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What You Need to Know about MI Safety’s OSSA Confined Space Entry & Monitoring Safety Training

Edmonton, Alberta is known for its thriving oil sands industry as well as other industrial sectors such as manufacturing, construction, and agriculture. If you are currently looking for confined entry safety training courses, Edmonton’s MI Safety has two different options that you can choose from: the OSSA Confined Space Entry and Monitoring course or the online Confined Space Entry and Monitoring course.

Determining which of the two courses is right for you involves knowing what each entails. The Confined Space Entry and Monitoring safety training course focuses primarily on the basics of what you need to know when working in a confined space environment; it does not include monitor training.

The Oil Sands Safety Association course, on the other hand, prepares individuals with all the technical and legislative information required for working on OSSA member sites. However, the OSSA accredited course does not provide training on rescue plans, equipment, and hazards because OSSA member sites already have their own rescue teams.

MI Safety Inc. offer a number of different safety training courses in Edmonton and Devon including Fall Protection, First Aid & CPR, Ground Disturbance, Enform H2S Alive, OSSA Confined Space training and OSSA Regional Orientation. To get certified for any of MI Safety’s on-site courses visit to register or for online courses visit For more information on any of our courses (780) 987-3465.

Written by robin postnikoff — January 26, 2015

MI Safety Inc equipment used to film movie production

This most recent weekend was an interesting one for us at MI Safety Inc.  A film crew with the movie "40 Below and Falling" used our office, training classrooms and fall arrest safety equipment for the set in one the scenes of the movie.  40 Below and Falling stars Jewel Staite who has starred in numerous Hollywood films and TV shows. Jewel Staite plays a teacher who has taken a job in the north, but must return home for her wedding.  Unfortunately a storm closes the airport, and she must take an adventure by snowmobile to get home. The movie will likely be in theaters in late 2015 or early 2016.

Written by robin postnikoff — January 21, 2015

MI Safety Emphasizes the Importance of Workplace Hazardous Material Safety Courses, Edmonton AB

Primary industries that drive Edmonton’s economy include the oil, gas, agriculture, and forestry sectors. These industries as well as countless others like them require an adherence to the proper safety procedures that can be learned through safety training. Edmonton-based MI Safety offers residents the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – the national standard in hazard communication for this exact reason.

Available in online, in class, or as a self-study, the WHMIS course manual teaches students the basic information on the history of chemicals in the workplace, common terminology, workplace labels, supplier labels, and Material Safety Data Sheets. To make sure students understand the material, the WHMIS course is set up to review all the chemicals that may be in the workplace, classes/divisions of chemicals, WHMIS symbols, handling procedures, storage, and the use of PPE.

Suppliers, manufacturers, employers, and workers all have a responsibility to educate themselves on WHMIS. Not only is WHMIS necessary to ensure that workplaces remains safe, but workers have a right to know about hazardous materials they might be exposed to.

To learn more about all of MI Safety’s safety courses, Edmonton residents can call 780-987-3465. The manual costs $22.50+GST and can be purchased in person, on the MI Safety website, or by phone. The classroom version is available for group of no less than 8 people. Upon completing any training option, MI Safety issues a WHMIS training certificate within 30 days.



Written by robin postnikoff — January 05, 2015

Looking for Comprehensive CPR Training? Edmonton’s MI Safety Presents Individuals with Both Standard & Emergency First Aid Course Options

Whether you are working with children, the elderly, or in hazardous environments first aid training is an essential skill that many employers look for. Moreover, first aid certifications expire every 3 years and without re-certification you may be unqualified to continue working in your sector.

This is why, at MI Safety, we offer individuals first aid courses on a weekly basis. Our courses are regularly offered on Mondays and Tuesdays, and in the case of a long weekend on Tuesday or Wednesday. In addition, our first aid courses are certified by the Canadian Red Cross, but we can also offer the St. John’s Ambulance format for students requesting it.

At MI Safety we try to accommodate the requirements of all of our students which is why we currently offer two versions of first aid training. Edmonton residents have the option of taking two distinctly different courses: standard first aid or emergency first aid.

The first of our 2 available courses is the 2-day standard course which covers both life threatening injuries and non-life threatening injuries that can progress into something more severe. The emergency course teaches students what to do when faced with life threatening injuries exclusively. By the end of either of these training courses students can expect to learn all of the necessary theoretical principles of first aid along with a hands-on portion that they must participate in.

It is important to remember that although first aid & CPR training is mandatory for employees in certain occupational settings.  The majority of the time that first aid is performed is when a family member or a loved one is in trouble. Individuals can help ensure the safety of those around them by regularly re-certifying themselves through first aid courses. To learn more about first aid or CPR training, Edmonton residents can call 780 987 3465.

Written by robin postnikoff — January 05, 2015

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 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 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.

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Written by robin postnikoff — October 21, 2014