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Upcoming events

    • 04 Oct 2016
    • 7:30 AM
    • 05 Oct 2016
    • Riverside Park Operations Yard – 69 Marilyn Drive, Guelph, ON N1H 3G9
    • 0

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    Parks Oriented Chainsaw Safety Training


    The Department of Labour requires that all Parks Professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation.

     

    This two day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

     

    The course will cover:

    • Safety Regulations and PPE
    • Identify and inspect all chainsaw safety components
    • Manufactures inspection and adjustment of a chainsaw
    • Starting and stopping techniques
    • Safe handling of a chainsaw
    • Woodlot assessment and hazards
    • Felling techniques for trees greater then 5"dbh
    • Bucking and Limbing
    • Pole saw and cutting attachments
    • Competence test

    **PLEASE NOTE**

    PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

    Class E Type 2 helmet, hearing protection, gloves, eye protection, safety shoes, full leg chaps or ballistic pants.


    Date:

    October 4 & 5, 2016


    Time:

    7:30am to 4:00pm


    Location:

    Riverside Park Operations Yard 
    69 Marilyn Drive
    Guelph, ON N1H 3G9



    Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch both days.

     

    Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710) .

    • 17 Oct 2016
    • 8:00 AM
    • 21 Oct 2016
    • Des Newman Arena Complex (Iroquois Park) - Whitney Hall 500 Victoria Street West, Whitby, ON L1N 9G4
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    Registered Playground Practitioner


    The Ontario Parks Association (OPA) has developed the Registered Playground Practitioner Program to meet the needs of those involved and responsible for the hands-on inspections and maintenance of public playspaces and playground facilities.

     

    Safe Play - A High Priority

    The Ontario Parks Association places a high priority and commitment on the provision of safe play structures in our public spaces. We want to help ensure that they are safe and accessible. OPA also emphasizes the strong need to educate caregivers, supervisors and others about the benefits of positive and safe play experiences for our children.

     

    What You Will Learn

    Attending this course will teach you about significantly lowering the risk of injuries in play areas by providing a safe outdoor learning experience for all. This course uses the CAN/CSA-Z614, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course.

     

    Intensive 4 1/2-Day Program

    The Ontario Parks Association instructors include experts from the industry including an architect, liability expert, lawyer, respresentative of the CSA Standards Association and others to give in-depth training on the following topics and includes an on-site demonstration at a local playground structure:

     

    Playspace Strategies

    • space requirements
    • playability
    • access/egress requirements
    • playspace design
    • age appropriate issues
    • playspace materials
    • playspace construction

    Playspace Evaluation

    • playvalue and hazard identification
    • inspection and maintenance
    • surfacing evaluation
    • record keeping
    • CSA overview
    • corrective actions

    Playspace Management

    • liability and insurance
    • due diligence
    • contractual obligations
    • risk management
    • owner/operator responsibilities
    • employee/manager responsibilities
    • playvalue and practical choices

    Principal Instructor Peter Kells

    Industrial Designer involved with the design of playground and recreation equipment since 1984. Involved with the writing of both the CSA playground standard and other international Standards. Executive member of IPA Canada (International Association for the Child's Right to Play). Playground Inspector since 2000.

     

    Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examination(s) the participant will be registered by the Ontario Parks Association as a "Playground Practitioner" and is qualified to inspect playgrounds.

     

    The OPA Registered Playground Practitioner Program is recognized as a playground safety course for inspectors by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.


    Attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614-14 Standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy (sharing books is not permitted). Attendees can choose to either use the PDF version and bring it on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade) or the hard copy of the book. Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop ( http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/injury-prevention/z614-14/invt/27019532014 )

     

    Cost:

    OPA Members - $1,243.00

    Non-Members - $1,469.00


    **Registration will close September 28th, 2016**


    Date:

    October 17th - 21st, 2016


    Time:

    8:00am to 5:00pm 


    The course will start promptly at 8:00am


    Location:

    Des Newman Arena Complex (Iroquois Park) - Whitney Hall


    5​00 Victoria Street West, 

    Whitby, ON L1N 9G4  


    The playground is just outside the complex.


    Please note: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be required to bring or buy their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 

    • 21 Oct 2016
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Oct 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • YMCA Cedar Glen - 13300 Concession Rd. 11 Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0
    • 15

     


    2016 WAO Fall Workshop:

    Chainsaw and Climbing Practices


    Chainsaw Component- 1 ½ days

    Bob Smith is an expert in chainsaw instruction and teaches chainsaw safe work practices for the Humber College Arboriculture Apprenticeship program, Ontario Parks Association, and Arboriculture Canada.

