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Drug & Alcohol Testing

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 ALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTERED FOR A TEST ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE 24 HOURS CANCELLATION NOTICE. IF 24 HOURS NOTICE IS NOT GIVEN, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FULL PRICE OF THE COURSE WITH THE CREDIT CARD OR PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER WE TOOK AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.

Many companies have Drug & Alcohol Policies in place. Armour Safety utilizes expertly trained professionals to provide these services. Our Occupational testers are trained through the Drug and Alcohol Association of Canada (DATAC). We can work with your company to ensure you are getting the correct drug panel test for your employees. We offer testing for Post-accident/incident, Random, Pre-Access, Pre-employment, return to duty, or reasonable suspicion/cause. Our lab-based tests offer additional screening by a Medical Review Officer.

We are partnered up with many different companies to offer third party testing including SureHire, CannAmm, ECS, Escreen and DriverCheck.

Drug & Alcohol Tests we offer

  • Urine drug test- instant and lab-based
  • Saliva drug test-instant and lab-based
  • Breath alcohol testing-instant
  • Saliva alcohol testing-instant
  • DOT Drug and alcohol testing-lab-based only
  • Hair drug test-lab-based only

Respiratory Fit

Section 88 of Saskatchewan’s OH&S Regulations, 1996 make it clear that where workers may be exposed to airborne contaminants that may present a hazard to workers, the employer is responsible to ensure that the worker is provided with and uses respiratory protection. Furthermore, where a tight-fitting respirator is required, the employer must ensure that the worker is fit-tested to ensure that the respirator forms a tight seal with the workers skin. It is critical that a worker who is required to wear a respirator be properly fitted for his or her mask. The fit-testing process involves selecting the correct size and type of respirator (mask) for each worker and ensuring that he/she knows how to don, use, and care for their mask correctly.

Armour has certified testers to perform both Qualitatively and quantitively fit tests for all types of Masks. We offer fit tests for disposable masks, as well as half, full and oxygen supplied masks. Call for more information.

Audiometric Testing

After completing a general Audiometry questionnaire and having the ear canal examined, the Audiometry test will be carried out using an audiometer. Results will be discussed with the employee and if necessary, they will be referred to their GP. A summary report will be sent to the company. Audiometry can be carried out at Armour Safety or at the company in a quiet room, only if ambient noise levels are suitable.

Occupational Audiometry is a screening technique used to detect early damage to hearing resulting from exposure to noise. Identifying any damage allows for follow-up remedial action in the workplace and if necessary, a medical referral. It is not a diagnostic technique. The Saskatchewan OH&S Noise and Hearing Conservation Regulations provide a comprehensive framework for the control of noise at work. The regulations place a general duty on employers to reduce the risk of hearing damage to the lowest level reasonably practicable and contain other requirements which have been implemented when certain noise levels are reached. See Part VIII, Section 113-114 of the Sask OH&S Legislation for Action Levels The Saskatchewan OH&S Noise and Hearing Conservation Regulations also indicates that if there is a risk to the health of the employees exposed to noise, then the employer shall ensure that such employees are placed under suitable health surveillance, which includes testing their hearing.

Audiometric Testing

After completing a general Audiometry questionnaire and having the ear canal examined, the Audiometry test will be carried out using an audiometer. Results will be discussed with the employee and if necessary, they will be referred to their GP. A summary report will be sent to the company. Audiometry can be carried out at Armour Safety or at the company in a quiet room, only if ambient noise levels are suitable.

Occupational Audiometry is a screening technique used to detect early damage to hearing resulting from exposure to noise. Identifying any damage allows for follow-up remedial action in the workplace and if necessary, a medical referral. It is not a diagnostic technique. The Saskatchewan OH&S Noise and Hearing Conservation Regulations provide a comprehensive framework for the control of noise at work. The regulations place a general duty on employers to reduce the risk of hearing damage to the lowest level reasonably practicable and contain other requirements which have been implemented when certain noise levels are reached. See Part VIII, Section 113-114 of the Sask OH&S Legislation for Action Levels The Saskatchewan OH&S Noise and Hearing Conservation Regulations also indicates that if there is a risk to the health of the employees exposed to noise, then the employer shall ensure that such employees are placed under suitable health surveillance, which includes testing their hearing.

Spirometry Testing

Armour Safety will be offering this service in Spring 2021. Contact the office for more details.

