Frequently Asked Questions

 

How will I know if OSSA training is required?

The OSSA Basic Safety Orientation (OSSA-BSO) is required for pre-site access to our Member Sites. This new Orientation program is been administrated by Keyano College. A complete list of Learning Providers can be found on Keyano’s website by clicking here. The OSSA-BSO is an orientation and not a training program.

OSSA Training Providers also offer training in Confined Space, Elevated Work Platform, Fall Protection, and Fire Watch. Verify these training requirements with your Employer. Training requirements, whether OSSA or not, are defined in the contract the Employer has with our Member Sites (CNRL, Shell, Suncor and/or Syncrude). A complete list of Training Providers can be found by clicking here.

 

I’ve lost my Credential Card. How can it be replaced?

For a Regional Orientation (ORO) or Basic Safety Orientation (OSSA-BSO) replacement card, please click here to visit the “Request a Replacement Card” link from our homepage. Please note that requests may take up to two weeks to process. Also, a Replacement Card fee of $50.00 (plus GST) will be applicable.

OSSA Training Providers maintain their own records for Confined Space, Elevated Work Platform, Fall Protection, and Fire Watch. To request a replacement of a valid (not expired) credential, contact the Training Provider, listed here, issued the original card.

 

What happens if I fail the OSSA-BSO course?

If you fail the OSSA-BSO, you will not have to wait any period of time, and will be eligible to re-register for the course through any OSSA Accredited Learning Provider. Any and all course fees will still apply to workers who have re-registered.

 

Can I take the OSSA-BSO course online?

OSSA-BSO is currently run as a classroom course to ensure we have a high degree of interaction between participants regarding personal safety at work sites. However, we continue to evaluate course delivery methods and we are taking into consideration the feedback we’ve received regarding an online course.

 

If I have already taken the OSSA Regional Orientation (ORO), will I automatically get an OSSA-BSO credential?

 No, however, you do not need to take the OSSA-BSO if you already have OSSA ORO.

 

What Safety Training Standards have been endorsed and where can I get more information on the standards?

The following safety training standards have been endorsed:

- Fall Protection

- Elevated Work Platform

- Confined Space Entry/Monitor

- Fire Watch

For more information on these Standards, click here to view the “Standards & Codes” page of our website. Each standard that has been endorsed is available for further information and printing.

 

Does the training have a practical component that must be successfully completed?

During the development of each standard Project Teams research the relevance of incorporating a practical component for the standard. Based on research and any other information the Teams provide a recommendation with the standard for endorsement by the Owner Members. Not all standards therefore require that a practical component be completed to receive a credential as proof of successfully completing the specific training. When the standard under goes the 3 year re-write process, the requirement to complete a practical component is once again researched.

 

When does my Credential expire?

Credentials issued for the OSSA-BSO do not have an expiry date.

Credentials for OSSA Safety Training Standards expire after three (3) years from the issue date on your card. Training Credentials may also expire upon the release of new Safety Training Standards.

 

How often do I have to re-train (re-certify)?

During the development of each standard Project Teams research the relevance of recertification for the standard. Based on research and any other information the Teams provide a recommendation with the standard for endorsement by the Owner Members.

The re-certification for each training program can be found under the “Re-certification Process” section within each Safety Training Standard.

 

How do I verify that a Training Provider is Accredited to provide OSSA Training or Orientation?

All current OSSA Training Providers are listed on our website and can be viewed by clicking here. If a Provider is not found within this list, they may be offering an OSSA Accredited training package as a third party. Ask them to provide you with the name of the OSSA Accredited Provider that they received their package from. If the Provider that created their package is not listed on our website, please contact us immediately.

A list of accredited OSSA-BSO Learning Providers can be found on the Keyano College’s website at www.keyano.ca, or by clicking here.

 

How does an Organization become a Training Provider for OSSA?

OSSA is not currently accepting any new Training Providers at this time. Any changes will be communicated through our website.