Some of the Safety Training Precautions We Take

Anyone who’s responsible for an industrial refrigeration installation like a cold room or cold warehouse knows that safety is always the #1 priority.

Safety extends beyond your direct employees too.

Any contractor coming into your facility to perform industrial refrigeration repair must follow your safety guidelines in addition to their own.

At Industrial Refrigerated Systems Ltd., we understand that a severe on-site workplace accident can wipe out a business owner for good.

The best defence against workplace injuries is ongoing training and due diligence while on the job.

When any member of our team walks into your business, you can rest assured they have safety & certification training in the following practices:

WHMISWHMIS

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training is essential to perform maintenance and other industrial refrigeration services for you.

WHMIS is a nationwide communication standard that allows trained people to instantly identify hazardous materials and the proper way to handle them.

When it comes to industrial refrigeration, some WHMIS materials we work with include:

  • Freon
  • Tetrafluroethane
  • Pentafluoroethane
  • Fluorocarbon

That doesn’t include other gases and like compressed oxygen and ammonia.

Yearly WHMIS training ensures our team knows how to install, transport, remove and store dangerous materials in any industrial cooling system in a safe, professional manner.

Fall Protection

Fall protection training

On April 1, 2015, the Working at Heights Training Standards act came into law in the province of Ontario.

This requires that all tradespeople working at heights – either indoors or outdoors – must be trained to safely work at heights and to spot potential fall hazards.

Some of the elements covered in fall prevention training include:

  • Establishing safe working zones
  • Proper deployment and ladder use
  • Fall arrest gear (harnesses, lifelines, anchors) inspection
  • Emergency fall rescue procedures

As the employer, it is our responsibility to provide fall protection training to our workforce. And it’s something we take very seriously.

Insurance

Various insurance policies

WSIB Coverage

Even though it isn’t a training course, all companies must have Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage in order to perform work in the province of Ontario.

Liability Insurance

Each time we walk into your facility to perform any type of work, we’re protected (and by extension, you’re protected) with a $10 million liability insurance policy established by the contractor industry.

The reason this policy is set so high is that it helps weed out unsafe, unskilled or unlicensed contractors.

Simply put, if an industrial refrigeration service company doesn’t have a $10 million policy, they can’t properly insure their workforce in case of an accident.

Bonded

In Canada, there’s been a movement to have skilled trades workers bonded in the same manner as other service providers.

We’ve been ahead of that curve and have been a certified bonded company for many years.

This is important for a few reasons:

  • It allows us to hold additional insurance coverage
  • It enables us to bid and work on government projects across Canada
  • It proves that we have a perfect safety record (which is a must in order to renew your bonded certification)

Confined space

Confined space awareness

When working in ice rinks or other areas, our team members may need to access tight spaces with limited ventilation.

Before they can do that, though, they need to be certified in confined space awareness training.

First and foremost, this course teaches maintenance workers how to identify a confined space before they begin work.

And once they know what a confined space is, they’re trained on important items like:

  • Confined space hazards and risks
  • How to properly enter and exit a confined space
  • Ensuring atmospheric safety and clear ventilation
  • Controlling energy and material exposure

Something like screw compressor maintenance usually takes place in an open area.

However many tasks (such as hose repair) occur in a confined space. Which means that confined space awareness training must take place before any work is done.

St John

 St. John Ambulance CPR training

We hope that we never have to use it.

But just in case, each member of our service & repair team is trained in CPR.

Even though it just takes a few hours, we feel the investment and benefits it provides is a worthwhile investment.

These benefits aren’t just limited to the workplace, but also at home and in everyday life for our employees too.

Other training programs

In addition to the courses listed above, our team participates in a variety of ongoing safety improvement courses, including:

  • Transportation of dangerous goods
  • Lockout/tag out procedures
  • Elevating work platform safety
  • Hoisting & rigging set up and usage
  • Forklift safety
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • General health and safety at work
  • Supervision and leadership skills
  • Asbestos and arc flash awareness
  • Safe use of propane in construction

Comprehensive training for everybody

These are just some of the training certifications our team undergoes.

Whether it’s a service technician with decades of experience or someone serving their apprenticeship, our priority is to make sure everyone is trained and protected.

While some people think the industry is overregulated with safety standards, we think that a diligent crew following best practices is always the preferred option.

To learn more about our highly-trained and skilled workers, or to request a FREE estimate on any of our products or services, all you have to do is contact us for information.

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