CSTS-09 on a Computer Near You!

DATE: January 31, 2011

Proper training and quality education for construction workers helps reduce accidents and costs associated with workplace incidents. It can advance careers and job opportunities for CLAC members.

In November 2010, every CLAC office began using CSTS-09, the Alberta Construction Safety Association’s latest, fully updated construction safety course. CSTS (Construction Safety Training System) is a general safety awareness program for workers in the construction industry. The self-paced, computer-based course consists of 15 modules covering 82 topics presented in a user-friendly format. An upgrade course is also available for those who have a CSTS Version 3.2 certificate issued by CLAC.

If you require CSTS-09 or the upgrade course, please call any CLAC office and make an appointment to come in and take it. The upgrade can also be taken online at home. Call any CLAC office to obtain a password to access the upgrade course at home. Both CSTS-09 and the upgrade include a Generic WHMIS Worker training module.

You will need a full day, six to eight hours (longer for special needs and ESL students), to complete CSTS-09. The upgrade course takes about two hours to complete. Upon successful completion, you will receive a laminated certificate that includes the date of issue. The certificate does not expire.

CSTS Lessons and Topics

1. Your Worksite & The Law
(Lessons: Legislation Awareness, Employer Responsibilities, Employee Responsibilities, Training and Competency, Reporting Requirements and Communication)
2. Personal Physical Care and Conduct   
(Lessons: Fitness for Work, Working Outdoors, Fatigue Management, Stretching and Micro-breaks, Back Care, Personal Conduct, Drugs and Alcohol and Alcohol and Drug Guidelines/Work Rule)
3. Personal Protective Equipment
(Lessons: PPE Defined, Basic PPE, Use and Care of PPE, Specialized PPE and Clothing)
4. Workplace Hazards
(Lessons: Hazard Assessment, Causes of Workplace Hazards, Inspections, Investigations, Invisible Hazards, Confined Spaces, Respiratory Hazards and Hazard Control)
5. Field Level Hazard Assessment
(Lessons: What is FLHA, Stop and Think, Look and Find Hazards, Assess Hazards, Control Hazards and Resume Work)
(Lessons: Purpose of WHMIS, WHMIS Responsibilities, Labels, MSDS, Hazard Symbols and Protecting Yourself)
7. Worksite Conditions
(Lessons: Housekeeping/Cleaning Up, Slips, Trips and Falls, Signs and Entryways and Compressed Gas)
8. Environmental Factors
(Lessons: Dealing with Releases, Laws and Regulations, Classification, Storage and Disposal and Safe Guards)

9. Emergency Response
(Lessons: Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Fire Safety, Fire Extinguishers and Fighting Fires)

10. Ladders and Scaffolding
(Lessons: Ladders, Portable Ladders, Scaffolding and Working with Scaffolds)

11. Mobile Equipment
(Lessons: Responsibilities, Operating Procedures, Hazards to be Aware Of, Visibility and Traffic Control and Rigging and Hoisting)

12. Machinery, Tools and Equipment
(Lessons: Inspecting Equipment, Electrical Tools, Pinch Points and Guards, Air Activated Tools and Power Actuated Tools)

13. Excavating and Trenching
(Lessons: Potential Causes of Injury, Dial before you Dig, Soil Types and Ground Conditions and Shoring, Cutbacks and Spoil Piles)

14. Defensive Driving
(Lessons: The Basics, Impairments, Animals, Loading Vehicles and Cell Phones and other Communication Devices)

15. Fall Protection
(Lessons: Introduction to Fall Protection, Methods of Fall Protection, System Selection, Arrest Forces, Anchorage and Connectors, Full Body Harness and Equipment Inspection and Conclusion)


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