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Happy Holidays From the Executive Director & MHSA

Tue, 2017-12-19 15:23

Thank you for having MHSA as your certifying partner and for choosing to make your workplaces safer.

We are pleased to have an article entitled "A Quarter Century of Safer Manufacturing" published in the winter edition of Prairie Manufacturer Magazine. Please visit pages 35-38.

MHSA is excited for the year ahead.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday and a happy New Year!

New Safety Resources

Wed, 2017-11-22 10:35

To better assist you in your efforts of reducing workplace injuries and incidents please visit our Safety Resources page for new links.

  • OHS information resources 
  • Transition from WHMIS 1988 to WHMIS 2015

Supporting STARS Air Ambulance

Fri, 2017-11-17 08:50

With your help, MHSA raised $6,554.40 for STARS Air Ambulance in 2017! We want to give a heartfelt “Thank you” to all who donated this past year. It is because of you that STARS continues to fly!

STARS provides essential air ambulance services and contributes to search and rescue missions. But did you know that they also monitor 4,200 industry worksites as well? This helps STARS to contact people in close proximity with First Aid training to assist with missions, if required due to time constraints.

The admirable STARS workers think quickly on their feet while under pressure. This foresight has helped STARS complete more than 33,000 missions to date, with 11 helicopters and crew always on stand-by. Behind the scenes, a GPS mapping tool gives precise locations and flight times to the crew. Every minute counts when dealing with life and death situations.

The MHSA Rocky View staff had the opportunity to tour the STARS hangar and facility. Speaking to the crew and hearing their real-life situations was fascinating. Some of our staff had this to say about STARS:

“My experience at STARS was one that won’t be forgotten. It’s amazing what the medical staff are able to do in such a small confined space and it was interesting to have all the equipment and its functions explained to us. I think it definitely takes special people to be able to do what they do day to day.”

“I never knew how much manpower and background work goes into the entire process from start to finish. The background work that is done for the flight crews and hospitals keeps the missions organized and ensure that every minute is used wisely.”

“Learning from the flight crew about their mobilization procedures to respond to an emergency, and the equipment and expertise they have on board was an eye opener.”

Let’s look forward to supporting STARS in 2018. They are here for us, our workers and communities 24 hours every day, 365 days a year let’s be there for them!


Office Hours

Thu, 2017-10-19 14:57

MHSA regular business hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm.

Please note our facility doors do not open until 7:30am when classes are scheduled.

We are closed for all statutory holidays.

*** MHSA offices will be closed on Monday, February 18/19 . MHSA offices will re-open on Tuesday, February 19/19. Enjoy family day!

Executive Director Announcement

Fri, 2017-10-06 14:20

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Mike Bett to the position of Executive Director for the MHSA.

MIke joined the company six and a half years ago and has advanced progressively through more responsible positions. Beginning as a Safety Advisor, advancing to Regional Manager, and now progressing to his new appointment, he has continued to play a key role for the association. Mike brings experience to the position and a firm commitment to health and safety.

Please join us in welcoming Mike Bett.

Thank You for Supporting our 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament!

Fri, 2017-09-08 09:14

Our 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was a roaring success! We want to sincerely thank all who attended for their contributions and their smiling faces. We raised just over $980.00 for STARS Air Ambulance from our 25th Anniversary Pack, Mulligan Book, and Raffle sales alone! Here are a few highlights:

We welcomed 77 golfers to the Innisfail Golf Course, starting with the putting contest (won by Scott Wilson of Nexus Energy Technologies). STARS Air Ambulance set up shop at one of the holes with a wildly amusing Marshmallow Drive. The highlight most enjoyed by golfers was the Sugar Shack (sponsored by Endurance Technologies), which hosted a patch of shade and a candy buffet. Golfers from ABCRC (Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation) took the “Most Honest Team” title. Better luck next year!

The STARS VIP (Very Important Patient) Valina Pope shared her emotionally moving experience of how important the STARS Air Ambulance was to her and how they saved her life at age 17.  We greatly appreciate her taking the time to share her story with us.

Thank you to all our sponsors (special thanks to ABCRC and Boilermakers Lodge 146, our star sponsors), all volunteers, golfers, and the golf course itself, for continued support over the years. It’s all of you that make us a success!

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You're Invited to Celebrate With Us - MHSA 25th Anniversary!

Wed, 2017-08-23 15:14

It’s MHSA’s 25th Anniversary! We will be celebrating 25 years of health and safety in Alberta.

All MHSA members and business partners are invited to join us for refreshments, lunch, presentations and giveaways. 

We want YOU to celebrate with us at one of our three locations at the end of September! That's right we are offering these events regional to ensure the majority of our membership can join us.

