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Certificate of Recognition                    COR ™

The HCSAS has a Certificate of Recognition (COR™) program designed for companies with 10 employees or more. COR™ is an occupational health and safety program that meets the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Association (CFCSA) national standards. COR™ is designed to provide companies with education and tools to develop an effective health & safety system. Certification proves that the company has met a minimum standard for a safety program.

For a company to become certified through the Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan Inc.,  one (full time staff member)in the company must  take all four of the basic safety courses and maintain full auditor status. Note that for new COR™ applicants, COR™ training must not be older than five (5) years to be accepted. The four COR™ courses are:

  • WHMIS Train the Trainer 88/2015 GHS – half day course
  • Safety Excellence Leadership –one and a half day course
  • Principles of Health and Safety Management – half day course
  • Auditor Training – one and a half day course*

*Full auditor status must be achieved, and maintained.  In order to achieve full auditor status, the 4 COR™ courses must be taken and a baseline audit conducted and submitted to HCSAS for review. Once full auditor status has been achieved, auditors must conduct and submit a yearly maintenance audit (2 in a 3 year period-internal years) and attend an auditor refresher course every three (3) years.

Once the courses are complete – individual(s) are to design their Safety Program, and document it in their safety manual. Upon complete implementation of the Safety Program, individual are to conduct an internal/baseline audit on their company. The internal/baseline audit must achieve a score of 80%, or higher, with a minimum of 50% in each section. The passing internal/baseline audit can then to be submitted to the HCSAS for review, along with a written request for an external audit. Once the internal/baseline audit has been reviewed, and all standards have been met, a HCSAS Safety Consultant/Auditor will be assigned to perform the external audit. If a score of 80% or higher is achieved with a minimum of 50% in each section, a Certificate of Recognition™ would be awarded.

To maintain your COR™ Certificate, a company will have to:

  • Pass a yearly Internal Audit for two years (Minimum score 80%, with a minimum of 50% being scored in each element).Seal and letter of good standing are issued.
  • On the third year pass an external audit (Minimum score 80%, with a minimum of 50% being scored in each element). Certificate is issued.

Please direct all inquires to Merrett / Rennee at 306-729-4863

COR™ Reciprocity

 Contractors with a valid Certificate of Recognition (COR™), and a valid Letter of Good Standing from the provincial construction safety association, who is a member of the CFCSA; AND do not have a base of operation in Saskatchewan;  AND / OR  do not have  payroll through the Saskatchewan WCB, may be eligible to apply for a reciprocity letter for bidding purposes with the HCSAS.  Reciprocity is meant for companies that will only on occasion work or desire to work in Saskatchewan.  

Contractors seeking HCSAS Reciprocity must:  

  • Complete the application form and HCSAS Audit Sections 13 & 14.
  • Provide a valid Letter of Good Standing from their provincial construction safety association. 
  • Provide a valid clearance letter from their provincial Workers Compensation Board .
  • Pay applicable administrative fee (non-refundable) of $150.00 plus GST (total $157.50).

If worksites are awarded in SK, the HCSAS must be notified and a spot audit must be performed (sufficient time must be given for notification of Saskatchewan worksite(s) for scheduling).

Please direct all inquires, and requests for reciprocity applicarion forms to Merrett / Rennee at 306-729-4863

COR ™ Equivalency

Contractors with a valid Certificate of Recognition (COR™), and a valid Letter of Good Standing from the provincial construction safety association, who is a member of the CFCSA  may be eligible to apply for a Equivalency for the purpose of obtaining full COR™ with the HCSAS. Equivalency is for out of province companies that are looking to regularly work in Sask, bid on larger jobs, or even establish a base of operations in Sask. When full COR™is obtained, it is maintained on its own merit.

Contractors seeking HCSAS Equivalency must:

  • Completed application form must be submitted
  • Applicable admin. fees for non member contractors (non-refundable) of $150.00 plus GST (total $157.50).

Once qualified, a spot audit must be performed on Saskatchewan worksite(s) (sufficient time must be given for notification for scheduling).

