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Hospitality Safety Leadership Certificate

Exclusive to the hospitality industry in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, the Hospitality Safety Leadership Certificate is designed to lead employers through the process of developing and implementing a health and safety management system, and empower them to create a system and a corporate safety culture that will improve the way they do business.

Requirements for each level build on the foundations of the previous levels, as employers progress through the development of their program, achieving increased recognition and improved health and safety processes.  

Certification is renewed annually, and maintenance requirements are listed on the application forms for each level.


Level 1 

Start the development of an effective OHS system by establishing management’s commitment to the process and taking a baseline measure of the property’s health and safety culture.

  1. Current General Manager (Senior Manager) completes Health & Safety Leadership* training (7 hours).
  2. The property completes an AHSA Perception Survey with participation of a minimum 50% of employees.  (Contact the AHSA to set up your free survey.)

Level 2*

Build the foundation of an OHS system by conducting the property’s hazard assessments and identifying staff training needs.

  1. Key employee(s) complete Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment & Control training (8 hours).
  2. Key employee(s) complete Qualifications, Orientation & Training training (3.5 hours).
  3. The property’s formal hazard assessments have been completed within the last year or reviewed within the last year.
  4. Current General Manager (Senior Manager) completes Health & Safety Leadership* training (7 hours).
  5. The property has completed an AHSA Perception Survey within the past 3 years.

Level 3*

Take the training needed to develop the systems required to control for the workplace hazards identified, and maintain a health and safety management system for the property.

  1. Key employee(s) complete Emergency Response Planning training (3.5 hours).
  2. Key employee(s) complete Workplace Inspections training (3.5 hours).
  3. Key employee(s) complete Incident Reporting & Investigation training (8 hours).
  4. Current General Manager (Senior Manager) completes Health & Safety Leadership* training (7 hours).
  5. The property has completed an AHSA Perception Survey within the past 3 years.
  6. The property’s formal hazard assessments have been completed within the last year or reviewed within the last year.
  7. The property completed the required policy’s and procedures.

Level 4

Take the final step and conduct a Certificate of Recognition audit, making the property eligible for WCB rebates of 5-20%.

  1. Current General Manager (Senior Manager) completes Health & Safety Leadership* training (7 hours).
  2. The property successfully certifies for/maintains a Certificate of Recognition (COR).  (Note that Employers are not required to participate in the Hospitality Safety Leadership Certificate process in order to be eligible for a COR from the Alberta Government.)



*The current General Manager (Senior Manager) must have completed the 
Health & Safety Leadership training at all levels of certification. The intent of this seminar is to expose the General Manager (Senior Management) to training that will explain the importance of health and safety to their business.  It is designed to ensure the General Manager (Senior Management) understands their responsibilities for the safety of their workers, the repercussions of not meeting these responsibilities, and the basic systems they must implement.

Hospitality Safety Leadership Certification is also tied to the AHLA’s Employer of Choice Award criteria. 

To download the pdf of seminar costs, click here.