Qualified Safety Representative (QSR)
The Qualified Safety Representative (QSR)™ is the only accredited designation developed by the Alberta Association
of Safety Partnerships (AASP) to provide potential and existing OHS professionals with a career development path.
The Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships believes that education is the key to improving the health and safety at work sites in Alberta. To ensure there is equal opportunity to all individuals, the AASP has developed courses that will provide individuals with a solid understanding of health and safety in the workplace and hopefully encourage participants to continue with more comprehensive
health and safety training through universities and colleges. Individuals are encouraged to climb the ladder of learning and become leaders through achieving a safety designation. Individuals that have achieved a Q.S.R. designation will have a complete understanding of safety responsibilities, expectations, and will be capable of assisting their employers in managing an effective health and safety system. Individuals acquiring this level of training will have a deeper knowledge base of health and safety systems also making them more marketable and valuable to an employer.
To achieve a Qualified Safety Representative (QSR)™ designation the participant must complete:
- 87 hours of training in the nine compulsory modules (Modules 1 -8 plus 12).
The hours per module breakdown as follows:
Module 1 – 16 hours
Modules 2/4/5 – 4 hours per course
Module 3 – 8 hours per course
Module 6/7/8 – 8 hours per course
Module 12 – 32 hours
- The participant must also complete one of the three elective modules. The hours per module
breakdown as follows:
Module 9 – 8 hours
Module 10 – 8 hours
Module 11 – 8 hours
- An exam must be completed and passed for each module.
When the participant has met all the QSR classroom requirements there is an overall comprehensive three hour exam to be written. To pass the overall exam and be awarded the designation of QSR the participant must achieve a minimum of 70%. Study guides are provided. Each successful candidate will receive a wall and wallet certificate with certificate number and a course transcript stating
the completed modules, total hours of training, date of final exam, percentage achieved and certificate number.
A person holding a valid QSR will receive 21 hours credit towards the 35 hours of the enrichment courses for the OHS Certificate course at the University of Alberta. Participants can also receive credits towards maintenance of CRSP and additional University OHS certificate programs.
Module 1: Guide to Develop an Occupational Health and Safety Management System
This module is based on the original Partnership Health and Safety program to assist companies in the development and implementation of their safety programs. The program has been updated and expanded to meet the current AASP and Partnerships Standards.
The purpose of a Health and Safety Program is to assist management in identifying and controlling risks, provide the basis for action to health and safety problems and assist in the maximization of productivity for the organizations resources.
Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:
- List and describe the eight major components of a health and safety program including the purpose and benefits.
- Demonstrate the technical knowledge necessary to implement a functional health and safety system based on the eight elements.
- State in their own works the key benefits of an effective health and safety program for an organization in both financial and human terms.
- Explain techniques for communicating with management fostering meaningful management commitment and ongoing support.
- Explain techniques for fostering worker involvement in the organizations health and safety program.
- Explain some simple methods of estimating the actual direct and indirect costs on an incident.
- Identify the relationship between a health and safety program and the OH&S legislation, with emphasis on the responsibility of an organization to undertake due diligence.
Upon completion of this course the participant receives a Certificate of Achievement. Upon the organizations completion of the development, implementation and passing an external audit of their Health and Safety Program the organization will receive a Certificate of Recognition from Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry with the Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships being the Certifying Partner. Qualification for a Certificate of Recognition indicates the company has met or exceeded the standard as set out by the Partnership program.
Module 2: Understanding The Legislation
The learning objectives of this course are to
- Learn about the world of legalized responsibilities
- Review key points from the OH&S Act, Regulation and Code
- Learn how to demonstrate reasonable care and due diligence
- Define the role of the employer and employee
- Review manager and worker responsibilities
This half day course will give participants an extensive overview of the legislation, how it is set up and how employers and employees can use and apply the legislation in their own work places. A Certificate of Achievement will be issued upon successful completion of the course exam. This is a compulsory course for any participant working toward obtaining a Qualified Safety Representative (QSR) designation.
