By Judy Bird

Seven First Nation graduates received certificates today, marking their successful completion of a Construction Safety Officer Health and Safety Administrator program.

“I’m excited to be graduating today with my classmates and to be able to put this to use in my own business,” said William Lavallee with 4 Souls Water Services.

Lavallee has been in the construction industry for over 30 years, and says that the three-week course to become a safety professional was refreshing. “it’s been an eye-opener looking at things from this side instead of the operator side.”

The program is one of many safety training programs offered by TDG Training and Consulting. It provides participants with an understanding and the tools of how to be a good safety officer. “The health administrator helps organizations manage their health and safety programs,” said Toby Desnomie, owner and trainer with TGD Training.

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Toby Desnomie is the owner and a trainer with TGD Training & Consulting. Photo credit Judy Bird.

Desnomie is a member of Peepeekisis First Nation, and his company trains First Nations people in occupational health and safety certifications. TGD offers 22 different certifications programs in total.

“The health and safety program is now 13 modules that encompasses the whole organization structure, so that includes their policies, practices, procedures, their rules, and regulations and how they’re meeting the minimum requirement through legislation. That’s what they administrate, so that’s why it’s of great importance for all organizations to have a health and safety management program, and to have a CSO (construction safety officer) if you’re in construction, managing that program, or in municipal services, a health and safety administrator managing those programs,” explained Desnomie.

Along with receiving their certificates, students were given presentations from organizations like the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association and K+S Potash, among others. “I wanted to connect my students to industry and to people that are linked to industry to help them facilitate that transition from their work environment to their safety environment,” said Desnomie.

“We need more of our people doing this work,” said Lavallee. “This is a lucrative job. This is not basement level pay. It’s something very good that I’d like to see more of our people take to become a safety professional. I thank Toby and his wife for doing this. Without them, we wouldn’t have a place to do this.”

Watch for more on this company and its successful graduates in an upcoming issue of Treaty 4 News.




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