We talk a lot about American-based safety around here. But the truth is, for multinational companies, your safety concerns aren’t just stateside. You have to think about safety requirements everywhere you have offices, whether it’s an entire country or even a province within a country.
Today, we thought we’d take a look at safety requirements in one of our closest neighbors: Canada. Specifically, the Alberta province, with HCS3000 workplace safety systems. While the name might sound advanced, the truth is that this is one of the foundational workplace safety trainings in Alberta.
Here’s a closer look at what you need to know about HCS3000.
What Are HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems?
HCS3000 workplace safety systems aren’t a set of systems at all. It’s a module within HCS3000, which is a mandatory Alberta Education prerequisite course for all Alberta high school students wanting to participate in a Work Experience Program or Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).
As you can guess, this particular module focuses on workplace safety systems–what they are, how they work, and how to use them successfully. That way, high school students (who may not have worked before) can enter the workforce with the knowledge they need to perform safely.
The HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems curriculum is far-reaching, with 10 required units and three optional units. These are:
- Unit 1: Safety from Past to Present
- Unit 2: Health & Safety Management Systems: The 8 Elements
- Unit 3: Hazards: What Are They?
- Unit 4: Ergonomics: Fitting the Workplace to You
- Unit 5: Hazard and Risk Assessment and Controls
- Unit 6: Incident Investigation and Injury Prevention
- Unit 7: Job Safety and The Law
- Unit 8: The Workers’ Compensation Act
- Unit 9: Workplace Injuries: Are You Covered?
- Unit 10: Employment Standards Codes and Regulations
- Unit 11: (optional) Hazardous Materials (WHMIS)
- Unit 12: (optional) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Unit 13: Safety Audits
As you can see, the program is highly comprehensive. Because this is a prerequisite course to other safety courses, and because all Alberta high school students have to pass the course before participating in a Work Experience Program or Registered Apprenticeship Program, the goal of the program is simple: to teach students all the basic information they need to know in order to be safe employees.
Why It’s Important
For Canadian employers, HCS3000 is fantastic news. For one thing, it ensures that high school students have a standardized workplace safety curriculum, which means you can hire work experience students and registered apprentices knowing that they have the same baseline.
In addition, because the baseline is standard, that means you can build your safety training based on the HCS3000 curriculum. Students should already have this knowledge, which gives your EHS team the freedom to focus on job-specific safety training.
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