An Update on Our Services

During this coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, EHS Partnerships Ltd. (EHSP) offers both specialized and our regular services to clients and our community. As health and safety consultants, we can help manage the risks and respond to the rapidly changing conditions.

Our Services in Response to COVID-19

Based on a review of our clients’ needs and current government directives, we offer the following services to address COVID-19 specific concerns:

  • Review of site-specific conditions and preparation of scopes of work for cleaning and disinfection.
  • Assist building owners, property managers, and all contractors with selection of proper personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory fit testing, and training associated with the use of N95 and other respirators.
  • Provide guidance and procedures for cleaning and disinfection of worksites which includes, but may not be limited to:
    • Development of cleaning and disinfection strategies based on current guidelines;
    • Recommendations of proper safe hygiene practices; and
    • Proper decontamination techniques for workers and their equipment, including handling and cleaning of respirator protective equipment.
  • Provide recommendations on medical monitoring of employees such as temperature readings and other related symptoms.

Changes in Selected Services

In compliance with guidance from government offices and updated best practices, we are modifying the way some of our services are currently being offered. These include the following:

  • Certificate of Recognition (COR) Audits: As per the Alberta Certifying Partners and the Partnerships in Injury Reduction, documentation only audits are now valid to maintain or renew a COR. This will be in effect until December 31, 2020. More information here.
  • Asbestos Courses and Re-certification: To encourage minimizing contact between people, our asbestos courses scheduled for April and May 2020 have been cancelled. However, we will continue to facilitate re-certification and challenge exams. More information here.

Continuing Services

Pending further direction from authorities, we will continue providing our services while applying the guidelines of our Pandemic / Infectious Diseases Contingency Plan and Emergency Response Plan. Our services include:

EHSP’s team of Professional Engineers, Certified Industrial Hygienists, Registered Occupational Hygienists, Canadian Registered Safety Professionals, Certified Health and Safety Consultants, and Canadian Risk Managers are here to help from our Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Winnipeg locations.

We are closely monitoring the evolving situation to ensure that we are providing clients the most up to date guidance.

For more information on how we can help you at this time, please contact us at info@ehsp.ca or at 1.877.243.6838.

Changes to Asbestos Courses and Related Services

It is with regret that we cancel our Occupational Health and Safety Training for Asbestos Workers courses scheduled for April and May 2020. This decision follows a directive from the Government of Alberta and to comply with measures being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, we are still able to accommodate ticket renewals and exam challenges in the Calgary and Edmonton areas.

For individuals needing to challenge the asbestos exam or renew their ticket, EHSP can administer this online. Please contact us at info@ehsp.com or at 1.877.243.6838 for more information.

An Update on Our Operations from EHSP’s Partners

EHS Partnerships Ltd. (EHSP) will continue operations, helping clients in all of our locations. We have established control measures to keep our employees, contractors, and clients safe, and we are actively monitoring the rapidly changing conditions.

Our Pandemic / Infectious Diseases Contingency Plan and Emergency Response Plan have been activated and we are following the advice and guidance provided by national and local authorities. Our current work practices include:

  • Encouraging staff to work from home as much as possible to minimize contact and contamination. Our employees are well-equipped with all the necessary tools to work remotely.
  • Working with clients to arrange meetings via phone conference and video calls in place of face-to-face meetings.
  • Equipping employees with personal respiratory protection and other necessary personal protective equipment when attending client sites are unavoidable.
  • Implementing specialized procedures to entering and exiting the buildings and office spaces we service.
  • Providing training to staff on methods to protect themselves during this pandemic.
  • Requiring employees who recently travelled internationally to self-isolate for 14 days or stay home if they feel sick.
  • Requiring employees to self-isolate for 14 days if showing symptoms, including cough, runny nose, fever, or sore throat.

The EHSP senior leadership team meets daily to ensure that we are adapting appropriately as the situation evolves and to provide timely communication to our staff and clients. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our operational practices to ensure that our community remains safe.

During this difficult time, we are here to help you minimize risks and protect your employees while continuing to offer our regular services. For more information on how we are helping clients at this time, please contact us at info@ehsp.ca or at 1.877.243.6838.