All testing is available for offsite bookings or at Armour Safety Facility.

Course Profiles

Aerial Work Platform

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 ALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTERED FOR A COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE 24 HOURS CANCELLATION NOTICE. IF 24 HOURS NOTICE IS NOT GIVEN, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FULL PRICE OF THE COURSE WITH THE CREDIT CARD OR PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER WE TOOK AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.

Aerial Work Platforms are commonly used in construction, inspection, and repair services to lift employees to an elevated work position. Proper operation and use of this equipment can make completion of tasks at elevation safer and more efficient. Using aerial work platforms outside of the manufacturer’s recommended parameters or exceeding the limit capacities will result in equipment failure that could have fatal results. Knowing and understanding the equipment limitations, operating characteristics and maintenance and inspection requirements of aerial work platforms will significantly reduce the risk of any accidental injury or personal damage associated with this type of equipment.

This training is a combination of classroom instruction and practical experience. The instruction portion covers all pertinent aspects of Table 14.1 of the Saskatchewan OH&S regulations.  As of 2007, Saskatchewan OH&S legislation requires anyone who operates powered mobile equipment to have a minimum of 16 hours training.  

Key Elements:

  • Types of Aerial Work Platforms
    • Scissor lift; Telescopic Boom-Type; Articulated Boom-Type; Bucket truck
  • Terminology
    • AWP components; Component functions
  • Stability and Capacity
    • Leverage; Centre of gravity; Motion (Dynamic vs. Static); Unit configuration
  • Inspections
    • Inspection classifications; Legislation; Pre-Use inspections;
  • Safe Operation
    • Labels; Symbols; Operating practices; Operating Hazards; Fall protection systems
  • Maintenance and refueling
    • Danger/poison; PPE; High pressure fluid avoidance; Practice safe maintenance; Handling waste product and chemicals; Precautions
  • Hazards
    • Precautions; Mitigating hazards
  • Theory Exam
  • Practical Exam

A variety of teaching strategies are used to facilitate learning including discussion, guides/manuals, PowerPoint, and equipment specific practical training.  At the conclusion of each course participants may receive a certificate of completion provided the employer can give credit for past experience.

Course Length: 8 hours. A minimum of 8 hours of previous practical equipment specific experience is required in order to receive certification at the completion of the course.

Pre Requisites: Fall Protection End User training (Must be Armour Safety; Energy Safety Canada approved; or as approved by Armour Safety).

Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the theory and practical components (16 hours classroom and practical training combined) each participant will receive a certificate that is valid for three years. Course participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned.

Additional Notes:

  • Appropriate clothing is recommended (i.e. jeans, pants, PPE).
  • Participants should be physically capable to perform the required exercises to pass the program e.g., employees not on Workers’ Compensation or light duty.
  • Must have a total of 16 hours training consisting of theory and practical experience before a certificate can be issued.
  • The equipment being used needs to have been inspected within the last year.  The equipment manual and the manual of responsibilities has to be readily available for training purposes.

 

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Fall Protection

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 ALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTERED FOR A COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE 24 HOURS CANCELLATION NOTICE. IF 24 HOURS NOTICE IS NOT GIVEN, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FULL PRICE OF THE COURSE WITH THE CREDIT CARD OR PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER WE TOOK AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.

A Fall Protection certificate is required by anyone working at heights as defined in the Saskatchewan OH&S Regulations. This course is designed to help workers understand the principles of fall protection and how they apply to the workplace. The program will meet or exceed applicable government regulations for the training of employees who work at heights.

Key Elements

  • Introduction to Fall Protection
    • Define force and free fall; understand force and force values; utilize the three levels of hazard control
  • Fall Protection Fundamentals
    • Primary and secondary attachments; Travel restraint gear; work positioning gear; Fall arrest gear; components of a fall arrest system; Vertical and horizontal fall arrest systems; systems other than PFAS
  • Legislation
    • Identify legislative requirements; Learn to use fall protection plans; Identify training requirements
  • Anchorage
    • Differentiate between certified and non-certified anchorages; Identify anchorage hazards; Discuss the guidelines for anchorage selection
  • Inspection & Maintenance
    • To conduct informal inspections; to conduct formal inspections; Identify equipment similarities; Identify common deficiencies; Recognize proper labeling; Proper Care & Storage
  • Body Harness
    • Know harness classifications; Identify harness hazards; Know how to select and fit a harness
  • Connection Devices
    • Recognize connecting device hazards; Identify compatible components; Ensure secure attachments
  • Special Solutions
    • Industry alternatives to conventional fall protection
  • Rescue
    • Suspension trauma; Understand the need for timely rescue; Rescue planning
  • Designing a Fall Protection System
    • Clearance requirements; how equipment deploys; calculating clearance requirements; designing a fall protection system
  • Course Exam

In this course a variety of teaching strategies are used to facilitate learning including discussion, guides/manuals, PowerPoint, videos and hands on activities with fall protection equipment such as donning a harness and equipment inspection.

