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Hands-On First Aid Certification & More for Drayton Valley & Surrounding Areas

We invite you to view the following brief descriptions of the number of courses we have on offer at our Drayton Valley facility. All courses begin at 7:45 AM with the exception of WHMIS (1:00 PM) and evening courses. Walk-ins are welcome depending on available space. Weekend courses are available on occasion – drop us a line to find out more, or call us today at 780-542-2016 or 1-866-546-2016 to register!

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Energy Safety Canada - H2S Alive

This 1 day course is intended for all workers in the petroleum industry who are exposed to hydrogen sulphide (H2S). The course covers the physical properties and health hazards of H2S, how to protect yourself and basic rescue techniques. Each student is required to operate a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), a detector tube device, and perform rescue breathing on a mannequin. It is recommended that ladies wear slacks or jeans. An industry standard certificate valid for 3 years is issued upon successful completion of a written exam and demonstration of the required skills.

Energy Safety Canada - Detection & Control of Flammable Substances

This 1 day course is designed for personnel working with or near flammable substances in the oil and gas industry. The course includes an introduction to flammable substances and the principles of flammable gas/vapour detection, care and preparation of combustible monitors, interpretation of combustible gas readings and control methods. A variety of instructional techniques are used, including lectures, demonstrations, discussion, group exercises and hands-on practice. Upon successful completion of prescribed practical skills and written examinations, students receive a certificate valid for 3 years.

W.H.M.I.S.

WHMIS is a 4 hour (half day) course running from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. This course covers the basics of Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) providing students with the knowledge they need to work with hazardous products. Course covers employee and employer responsibilities, labeling of products in the workplace and MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheets. Recertification is recommended after 3 years.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods - T.D.G.

Transportation of dangerous goods is a 4 hour (half day) course beginning at 8:00 AM and running until approximately 12:00 PM. Covering all aspects of transporting dangerous goods safely, this course meets the standards of the new Clear Language Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations put in place on August 15, 2002. This course is intended for individuals involved in the transport and handling of dangerous goods associated with the oil and gas industry. Upon course completion, the applicant will receive a certificate that is valid for 3 years.

Emergency First Aid / CPR A

This course provides basic training for immediate life-threatening injuries and illnesses. It also provides a basic level of CPR training. It is recommended for anyone within close proximity to medical aid. If you are not within close proximity to medical aid you should consider choosing a Standard First Aid (2 day) course. This 1 day course covers the skills needed to recognize and provide intervention for life-threatening emergencies until medical aid arrives, and includes practical instruction on how to:

  • Activate emergency medical services
  • Recognize and treat for shock and unconsciousness for adults
  • Recognize and treat a non-breathing casualty
  • Recognize and treat a choking emergency for adults
  • Recognize and treat severe bleeding
  • Administer CPR to adults

 

While this certificate is valid for 3 years, annual retraining in CPR is recommended. This is an Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Approved course for a Standard First Aider.

Standard First Aid / CPR C

This course is recommended for anyone wanting a standard level of first aid knowledge. This 2-day course also incorporates the maximum level of CPR training, and covers the skills needed to recognize and provide intervention for life-threatening emergencies until medical aid arrives. Includes practical instruction on how to:

  • Activate emergency medical services
  • Recognize and treat for shock and unconsciousness
  • Recognize and treat a non-breathing casualty (adult, child & infant)
  • Recognize and treat a choking emergency for adults
  • Recognize and treat severe bleeding
  • Administer CPR (adult, child, infant and two-rescuer)
  • Provide the necessary skills to conduct a secondary survey
  • Recognize and treat upper and lower limb fractures
  • Recognize and treat head and spinal injuries
  • Recognize and treat eye injuries, burns, medical conditions, and environmental illnesses

 

This certificate is valid for 3 years, though annual retraining in CPR is recommended. This is an Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Approved course for a Standard First Aider.

Boat Operator Accredited Training - B.O.A.T.

The following is a summary of some of the new regulations introduced in September 1999 by the Canadian Coast Guard:

Who needs the pleasure craft operator (PCO) card?