Please direct all inquires, and requests for equivalency applicarion forms to Merrett / Rennee at 306-729-4863

Small Employer Certificate of Recognition                      SECOR™

The Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan Inc. has a program designed for small companies (9 or less employees, $500,000.00 payroll or smaller, or bid jobs less than $500,000.00). This program has many of the same elements as the COR™ program, except that training is done in one day.

  • Full safety manual must be submitted.
  • The owner verification forms must be fully completed for each new work site/contract from the past year.
  • SECOR™ holders will be periodically audited by HCSAS.

Please direct all inquires to Merrett / Rennee at 306-729-4863

National Construction Safety Officer Designation                        NCSO

The National  Construction Safety Officer (NCSO/NCSC) designation is designed to give recognition to an individual who has attained a minimum standard in regards to their safety knowledge and experience. Applicants must also provide proof of maintenance on a three (3) years basis so all courses with an expiry date must be refreshed or retaken. No exceptions.

Effective January 1, 2016, the CSO designation name has been changed to NCSO/NCSC in accordance with the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) to meet the national standard.

All courses must be taken through the Heavy Construction Safety Association. Exceptions are as follows:

  • First Aid/CPR -  St John Ambulance, and Red Cross training accepted
  • Flagging Train-the-Trainer, Urban Work Zone and Traffic Accommodation - training through the Saskatchewan Safety Council accepted

If further exceptions are requested-we require $100 plus GST review fee, and a full training manual. Allow 4-6 weeks processing for reviews.

Please note that online courses are not accepted for NCSO/NCSC purposes, as we view them to be an introductory level and are not a high enough standard for NCSO/NCSC designation.

 

The following outlines what courses will be for required for the HCSAS NCSO/NCSC designation:

Mandatory

  • FULL/valid Auditor training/status
  • Confined Space Entry - Level 1 OR Level 2
  • Ground Disturbance - Level 1 OR Level 2
  • First Aid (standard or higher)
  • Principles of Health & Safety Management
  • Supervisor Training in Accident Reduction Techniques (START)
  • Safety Excellence Leadership
  • WHMIS Train the Trainer (88/2015 GHS)

Electives (any two)

  • Basic Hoisting & Rigging Safety
  • Fire Extinguisher Train-The-Trainer
  • Flag Person Train-the-Trainer
  • Traffic  Accommodation Supervisor / Urban Work Zone

 

To qualify for the NCSO/NCSC designation, the individual will have to have completed all of the mandatory courses plus any two of the electives. Note courses must be current and non-expiry training must be 10 years or newer. Older training must be retaken. The applicant must have five (5) years or more experience in the heavy civil construction/safety industry. This is done by providing letter(s) from employer(s) stating the term of employment, and job duties.  Applicant must also show proof of basic proficiency (conducted toolbox meetings, completed investigation (near misses, incidents, or accidents), and inspections).  Contact the office for an application form.  Associate member, and Non-member application fees apply, and are non-refundable.

***NOTE: Applicants will be required to write the NCSO/NCSC Qualifying Exam. This exam will be conducted twice per year only (May and October).

 Please direct all inquires to Merrett / Rennee at 306-729-4863

Construction Safety Administrator Designation                       CSA

The CSA designation requires a minimum of three (3) years experience in the heavy civil construction/safety industry is required in order to qualify for CSA. All other requirements (training, proof of proficiency and qualifying exam) are the same as the requirements for the NCSO/NCSC as listed above. Call the office for an application form. Associate member, and Non-member application fees apply, and are non-refundable.

CSA designation is for a maximum two (2) year term.  When applicant with current CSA designation has a full five (5) years experience call the office for a bridging application form to apply for NCSO/NCSC status.

***NOTE:  All courses with expirations dates must be kept valid, copies must be included with the CSA/NCSO Bridging Application form. Note courses must be current and non-expiry training must be 10 years or newer. Older training must be retaken. Proof of proficiency of the addition two (2) years experience, as well as applicable documentation for proof of proficiency (conducted toolbox meetings, completed investigation (near misses, incidents, or accidents), and inspections) must be submitted with the CSA/NCSO Bridging Application form.