Please RSVP prior to September 15th. 

Keep watching our website for more information!

*Media may be present to report on the event


Mon, 2017-08-21 17:34

Congratulations to Jessica Siebold for achieving her MSO designation!

MHSA Newest MSO - Jessica Siebold

MHSA Wants you to "Take A Walk!"

Fri, 2017-07-28 13:22

August 24th is WCB’s annual Take a Walk day. To help promote the Back Active campaign, MHSA is encouraging you to get up, get active, and win!

What can you win? A bluetooth speaker can be yours by participating in Take a Walk day. What do you have to do?

  • Contact your local regional office Rocky View, Red Deer or Edmonton
  • Stop by your local MHSA office to get a gift for registering
  • Walk anyway for any amount of time on August 24th
  • *Bonus*-Send MHSA a picture of you or your co-worker’s being active

Exercise and activity are essential parts of maintenance and healing for back problems. Visit for more information to keep your back healthy.

*By registering, you consent to being featured on WCB’s social media

25th Anniversary Promotion!

Wed, 2017-06-14 16:07

MHSA is thrilled to be celebrating its 25th Anniversary!*

We are offering all members in good standing 25% off courses. Take advantage of this special promotion by registering for courses today. This is a limited time promotion for courses from June 15th- September 15th.

*Please note that Responding to OH&S Investigations, Critical Incident Stress Management and Senior Investigator Skills Training are not included.

MHSA 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Sponsorship Opportunities

Tue, 2017-06-06 09:52

The MHSA is very pleased to provide a fun networking opportunity for our members and Associates from the OH&S community while raising money for a great cause. This year MHSA has chosen to support STARS Air Ambulance. STARS offers time, hope and life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

We would like to invite you to join us in our support by becoming a sponsor in our upcoming golf tournament.

Why should your company sponsor this event?

  • Put your business in the spotlight! Prominently display your products and marketing materials.
  • Get your business noticed by giving MHSA members and the OH&S Community a taste of your business through the publicity of the event.
  • Be recognized as a key supporter of an admirable cause.

As you are probably already aware, the cost of marketing your business can be expensive. Several levels of sponsorship have been designed to offer you an affordable opportunity to market your business in a very fun way.

Levels of Sponsorship

STAR Sponsor $1400  

This spot has been filled. Thank you to the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Lodge 146!

Gain full recognition as a STAR Sponsor! The opportunity to interact with golfers on your own sponsored hole, being featured in the event program book, on the MHSA website along with your logo and having exposure are all great ways to leverage your sponsorship and gain recognition within the industry. Selecting to sponsor at this level will provide you with the following:

  • Four (4) golf registrations (1 Team)
  • Banner with company logo
  • Sign on a hole
  • Full page company write-up in golf program
  • Tent cards on all dinner tables
  • Verbal recognition at dinner
  • Logo recognition on slideshow presentation
  • Recognition on MHSA website
  • Opportunity to provide short presentation


Dinner Sponsor $1000

Don’t miss this opportunity to get your company’s name and a face out there! As Dinner sponsor you are provided the opportunity to make an impression on guests as you announce Bon Appetite! Also included:

  • Two (2) golf registrations
  • Full page company write-up in golf program
  • Opportunity to announce dinner
  • Dish or Dessert of your choice with your name on it
  • Poster recognition at dinner
  • Verbal recognition at dinner
  • Logo recognition on slideshow presentation
  • Recognition on MHSA website


Golf Cart Sponsor $750 (1 only)

Everyone at the tournament will know who you are with this sponsorship opportunity. Get your company’s message across with personalized signage on every golf cart in the tournament, among other great benefits. Also included:

  • Two (2) golf registrations
  • Exclusive signage on all golf carts
  • Logo recognition on slideshow presentation
  • Recognition on MHSA website


Premium Hole Sponsor $600 (14 available)

Make a lasting impression by sponsoring a hole in the tournament. Want to have golfers putt with oven mitts on? How about draw a card out of a basket and use the club listed on the card for your drive? The sponsored hole is all yours, you decide! You are also entitled to set up a station at your sponsored hole to hand out your companies materials, swag or offer games & prizes. Additional benefits to this sponsorship include:

  • Two (2) golf registrations
  • Set-up Station at sponsored hole
  • Signage on sponsored hole
  • Choice of hole activity
  • Half page company write-up in golf program
  • Logo recognition on slideshow presentation
  • Recognition on MHSA website


Sugar Shack Sponsor $500 (1 only)

Here is a sweet opportunity for you to promote your business! Send a representative from your company to network with golfers while handing out tasty treats (provided by us) at the sugar shack. We would also be more than happy to man the booth on your behalf at your request. Other benefits included in this level of sponsorship are:

  • Dinner for two (2) people
  • Exclusive recognition for sponsorship of candy shack
  • Half page write up in golf program
  • Exclusive signage on candy shack
  • Logo recognition on slideshow presentation
  • Recognition on MHSA website


Watering Hole Sponsor $500 (1 only)

This spot has been filled. Thank you to ALT-Tech!

