HSSE SAFETY BULLETIN: Snow Mold

Spring is here, but you’re just not feeling good and can’t figure out why? Snow mold may be the culprit! What Is It? Snow mold is a type of fungus that is dormant during the warmer months. Snow mold is a term given to visible evidence of a fungus that is always present in lawns,…

HSSE SAFETY BULLETIN: Windshield Safety

Why is it important? Windshield damage is a common occurrence in Canada during the winter months, often caused by flying rocks or other debris. Most drivers dismiss windshield damage as insignificant, especially when not directly in the driver’s line of sight, but driving with a cracked or chipped windshield can actually decrease a vehicle’s structural…

HSSE SAFETY BULLETIN: Dealing with Hantavirus

What is Hantavirus? Hantavirus infection is caused by a virus that is found in some rodents. The principal carrier is the deer mouse or white-footed mouse which is commonly found in Alberta. Hantavirus is found in the urine, saliva, or droppings of infected mice. People can contract the Hantavirus infection through inhalation of respirable droplets…

Considerations for AFRRCS Migration

The Alberta First Responder Radio Communications System is one of the most advanced communications projects in Canada’s history. There has been a fair amount of misinformation regarding the system itself, who qualifies for access, what the various technological and administrative requirements are, and how to best begin the migration process. I’ve taken the time to…

Top 3 Applications for Communication on the Slopes

From the largest winter resorts to the most remote back country trails, you’ll often find little-to-no cell phone coverage for your mobile devices when participating in winter alpine sports. Two-way radios provide an excellent communications option for those entrusted with the safety and smooth operation of the remote winter playgrounds we as Canadians so often…

School Safety & the Role of Effective Communications

Increased emphasis on School Safety Programs have had a profound influence on the safety and security of students in recent years. In these uncertain times having effective communications strategies – and the accompanying equipment required to make them efficent –  is of vital importance. School lockdowns drills have become a mandatory practice, much the same…

8 Key Factors That Influence The Design of Firefighter Radios

One of the essentials of Firefighter Safety is having the right equipment. Whether that means the latest in protective gear, the most efficient tools, or effective communications, a Firefighter must be confident that their equipment is going to work as expected, under extreme circumstances. Radio communications are essential to Fire Services. The radio is a…

Westcan ACS Awarded Shell Green Band Safety Rating

Shell Upstream Americas has awarded Westcan Advanced Communications Solutions with the Shell Stoplight Band of Green, enabling the capability of managing a Mode 1 Contract, and have been approved to hire and manage subcontractors while performing work for Shell. The Stoplight Band is determined by the strength of the HSSE Management System (as determined by…