    This course covers the basics on chainsaw assembly, maintenance, safe use and operation.  Students will have the opportunity to apply safe operation practices in the field in a variety of situations.  Work planning strategies, large and small tree felling and bucking and limbing will be covered.  The course will focus on safety and risk assessment especially in storm damage situations and where rigging is utilized.  Anybody new to chainsaw use, or those looking to upgrade or refresh their skills are encouraged to attend.

    Climbing Practices -1 ½ days

    Krista Strating is the ISA Ontario Tree Climbing Champion and competes in tree climbing competitions throughout North America.  She is a climbing technician for the Humber College Arborist Apprenticeship program.

    This portion of the course covers the basics of tree climbing including common knots, safe work practices, and gear inspection.  The practical component includes in-tree instruction on work positioning and fall protection.  Students will develop skills in ascending, limb walking, and basic rigging.  Climber and work zone safety will be covered throughout the training.  New equipment and SRT gear will be available for demonstration and for students to try.  Any new climbers and experienced climbers are encouraged to attend.  Individual time with each student will be catered to your skill level and learning objectives.

     

    This workshop is available to WAO members and anybody interested in becoming a member.  Everybody is welcome to join.

    For more information please contact:

    wao@isaontario.com


      **PLEASE NOTE**

      PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

      Class E Type 2 helmet, hearing protection, gloves, eye protection, safety shoes, full leg chaps or ballistic pants.


      Registration Deadline: 

      Friday October 14, 2016 @ 4:00pm


      Cost (3 day course): 

      $650.00 per person 


      Date:

      Friday October 21 - Sunday October 23, 2016


      Time:

      8:00am to 4:00pm - daily


      Location:

      YMCA Cedar Glen
      13300 Concession Rd. 11
      Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0

       

      Meals are not provided for this session

      Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710) .

      • 01 Nov 2016
      • 8:00 AM
      • 02 Nov 2016
      • 165 Ferndale Dr North, Barrie, ON L4N 9V9 - Practical - 411 Veterans Drive, Barrie, ON (approx 8 minutes away)
      • 0

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      Parks Oriented Chainsaw Safety Training


      The Department of Labour requires that all Parks Professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation.

       

      This two day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

       

      The course will cover:

      • Safety Regulations and PPE
      • Identify and inspect all chainsaw safety components
      • Inspection and adjustment of a chainsaw
      • Starting and stopping techniques
      • Safe handling of a chainsaw
      • Woodlot assessment and hazards
      • Felling techniques for trees greater then 5" dbh
      • Bucking and Limbing
      • Pole saw and cutting attachments
      • Competence test

      **PLEASE NOTE**

      PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

      Class E Type 2 helmet, hearing protection, gloves, eye protection, safety shoes, full leg chaps or ballistic pants.


      Date:

      November 1 & 2, 2016


      Time:

      8:00am to 4:30pm


      Location:

      165 Ferndale Drive North
      Barrie, ON L4N 9V9

      Practical: approx 8 mins away (click here for map)

      411 Veterans Drive, Barrie, ON

        

      Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch both days.

       

      Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710) .

      • 08 Nov 2016
      • 8:00 AM
      • 09 Nov 2016
      • York Regional Police Association- 600 Stonehaven Ave, Newmarket, ON L3X 2S2
      • 2

      Parks Oriented Chainsaw Safety Training


      The Department of Labour requires that all Parks Professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation.

       

      This two day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

       

      The course will cover:

      • Safety Regulations and PPE
      • Identify and inspect all chainsaw safety components
      • Inspection and adjustment of a chainsaw
      • Starting and stopping techniques
      • Safe handling of a chainsaw
      • Woodlot assessment and hazards
      • Felling techniques for trees greater then 5" dbh
      • Bucking and Limbing
      • Pole saw and cutting attachments
      • Competence test

      **PLEASE NOTE**

      PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

      Class E Type 2 helmet, hearing protection, gloves, eye protection, safety shoes, full leg chaps or ballistic pants.


      Date:

      November 8 & 9, 2016


      Time:

      8:00am to 4:30pm


      Location:

      York Regional Police Association
      600 Stonehaven Ave
      Newmarket, ON L3X 2S2
      (Please enter the facility through the front door)  



      Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch both days.

       

      Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710) .


    Ontario Parks Association

    7856 5th Line South · Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8 *

    Phone: 905-864-6182 · Toll Free: 1-866-560-7783 · Fax: 905-864-6184

    Email: shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca or training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


    (*Note: If you are mapping our location, enter Halton Hills, not Milton, as the city)

     

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