Category Archives: Safety Resources

Home and away

Weathering the rough waters of working away from your family

A dad in Sherwood Park leaves home for 21 days at a time to work as a welder in Fort McMurray. A Calgary mom works as a field engineer on a rig off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Even with lower energy prices, the demands of many jobs and careers in Canada’s oil and gas industry can take mothers and fathers away from their homes and children for days and weeks at a time. Continue reading

How to influence safe behaviour through Brain Based Safety

Brain Based Safety comes to Petroleum Safety Conference (PSC)

Safety is complicated and yet for years, safety professionals have looked for magic formulas to reduce workplace injuries, deaths and damages.

Juni Daalmans, the founder and owner of Brain Based Safety in the Netherlands, says effective safety formulas are based on attitudes and behaviours: how we think affects how we act. Continue reading

The fortunate side of Mitch Arsenault’s heart attack

One morning last summer, the night crew on Precision Drilling rig 521 had just finished its shift without incident.

“It was an evening the same as any other,” says Precision rig manager Tim Ismond. “The crew had changed shifts and the safety meetings were conducted. We were going to put our top drive together on the floor of the rig.” Continue reading

How to beat the big ice challenge – on and off the job

Ice makes work in the oil and gas industry bone-chilling for two reasons: one—it’s cold and, two, it’s a slippery and unpredictable hazard.

“The biggest challenge with ice,” says Dave Hanik, a Drumheller, Alberta-based lead mechanic for the Clearwater Business Unit at Encana, “is that you often can’t see it, so you face the unexpected. You may be walking and all of a sudden you start sliding sideways. You might miss an access road in your vehicle and then find yourself sliding on black ice. A pipeline might be frozen, but you don’t know exactly where.”

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It’s winter: time to talk tires

Winter, all-weather and all-season tires perform in different ways

The first time you drive on freshly fallen, calf-high snow with winter tires is pretty satisfying. While the car next to you is slip-sliding, your tires grasp the road with a vice-like grip.

It’s like your treads have teeth and they’re chomp, chomp, chomping through snow and slush to gain traction. Suddenly, you are much more connected to the road and a whole lot safer.

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Going to pot

Knowing marijuana’s risk

It’s not just a joint . . .

Canadians’ increasingly casual attitude to marijuana has prompted the federal government to promise it will make the substance legal on April 4, national marijuana day, lifting a 97-year-old prohibition on weed.

With its growing acceptance, lots of people might think marijuana is harmless.

But a growing number of experts don’t. One of them is Diana Dow-Edwards, the distinguished visiting research chair in Brain Science and Child and Family Health and Wellness with the Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation, who’s studied marijuana for more than two decades.

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Legalized marijuana will become a matter of policy

This August, Health Canada introduced regulations to make cannabis more accessible for medical purposes. This spring, the federal government plans to make the recreational use of marijuana legal. Continue reading

Marijuana and workplace safety: question and answer with Cameron MacGillivray

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised his government will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana. The Liberals announced plans to introduce legalized marijuana on April 20, 4/20, or national cannabis day, and expect to introduce legislation this coming spring. Continue reading

66th Annual Petroleum Safety Conference (PSC) – May 2-4, 2017

66th Annual PSC call for speakers

If you were at last year’s Petroleum Safety Conference (PSC) in Banff last year, you may have noticed a smaller, more intimate gathering where great conversations about safety issues were had. We are continuing the tradition at next year’s Conference, set for May 2-4, 2017. This marks our 66th year (yes, you read that right), and will once again be held in Banff.

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When lightning strikes

It’s true. You’re more likely to be hit by lightning than win a lottery jackpot.

For the record, your chances of being struck by lightning are slim. Still, Environment Canada says lightning kills roughly 10 Canadians every year and injures between 100 and 150 others. Your odds increase if you work outside. And they can soar if you find yourself in the wrong place when a thunderstorm rolls through. Continue reading