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13th January 2012
Cary-lee Calder
November 21-25, 2011

The first week of the Heavy Equipment Operator Training was safety week, which was delivered by Traumetech a Vancouver based Safety Training Centre.

The students really enjoyed this week and they had great things to say about their instructor Dusty Steinson.

Students received six certificates this first week. All of these certifications are valid for three years. Here are the descriptions of these courses:

Occupational First Aid Level 1

WorkSafeBC Certification
Workers must have this certificate to work as a basic first aid attendant in BC

Traffic Control Person

BC Construction Safety Association Certification (WorkSafeBC subsidiary)
Workers must have this certificate to direct traffic in BC

Fall Protection Awareness

Trauma Tech Certification
Workers must be trained on fall arrest and fall restraint systems in order to work at heights of more than 10 feet.

Confined Space Awareness

Trauma Tech Certification
Workers must be made aware of the hazards of confined spaces in order to work at a site that MAY contain a confined space
(If any worker is REQUIRED to work in a confined space, further training will be needed)

WHMIS
Trauma Tech Certification
Workers must be trained at the national Workplace Hazerdous Materials Information System if they are required to work with or around hazardous chemicals (including most cleaning supplies)

Lockout Awareness

Trauma Tech Certification
Lockout is a mandatory procedure for de-energizing equipment when doing maintenance or repairs. (basically, locks are strategically placed on machines so that electricity can't accidently be turned on while somebody is working with that equipment)