After 10 years of working in the field of Occupational Health & Safety Training, Alvin Smith from West Point PEI decided it was time for a change, and started his own business called ASTA Safety.
His office and training room is located at Future Tech West in O’Leary. He offers a variety of courses and training at that location, and he also travels to deliver training to a variety of businesses, groups, and individuals.
Many of the training courses offered are required by various college programs and work sites. “Standard First Aid/CPR is a requirement for Holland College’s LPN and RCW programs,” says Alvin. “I offer a First Aid course each month in my training room and at other locations such as the Alberton Employment Resource Centre, for clients applying to college programs.”
Alberta safety tickets such as H2S Alive™ are a must for individuals who work on oil rigs or in the oil patch. “Some courses expire within three years, so they must be re-taken. I am required to travel to Alberta periodically to update my certification as a trainer.”
Alvin says he was recently asked to create and provide an Air Brakes Endorsement course to 10 participants at the Tignish Employment Resource Centre.
“The demands on Truck Drivers are huge. I spent an eight-hour day with these individuals, taking them through the training manual, and then we were provided a truck to go over trip inspections.
“At the end of the day, they took a pre-test and were ready to book and write the actual test with PEI Transportation/Access PEI. From there, they can challenge the driving test or enroll with JVI to earn their class 1 or 3 license.”
Alvin says many of these individuals expressed interest in operating potato trucks, snow plows, or other equipment that requires an A on their driver’s license.
“Another component of my business is consulting. This service helps businesses create a safety and training plan for their employees.”
He recently was a consultant for the Agriculture Sector Council’s Train the Trainer program.
In the very near future he may hire a second staff member to assist with training, and/or a part-time administrator.
- Emergency/Standard First Aid
- Fall Protection
- Elevated Work Platform
- TDG-Transportation of Dangerous Goods
- Confined Space
- Boom Truck
- H2S Alive
- Common Safety Orientation (coming soon)
- Air Brakes Endorsement