Please direct all inquires to Merrett / Rennee at 306-729-4863

 

 

Courses

The following courses are available, they can be arranged to be delivered at your site:

WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) Train the Trainer 88/2015 GHS – This 1/2 day course should be taken by one or two people within the company. This will give them the knowledge & skills to do site specific training on WHMIS as required by legislation. Effective January 1, 2016, this course is GHS compliant.

Safety Excellence Leadership – This 1 1/2 day course is designed to inform & equip managers and supervisors of their responsibilities in implementing and maintaining your company safety program. The course deals with issues that are vital to the health & safety of your company. It is broken down into four modules:

  • Module 1- Supervisors Role
  • Module 2- Training
  • Module 3- Inspections
  • Module 4- Incident Investigations

Principles of Health & Safety Management - This 1/2 day course designed to help companies design an up to date safety program. The manual gives examples of different safety policies and practices to make writing your safety manual easier.

Certified Auditor Training - This 2  day course is designed to teach the participant how to evaluate & verify the effectiveness of their health & safety program. The prerequisite for this program is the participant must have taken WHMIS Train the Trainer, Safety Excellence Leadership and Principles of Health & Safety. A self audit must be submitted in order to achieve full auditor status. Maintenance audits must be submitted- 2 in a 3 year period (internal years). A refresher course must be attended every 3 years.

Auditor Refresher Course - a ½ day course designed to update auditors. This course is required every 3 years to maintain the auditor certification.

Flagperson Training - This half day course is designed to equip the contractor to train their flagpersons to do the job of flagging in an effective & safe manner. Certificates are valid for five years, and then must be renewed.

Fire Extinguisher Training - This two hour course is designed to teach the worker about fire extinguishers. The course will cover elements of fire, ratings, inspection, classification, and operation of extinguishers. Each participant will have the opportunity to use a fire extinguisher. 

Confined Space Entry - This half day course is designed to introduce the participant to what is a confined space, applicable regulations, testing, securing and permits.

Confined Space Entry/Rescue - This full day course includes Confined Space Entry and then will show the participant how to use Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, Harnesses, and applicable rescue techniques. Prerequisites : the company must have Self Contained Breathing Apparatus & harnesses available for use.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods - This ½ day course covers classification, safety marks, documentation, dangerous occurrences and emergency response as it applies to the transportation of dangerous goods.

Small Business Safety Program - A one day program that will outline the basic element required to design & implement a health and safety program for a small business.

Hoisting & Rigging - a two day course covering hoisting & rigging hazards, ropes, knots, hardware, wire rope, chain, working load limits, slings, hand signals and crane hazards.

Ground Disturbance (Level 1 & Level 2)A ½ (Level 1) or 1 day (Level 2) course covering the following: what is a Ground Disturbance, what are the consequences, line locates, soil terminology/classification, regulations, work site hazard analysis. Please note the Ground Disturbance Level 2 encompasses Level 1.

START (Supervisor Training in Accident Reduction Techniques)A one day course which looks at a companies safety culture, accountabilities and recognition and investigation of unsafe behaviour.

Power Mobile Equipment Operator Evaluator Train The TrainerThis one day course is designed to aid in giving experienced operators  proof of competency, and a documented evaluation.

A Powered Mobile Equipment Operator Evaluator Train the Trainer course is designed to assist companies in documenting employee competence in operating powered mobile equipment. By taking one or more of your companies’ experienced operators and providing information and guidance for them to become your equipment evaluators. The course is divided into two areas, Theory and Practical, up to one day would be on theory, and this is where we review the generalized mobile equipment module, this would consist of regulations for powered mobile equipment and the evaluation process. There is also accompanying modules to the General Equipment, i.e. Front end loader, Crawler tractor, Scraper/Buggy, Comaction equipment and excavator, all come with an exam. All of these modules are generalized and not manufacturer specific, giving a general overview of safe operating practices and regulations that apply to that equipment.

The second portion of the course is designed to educate the students by giving hands on training on how to evaluate their equipment operators. The practical exam is much the same as the driving test required to receive an automobile license. Students will be required to perform an inspection of the equipment they intend to use, and make a lift moving the load in a predetermined path (if applicable). The evaluator will grade their performance according to a set of guidelines set in place by the HCSAS.

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