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2019 New Audit Standards

Thu, 2018-12-13 10:13

In an effort to prepare for next year please review and become familiar with the 2019 New Audit Standards.

The information contained highlights some of the changes in each section to commence on January 1, 2019. 


Holiday Closure & Audits

Wed, 2018-11-14 15:20

You may have already heard, but incase you haven't...

MHSA offices will be closed December 25, 2018 - January 1, 2019

MHSA offices will welcome the 2019 year on Wednesday, January 2nd.

Please ensure your audits are submitted no later than December 31, 2018 via,, or

If you are having any trouble submitting your audit please keep your error message we will accept this as date of intended submission. 

Save the Date: Members Update Meeting

Wed, 2018-10-24 15:18

One region left to go. Register today!

Rocky View
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm / Registration at 9:30am
Location: Hotel Blackfoot
Cost: $20.00 + GST
To register please contact Maggie

*Lunch is provided.

MHSA will communicate important information related to program development and the audit, including course changes and the new audit tool. OHS legislation and WCB changes will also be discussed. 

MHSA Offices Closed - Thursday, October 25th

Wed, 2018-10-24 15:14

All MHSA staff will be participating in a PD day offsite on Thursday, October 25th.

All MHSA facilities will re-open on Friday, October 26th at 8:00am.

Save the Date: Members Update Meeting

Fri, 2018-09-14 11:12

Please join MHSA for Members Update Meetings this fall. Register today!

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm / Registration at 9:30am
Location: Holiday Inn Conference Centre Edmonton South
Cost: $20.00 + GST
To register please contact Kylee

Red Deer
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time: 10:30am - 2:00pm / Registration at 10:00am
Location: MHSA Red Deer
Cost: $20.00 + GST
To register please contact Lori

Rocky View
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm / Registration at 9:30am
Location: Hotel Blackfoot
Cost: $20.00 + GST
To register please contact Maggie

*Lunch is provided.

MHSA will communicate important information related to program development and the audit, including course changes and the new audit tool. OHS legislation and WCB changes will also be discussed. 

Notification: Associate Member Pricing

Wed, 2018-09-12 10:11

Effective September 17, 2018 MHSA will no longer offer Associate member pricing. Moving forward employers in good standing; auto members (in industry codes 62500 or 30100) or members who have paid their annual dues will be offered member pricing. Any other companies who wish to utilize MHSA services will receive Non-Member pricing.

We appreciate your understanding as we strive to dedicate our time and focus to our members.

New Specialty Courses: Cannabis

Thu, 2018-08-30 14:21

The federal legalization of marijuana has been in the news and on the minds of employers. In an effort to ensure your workplace is prepared we are pleased to be parterning with Chandler Consulting to offer you two new speciality courses:

Reasonable Cause Supervisor Training

Developing & Managing Your Fit for Duty Policy & Program (DER Training).

Both courses will be added to MHSA's calendars beginning in October and training will be held in our facilities. 

Please click on the course name for a detailed description.




Thank You for Participating in MHSA’s 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament!

Mon, 2018-08-27 09:51

MHSA wants to thank everyone who participated in, sponsored, or supported our 20th Annual Golf Tournament on August 21, 2018, for STARS Air Ambulance!

Our day began with a bit of a chilly morning but clear skies to brighten the day. The gorgeous Alberta Springs golf course was a welcoming and amenable host for both MHSA staff and our golfers alike.

Challenging games took place, with returning favourites like the marshmallow drive and new favourites like the inflatable dingy putt challenge. And, as always, and the Sugar Shack was the hole golfers looked forward to the most!

The real treat of the day was giving back to our members, putting faces to names, and being able to meet every golfer. MHSA prides itself on helping members, and we were given that back in spades in the support for STARS. Dinner, prizes, and a touching talk from STARS survivor, Stu Wilson, took place after the tournament.

We look forward to seeing you on the greens next year!


You're Invited - Rocky View Annual Charity BBQ

Fri, 2018-07-27 11:12


Our 2018 STARS fundraising has commenced!

Please join us on Friday August 10, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Rocky View MHSA
*Lunch will cost $10.00.  Included is a burger or hotdog, chips and a pop.
MHSA will be accepting bottle donations throught the day.
Please email Maggie to register. We need to ensure we have enough to BBQ.

* NEW - Challenge the MHSA Safety Locked Room - admission of $5.00 per person
(Register your group by emailing Maggie prior to the event to reserve your spot, max group of 4)

Let WCB Help You Through the Legislative Changes

Fri, 2018-06-29 08:51

The Alberta WCB wants to help keep you informed about the 2018 legislative changes. Head over to for resources like email updates and information on legislation changes.