COURSE LENGTH: 7-8 Hours

PRE REQUISITES: None

OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course (minimum score of 75%) each participant will receive a certificate that is valid for three years. Course participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • Appropriate clothing is recommended (i.e. jeans, pants, closed toe shoes).

 

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Confined Space Entry & Rescue

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 ALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTERED FOR A COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE 24 HOURS CANCELLATION NOTICE. IF 24 HOURS NOTICE IS NOT GIVEN, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FULL PRICE OF THE COURSE WITH THE CREDIT CARD OR PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER WE TOOK AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.

TARGET AUDIENCE - A Confined Space certificate is required by anyone entering a confined space as defined in the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation

DURATION - 7-8 hours

CONTENT - Understand the OH&S regulations as they pertain to confined spaces; How to recognize and mark confined spaces; Identify and control confined space hazards; Identify required personal protective equipment; Become familiar with industry accepted standards and regional codes of practice; Learn how to plan a successful entry; Learn how to plan a successful
rescue; Practical entry component.

METHODS - In this course a variety of teaching strategies are used to facilitate learning, including discussion guides/manuals, PowerPoint, video and emergency breathing equipment. Entry into a simulated confined space may be included for those requiring a rescue component to their training. At the conclusion of each course participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned.

PREREQUISITES - None

OPEN TO - Public and company groups

 

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Global Ground Disturbance Level II®

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 ALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTERED FOR A COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE 24 HOURS CANCELLATION NOTICE. IF 24 HOURS NOTICE IS NOT GIVEN, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FULL PRICE OF THE COURSE WITH THE CREDIT CARD OR PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER WE TOOK AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.

Global Ground Disturbance Level II® is designed for any party that is supervising a ground disturbance, independently performing a ground disturbance, or issuing and receiving ground disturbance permits. The program ensures that Level II® personnel are familiar with, and fully understand, all the regulations (Sk, & AB.) and variances involved when a ground disturbance takes place.

The course is presented in a logical sequence – from the pre-planning stage to the actual dig – and highlights the “‘musts” compared to the “shoulds”. Level II® is the standardized program recognized by industry regulators. Participants learn how to clarify sources when searching for underground facilities, provide notification to the facility owner and receive owner notification.

Participants gain an understanding of the necessary approvals/crossing agreements and regulations necessary before creating a ground disturbance. They learn to create a plot plan/site drawing, gain an understanding of line locating and learn about types of exposure. Participants will also learn how to do a back-fill inspection, as well as how to use permits and conduct pre-job meetings. Emergency response plans and what to do in case an underground facility is contacted are also covered.

Objectives are tested by written competency exam. Certification, valid for three years, is issued upon completion of objectives. This course is assessed to the ABCGA Standard 201 Ground Disturbance - Supervisory.

Course Length: 8 Hours

Pre Requisites: None

Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course (minimum score of 80%) each participant will receive a certificate that is valid for three years. Course participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned.

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H2S Alive (Enform)

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 ALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTERED FOR A COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE 24 HOURS CANCELLATION NOTICE. IF 24 HOURS NOTICE IS NOT GIVEN, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FULL PRICE OF THE COURSE WITH THE CREDIT CARD OR PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER WE TOOK AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.

This course is required by oilfield companies and is intended for all workers in the petroleum industry who could be exposed to hydrogen sulphide (H2S). The primary focus is to help people work safely in and around H2S environments. This course covers the physical properties and health hazards of H2S, how to protect oneself and basic rescue techniques. Each participant is required to operate a self-contained breathing apparatus and perform rescue lift and drag exercises. Legislated requirements under Saskatchewan OH&S regulations are met.

