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Darkhaven Safety Training Services

Safety Training Services

Effective safety training forms a key part of the safety management system. DCS delivers our training programs in an informal session at your location to meet your schedule. We have been delivering training programs to a variety of industry sectors for over 20 years and we believe our delivery system is one of the best in the industry.

  • Our instructors have real life experience and have worked on many different safety projects in a wide range of settings,
  • Our First Aid programs are delivered by provincially certified paramedics
  • All out instructors have completed a 40-hour adult education certificate
  • Random quality of training audits are carried out by senior management and these results used to improve our service delivery
  • Custom-designed training programs are done in close cooperation with the client, JOHSC members and professional standards associations

We offer the following safety training courses and certifications:

Mobile Equipment

Operating mobile equipment in an industrial setting is one of the most hazardous things we do, in Canada last year there were over 120 workplace fatalities involving mobile equipment and over 400 injuries that resulted in over 20,000 lost days from work. Our mobile equipment training theory component covers operation of mobile equipment, stability and load limits, inspections, fault reporting procedures, legal requirements and best practice operations, the practical component covers driving skills, load stability skills, loading dock safety and travelling with/without a load. Students must obtain 75% grade on the theory exam and an 80% grade on the practical exam to pass.

Lock Out / Tag Out Verify

This program covers the theory and machine specific procedures required to lock out equipment, it is custom designed to meet your firms individual requirements and is delivered in a 2 hour theory and then a 2 hour practical session. Students must score at least 75% in each section to pass.

Machine Guarding Awareness

This program covers the legal requirements for the different types of guarding in an industrial setting; the program identifies the best practices, how to conduct a machine guarding assessment and the inspection requirements for fixed or portable guarding. Program is approximately 3 hours long and a passing grade of 80% is required.

Mobile Elevated Work Platforms

This program covers the theory and practical components of mobile elevated work platforms including “zoom booms”, “Sky Jacks” and forklift man baskets. Students attending this program must have completed a fall prevention/fall arrest training program within the last 2 years. Course duration is 6 hours and a passing grade of 80% in both the theory and practical components is required.

Industrial Fire Prevention

Fire’s in the workplace can be devastating, injury potential, down time; equipment damage and repair time can cripple a business. Like any safety program prevention is much easier and cheaper than reaction. This program covers proper chemical storage, housekeeping, fire prevention, safe use of portable fire equipment, fire prevention planning and emergency response.

Propane Handling Training

This program is delivered in conjunction with the mobile equipment training for propane forklifts or can be delivered as a separate module when portable propane units are being used in applications unrelated to mobile equipment. The program covers areas such as safe handling, storage, transport and emergency response. Program is delivered in approximately 1.5 hours and students are required to achieve at least 80% on a written test.

Conducting Effective Workplace Inspections

OHS law requires that inspections be completed at the workplace on a regular basis, this program teaches students how to effectively conduct a workplace inspection using a standard IAPA workplace inspection recording form, how to rate hazards, how to create actions items for follow up and how to complete and record the corrective action items identified. This program takes approximately 1.5 hours and also forms part of the Part 2 certification program for workers.

Accident / Incident Investigation Training

No one likes to have accidents, they mean our safety management system has failed and may result in increased worker compensation rates, surcharges, fines and penalties, serious injuries may result in criminal prosecution and jail time. The Accident/Incident investigation-training program is designed to give managers, supervisors, JOHSC members and workers the ability to conduct minor incident/accident investigations, identify root causes, and determine corrective actions and to properly write an investigation report. It also teaches students when they should be calling for professional help.

The program is approximately 8 hours long and contains theory components and a practical review of a critical injury in the workplace. Students must obtain a grade of 75% on the written portion and demonstrate a basic understanding of basic investigative procedures on the practical component.

Leadership for Front-line Supervisory Staff

In any program frontline supervisory staff are generally the first point of contact and must be properly trained and have the leadership skills, which will allow them and the workers to succeed. This program teaches the 5 basic requirements for effective leadership with a concentration on the safety element. It is delivered over a 2-day period and a grade of 75% is required to pass.

Portable & Stationary Power Tools

This program is delivered under the authority of the Power Tool Institute and covers items such as grinders, saws, coring rigs, heat guns, miter saws, routers, lathes. It is delivered either on-line, as a printed handout or can be delivered in a group setting.

New Worker / Young Worker Orientation

New workers are 65% more likely to be injured on the job within the first 3 months of employment. This orientation program is delivered over three days during the first month of employment and includes feedback on safety performance from the workers supervisor. It covers all of the required training including WHMIS, Machine Guarding awareness, Rights, Roles and Responsibilities, Work Refusal, Workplace Violence & Harassment, Safe operation of power tools, Incident/Accident reporting, the Role of the JOHSC, the Supervisor and the provincial labour authority. It also includes a plant tour and introduction to the Worker representative of the JOHSC.

Workplace Violence & Harassment

This is now required training in most provinces, BC, ON, QC, NB and SK have all incorporated Workplace Violence and Harassment into their provincial occupational health and safety legislation with most other provinces to follow suit. This training helps employees identify what the legal requirements are, how to prevent, report and resolve cases of workplace violence and harassment and what the company policy and procedures are in relation to these events. Training is approximately three hours long and employees are given a confidential survey at the end, which will help the employer identify risk factors, employee awareness, potential issues and gaps in policy/procedures. This survey is tabulated by DCS and results are returned to the company within 72 hours.

WHMIS 2015 (GHS Conversion)

This program has been delivered successfully at many client locations and has received positive feedback from course attendee’s. This program is designed to cover the changes, implantation schedule, hazard communication and new hazard symbols and classes to student who have previously completed a WHMIS training program. The program is approximately 2.5 hours long and students must obtain a 75% grade on a written test to pass.


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