Great advertising/networking opportunity! **Have your company’s label placed on all the event water bottles. Provide a representative to man the water station and network or enlist one of our amazing volunteers to man the station for you. Other benefits include:

  • Dinner for two (2) people
  • Exclusive recognition for sponsorship of water for participants
  • Company labels on water bottles (**Commitment of sponsorship must be made on or before July 21, 2017.)
  • Half page write up in golf program
  • Exclusive signage at water station
  • Logo recognition on slideshow presentation
  • Recognition on MHSA website


Cash Donations of $25 or More

Every penny makes a difference! We are thankful for all donations to this worthy cause.

  • Acknowledgement in program
  • Recognition on MHSA website


We will work closely with you to customize your sponsorship package to ensure that it suits all your needs.

If you have any questions or require more information, please feel free to contact Jacob Wannop at (403) 343-0002

Your support of this event is greatly appreciated!


Please email your "Commitment to Sponsor" and include the following:

Company Name _______________________________________

Contact Name ________________________________________

Street Address ________________________________________

City ________________ Province _____ Postal Code _________

Telephone __________________ Email ____________________


_____ STAR Sponsor ($1400)

_____ Dinner Sponsor ($1000)

_____ Golf Cart Sponsor ($750)

_____Premium Hole Sponsor ($600)

_____ Sugar Shack Sponsor ($500)

_____ Watering Hole Sponsor ($500)

_____ Cash Donation ($25+)

**Payment arrangements will be made upon receipt of commitment of sponsorship


The MHSA Wants You to Be Sunsible!

Tue, 2017-06-06 09:28

Summertime has arrived in Alberta!

While we all love the warm weather and the sunshine, we also need to Be Sunsible.

What are some effects of UVR (ultraviolet radiation) exposure?

  • Intense exposure to UVR (long-term or chronic) can lead to sunburns, which are major risk factors in the development of melanoma and basal cell carcinoma.
  • Outdoor workers are at a 77% increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma as well as a 43% increased risk of basal cell carcinoma.
  • Up to 90% of all skin cancers associated with UVR exposure (resulting in the rise of melanoma, the most fatal form of skin cancer) are preventable.

How will this affect my business?

  • Time away from work- An employee may spend anywhere from 14-28 days away from work due to treatments and recovery from developing any type of melanoma.
  • Loss of productivity for your business.
  • Direct and indirect costs regarding the health benefits program.
  • Costly WCB claims and/or legal liabilities for employers who fail to provide a sun-safe work environment.

The direct and indirect costs of skin cancer in Alberta total more than $7.6 million every year. Being Sunsible helps protect your employees AND your business!

What can I do to make my workplace Sunsible?

  • Create a comprehensive “Sun Safety” program that meets your organizational needs.

For more information, visit!

Join the 19th Annual MHSA Charity Golf Tournament!

Mon, 2017-06-05 12:51

Take part in a fun day of golf while supporting STARS Air Ambulance! The 19th Annual MHSA Charity Golf Tournament takes place August 22nd in Innisfail.


  • playing a round on a beautiful course
  • great food
  • prizes and raffles
  • supporting a great charity with the MHSA staff!

Email Maggie to register today!*


Members & Associate Members: $155.00


Innisfail Golf Club 6080 Lakewood Drive, Innisfail, AB

*Registration cost includes greens fees, golf cart, and dinner

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Wed, 2017-05-31 08:04

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Manufacturers’ Health & Safety Association will be held in Red Deer, Alberta on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the hour of 9:00 a.m. for the purpose of receiving the reports of the Chair, the Treasurer and Executive Management; to appoint Directors and to appoint Auditors.

  1. The location of the meeting is MHSA Red Deer facility boardroom at 54 Queensland Crescent, Red Deer, AB T4R 2V3

DATED at Rocky View in the Province of Alberta, this 19th day of May 2017.

For more information please contact Ashley Presiloski at (403) 567-8949.

Support MHSA & Donate to STARS Today!

Tue, 2017-05-09 14:44

In honor of MHSA's  25th Anniversary we will be extending charity support to STARS.

In addition, to our Anniversary Celebrations on: 

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in Edmonton
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Red Deer
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Rocky View

We will be hosting BBQ's and welcoming bottle drive drop off on these days. We will be selling MHSA Cookbooks and Mulligan Booklets, and all proceeds earned at the Golf Tournament will go towards STARS. We have requested that STARS track how much MHSA and you, our employers have raised! 

