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General Safety Orientation (GSO) Guideline for the Oil and Gas Industry

February 8, 2012

The General Safety Orientation (GSO) Guideline has been developed to provide more flexibility for employers in delivering general safety orientations to new workers. Employers have the opportunity to choose from various programs that meet the regulatory requirements for providing general safety orientations to new, young and inexperienced workers. The new GSO guideline replaces IRP 16.

In addition to outlining requirements for general safety orientations, the GSO Guideline describes industry expectations and specific requirements in the three western provinces (BC, AB, SK).

On September 23, 2013, the presidents of the six industry association that direct Enform announced that an eGSO Record of Completion from Enform would serve as the single industry standard for evidence of having completed a general safety orientation for the industry. The text on page 6 of the GSO Guideline has been temporarily amended to reflect this announcment. For further information on managing GSO requirements in the interim, see the FAQ on IRP 16, GSO Guideline, eGSO, and PST released on September 18, 2013.

New, young workers

Worksite safety is a shared responsibility, however, regulations place specific responsibilities on the owner, operating companies (lease holders), and the prime contractor.  These responsibilities include ensuring that new, young, inexperienced and transferred workers have received a general safety orientation prior to accessing any active worksite.

The General Safety Orientation Guideline aims to provide assurance that workers have received an industry recognized orientation which addresses occupational health and safety requirements. With that in mind, employers have more time to devote to company and site specific orientation.

Programs that meet/exceed GSO

See the new FAQ on IRP 16, GSO Guideline, eGSO, and PST  released September 24, 2013 for an update.

Further information

For more information on this document, please contact safety@enform.ca.

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