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Westman Safety Conference 2016

March 8-9
Royal Oak Inn & Suites
Brandon, MB


Courses are available in two, one or half day lengths. Click on the link below a course title for full description. To register, see the form at the bottom of this page.

Two-Day Courses

Confined Space Entry and Rescue (THIS COURSE IS FULL)

Course Information

Confined spaces present life threatening hazards in construction.  This workshop is for anyone who is responsible for coordinating or supervising work in confined spaces as well as those workers required entering confined spaces.  Course elements will include all elements in the one day Confined Space Awareness course and also detail entry and recue procedures.  This workshop includes an interactive practical demonstration of proper work procedures utilizing required breathing apparatus and rescue equipment.  This workshop will have practical/hands on training component on Day 2. PPE is required for this course.

Instructor: Elite Safety Services Inc.
Elite Safety Services Inc. is facilitating this conference program.  Elite Safety is a Canadian company that provides customized safety training and standby services to Industrial, Construction, Manufacturing and Oil and Gas sectors.  The company specializes in all aspects of the health and safety spectrum, and regularly provides Instructors, Paramedics, Confined Space and Rope Rescue Technicians and even Construction Safety Officers to some of Western Canada’s most prominent companies.

Fall Protection and High Angle Rescue 

Course Information

This program will allow you to understand the use of fall protection, as it relates to what you do at height.  Various fall protection options exist, this course will identify which options may best meet your needs, and give you the tools and knowledge to work at height safely.
No fall arrest system is complete without the ability to promptly retrieve the worker who may become suspended in the system.  Reliance upon outside emergency rescue agencies to help may often be an erroneous assumption.  This will provide the rescue fundamentals in order to execute the retrieval of a suspended worker in a basic situation.  The content will examine simple rescue tools and techniques and will also understand all the parts of a proper rescue plan.

Instructors: Ed Berkenstock, FWS Group,  Martin Lalonde, Fall Protection Group
Ed is the Safety Training Manager for FWS Group.  An industrial, design-build company, FWS Group is a leader in their field.  Ed has been a safety trainer for over 30 years covering many safety related programs including first aid, mobile equipment and fall protection.  He has worked with the Fall Protection Group since 1996 and is a certified trainer in every province and territory in Canada as well as a fall protection equipment inspector.  His time at Vancouver Community College provided him with an adult education teaching diploma.  Ed’s passion for safety and his sense of humour help him to deliver an important message with an entertaining teaching style.

Martin is the lead educational designer and instructor at Fall Protection Group.  Fall Protection Group, a 3M Canada company, specializes in safety for workers at height.  Throughout the past 23 years, Martin has designed and delivered training to clients in North America, covering in a wide range of industries including construction, manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, and telecommunications.  He has extensive experience working with governing bodies, including over 10 years of delivering programs to compliance officers at the Federal OSHA training institute in Chicago.  A graduate of the University of British Columbia Education program, Martin brings a dynamic teaching style to the course and will share his extensive fall safety knowledge at this year’s conference.


Full Day Sessions

Hazard Identification and Risk Control   (March 8)

Course Information

This interactive workshop is divided into three sections: Spot the Hazard (Hazard Identification), Assess the Risk (Risk Assessment), and Find a Safer Way Every day (Risk Control).  The course will emphasize different control measures such as elimination, substitution and engineering, and focus on developing SAFE Work Procedures.

Instructor: Tara Zukewich, SAFE Work
Tara is a Prevention Consultant with SAFE Work Manitoba.  She enjoys working with Manitoba workplaces to raise awareness and assist in creating and maintaining a genuine culture of illness and injury prevention.

Tara has worked in the field of occupational safety & health for the past 20 years, focusing her efforts on providing innovative resources, interventions and training.  She has obtained a certificate in Occupational Safety & Health as well as a provincial Construction Safety Officer certificate and a national Gold Seal Construction Safety Coordinator designation.

Flagperson   (March 9)

Course Information

This workshop meets the requirements of WSH Legislation and is intended for workers with limited or no previous experience as flag persons.  The courses will provide information on employer and worker responsibilities while equipping trainees with practical procedures to control traffic: safe flagging, positioning and tools to communicate effectively with workers and the general public on Manitoba roadways. PPE is required for this course.

Instructor: Darcy Bialas, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation
Darcy is the Regional Safety Advisor for Engineering and Operations of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation.  He is a certified Construction Safety Officer and Auditor. Darcy has 28 years of experience with road construction, maintenance programming and preservation.  Darcy comes with a strong training background with over 20 years of experience in Audit training programs for Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation and stake holders. He has instructed courses at many conferences such as Construction Safety Association of Manitoba, Manitoba Heavy Construction and Manitoba Snow Conferences. Darcy has presented the Flagperson Training course to hundreds of participants over the past and comes with a wealth of experience not only in training but also in performing the task of Flagging on the road ways with Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation.

