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Oil & Gas Industries

Safety training is an important component of pre-entry into the Alberta Oil and Gas Industry. Recently, a newspaper article pointed out the alarming increase in accidents and fatalities in 2007 in this sector. The conclusive evidence pinpointed the lack of safety training as a deadly combination when coupled with working in a high-hazard environment.

New, young, inexperienced, and illiterate workers are particularly at risk. They need time to learn how to predict and manage many invisible hazards on site, such as H2S. There seems to be a lack of manpower, so workers are being promoted to hazardous jobs with greater responsibility, yet they are often not capable of managing at risk.

Experienced workers may become complacent and disabled. Employers may also send new staff to do work that requires greater training and supervision.

Experienced workers may grow complacent, which can lead to an increased risk of disabling accidents.

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety has increased fines and jail time for Supervisors and Staff who fail to meet Regulatory requirements.

C-45 is a recent Federal law that has taken a hard-hitting approach to violators.  A director or supervisor who fails to meet their due diligence requirements could face life imprisonment.

Other alternative punishments that can impact companies that fail to meet the expected safe work practices are publishing negative media about violators, requiring them to attend safety programs, and creating codes of practice, fines, and remedies.

In 2005, the Alberta Oil and Gas Industry set out Industry Recommended Practices for companies to meet. There are currently 23 IRPs and three Guides to Safe Work. Staff, whether new or experienced, are required to have the following programs when entering many oil and gas sites:

H2S Alive
Standard First Aid/CPR/AED
WHMIS
TDG
PST

H2S AliveAn ENFORM-certified program ranging 6-8 hours regarding the dangers of Hydrogen Sulphide gas. Any oil and gas site , whether sweet or sour, requires this ticket, which is good for 3 years
Standard First AidOur Red Cross-oriented program is listed under the First Aid Regulations as a work requirement, along with first aid kits and signage. It includes CPR and AED. 3-year renewal. (CPR – suggested annual recertification)
WHMISAn ENFORM-certified program ranging 6-8 hours regarding the dangers of Hydrogen Sulphide gas. Any oil and gas site, whether sweet or sour, requires this ticket, which is good for 3 years
TDGThe Chemical Hazard Regulation outlines that all workers exposed to Controlled Products at the workplace must be trained and understand the WHMIS labels and Material Safety Data Sheets.

Regular or annual renewal is suggested, as per company policy. Compressed gases (fire extinguishers), Flammables (diesel), Oxidizers (Oxygen), Toxins ( Invert), Corrosives (drilling muds) and Dangerously Reactive Chemicals (Acetylene) are common products in gas plants and rigs.
PST 2.0Anyone who offers to transport, receives, or sends out a dangerous good must be certified in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods. This is now required for all personnel on these types of job sites, even if they are not actively involved in transport.

Receptionists sending out orders for dangerous goods, drivers taking packages to a worksite for a refill, and loading dock personnel receiving shipments are examples of people requiring training. It is up to a 3-year expiry if you are still working for the company. Documentation, Safety Marking, Training and Packaging requirements, Dangerous occurrence reporting and Emergency Response Accident Plans are components of the program.
Ground Disturbance Level I/II – IRP 17Anyone who offers to transport receives, or sends out a dangerous good must be certified in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods. This is now required for all personnel on these types of job sites, even if they are not actively involved in transport. Receptionists sending out orders for dangerous goods, drivers taking packages to a worksite for a refill, and loading dock personnel receiving shipments are examples of people requiring training. It is up to a 3-year expiry if you are still working for the company. Documentation, Safety Marking, Training and Packaging requirements, Dangerous occurrence reporting and Emergency Response Accident Plans are components of the program.
Confined SpaceAnyone who offers to transport, receives, or sends out a dangerous good must be certified in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods. This is now required for all personnel on these types of job sites, even if they are not actively involved in transport. Receptionists sending out orders for dangerous goods, drivers taking packages to a worksite for a refill, and loading dock personnel receiving shipments are examples of people requiring training. It is up to a 3-year expiry if you are still working for the company. Documentation, Safety Marking, Training and Packaging requirements, Dangerous occurrence reporting and Emergency Response Accident Plans are components of the program.
Fall Protection BasicsGround Disturbance in the Vicinity of Buried Facilities requires training prior to digging. Level I is a short awareness program, up to a half-day in length. Level II is a 6-8-hour program, certified through the Global Training Centre. It is a lecture-style program that outlines preventative steps when planning to dig.

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