Pulse-8 Safety
is committed to assisting the development of a safe and healthy work environment in the industrial workplace. We will always promote responsible management practices which include worker health and safety as a paramount component of Total Quality Management.

We will provide professional assistance and guidance in the development of effective, user-friendly, employee-oriented Health and Safety Programs, responsible Auditing Practices and professional Training Programs.

By fulfilling this commitment, our clients and we will be successful in maintaining the high standards and quality required to compete in the marketplace of the new millennium.

Alan K. McDonald, CRSP
Managing Director
Alan McDonald, owner of Pulse-8 Safety Consultants Inc, discusses safety factors that affect the bottom line for business. (Calgary Herald, August 5, 2000)


Calgary Herald Newspaper
Publication Date: Saturday, August 5, 2000

Reprinted with permission of the Calgary Herald

Section: WORKPLACE

HEADLINE
Workplace Safety Goes High Tech:
Developments in sector bringing preparedness online

BYLINE
Derek Sankey, Calgary Herald

Co-ordinating a company's safety programs and emergency systems can be a pretty hard sell. But many organizations are now taking a second look as new technology and certification processes are allowing a new breed of safety professionals to arrive on the scene.

With the new professionals comes an increased level of awareness about workplace safety measures and emergency preparedness for handling crisis situations.

Alan McDonald, a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), who owns Pulse-8 Safety Consultants Inc. in Calgary, says more companies are incorporating new methods of managing safety programs. A desire to reduce hazardous environmental factors and changing ideals in the labour force are contributing to that trend, he says.

McDonald has developed safety management systems for companies for the last six years. He provides a "skeleton structure", or guideline, that managers can then tweak after an extensive safety audit is done.

"All these things come into play and people don't just accept things anymore," says McDonald, adding a more independent workforce is helping to allow employees to take a proactive role in safety management.

Overseeing the accreditation of new safety professionals and consultants is the Association of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (ACRSP).

An ongoing upgrading and testing program ensures people working in this field have the most current knowledge and expertise in safety management, says spokesman Peter Fletcher.

To become a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, a person must go through an application and interview process, write an in-depth exam, and meet other requirements, including having three years of full-time safety experience.

Established in 1976, the not-for-profit organization has a membership base of 1,100 safety professionals, some working locally with companies such as Imperial Oil, TransCanada PipeLines, and Calgary Transit.

"One area that seems to be increasing in the health and safety issues is the environment," says Fletcher.

While many larger companies may have their own safety or environmental experts on staff, he says this has been a focal point for growth in the industry.

Peggy Brendt works closely with companies as the person in charge of crisis communications for Emergency Response Management Consultants.
The company, based in Edmonton, evaluates a company's preparedness through an audit and then customizes its Emergency Manager software application to manage, share, and track events as they occur.

While companies face many of the same issues, Brendt says Emergency Response has mainly targeted the oil and natural gas industry because its operations are often spread out globally and the inherent risks are greater than that with other industries.

The software is an Intranet, Web-based application that is operational 24 hours a day and is used to aid in emergencies of any kind, from a heart attack on the top floor to an oil tanker spilling fuel.

Workshops and mock disaster exercises are used to identify specific issues for each client company. Emergency Response uses its technology to lessen the impact of a crisis situation on employees, the public, the environment, and the business.

The software package operates as a guide to employees tracking the emergency and includes a bulletin broadcast system to communicate and record vital information about the incident. An employee and family message centre allows the staff to keep in touch with their families. Authorized personnel can then use all the information posted on the bulletin system to co-ordinate rescue, public relations, or other efforts.

Paramedic and firefighter Martin Lesperance says the issue of safety goes beyond the workplace. Lesperance has published several books about safety both inside and outside the workplace. In his spare time, he travels around Canada talking to companies. His company, Inter Provincial Safety Resources Ltd., has just published its third book called What Do You Mean I'm Stressed -- Recognizing and Managing Your Stress. Paying attention to warning signs and having a clear safety plan helps avoid some risky situations inside and outside of the workplace, he says.



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