Legislation/Safety Series

The following training is mandated if you or your employee are operating certain equipment or performing certain job duties. Be sure you’re in compliance!

“This was a very thorough course. I learned a lot from the instructor and I feel very confident in taking what l learned throughout this course into the workplace. Great job.” – Peel Region; Chainsaw Safety


Chainsaw Operators Safety Course
This two-day course is developed and presented to facilitate compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act [Section 25 (2) (a)]. The course provides participants with the knowledge and the basic skills to sharpen, maintain and operate a chainsaw competently.

The chainsaw training program exceeds our expectations every year. Our staff come away feeling equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to operate a chainsaw safely and efficiently with guidance of Greg Pfaff. Whether you’re a novice or have some experience, I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to enhance their chainsaw skills.” – Carissa Kapitor, Staff Development Coordinator, Norfolk County

Common Core for Municipal Pit/Quarry Workers and Surface Miners
All Heavy Equipment Operators and Truck Drivers who extract materials from a quarry or a sand pit are required by law to be trained. The Mining Act covers this provincial regulation. For this reason, the operator is defined as a Surface Miner.

Confined Space Safety Awareness
This training course covers the definition of a confined space and the applicable regulations. Topics covered vary depending on whether staff are entering confined spaces or working around them.

CVOR Facility Audit

The audit will consist of a review of records and documents pertaining to log books/ time records, pre-trip inspection reports, maintenance files, road test reports, load security, and license records.

Fall Protection
Every year in Canada there are about 26,000 lost-time injuries resulting from falls from heights, and each year over one hundred workers lose their lives in falls. The proper use of fall protection equipment could prevent these injuries and fatalities. This one-day workshop has been developed for participants who have little to no working knowledge of working from heights, though it may also be used as a refresher for more experienced workers.

Fuel Handling Safety
A person who employs another person as an attendant of a facility or as a driver of a highway tank or mobile refueling tank shall take every reasonable precaution to ensure that the attendant or driver complies with Ontario Regulation 217/01, under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, and the Liquid Fuels Handling Code, S. 6.7.1.

Heavy Equipment Awareness

The course provides the fundamentals of safety for staff working around heavy/ mobile equipment.

Hours of Service

The Hours of Service training program is a half-day (approx. 4 hours) classroom course for the student operator at a venue within the municipality/organization.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Operations

The objective of the course is to provide information to household hazardous waste operating staff on proper operating practices and safety. Students will learn how to handle a wide range of household hazardous waste efficiently and safely, along with the basics of a well laid out site and operational procedures.

Industrial Inspection Service

A former Ministry of Labour inspector will conduct a proactive inspection of your workplace using the same approach and methods used by the MOL. They will ask the same questions, conduct the same audit and behave as though they have the same authority as conferred to inspectors with the MOL.

Landfill Operations Basics

Through interactive classroom exercises, discussions, and case studies, the course reviews up-to-date basic landfill operations processes and how they relate to one another, increasing effectiveness and safety on the job.

Lockout Tagout (LOTO)
From time to time, the need will arise to perform maintenance, repairs, cleaning, inspection, or refitting of industrial equipment, machinery, and fixtures. Over the past few decades, hundreds of equipment operators have suffered fatal injuries while performing this type of work.  Most of these accidents can be avoided by providing proper training and implementing proper lockout/ Tagout procedures at your facility.

Paramedic Defensive Tactics 

This one day training program teaches paramedics to identify conflict, maintain distance and apply techniques to safely escape harm, thereby minimizing workplace violence and instilling confidence. This course was developed in consultation with paramedics services, conservation authorities and joint health and safety committees across North America.

Propane and Construction Propane Handling
There are many dangers associated with propane and anyone who works with propane should be aware of these hazards and how to avoid them. Ontario regulations under the Energy Act require that anyone who handles propane fueled equipment must be the holder of a propane handling certificate.

Traffic Control and Protection – Book 7

This one-day course is an introduction to the basic principles of temporary work zone traffic control for those who install, maintain and remove traffic control devices. Some of the topics covered in this course include manuals and standards, making adjustments, and use of traffic control plans.

Traffic Control and Protection – Unplanned Events

This 2 hour course is a condensed version of our one-day Traffic Control and Protection course, based on the Ontario Traffic Manual OTM Book 7. This course focusses only on unplanned events, such as an emergency where traffic may need to be directed away from an incident, first responders, or their equipment.

The AORS Unplanned Events Book 7 course was exactly what the St. Marys Fire Department required to keep our firefighters, other responding emergency services and the people we are helping safe. The condensed version of training is specifically designed for unplanned events, such as a fire, motor vehicle accident or other emergency, aimed specifically at small urban and rural municipal fire departments and other first responders.  The instructor was professional and knowledgeable. He communicated with credibility and confidence while facilitating group discussions. As the Fire Chief I can honestly say this course allows us to perform our duties safely and in a controlled manner while attending emergency responses on our local roadways and highway.” – Richard “Andy” Anderson, Director of Emergency Services/Fire Chief, Town of St. Marys

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Course
This 4 hour course is designed to train participants in their responsibilities under the law applicable to the safe handling, storing and transporting of the nine classes of dangerous goods. Topics covered include responsibilities of shipper, handler and carrier, safety marks, containers, and dealing with accidental releases/ emergencies.

Trenching Safety
This course helps employers and employees comply with the OSHA standards by determining what type of working hazards exists, how to correct them and the responsibilities of the competent person. The importance of using the right protective systems during excavation work is also covered.

WHMIS- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System 1.5
Under WHIMS regulations, employers are obligated to educate all their workers on the potential dangers involved with hazardous products and train them on the necessary steps they should take to protect themselves. Acute or chronic exposure to some chemicals can cause a long-term occupational illness or even death.

Working at Heights
This training program is a one-day course for the student operator and/or any person (s) responsible for working at heights as part of their job. Some of the topics that will be covered are methods of fall protection and fall prevention, the hazards of working at heights and the requirements for the formulation and implementation of a rescue plan.


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