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On-site training facility is a first in the tar sands

Fort McMurray, AB -- North Safety Products of Montreal has been conducting a pilot project for the past year where ...


Fort McMurray, AB — North Safety Products of Montreal has been conducting a pilot project for the past year where a training trailer was installed and manned by the company’s PPE (personal protective equipment) trainers on-site at one of the mining companys properties at the tar sands project in Fort McMurray, Alta.

The mining firm’s contractors and subcontractors are now sending their employees daily to this conveniently located training facility — the first of a kind for this remote area. More than 20,000 workers will be needed in the next five years in Northern Alberta and they will all need to be trained on PPE.

North trainers developed a special curriculum in the applications for fall protection and confined space that are now recognized by OSSA. North Safety trainers are also expert in all other areas of PPE.

As we roll this out, we feel that North Safety Products name will become synonymous with PPE solutions, said Vern Metcalfe, vice-president and general manager for Canada. In order to thrive in this business, a manufacturer must provide real time support for the products it sells. Buying PPE from manufacturers that dont provide proper training can be a risky practice. Due diligence and compliance have become significant issues since the passing of Bill C54.