New refresher training for approved Ontario forestry health and safety trainers

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mechanical harvesting, Forestry road construction, Professional Chainsaw and Cable Skidder Operation

As the sole developer of two government-approved health and safety forestry courses for the province of Ontario - Mechanical harvesting equipment-Forestry pit and road construction equipment operators (MHEO-FPRCEO), and Introduction to Professional Chainsaw and Cable Skidder Operation (IPCO-IPCS) – Workplace Safety North oversees a network of trainers in Ontario, providing the latest health and safety training information. 

Every three years, forestry health and safety trainers are required to take refresher training. Upon successful completion, trainers will remain on MTCU’s list of approved trainers the Mechanical Harvesting and Forestry Pit as well as Cutter Skidder modular training programs.

Refresher training for approved trainers of MHEO-FPRCEO Programs

WSN health and safety training sessionThis half-day Mechanical Harvesting Equipment Operator-Forestry Pit and Road Construction Equipment Operator refresher training meets the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU) requirements for approved trainers of Common Core safety training of this MTCU modular training program.

The course consists of two parts: (1) Review new course material, and (2) Review training ideas and information regarding MTCU program changes affecting the forest industry.

Upon successful completion, trainers will remain on MTCU’s list of approved trainers of the Mechanical Harvesting/Forestry Pit and Road Construction Equipment Operator Safety Training.

Refresher training for approved trainers of IPCO-IPCS Programs

This half-day Introduction to Professional Chainsaw Operation-Introduction to Professional Cable Skidding mandatory refresher training applies to approved trainers involved in the pre-employment classroom training and/or on-site evaluations of professional chainsaw and cable skidder operators.

The course provides participants with a wide range of information and resources, and an excellent opportunity to network.

Course content includes:

  • Current injury and fatality trends that identify specific hazard areas relating to cut and skid logging operations
  • Current hazard alerts
  • Updates on topics such as personal protective equipment
  • Technology updates 

All approved trainers who currently provide the approved pre-employment classroom training and/or on-site evaluations for professional cutter-skidder operators and hold certified cutter-skidder trainer credentials are required to complete the refresher training every three years in order for their training credentials to remain in good standing.

Please click here to find and register for training sessions in your area.

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