MI SAFETY

Updated Fall Protection Course Information

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

 

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

The Importance of Fall Protection – 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 02, 2014

First Aid for a Dislocated Shoulder

This video shows some backcountry first aid.  This is a technique I learned in an advanced wilderness first aid course.  My friend dislocated his shoulder while riding in the backcountry and we relocated it for him.  I dont recommend you try this unless you have the proper training course.

 

Written by robin postnikoff — September 24, 2014

Drop Tests on Fall Protection Equipment

This is a series of video clips and drop tests we did on fall protection equipment for our online fall protection course, and our Classroom based OSSA Fall Protection Course.  I dropped on lanyards, srl, vertical life line, and horizontal life lines.  There is also some clips of swing falls, and srl failure.

 

Written by robin postnikoff — September 16, 2014

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