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Employment Requirements to become a Mobile Aerial Work Platform Operator

A boom in oil and gas, construction, mining and warehousing has made a popular employment choice the area of driving a Mobile Aerial Work Platform. Operator should understand the variety of task they may be asked to do as well as their requirements.


There are many general tasks that operators and material handlers might be asked to perform:

  • Operate, navigate and drive mechanized equipment.
  • Inspect, mechanized equipment, materials and structures for defects and pre trip inspections
  • Install or inspect protective devices (ie extension platforms, extension bridges, carrying frames, compressed air connectors and electrical outlets )
  • Comprehend oral instructions and work orders to clarify work assignments
  • Write incident reports if there are material spills or safety issues
  • Complete field level hazard assessments, job safety analysis and work permits
  • Perform tasks in extreme heat, wind or cold weather and on uneven surfaces
  • Computer literacy to perform data entry of computer hardware and software, such as machine control, inventory tracking and spreadsheets
  • Scan equipment barcodes
  • Package tools such as staplers and tape guns as well as strapping tools
  • Measurement of tools such as air pressure gauges, temperature gauges, measuring tapes and thermometers
  • Knowledge of applicable reporting procedures and how to conduct a pre-operational safety and maintenance inspection in accordance with the manufacturers specifications. This includes a visual load test, inspection of guardrail system (ie toeboards), chassis, base, elevating assembly, platform and brakes.
  • Familiarity with directional controls, procedures to safely enter and exit equipment (ie 3 points of contact) and safety devices.
  • Use of personal protective equipment (ie steel toed boots, hard hat, safety gloves, personal fall protection)
  • Fueling procedures when loading equipment
  • In reference to battery powered mobile aerial work platforms, be familiar with battery charging, replacement processes amd emergency procedures, safety protocols for recharging them and personal protective gear to wear.


H2S Alive Edition 7 Enform

Allstar Enviro Safety has been facilitating the H2S Alive Program for over 2 decades in Alberta.


The development of this program was developed by petroleum industry Training Service or PITS as a means of education oil and gas personnel to the dangers of hydrogen sulphide gas. The toxic, flammable, explosive and corrosive gas was responsible for many injuries, knockdowns and deaths.


During the early years of petroleum exploration in Western Canada, many deaths were considered hear attacks. Equipment was breaking down from the corrosive effects of H2S and the Public was regularly exposed to this environmental pollutant that was released from kicks and blow outs.


Pressure from public concern and several blowouts in the Lodgepole area of Alberta helped stakeholders to collect essential and often, unknown information about the health hazards to both the public, environment, materials, equipment and workers alike.


In 1988, PITS released the first edition of the H2S Alive training program. In 2013, the latest edition was released which approaches this subject with a more proactive perspective. This is in comparison to the reactive training of the past, where H2S would be released and the 7 step initial response was the emphasis. To be proactive, the use of a Hazard Assessment, Risk assessment and Control was added.


New workers who are not aware of conducting a field Level hazard assessment or how to reduce hazards by developing a hierarchy of controls are better educated in the process after completion of the program. More emphasis on electronic monitoring and the removal of CPR from the program are several updates to Edition 7.


It is still a 6 – 8 hour program. Upon successful completion of the theory and physical skills and writing a closed book exam, a 3 month temporary ticket is awarded. The mailing of permanent 3 year tickets has been expedited with a faster mailout system directly to the student or their employer after certification.


Enroll today with Allstar Enviro Safety, your safety training pros!

How to Seek Employment in Alberta’s Lucrative Petroleum and Construction Job Market

One of the most frequent questions I am asked as a Safety Consultant is:
“How can I get Employment in  Alberta’s lucrative job market” ?
Alberta’s booming economy offers great prospects for career opportunities,
particularly in the Petroleum and Construction trades in the next years.
With the highest economic growth of all the provinces, there are 275,000 direct and
indirect  oil and gas jobs to be filled.
When I talk to employers who book safety courses for their staff and contractors they are looking to hire:
a) Tradespeople, such as Carpenters, Heavy Equipment Operators, Mechanics,
     Truck drivers, Electricians,  Instrumentation technologists,  scaffolders, construction laborers. READ MORE

Understanding Fall Protection Requirements in Alberta

Employers are often confused about the legal requirements for Fall protection planning and incorporating a system for working at heights in their workplace. Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Part 9 of the Code 2009 require extensive planning and personal protective equipment when workers are going to height.


The following information may assist the employer or their safety representatives when reviewing these requirements, keeping in mind that company and industry standards often surpass the minimum legal ones. READ MORE

Electronic Gas Monitors

Many industrial worksites produce atmospheric hazards that could put their employees and the environment at risk. Toxic environments such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide, and corrosive atmospheres like ammonia, chlorine and sulphur dioxide are common atmospheres that need monitoring to ensure that the legal limits are not exceeded. Other dangerous atmospheres in the petroleum, construction and manufacturing industries include oxygen deficiency and flammable or explosive environments.


In the Alberta Labour Code, employers are required to implement a WHMIS program to train employees about chemical hazards. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System provides the exposure limits that employees must not exceed without engineering , administrative controls or personal protective gear. READ MORE

H2S – Safety Training to Protect Workers

 Hydrogen SulfideH2S Alive Training Course Calgary

H2S is one of the leading safety related concerns in the petroleum industry in Alberta.  In addition,  it is prevalent in pulp and paper mills, barges, sewer systems,  land fills, waste water treatment  facilities and pig farms.  As a result of its toxic and flammable characteristics,  emphasis has been placed on safety procedures when working around this naturally occurring gas.  Its main route of  entry is by inhalation which can lead to pulmonary edema, conjunctivitis of the eyes, respiratory problems,  and if  in enough concentration to a worker’s death.

Hydrogen sulfide gas  is colourless in nature and has a repulsive rotten-egg smell at smaller concentrations.  People become exposed to it when they inhale it, which can cause respiratory and cardiac failure.  Due to its corrosive properties, is also damaging to mucous membranes. It can form sulfuric acid on contact with sinus cavities and eyes . causing severe burns to human tissue . H2S is a secondary byproduct of many industrial processes but it is also generated when an organic matter decomposes.  Because it is a little denser than air it is particularly dangerous in confined spaces  or low-lying areas.  Examples of potential areas where it might accumulate are under the sub structure of a drilling rig or in the mud tanks.  In plants, it can depressurize from valves, seals, unions, thief hatches, sample valves, pipes or in high pressure buildings such as compressors, dehydrators, separators or treater units.   In temperatures of 260oC (500F) or even lower, hydrogen sulfide can exhibit explosive reactions.  Its flammable range is approximately 42%, with a lower explosive limit of only 4.3% when mixed with air. Static electricity and flammable vapours can result in ignition, so it is important to use intrinsically safe equipment when working near potential areas for the gas.

It is commonly called sewer gas , stink damp or sour gas or by its other spelling “hydrogen sulphide”.   Burning it can produce an even more explosive, toxic and corrosive gas, sulphur dioxide, which can be seen above flare stacks.   Both gases are serious environmental concerns and are closely monitored by environmental agencies.

It is a Deadly Poisonous

Hydrogen sulfide is extremely poisonous to carbon based life forms. When you breathe it in through your lungs, it enters into your bloodstream. In order for your body to protect itself, it strives to break the gas down very quickly into a non-harmful compound. Poisoning of the blood begins when the rate at which the gas is absorbed becomes higher than the rate at which it is removed from the blood. It is a nerve gas, classified as a chemical axphiant, causing respiratory failure in low does.