Half Day Courses

Employer Liability   (March 8, AM) • Management Session •

Course Information

As an employer in construction, there is an immense amount of responsibility and accountability.  This informative presentation will dispense of rumours and myths surrounding what employers and workers are responsible for and discuss legal obligations and liabilities allowing employers to make informed legal, moral and ethical business decisions from a legal perspective.

Instructor: Jamie Alyce Jurezak
Jamie is a Partner with Taylor McCaffrey LLP, where she is a member of their labour and employment law and civil litigation practice groups.  Experienced in all facets of management-side labour and employment law, her practice has a special focus on occupational health and safety matters.  She is Chair of the firm’s OHS practice group, and is experienced in defending employers charged under provincial and federal occupational health and safety legislation, and is well versed in assisting clients in responding to serious workplace accidents, addressing administrative appeals of regulatory orders, and performing regulatory compliance reviews and audits.  Jamie is also experienced at conducting independent workplace harassment and violence investigations. She is a regular contributor to OSH Insider and is a sought after speaker on various OHS, human rights, employment law, and general litigation topics.  She is recognized as one of the leading OSH lawyers in Canada by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and is the author/editor of the OHS (West) and WCB (West) titles of the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (CED).  Outside of the practice of law, Jamie is quite involved in the Manitoba business community, and owns her own dance studio in Winnipeg, where she continues to teach ballet, jazz, and musical theatre.

Understanding Workplace Safety & Health Enforcement   (March 8, PM) • Management Session •

Course Information

Included will be the following topics:
•  Safety & Health Officer Involvement with complaints, right to refuse and serious incident investigations
•  Reports Issued; Report Forms, Improvement Orders and Stop Work Orders
•  Report on Compliance for employers to complete
•  Non-Compliance – Administrative Penalty Regulation (MR 89/2014)
•  Inspection Items – Workplace Conditions and Work Practices (Safe Work Procedures)
•  Responsibilities for Safety and Health: Employers, contractors, Supervisors, Workers and Prime Contractors Pictures and
discussion on poor safety and health conditions.  How NOT to do it!!

Instructor: Barry Cowan, Workplace Safety & Health
Barry has been performing various safety and health activities with the Department of Labour and Immigration, Workplace Safety and Health Branch since 1987 after working for 14 years with the Environmental Management Division in Winnipeg.  I was transferred to Brandon in 1989 as an Occupational Hygienist and was appointed Regional Manager in 1992.  I am responsible for managing all the work activities for the Western Region from the Brandon WSH office.  I was successful in writing the Canadian Registered Safety Professional exam in 2000 and have attained my CRSP designation.

Safety Rep   (March 9, AM)

Course Information

Legally, every employer on every jobsite must have at minimum, a designated safety representative and/or a safety committee familiar with their legal duties and responsibilities.  What’s happening on your work sites?  What should you be doing?  This workshop is specifically tailored to the roles of the site worker safety representatives and committee members.  Learn the guidelines and practical solutions to dealing with your legislated responsibilities for safety and health concerns on the jobsite and within your company.

Fit Test   (March 9, PM)

Course Information

Within the standard, employers are provided the option of conducting either a quantitative or qualitative fit test.  The tester must be able to prepare the test solutions, calibrate the equipment and perform the tests properly, recognize invalid tests, and ensure test equipment is in proper working order.
As per CSA standards, fit testing should occur before the first use of a respirator and re-testing should be done no more than two years after the first test, but is recommended annually.

*note: While attendance for this course is unlimited, there are only 10 spaces for fit testing. Those who will be participating are required to bring different sizes of respirators.

Instructor – Courtney Eilers, Safety Source
Courtney is from Virden MB, and has been working at Safety Source for four years now.  She is the fit testing tech for the area and service tech for BW Technologies and Gas Clip monitors.


We are pleased to offer you this special opportunity to spotlight your company at our 2016 Westman Safety Conference. Click here to visit the sponsors page.


The Westman Safety Conference includes a trade show for our attendees.

Booth Size:  10 x 10
Booth Fee:  $250.00    Plus 5% GST: $12.50     Total: $262.50

Exhibitors will also be mentioned throughout our conference as event sponsors

Cheques can be made payable to:
Construction Safety Association of Manitoba
Please mail to:  950 10th Street, Brandon MB  R7A 6B5

Download the Exhibitor Registration Form

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Thank you to the companies who are sponsors of the 2016 Westman Safety Conference. Please visit our Sponsors page for listing and links

Hotel Bookings at Royal Oak Inn

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Room Types: Deluxe 2-Queen: $119.99+taxes/night

All rooms come with standard amenities such as hairdryers, mini-fridges, microwaves, DVD players, iron and board, and complimentary hot breakfast served from 7am-10am in our restaurant Echo.

The suites also come with free access to our heated underground parking!

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