Key Elements:

  • H2S Properties, Health Hazards and Locations
    • Properties; H2S Health Hazards; Locations; Review
  • Hazard Assessment and Control
    • Overview of hazard assessments; Step1: Identify the hazards; Step 2: Evaluate the risks; Step 3: Apply Control Measures; Step 4: Monitor the effectiveness of control measures
  • Respiratory Protective Equipment
    • Major components of self-contained breathing apparatus; Using a self-contained breathing apparatus; Major components of a supplied air breathing apparatus; Using a supplied air breathing apparatus
  • Detection of H2S
    • Electronic monitors versus detector tube devices;
  • Initial Response strategy
    • Seven-step initial response strategy; Step 1: Evacuate; Step 2: Alarm; Step 3: Assess; Step 4: Protect; Step 5: Rescue; Step 6: First Aid; Step 7: Medical Aid
  • Exam

A variety of strategies are used to facilitate learning including discussion, guides/manuals, PowerPoints, group projects, and practical exercise including rescue drags, air monitor usage, and donning/doffing of SCBAs.

Course Length: 7-8 Hours

Pre Requisites: None

Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course (minimum score of 70%) each participant will receive an Enform certificate that is valid for three years. Course participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned.

Additional Notes:

  • Appropriate clothing is recommended (i.e. jeans, pants, closed toe shoes).
  • Participants should be physically capable to perform the required exercises to pass the program e.g., employees not on Workers’ Compensation or light duty.

 

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Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR with AED

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 ALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTERED FOR A COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE 24 HOURS CANCELLATION NOTICE. IF 24 HOURS NOTICE IS NOT GIVEN, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FULL PRICE OF THE COURSE WITH THE CREDIT CARD OR PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER WE TOOK AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.

This course is a comprehensive two-day course offering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who need training due to work requirements or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home. It includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines and meets Saskatchewan OH&S regulations for Standard First Aid and CPR.

Key Elements:

  • The Red Cross
  • Preparing to respond
  • The emergency medical services system
  • Check, call, care
  • Airway emergencies
  • Breathing and circulation emergencies
  • Respiratory and cardiac arrest (including CPR A, C, or HCP)
  • Wound care
  • Head and spine injuries
  • Bone, muscle, and joint injuries
  • Sudden medical emergencies
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Poisons

A variety of teaching strategies are used to facilitate learning including discussion, guides/manuals, PowerPoint, and videos. Additionally, hands-on components are supported by a variety of training materials, based on course requirements, such as: mannequins for practicing CPR, AED trainers, bandages, splinting materials, barrier devices, first aid kits, auto-injector trainers, inhalers etc.  At the conclusion of each course participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned.

Course Length: 18 Hours

Pre Requisites: None

Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course (minimum score of 75%, along with 100% attendance and skills demonstration) each participant will receive a certificate that is valid for three years. Certification in Standard First Aid, CPR Level A, C, or HCP, and AED is available

Additional Notes:

  • Participants should be physically capable to perform the required exercises to pass the program. Please notify the instructor if you have an injury or condition that might require modification of skills demonstration. 

Recertification:  A student can recertify their First Aid/CPR with AED certification in a 6-8 hour course as long as their current certification has not expired.  

 

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Online Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 ALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTERED FOR A COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE 24 HOURS CANCELLATION NOTICE. IF 24 HOURS NOTICE IS NOT GIVEN, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FULL PRICE OF THE COURSE WITH THE CREDIT CARD OR PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER WE TOOK AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.

Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST) is designed to help the pipeline worker know how to respond to worksite health and safety issues by taking the worker through the entire pipeline construction process from beginning to end.  This course provides workers with tools to help them recognize, assess, and control hazards, operate a vehicle safely, operate equipment safely, and emergency response.

Key Elements:

  • Lesson 1: Work preparation
  • Lesson 2: PPE and WHMIS review
  • Lesson 3: Hazard recognition and control
  • Lesson 4: Front end operational hazards and controls
  • Lesson 5: Rigging and hoisting hazards and controls
  • Lesson 6: Pipe hazards and controls
  • Lesson 7: Pipe assembly and coating hazards and controls
  • Lesson 8: Specialized work hazards and controls
  • Lesson 9: Environmental hazards and controls
  • Lesson 10: Back end operational hazards and controls
  • Lesson 11: Vehicle operation
  • Lesson 12: Equipment operation
  • Lesson 13: Emergency response

PCST was created for pipeline workers to enhance their health and safety awareness and to help prevent injuries to workers. The Construction Sector Council has worked with pipeline construction workers, contractors and safety experts across Canada to develop this 13-lesson interactive training course that will give students greater awareness about pipeline construction safety.