Plus: OHS Handi-Guide – $30.00
Module 3: Joint Work Site Health & Safety Committee/HS Representative Training – Part 2 – Approved by Alberta Labour
The learning objectives of this course are to
- Explain the purpose of the OHS Act, Regulation, and Code
- Explain legislative requirements to determine if Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committees and/or Health and Safety Representatives are required
- Identify the unique needs for HSC/HS representatives on multi-employer work sites
▸ Explain the three basic rights of all workers
▸ Apply procedures regarding right to refuse unsafe work under specific circumstances
▸ Explain the prohibition against discriminatory action
- Summarize and describe the duties, roles and responsibilities of a health and safety committee and/or health and safety representative.
- Explain the purpose of committee’s rules and procedure (Terms of Reference)
▸ Summarize training requirements for HSCs and HS representatives
▸ Explain the purpose of analyzing minutes from committee meetings
- Explain the HSC/HS Representative’s role in hazard identification and control
- Explain the HSC/HS Representative’s role in workplace inspections
- Explain the HSC/HS Representative’s role in incident investigations
- Create appropriate HSC recommendations for the employer
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of the HSC’s and HS Representative in addressing workplace violence and harassment
- List the traits of an effective HSC and explain the purpose of conducting an evaluation of the committee’s effectiveness
This course is approved by Alberta Labour and meets all requirements for training of HSC and HS Representatives. AASP is approved as a Designated Trainer for HSC and HS Representatives 8 hour mandatory training, Part 1 and Part 2.
Classroom Sessions will include the approved Part 2 – classroom course duration will be 7 hours. Participants will be required to provide a valid Certificate of Completion for the Free eCourse provided by CCOHS (link can be found in our Training drop down menu)
There are eight hours of mandatory training for HSC and HS Representatives to be completed the first year on the committee or as a representative, the free e-Course (Part 1) and our classroom course (Part 2) meets that requirement.
Currently only available in classroom however coming soon approved instructor lead webinar/eLearning delivery, as approved by Alberta Labour. Classroom size is limited to a maximum of 25 participants.
AASP has scheduled training days on the calendar, click here to access the course calendar.
AASP will also accommodate in-house training sessions as requested (min 12 participants – max 25 participants / session)
Module 4: Workplace Inspections
The learning objectives of this course are to:
- Review the types of inspections and the importance of an inspection program
- Create an awareness towards the function of inspection
- Gain a deeper understanding of how to use inspections to improve your current health and safety program as well as to gain knowledge in identifying possible corrective actions
- Build an inspection form for your workplace.
Class participation is key in this half-day course. This course may be presented in the workplace or in a classroom setting. Participants will start to develop a working document for their work place and gain a deeper understanding of the observation skills required, interview skills, as well as know how to use the document to strengthen the safety program. A Certificate of Achievement will be issued upon successful completion of the module exam.
Module 5: Hazard Assessment & Methods of Control
The learning objectives of the course:
Learn about Occupational Hazards and Risk
• Categories of Hazards
• Recognition of Hazards
• Evaluation of the Hazards’
• Learn a rating system and how to use a matrix effectively
• How to justify the rating
Methods of Control
• Learn the types of effective controls and combinations of controls
• Complete a Practical Exercise in Hazard Analysis and Risk Control
• Learn how to team work in using the matrix rating system and complete a justification for the rating
• Present the findings to the group
This four hour workshop will provide the participants the necessary tools and skills to adequately identify hazards and apply an effective rating system thus ensuring the controls are adequate or identify a need for improvement. A Certificate of Achievement will be issued upon successful completion of the module exam.
Module 6: Accident / Incident Investigation
The learning objectives of this course are to teach the participants how to conduct an investigation using the following techniques.
- Recognize and use the seven steps in initial response to an accident.
- Collect evidence using the four P’s.