Sincerely,

Glyn Jones and Paul MacKinnon
Partners

EHSP Strengthens National Presence with New Winnipeg Location

EHSP acquires Winnipeg-based Workplace Engineering Solutions to provide more focused services in the Winnipeg area and across the prairie provinces

CALGARY, Dec. 20, 2019 – EHS Partnerships Ltd. (EHSP), a Canadian occupational health and safety consulting firm, announced today the acquisition of Winnipeg-based engineering consulting company Workplace Engineering Solutions (WES) as a wholly owned subsidiary.

Led by professional engineers Kristin Petaski and Mike Gordon, WES designs custom solutions to address machine safety concerns. They specialize in evaluating worker risk, identifying necessary controls, and assessing the effectiveness of those controls to ensure compliance with standards and regulations. They also developed WESguard, a web application that works as a machine guarding tracker.

WES’s technical expertise and services complement EHSP’s already strong OH&S capabilities, including hazardous materials and designated substances consulting, industrial hygiene consulting, indoor environmental quality assessments, legislative health and safety compliance and Certificate of Recognition (COR) audits, workplace safety, and training.

The Winnipeg location is the latest addition to EHSP’s branches across North America. Since opening its doors in 2005, EHSP has grown from a local operation servicing Calgary and area to establishing offices in Edmonton, Ottawa, and San Jose, California.

“This acquisition not only strengthens EHSP’s national presence, but also gives us a stronger competitive advantage,” said EHSP Partner Glyn Jones. “WES shares EHSP’s values of dedication to the safety profession, providing quality work, and creating lasting client relationships.”

“We are excited to offer our services to Winnipeg and across Manitoba, and to introduce WES’s technical expertise to our already established Canadian markets in Alberta and Ontario.”

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For more information, please contact:
Katrina Palad, Corporate Communications
kpalad@ehsp.ca
1.877.243.6838

Spring Cleaning for a Cause: EHSP hosts book drive for Calgary Reads

EHSP employees got ahead on their spring cleaning and decluttered their book shelves for EHSP’s first ever Spring Book Drive, held in April 2018. The month-long event resulted in a 1 cubic metre box, filled to the brim with books. All books collected were donated to the CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale, a 3-day fundraising event for Calgary Reads.

Calgary Reads is a non-profit organization that helps support schools and communities to provide free books and literacy resources to children and families across Alberta. Supported by thousands of Calgarians bringing in their gently used books, the Big Book Sale is Calgary Reads’ biggest fundraiser.

The 16th annual Big Book Sale was held on May 11 – 13, 2018 at the Calgary Curling Club. Calgary Reads raised $345,000 from the event. The funds will be used year-round to support the organization’s initiatives and programs.

“Supporting this cause is a sustainable practice,” Paul MacKinnon, Partner at EHSP, said. “Children’s literacy contributes to the social sustainability of communities by bringing families together and enhancing education opportunities.”

“The book drive also aligns with EHSP’s sustainability mission. We’re maximizing the materials and resources we already have by using the books on our dusty bookshelves to help grow the minds of young readers.”

In case you missed this year’s Big Book Sale, Calgary Reads accepts gently used books throughout the year and are always welcoming more volunteers. For more information on Calgary Reads, the Big Book Sale, and how you can contribute, check out their website:

CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale 2018

2018 CSE

Glyn Jones on Judging Panel for 2018 Canada’s Safest Employer

Glyn Jones will join a panel of twenty-four health and safety industry leaders to determine the safest employers in Canada as part of the 2018 Canada’s Safest Employers Awards, presented by Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine (COS Magazine).

The Awards recognize Canadian companies that have achieved outstanding results in the promotion of health and safety to their employees. Nominations are open until June 1, 2018.

There are 10 industry-specific categories available: Building and Construction; Health Care; Mining and Natural Resources; Transportation; Chemistry; Manufacturing; Oil and Gas; Public Sector / Non-profit; Services; and Utilities and Electrical. There are also four special award portfolios which include: Wellness Award; Psychological Safety Award; Young Worker Safety Award; and Canada’s Best Health + Safety Culture Award.

Mr. Jones will be part of the thirteen-person panel to judge the winners of the industry-specific categories. He was also a judge for the same categories in 2011.

For more information on the Awards, please visit their website: http://www.safestemployers.com/

EHSP Safety Specialist on University of Alberta’s OH&S Advisory Committee

Jennifer McEnhill, project manager and safety specialist with EHSP’s Edmonton Safety Risk Management division, was appointed to be a member of the University of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Program Advisory Committee.

