Partnerships in Injury Reduction
PIR is a voluntary program that operates through the combined efforts of the Workers’ Compensation Board - Alberta, Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour, industry partners, safety associations, employers and labour groups. This "Partnerships" initiative is based on the concept that when employers and workers build effective health and safety systems, the human and financial costs of workplace injuries and illnesses can be reduced. A registration form for PIR is available on the WCB website.
The Alberta Hospitality Safety Association is the recognized Certifying Partner for the hospitality industry. All hotels and motels (WCB industry code 87503) are members of the association, through a levy collected by WCB. Other hospitality industry employers may pay a membership fee to the AHSA. Associate membership makes these employers eligible for member pricing for training and other services.
Certificate of Recognition
COR is issued to employers who have successfully implemented a workplace health and safety management system and met the AHSA/JSTL Partnership audit standards. A COR is valid for a 3-year period as long as all maintenance requirements are met. Achieving COR qualifies a property for WCB industry rate discounts and premium refunds.
Click here to see a list of AHSA members that currently hold a COR.
Register for the following programs through the AHSA (online or by contacting the AHSA office)
You should have an interest in health and safety, and experience with the type of workplace you’ll be assessing. You must be able to read and understand audit questions and supporting documentation to verify the property’s health and safety processes. You must be able to effectively and comfortably conduct interviews and remain objective when touring and assessing the workplace. You must be able to compile data, calculate scores and type a report. Good communication skills are critical.
During the Peer Auditor Training, participants receive training manuals and access to the "Members Only" section of the AHSA website. The forms required are downloadable through this section of the AHSA website. (Usernames and passwords are issued to all auditors following the Peer Auditor training.) All documents must be returned typed.
AHSA-certified Peer Auditors are eligible to audit their own property for "Internal - Maintenance Audits," and will be assigned to audit another property every 3rd year for the external audit.The hotel industry supports the "Peer Auditor" system whereby properties exchange auditors for External Audits rather than hiring a consultant auditor.
The AHSA has a compilation of different documents (submitted by participating properties) that can be used as templates for your property. Check the list available on the AHSA website. Any of the forms, charts and tables in the AHSA manuals are also available electronically.
The total WCB refund for the sixty COR-holding AHSA members in 2014 totaled $979,251.
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
WHMIS is Canada’s hazard communication standard. The key elements of the system are cautionary labeling of controlled products, provision of material safety data sheets and worker education programs.
Material Safety Data Sheets
MSDS provide information regarding the safe storage, handling and use of controlled products in the workplace. MSDS provide detailed information about the product, including the product’s properties, its hazards and how to prevent over exposure. There are 9 required categories that must be included on MSDS:
Yes, as long as they haven’t already exited the program.
You may request a password reset to be sent to your email address here.
Yes; 30 days. Access can be extended by contacting the AHSA.
Yes; 30 minutes.
- Windows XP and newer, MAC OS X
- Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 3+, Chrome or Safari 3+
- Macromedia Flash Player 9+, free download available
- Adobe Acrobat Viewer, free download available
- Sound Card and Speakers
- High Speed Internet is highly recommended