Seminars and workshops topics such as the Bill 30 changes and return to work are also provided by the Alberta WCB. View the full catalogue of training here:

Make safety a priority by knowing your role under the new legislation.

STARS Air Ambulance Fleet Set to Upgrade

Wed, 2018-06-27 09:41

STARS Air Ambulance has undertaken a great new initiative – replacing their helicopter fleet with new, standardized equipment.

Their existing fleets will continue to serve their patients safely and reliably. As a supporter of STARS, we here at MHSA encourage and support these upgrades to help our communities. Check out their plans here:

If you would like to donate to STARS, please visit their site: 

Is COR associated with lower firm-level injury rates?

Mon, 2018-06-18 13:45

“The effectiveness of COR certification was largest in the Manufacturing sector and for the MHSA audit.”

Why is this?  

It was determined that one explanation for this may be that the working environment is static and it is easier to implement and improve OSHMS compared to more dynamic changing working environments associated with other industry sectors (Construction, Forestry/Agriculture, or Oil and Gas).

The above information was established due to a research study conducted by Dr. Christopher McLeod. In 2016, the Alberta Ministry of Labour, with the Occupational Health and Safety Futures Program funded the examination of Alberta’s Certificate of Recognition (COR) program. The study’s hypothesis, was to evaluate if “the COR audit process is effective at identifying “good” OHS practices, then COR-certified firms will be associated with lower injury rates compared to similar non-certified firms.”

For more information please review the Research Brief.

OHS Regulation and Code Changes - New Resources

Wed, 2018-05-23 14:28

Amendments to the OHS Code 2009 have been completed.

To review these changes please click here to see the new code.

If you wish to view the highlights of the OHS regulation changes please click here or you may view a Technical Briefing presentation.

Additionally, webinars about the OHS Act, Regulations and Code changes are being held periodically please visit for more information or to register.

Skills Canada National Competition - June 4th and 5th

Fri, 2018-05-18 11:52

The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is being held at the Edmonton EXPO Centre on June 4 and 5. This is a unique opportunity for young workers to show their skills in a competitive environment.

For more information please click here.

To all MHSA members if you would like to offer your support or are in a position to volunteer please contact the Committee Chairperson for Skills Canada Health and Safety Committee Darryl Yarrow @ 587 224 1927.


Day of Mourning Re-Cap

Fri, 2018-05-04 10:31

Dignitaries, first responders and MHSA's Central Regional Manager attended a Day of Mourning ceremony at city hall in Red Deer, AB. 

Each year, on the 28th of April we gather to remember workers who were killed, injured or disabled on the job. 

Out of respect for the 166 workers last year, Jacob Wannop (Central Regional Manager) hangs a wreath on MHSA's behalf.

Please visit the Red Deer Advocate for an article and video of this years commemoration. 

2018 WCB Updates and Employer Responsibility

Wed, 2018-05-02 14:55

Legislation has been passed for enhancing the workers' compensation system. As many of you are aware, some changes have already been implemented this year, but there is more to come.

To stay informed or to sign up for WCB's e-newsletter and policy updates please click here.

Effective September 1, 2018 employers have a responsibility to offer modified work after a workplace injury.

For more information and 10 things you, the employer should know please click here.


Day of Mourning - April 28, 2018

Mon, 2018-04-23 12:43

On April 28th people across Canada will recognize a Day of Mourning for all workers who have been killed, injured, or disabled at their place of work.

MHSA has created a Day of Mourning Power Point presentation that you are welcome to raise awareness for the Day of Mourning and to show our respect for the 166 fallen workers last year.

Please join us by taking a moment to remember those who have suffered a work related injury or death. 



Recipients of the Ron Kirpatrick Memorial OHS Scholarships

Thu, 2018-04-05 10:28

Congratulation to this years’ recipients of the Ron Kirkpatrick Memorial OHS Scholarships!

These scholarships are given to deserving students to allow them to continue their studies and pursue their careers in health and safety.

The scholarships for 2018 have been presented to Joel Smith (left) of Edmonton, and Cameron St. Jean (right) of Calgary, both first-year students in NAIT’s OHS program. We wish them luck as they move forward with their future careers!


Do you want to impact new OHS regulations? Albertans have a say!

Mon, 2018-03-26 12:53

Did you know Albertans can participate in the development of the new rules for workplace harassment and violence and joint work site health and safety committees? Written submissions are being accepted until April 9th. 