Age Craft Deadline
Born after April 1, 1983 Any Now
Any Any powered less than 4m in length Sept. 15, 2002
Any Any powered boat Sept. 15, 2009

 

Age & horsepower restrictions:

 

Age Horsepower Restrictions
Under 12 years of age and not supervised Can operate a vessel with no more than 10 hp (7.5 KW)
Between 12 & 16 years of age, and not supervised Can operate a vessel with no more than 40 hp (7.5 KW)
Under 16 years of age Not allowed to operate a PWC (i.e.: Sea-Doos, Jet Skis)
16 years of age and older No power restrictions

 

There are 2 routes to obtaining your PCO card from the Lifesaving Society:

  • Write the test - If you are an experienced boater or have been trained as a boat operator, this may be an option for you. Vital Safety Training is a Lifesaving Society BOAT test Centre. Simply call us and set up a time to write the test.
  • Study at home - Read the BOAT Study Guide, brush up on your boating skills, then drop in to do the BOAT test at our training center. We have the BOAT Study Guide available to anyone interested in the BOAT course.

Confined Space Entry

As defined in Part 5 of the Alberta OHS Code, a confined space is an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not designed or intended for continuous human occupancy with a restricted means of entry or exit and may become hazardous to a worker entering it because of:

  • Its design, construction, location or atmosphere
  • The work activities, material or substances in it
  • The provision of first aid, evacuation, rescue or other emergency response service is compromised, or
  • Other hazards relating to it

 

This course stresses worker safety in entering confined spaces. You will learn the proper procedures taken in entering a confined space, what a confined space is and learn the proper basic rescue procedures in a confined space. Each student will be allowed the opportunity to enter a confined space and to rescue a 165 lb mannequin from the confined space unit. After a written examination applicants will receive a certificate that is valid for 3 years.

Global Ground Disturbance - Level II

Ground disturbance is a complex subject with each jurisdiction having varied opinions, rules, and penalties for damaging an underground facility. There is no confusion, however, on the fact that damage to underground facilities can lead to disastrous repercussions.

 

What exactly is a Ground Disturbance? Part of the in-depth knowledge is a full understanding of the legislation and not just the general overview provided in an Awareness program. Starting at the beginning, we will go into greater detail of the legislation, which defines a ground disturbance as:

 

"[A]ny work, operation or activity that results in a disturbance of the earth, including, without limitation, excavating, digging, trenching, plowing, drilling, tunneling, auguring, backfilling, blasting, topsoil stripping, land leveling, peat removing, quarrying, clearing and grading, but does not include,
(i) except as otherwise provided in subclause (ii), a disturbance of the earth to a depth of less than 30 centimeters (1 ft.) that does not result in a reduction of the earth cover over the pipeline to a depth that is less than the cover provided when the pipeline was installed,
(ii) cultivation to a depth of less than 45 centimeters (1.5 ft.) below the surface of the ground, or,
(iii) any work, operation or activity that is specified in the Regulations not to be a ground disturbance."
[Pipeline Act, 1 (e.1)]


This is an 8 hour course that will cover all aspects of ground disturbance. A written exam at the end of the course will entitle the applicant to a 3 year Certification in Ground Disturbance - Level II.

ATV Rider Course

Knowing all you can about your ATV and the places you can ride is the best preparation for safe and enjoyable riding.

The ATV Rider's course is 5.5 to 7 hour training program operated by the Canadian Safety Council (CSC) certified instructors. The curriculum, which is based on field-tested techniques, provides a fun and orderly way to learn proper ATV operation. The rider learns about controls, reading terrain, turning and climbing hills.

A separate ATV Rider's Course is also available for children under the age of 14 whose parents specifically permit them to ride ATVs. The vehicle must be the proper size for the child as per ATV industry safety standards.

A signed consent form is required from the parent or legal guardian. If the child is between 6 and 11 years of age, the parent or legal guardian must be present at the training site. No child will be allowed to ride without written parental consent and without the parent or legal guardian present.

Air Brakes Endorsement

A provincial mandatory course for operating any vehicles equipped with air brakes, regardless of the class of license the driver possesses. It teaches the student how to adjust and inspect the air brake system and understand the operation of air brakes.

Cargo Securement / Mass & Size

This course provides the theory behind securing loads in dry vans and on open flat deck trailers and the regulations for load under the National Standard for Cargo Securement. The course covers the proper use of cargo winches, straps, chains, boomers and trailer bogies, sliding tractor fifth wheels and tire chains. There is a practical demonstration of moving the bogies and fifth wheels and the chaining up of tires for adverse driving conditions.

Special Oilfield Boilers

This three-day course is designed to provide rig personnel with a general knowledge of the safe operation of an oilfield boiler. Students must have six months experience on a pressure boiler as a prerequisite to this course.


Upon completion of the course, the participant is able to identify the components, operation and field maintenance of the boiler plus apply the necessary troubleshooting and general safety procedures for a boiler. The Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) conducts the exams and certifies successful candidates. ABSA certificates are valid for one year. The renewal fee is $25.00 per year, payable by the certificate holder.