CHARITY CHALLENGE: Would you commit to matching what MHSA raises for STARS?

If interested please contact Maggie

Please visit MHSA's STARS donation page by clicking here or visit

Did you know MHSA is celebrating 25 years?

Tue, 2017-05-09 14:24

As many of you may have heard it is MHSA's 25th Anniversary!

Please stay tuned to our website and your inboxes for further details, as they are released. In the meantime we ask that you simply save the date.

These celebratory events will be held on:

  • Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Edmonton
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Red Deer
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Rocky View

During 2017, up until the end of September, MHSA will extend Charity Support to STARS Air Ambulance. You may notice their booth at some of our events this year or posters and banners in the our MHSA facilities. We invite you to help us!

In the 2015/2016 year STARS monitored 4200 industry sites every day to ensure worker safety. Since 1985, STARS Air Ambulance has conducted more than 33,000 missions. The cost of one flight is $5400.00, which equals to $1.00/second of an average 90 minute mission. What you may not know? The cost of training and education, emergency communication, air craft maintenance and other support services required for 24/7 monitoring are not part of this figure.

We are proud to support an essential health and safety service. We are determined to make this a monumental year to remember!






Day of Mourning - April 28, 2017

Fri, 2017-04-28 10:34

From a fellow MHSA staff member...

In describing the National Day of Mourning to my children one of my sons said “Oh you mean, Remembrance Day for Workers?” I couldn’t have worded it any better. Understanding was instantaneous and his young mind was reflecting on what that really meant. “That’s your job, right, to help people be safe so no one gets hurt?” 

Lessons are learned every day, discoveries are made, ideas emerge and commitment is forged. Today is a day to recognize the cost, the loss, the heartache and the opportunity for better.

There are hazards in every task, but there is also opportunity for change in every act and the choices we make. Our safety and the safety of those we work with is in our hands; each as an individual and an employer. Let me share with you three questions that are the foundation to creating change. If we make these a part of how we take on every task we will be closer to an injury free work place. 

“What could go wrong?”

“How bad could it be?”

“What am I doing about it?”

Recognition, understanding and commitment are the key for reduction and elimination of work place injuries, disabilities and fatalities. 

Please take a moment today to remember the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illness as a result of work related incidents and pay respect to the family and friends who have been affected.

Speakers Announced

Mon, 2017-04-10 14:16

MHSA will welcome the following individuals to present at our Members Update Meetings:

- OHS Lead Investigator(s), Ian Elsom and/or Heather Reid for a presentation on investigation trends and employer shortcomings

- Rob Feagan, Executive Director of Occupational Health and Safety, Delivery, Government of Alberta will provide an overview of Safe, Fair and Healthy Workplaces, occupational health and safety trends from 2016/2017 and new developments for 2017/2018

- Dr. Candice Staniek, a naturopathic doctor in Red Deer will be presenting on key health topics related to the work place with an emphasis on Vitality and Stamina. Key topics include: Beating the Afternoon Slump, Brain Health, and Foundations of Health.   In today's climate we are faced with increasing demands both at work and at home. In order for use to meet those demands, it's become increasingly important to turn our focus to health and wellness.  

- Your Regional MHSA Manager will provide an update on current business activities; including staffing, WCB Employer Report Cards, new Audit Tool and Protocol, interest in an MHSA Member Steering Committee, Charity Golf Tournament and MHSA’s 25th Anniversary. The session will review future services and information specific to each region.

Don't forget the day runs from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Please arrive by 9:45am. Lunch is provided.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Rocky View location

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Red Deer location

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Edmonton location

Members Update Meetings - Coming to a location near you!

Fri, 2017-04-07 11:16

Please Save The Date!

We will be hosting Regional Members Update Meetings on: 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Rocky View location

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Red Deer location

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Edmonton location

Stay tuned to the MHSA website and your mailboxes for speakers that will be joining us.

*There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided

Please register on or before:

April 28, 2017 for the Rocky View meeting by emailing Maggie

May 4, 2017 for the Red Deer meeting by emailing Jacob

May 26, 2017 for the Edmonton meeting by emailing Emily




Reminder - WCB Annual Return Deadline

Wed, 2017-01-11 09:56

MHSA would like to provide you with a friendly reminder, the deadline to file your WCB Annual Return is February 28, 2017

Each year employers with workers are required to fill out an Annual Return; reporting their workers' insurable earnings paid in the last year, along with what earnings they expect to pay in the upcoming year.

This important information helps ensure you have the correct coverage in place.

Please click here for further details and to see a demo on how to fill out your Annual Return.