of oil extraction have remained the same.  The video discusses hazards due to falling, h2S and fires and explosions.  Enjoy.



Written by robin postnikoff — September 10, 2014

New MI Safety Inc Online Fall Protection Course and Video

This is the opening segment of our online fall protection course and video.  The online course will be 180 minutes long in total.  This clip still needs some text overlay.


Written by robin postnikoff — August 27, 2014

falling on a csa fall arrestor and vertical life line

Did you ever wonder what happens when you fall?  What about when you hold your fall arrestor on a vertical life line in a non engaged position?  This is a stunted fall we recorded for a online fall protection course and fall protection video we are producing.


Written by robin postnikoff — August 25, 2014

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