Municipal Safety News
 Winter 2019
Psychological Health Impact Group
Just a reminder that AMHSA is leading a municipal-focused Psychological Health Impact Group! Space is limited to 15-25 municipal members. If you haven't signed up for our November 28 webinar to learn more information on this initiative, please do so by clicking on the link below. Both the November 21 and November 28 webinars will be available to watch on demand upon registration.

To learn more about this initiative, please click on this link . Last day for early registration to this program is January 31 !
Winter is Here and so are Icy Surfaces
"Walking on Icy Surfaces" is 50% Off for December!
As Albertans, we know what icy conditions are. Did you know that Albertans are seriously injured by slipping or falling on ice at three times the rate of people in Ontario, with our province seeing an average of 42.3 hospitalizations per 100,000 people?*

With winter and icy conditions already here, AMHSA wants to give you the opportunity to take our 30-minute online course at a discount for the month of December. A certificate will be issued with a pass mark of 80%.

The discount code for this course is: Icy and is valid from December 1 - 31, 2019.

*Source: Canadian Institute for Health Information
Conference Board of Canada
Exclusive Access to our Members
AMHSA recently joined the Conference Board of Canada. With this membership, AMHSA is able to share with our members access (through a
a promo code) to networking, learning and exploring with Canadian leaders through conferences, research, courses and workshops. Currently, the following is research highlighted by the Board that may interest you:

  • Organizational Culture and the CEO. This report marks the first formal collaboration between the Network and The Conference Board of Canada’s Health and Safety Leadership Centre (HSLC). The day following the roundtable session, the Conference Board hosted a meeting on Safety Culture: Assessing Organizational Maturity and Modelling Change. For a free download, click here.
  • Acting on the Cannabis Act: Workplace Policy Approaches to Cannabis. This report examines the results of a survey of Canadian employers exploring the effects of the 2018 legalization of cannabis on the workplace. For a free download, click here. 

  • Fit for Duty: Alcohol and Drug Testing in Canadian Workplaces. This report examines workplace practices in alcohol and drug testing—specifically as they relate to cannabis. It also discusses common testing protocols, types of testing, and practices around positive tests and test refusal. For a free download, click here.

  • Essential Leadership with Bill Howatt. A four-part book by Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, The Conference Board of Canada. Chapter One dives into the factors impacting the employee experience. Howatt provides context into topics such as leadership influence, cultivating workplace culture and why intention isn’t always all that matters. To sign up for the free four-part series, click here.

The Conference Board also conducts various webinars, one being offered on December 5: "Safer Spaces - Institutional LGBTQ Inclusion" (full price is $99 - $25 off for AMHSA members). Click here to learn more and to register for this webinar.

And there is so much more! To visit Conference Board's website, please click on the button below.
Open Registration Courses!
Mental Health First Aid & More !

New Dates for our First Aid 2-day standard course:

January 28-29, 2020
8:30 - 4:00 pm
AMHSA - Sherwood Park

February 11-12, 2020
8:30 - 4:00 pm
AMHSA - Calgary

Mental Health First Aid
March 10 - 11, 2020
8:30 - 4:00 pm
AMHSA's Sherwood Park Office
Instructor: Sue Fortune

April 14 - 15, 2020
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
AMHSA's Calgary Office
Instructor: Mona Cooley

May 25 - 26, 2020
8:30 a - 4:00 pm
AMHSA's Sherwood Park Office
Instructor: Mona Cooley

Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committee/Representative
December 5, 2019
8:30 - 4:30 pm
AMHSA's Calgary Office

January 9, 2020
8:30 - 4:30 pm
AMHSA's Calgary Office

January 21, 2020
8:30 - 4:30 pm
AMHSA's Sherwood Park Office
To register for any of these courses, please contact us at
Meet More of Our
In every newsletter, we will highlight a few of our training instructors.

This month, we introduce you to Doug Grant!