- Identify and use at least three methods of preserving position evidence.
- Use nine guidelines for effective interviewing.
- Identify the parts evidence at the scene of the accident.
- Identify the paper evidence contained in various records.
- Apply a five-part loss causation/problem solving model for analyzing evidence.
- Identify losses, contacts, immediate causes, basic causes and lack of control in the accident.
- Develop and categorize specific remedial actions as either “temporary” or “permanent”.
- Complete the appropriate information in an incident investigation report.
The second part of the day involves:
- Creating an effective critical incident plan utilizing the tools learned in the first session to equip staff with the tools they need to deal with the more critical incident situations
- Learn the importance of preparation and prevention:
• review and practice the steps of response to a situation,
• control of the situation,
• working with outside agencies,
• incident investigation,
• returning to work, and lastly
Problem solving and practicing the investigation techniques taught are part of the days activities. Class participation is required.
Upon completion the participant should be able to conduct an investigation applying the loss causation model used in class. All participants successfully completing the exam will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Module 7: Claims Management & Effective Return to Work
The learning objectives of this course are to teach the participants about effective management of worker claims and returning to the workplace using the following techniques:
Find out what disability management is all about
- Start to build an effective return to work program
- Discuss what “duty to accommodate” means for you and your organization
- Discuss how the Workers Compensation Board views your injured workers so you will gain a better understanding of the benefit entitlements
- Identify how you can build an infrastructure that will help your company in disability management
A copy of the W.C.B Act will be included in the course fee with the manual.
This full day of instruction and activity will assist you toward understanding how to structure a ability management program for your company. A consistent approach can help you to take control of the workplace incidents and minimize the costs associated with loss time claims. A Certificate of Achievement will be issued upon completion of the course exam.
(includes a copy of the WCB Act)
Module 8: Workplace Violence
The learning objectives of this course are to teach the participants how to conduct an investigation using the following techniques:
- Review the legislative requirements on workplace violence
- Define workplace violence
- Learn how to identify types of workplace violence
- Learn the forms of violence
- Learn about the negative effects of workplace violence
- Learn how to develop a workplace violence policy
- Learn how and why to include workplace violence into hazard assessments and controls
- Learn how to train workers and to respond and get assistance when needed
- Develop a response plan
- Learn how to investigation a workplace violence situation
- Debriefing a situation
Workplace violence can originate from a variety of workplace situations and people. This course will assist you in identifying the areas for potential violence and developing the remedial actions to those situations. A Certificate of Achievement will be issued upon completion of the course exam.
Module 9: Road Safety & Emergency Preparedness
The learning objectives of this course are to teach the participants about road safety concerns to enable them to pursue and promote safer driving habits through understanding the following:
- Legislations governing road safety
- Cell Phone use
- Child Safety
- Commercial vehicle Drivers – hours. of service
- Air Bags
- river attitudes related to speeding and rules of the road
- Impaired driving
- Investigation of collisions
- Old vehicles still on the road
- Winter driving
- Vehicle Safety including:
• Tire Safety
• Statistics and trends
• Statistics by location
This full day of instruction and activity will assist you in understanding why road safety has become an issue and how to promote improvements. A positive approach to road safety can help you take control of the work related incidents and minimize the costs associated with loss time claims. A Certificate of Achievement will be issued upon completion of the course exam.
Module 10: Managing Contractors in the Workplace
The learning objectives of this eight-hour course are to teach the participants about employer and contractor/prime contractor responsibilities to enable them to pursue and promote safer work habits by understanding the following:
PART ONE – Contractors/Sub-Contractors
- Identify and review employer responsibilities.
- Understand the responsibilities as stated in Legislation.
- Identify types of contractors.
- Understand necessary activities prior to hiring a contractor.
- How to find and select the right contractor.
- The importance of asking for estimates and/or proposals in writing.
- How to develop an approved vendor list.
- How to develop a contract.
- How to manage a contractor on-site.