As a member, Ms. McEnhill will work with other OH&S experts to provide the University with advice on curriculum development, program review and updates necessary to keeping their program relevant and top of class. She will also be part of the group discussing ways to improve the program delivery and how the University can increase linkages to other safety professional societies and sectors.

Glyn Jones, Partner with EHSP, said, “This is a testament of the marketplace’s view of Jenn and her role as a leader in the safety field, and within EHSP.”

Congratulations on your appointment, Jenn. We’re excited to see how you will help grow the safety profession!

PMP

EHSP Project Manager Achieves PMP Designation

We are proud to announce that Erin Standen, project manager with EHSP’s Safety and Risk Management division, successfully passed her Project Management Professional (PMP) exam on February 15, 2018.

The PMP is an important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Obtaining the designation requires completion of a rigorous program of study and passing the PMP exam. Holding the PMP signifies that you understand and speak the global language of project management and are ready to help your company be leaders in efficient and effective project execution.

Ms. Standen provides workplace safety solutions and conducts health and safety audits. She adds PMP to her list of designations, which already includes Canadian Registered Safety Professional and Radiation Safety Officer. This accomplishment will be significant to EHSP’s mission of providing effective and efficient health and safety consulting services.

Congratulations on your achievement Erin!

2018 Service Awards

EHSP Honors Service Awardees

On January 20, 2018, EHSP recognized employees celebrating their 2-year, 5-year, and 10-year anniversaries with the company. The awarding ceremony was held during the annual EHSP Winter Party at the Rose and Crown Pub in Calgary, Alberta.

The awardees were:

2 Years

  • Justin Cybulsky, Project Coordinator – Calgary
  • Tim Ambery, Project Coordinator – Ottawa

5 Years

  • Ashley Bonser, Project Manager – Calgary
  • Jennifer McEnhill, Project Manager – Edmonton

10 Years

  • Brian Denny, Operations Manager – Calgary

EHSP started this tradition of commemorating the services of long term employees in 2015 when EHSP reached their 10-year milestone. Glyn Jones, Senior Partner at EHSP, said, “As a company just out of the start-up phase, it is important to acknowledge the hard work our employees have put in. To date, we have recognized 3 service levels.”

“We recognize employees who have been with us for 2 years, which is the time it takes to become a fully competent and contributing member of the team. The next level is 5 years of service, which symbolizes the first few steps taken on the journey towards becoming a ‘leader of the ranks.’ Finally, we have the 10 years of service level for employees who have stayed the course and have shown the leadership necessary to becoming a significant part of the company’s past and future.”

The awards took the form of silver clocks, varied in size and design, depending on the service level. “To some, the clock symbolizes a feeling of time pressure, which every successful consultant would have inevitably felt at some point in their career. A clock is also a reminder that time is valued, a limited resource that needs to be spent carefully, and invested in things that matter.”

“We have chosen a clock as the official EHSP service award because it tells time, reminding the recipient when they check the time that their contribution has been significant, and they are a valued and respected member of the EHSP team.”

Congratulations to the 2018 service awardees! We look forward to seeing you grow more in your career and with EHSP.

EHSP Adds 3 New CRSPs to Our Roster

The June 2017 Canadian Registered Safety Professional Exam (CRSPEX) proved to be a fruitful experience for EHSP. We are proud to announce that three more of our health and safety consultants can now add “CRSP” to their title. Congratulations to Kevin Schmidt, Operations Manager (Ottawa), Nancy Lee Fortin, Project Manager (Ottawa), and Ashley Bonser, Project Manager (Calgary)!

Tenacity and commitment to process were key ingredients that they brought to the preparation for this exam. Amidst all their work responsibilities, they were still able to focus on working towards and eventually achieving their goal.

Having the CRSP designation indicates a safety professional’s technical competence with the capacity to deliver service excellence. We look to our newly minted, Ottawa-based CRSPs to lead our team as we continue to grow our safety and risk management services in Ontario. We also eagerly await all the great things that Ashley will accomplish as she settles into her role of Project Manager for the Calgary branch’s Industrial Hygiene division.

Congratulations again Kevin, Nancy, and Ashley!