Course Length: 6 Hours.

Pre Requisites: None

Outcomes: A final mark of 100% is required in order to receive a certificate of completion. There is a printable certificate that you can print once you successfully complete the course and exam. Course participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned.

Additional Notes:

  • You may save your work, log out, and continue at a later time.

 

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Asbestos Awareness

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 ALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTERED FOR A COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE 24 HOURS CANCELLATION NOTICE. IF 24 HOURS NOTICE IS NOT GIVEN, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FULL PRICE OF THE COURSE WITH THE CREDIT CARD OR PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER WE TOOK AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.

This course is mainly for two groups: employers whose operations may require workers to handle or work in an environment with asbestos or asbestos-containing materials; and workers who work with asbestos removing and cleaning up asbestos waste materials or, very occasionally, installing asbestos. This program will meet or exceed applicable government regulations for the training of employees working with Asbestos.

Key Elements:

  • Introduction to Asbestos Awareness
    • Course objectives;  Statistics;     Legislation, industry standards and codes of practice; General program requirements; Employer responsibilities; Employee responsibilities; Training requirements; Scope and application; Definitions; Permissible exposure limits
  • General Information About Asbestos
    • What is asbestos?; Where can asbestos be found
  • Exposure & Effect
    • Concepts of toxicology; When is asbestos dangerous?; Health effects of asbestos exposure; Determining factors in disease
  • Avoid & Protect
    • How to avoid asbestos exposure; Housekeeping; Tips for using contractors; A successful asbestos program; Work at working safely
  • Handle
    • How to handle asbestos safely; Personal protective equipment
  • Course Exam

A variety of teaching strategies are used to facilitate learning including discussion, guides/manuals, PowerPoint, videos and worksheets.  

Course Length: 3-4 Hours

Pre Requisites: None

Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course (minimum score of 75%) each participant will receive a certificate that is valid for three years. Course participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned.

 

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Fall Rescue

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 ALL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO REGISTERED FOR A COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE 24 HOURS CANCELLATION NOTICE. IF 24 HOURS NOTICE IS NOT GIVEN, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE FULL PRICE OF THE COURSE WITH THE CREDIT CARD OR PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER WE TOOK AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.

This program will meet or exceed applicable government regulations for the training of employees rescuing at heights. Canadian legislation requires that every fall protection plan include a rescue plan.  This course will teach workers that proper strategies and hazard assessments are necessary to safely and efficiently perform rescues using company specific C.S.A. approved rescue gear.

Key Elements:

  • Introduction to Fall Rescue
    • Review of rescue responsibilities and suspension trauma; Explanation and operator manual review of company specific rescue gear; Overview of rescue drills
  • Drill #1
    • Climb with a double leg lanyard; Tie off and secure work positioning device; Choose an anchorage for rappelling and attach an anchorage connector; Climb down using a double leg lanyard
  • Drill #2 - Individual drill
    • Rappel from height to the ground
  • Drill #3 - Individual drill
    • Rappel to a suspended casualty; Perform a casualty pick; Rappel to the ground with casualty
  • Drill #4 - Team Drill
    • Lower casualty to the ground with a decent control device and a tag line
  • Drill #5 - Team Drill
    • Use a pick pole to snag a casualty; Use the decent control to lower casualty to the ground or the block to raise him to safety

A variety of teaching strategies are used to facilitate learning including discussion, guides/manuals, PowerPoint, equipment demonstrations, and performance based exercises. Trainees are required to complete practical testing in order to receive course certification.

Course Length: 7-8 Hours

Pre Requisites: Fall Protection End User training (Must be Armour Safety; Energy Safety Canada approved; or as approved by Armour Safety)

Outcomes: Each participant will receive a certificate for this course valid for three years upon successful completion of all practical exercises. Course participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned. 

Additional Notes:

  • Appropriate clothing is necessary (i.e. jeans, pants, coveralls).
  • Participants must bring their C.S.A. approved fall protection equipment.
  • Participants should be physically capable to perform the required exercises to pass the program e.g., employees not on Workers’ Compensation or light duty.

 

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