- Learn the importance of contractor orientations and on-going monitoring.
PART TWO – Prime Contractors
- Learn about owners and prime contractors.
- Learn when you need a prime contractor.
- What the owner should do prior to assigning prime.
- What follows after assigning prime.
- Assigning responsibilities for the prime contractor.
- Prime contractor role.
There have been changes in the legislation in recent years and some of the terms have changed as well. This course will assist you in the world of working with Contractors and Prime Contractors. Know and understand what the responsibilities really are, as described in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code. Upon successful completion of of this full day course and the module exam, a Certificate of Achievement will be issued.
Module 11: Being a Leader, Roles of an Effective Supervisor
The learning objectives of this course are to teach the participants what it means to be a supervisor and how to be effective.
- Who is a Supervisor, and what are the expectations of Managers
- Identify and discuss the legislation as it applies to the role of a Supervisor
• Role of the Employer
• Role of the Supervisor
• Role of the Worker
- Supervisor Expectations
• Decision Making/Problem Solving
• Managing Change
• Time Management
- Discuss what it means to be a leader
- Enforcing the requirements
- Identify your leadership style
- Discuss how to effectively motivate and be an effective Supervisor
This full day course goes into the details of being a Supervisor. Includes the roles, the expectations and how to effectively communicate, delegate, and motivate workers. But first there must be an understanding of your style as a Supervisor. This is fun and sometimes an eye opening experience for the new supervisor and/or the middle manager. Upon successful completion of the module exam a Certificate of Achievement will be issued.
Module 12: Health and Safety Auditor Training & Certification
This course has been revised and updated to meet the current audit standard and teaches auditors the acceptable methods of evaluation. The only pre-requisites for an internal auditor are to have completed Module 1, Health and Safety Program Development and the participant needs to have a working knowledge of the company health and safety program as well as some good writing skills. Additional pre-requisites apply to external auditors.
The objectives of this course are to teach the participant how to conduct an evaluation that meets the standard set by Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry and Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships.
The evaluation course includes:
- The steps followed in conducting an audit
- How to prepare a pre-evaluation letter
- How to conduct a pre-evaluation meeting
- Pre-evaluation information
- udit information
- Auditor information
- How to conduct the post-evaluation meeting
- Methods of scoring an audit
- Ethics of an auditor
- Documentation required to conduct an audit
- Audit presentation – necessary information
- Appropriate actions of an auditor
- Report writing – consistent information
- Role playing for conducting interviews•
- Complete a review of the audit questions based on the AASP Partnership Audit Document.
Upon completion of the written exam the participant must complete an internal audit, compile into an acceptable presentation form and submit for review. Once the audit is reviewed and scored, and the Auditor review receives a mark not less than 80%, a certificate will be issued to the participant. The qualification audit must be submitted within six months of the class.
An external auditor must complete an external audit, submit the completed report for review and achieve not less than 90% on the review to be awarded a certification. The certification audit cannot be a COR qualification audit.
One audit per year must be submitted to maintain Internal / External Auditor certification. A refresher course must be taken once every three years for Internal Auditors and External Auditors are required to attend a 3 hour session annually to maintain certification.
Internal Auditor $500.00 (Member) $625.00 (Non-Member)
External Auditor $700.00 (Prequalification requirements apply)
This workshop is designed to give Senior Management and Managers with an overview of health and safety management systems and techniques or tools that they can employ to not only comply with the program but to demonstrate “active involvement and leadership” within the program.
Management Strategies…Piloting Effective Health and Safety Programs
The learning objectives of this course are to:
- Understand both federal and provincial legal requirements and consequences for non-compliance
- Review roles and responsibilities for management levels and how these roles are applied
- Learn how to establish a positive safety culture
- Review the eight elements required in a health and safety management system including how to actively involve management to ensure compliance and involvement
- Review the reporting and investigative procedures required following an incident and understanding where the responsibility lies