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Safety Bulletins

April 5, 2018

Safety bulletins have been created to provide industry with timely proactive communication of risk and initiatives.

Issue Number and Description

17-2018 "Cannabis-Impaired Driving": The use of cannabis can make driving a vehicle unsafe and puts yourself and others at risk. It is important to understand the risks associated with driving under the influence of cannabis.

16-2018 "Skidding Rigs": The practice of skidding or sliding the drilling rig over to an adjacent well location has become more common with multi-well pad construction, despite an engineered solution: hydraulic walking rig systems rated for full setback (tubulars in the derrick).

June 1, 2018 - Work Site Parties are to be compliant with the new Alberta OHS Act. Work Site Parties include 10 named key stakeholders (employers, supervisors, workers, contractors, owners, prime contractors, suppliers, service providers, self-employed persons and temporary staffing agencies) and are responsible for health and safety in the workplace. The following safety bulletins are intended to assist the oil and gas industry with understanding theses changes: 

05-2018 "Loading and Moving Shale Bins": Shale bins are used on drilling rig sites to collect drill cuttings. Shale bins can be light-weight or heavier metal bins with three or four sides. Three-sided bins are emptied with a front-end loader that partially drives into the bin, while four-sided bins are emptied with a track-hoe.

04-2018 "Positive Air Shutoff ": Positive air shutoffs are designed to keep a diesel engine from over-revving and “running away”. This is a unique hazard with diesel engines because they do not require a spark for ignition and can continue to burn hydrocarbons in the air even when the diesel fuel is exhausted or the key is removed. As a result, positive air shutoffs are an important barrier to prevent the over-revving and subsequent explosion of the engine. Such an explosion could result in injury or be the source of ignition for a larger fire or explosion.

03-2018 "Diesel Particulate Exposure ": Diesel exhaust comes from the burning of diesel fuel and is a complex mixture of particulate, gases and hydrocarbon vapours. Diesel exhaust contains diesel particulate matter (DPM). It is that puff of black smoke you may see when a diesel engine is started or revved.

02-2018 "Adequate Lighting": The level of light on worksites is critical to the prevention of incidents and the efficient completion of work. Adequate temporary lighting may be required on a variety of worksites such as drilling and completions worksites and is dependent on the type of work being conducted.

01-2018 "Safety Program Check-Up": Statistics show that the rate of worker injuries has increased by 38% as compared to the same period last year. This increase in injury rate warrants action.

10-2017 "Line of Fire": When stored energy is released it can cause serious or fatal harm to those in its path. It’s important for workers to recognize when they are putting themselves or others at risk for line of fire injuries. 

09-2017 "Peer Influence": New and young workers are impressionable to the actions and behaviors of their colleagues, coaches, and mentors. Whether intended or not, workplace interactions can prompt changes in safety behaviors, values and attitudes.

08-2017 "Stop the Job": Empowering workers to raise safety concerns promotes a safe work environment. While procedures may vary between each company, the overall result is workers thinking proactively about risks and hazards. These basic steps are a reminder to the worker of the process and responsibility that everyone shares.

07-2017 "Falls on Same Level Older Workers": Fall related injuries can affect workers of all ages and experience. Pre-existing injuries and health challenges can increase the severity of the fall injury resulting in higher costs.  An efficient workplace can reduce the risk of a fall injury by using adequate lighting, guardrails and handles, clear footpaths, and minimizing travel over hazardous paths.

06-2017 "Workplace Perceived Pressures": Workers at all levels can experience an increase workload and pressure to get the job done. Workers in safety sensitive positions should assess pressures they are faced with to maintain perspective. Understanding internal or external pressures, whether real or perceived, can influence the ability to manage workloads.

05-2017 "Coaching and Mentoring Young Workers": It is important to assign young workers a coach to improve their performance on the job and ensure continued success in their future. Often coaches become mentors who provide young workers the support, encouragement and guidance to obtain their long-term goals.

04-2017 "Training Young Workers": Young workers between the ages of 15 and 25 are associated with the highest rate of incidents across Canada. Training young workers can prevent workplace injuries by increasing their knowledge of the work process, equipment, and safety requirements. Employers can further encourage young worker development by providing formal training, coaching and support, and on-the-job applications.

03-2017 "Middle-Aged Workers and Overexertion": Statistics show middle-aged workers between the ages of 35-44 are prone to overexertion injuries in Western Canada. Overexertion occurs with excessive effort; enough stain that injury results. The highest overall injury claim rate after a downturn for middle-aged workers is overexertion.  

02-2017 "Summer Students": Summer student employment gives young workers the opportunity to develop job skills, gain meaningful experience, and learn how to work safely. In 2016 there were, 366,000 full-time students employed throughout the summer months in Western Canada.

01-2017 "Impact of increased industry activity on worker injuries": Industry activity leads to more hiring, and statistics show that this increase in industry activity is matched by an increase in injury counts and rates. For young workers (under 25), the injury rate doubles. These young workers are more likely to be injured from being struck by objects like tools and equipment (pipe, hoses, etc.).

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