"I’ve had experience in the private sector in residential and commercial construction plus some oil and gas. However, my passion is with municipalities. I’ve worked in various branches for the City of Edmonton: Water and Sanitation, Parks and Recreation, Roadways, finishing off with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services where I retired as a Station Captain.

I’ve provided education and training for many years including Fire, First Nations, Métis Settlements, Alberta Whitewater Association, Alberta Construction Safety Association, Edmonton Public School Board and the University of Alberta Hospital.

My wife, Shelagh and I enjoy most of the higher risk mountain sports and especially love volunteering at Rivercross Ranch. We help provide equine therapy for seniors and youth at risk. I’ve seen too many lives destroyed needlessly so it’s a pleasure and honour to be on the proactive side instead of responding to 911 calls. My motto is: No families left behind..."

We hope you will get a chance to meet Doug through one of his training sessions. To see which courses Doug teaches, please click here:
We also want to introduce you to Jeff Bevan!

Jeff spent 26 years with the Edmonton Police Service. He was Involved in development and presentation of numerous training courses, with multiple areas of expertise, both internally and externally for the Edmonton Police Service.

Areas included - Negotiation/Mediation, Driver Training, Conflict De-escalation, and OH&S related tasks.

Jeff lives in the Edmonton area with his wife, who is a Cardiac Intensive Care Nurse at the University of Alberta Hospital. Jeff and his wife are also personal trainers, and CPR/First Aid Instructors. They enjoy everything outdoors and love to travel.

To see which courses Jeff currently teaches, please click on the link below:
Municipal Moments
All of our municipalities are encouraged to attend our safety council meetings according to the area of Alberta they represent. These meetings are for members only. Breakfast snacks and lunch are provided free of charge for our members.

Alberta Cities Safety Council
  • Date December 3, 2019
  • Time: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Location: Red Deer (Cambridge Hotel)
  • Special speakers will include Bill Howatt of Howatt HR, and Brandee Madison, Manager, Employer Appeals Advisor Branch, Fair Practices Office

Joint NASC/SASC Safety Council
  • Date April 9, 2020
  • Time: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Location: Red Deer County

Alberta Cities Safety Council
  • Date June 10, 2020
  • Time: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Location: West Rivers Edge Pavillion, Fort Saskatchewan

To learn more information about our Safety Council Meetings,
please click here .
OHS & WCB Reports
Alberta Labour

Check out the new Hazard Assessment and Control Handbook for Alberta Employers and Workers

This OHS resource provides a starting point from which to do a hazard assessment. Each employer should customize the process based on their business operations.

Workers' Compensation Board - Alberta

Don't forget to submit your feedback to WCB by December 2 regarding phase two of its employer policy review.

WCB-Alberta's myWCB Mobile App
for Workers
Workers' Compensation Board - Alberta

WCB is now making it easy for workers to access claim information through their mobile devices. You can view your payment history and upcoming payments, submit receipts for expenses related to your injury, request a call back from your claim owner, and view important information as to whether your claim has been accepted or denied. For more information on how to download the app for your phone, please click on the link below:
Audit Update
We will be sending out an Auditor Update early in the New Year.

Stay tuned!
Upcoming Conferences & Trade Shows

at the following conferences and trade shows!

Health, Safety & Utility Conference & Trade Show
December 2-5, 2019
Cambridge Hotel, Red Deer
(Formerly the Red Deer Sheraton)

AMHSA is a proud co-sponsor of this conference which caters to delegates who are employed by cities, municipal districts, counties, towns, and villages as well as those working with above- and below-ground utilities.

Sessions are developed for OH&S, utilities operations (water, sewer, natural gas distribution, system maintenance and operation, etc.) and industrial hygiene as well as environmental management, public works, and landfill operations.

Network with peers, meet vendors from across Canada, and connect with industry service providers. Exhibitors include government representatives, training providers, associations, and equipment sales.
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