Give your feedback to ensure Alberta workers have safe and healthy workplaces; and that the legislation is fair and balanced. Share your ideas by clicking here.

The new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act takes steps to protect workers from harassment and violence in all forms; requiring joint work site health and safety committees or a worker health and safety representative.

As of June 1, the new OHS Act will:

  • Define harassment and violence in all its forms, including sexual and domestic violence.
  • Require employers and supervisors to take reasonable steps to protect workers from harassment and violence and to investigate incidents.
  • Require workers to refrain from causing or participating in harassment and violence.
  • Have an appeal process for workers disciplined for bringing harassment and violence issues forward.
  • Require joint work site health and safety committees for work sites with 20 or more workers.
  • Require a worker health and safety representative for work sites with five to 19 workers.
  • Require employers and prime contractors to work with joint work site health and safety committees or representatives.

For more information please visit:

20 Years of Golf Greatness – MHSA’s 20th Annual Charity MHSA Golf Tournament!

Thu, 2018-03-15 10:23

The 20th Annual MHSA Charity Golf Tournament is now open for registration! Join MHSA for a fun day of golf, good food, and getting to know the MHSA team!

A substantial portion of tournament proceeds will be donated to STARS Air Ambulance, our choice charity for the year. Join us in supporting a great cause!

August 21, 2018
Alberta Springs Golf Course
38302 Range Road 283
Red Deer, AB
$175.00 + GST - Greens fees, power cart & dinner included

Contact for details or to register.

We’ll see you on the greens!


Regional Members Update Meetings Coming to a Location Near You

Wed, 2018-03-14 10:58

Spring is right around the corner & that means it's time for our Regional Members’ Update Meetings!

There is no cost to attend. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Each location will be hosting speakers and members at our training facilities. 

Please stay tuned to our website for presentation updates. 

Monday, April 16th, 2018
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
225 Parsons Road SW
RSVP to Lindsey

Red Deer
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
54 Queensland Crescent
RSVP to Lori

Rocky View
Friday, April 20th, 2018
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
201, 292060 Wagon Wheel Link
RSVP by April 13th to Maggie

Supporting STARS for Another Year!

Wed, 2018-03-07 10:25

MHSA is proud to support STARS Air Ambulance once again this year! As our charity of choice for the year, our goal is to generate enough donations in 2018 for one flight - $5,400. With your help, we know we can reach this goal!

Donations can be made at MHSA events or at the following link: 

We thank you in advance for your continued support in keeping STARS in the air!

New Crane & Rigging Program Course Structure for 2018!

Tue, 2018-02-13 11:29

The  MHSA Overhead Crane Operator program has a NEW look for 2018!. It consists of  three 1-Day courses that run on consecutive days. Workers can take the number of courses they require for the type of rigging and lifting they do. There is a single Overhead Crane Operator binder that is brought to each course, where content materials are added, and where the worker can add site-specific material to build their own personalized reference book.

  1. The Basic Rigging course is for workers that will be rigging symmetrical loads.
  2. The Overhead Crane Operator – Standard course is for workers that have completed the Basic rigging course and will be lifting symmetrical loads.
  3. The Overhead Crane Operator-Advanced course is for workers that have completed the Standard course and will be rigging and lifting non-symmetrical loads, turning a load over, or making dual crane lifts

Bill 30 takes effect June 1, 2018

Mon, 2018-01-29 13:14

The Government of Alberta’s Bill 30 is an Act to Protect the Health & Well-being of Working Albertans. MHSA is presently reviewing such legislative changes, in an effort to identify what such changes will mean for us, as a Certifying Partner and you, our employer.

Leading up to Bill 30 much discussion and consultation occurred in 2017. The Government of Alberta received input from the public in relation to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) systems and the Workers Compensation Board (WCB). Information on proposed changes may be found by visiting the following:

Anyone who holds a safety related position should review this information.

MHSA will support our membership to better understand Bill 30.

Please stay tuned for more information.

Reminder - WCB Annual Return Deadline

Thu, 2018-01-25 11:41

MHSA would like to remind you of the deadline to file your WCB Annual Return on February 28, 2018

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.

Ensure you have the correct coverage in place and file today.

Please click here for details on how to report insurable earnings and facts on prorating insurable earnings.

MHSA's newest MSO's!

Thu, 2018-01-11 16:04

Congratulations to our newest Manufacturing Safety Officers, Stephen Iyoha from the Calgary area and Tim Little of Edmonton.

Your dedication to workplace safety makes us proud!