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Safety association releases 6 tips to prevent worksite injuries


Enform, the safety association for Canada’s oil and gas industry, released guidelines to help industry achieve superior site management. The association led a cross-industry team in providing companies with principles, practices and tools that help guide employers and contractors to perform safely and professionally.

“Recognizing that one solution does not fit all users and situations, the guidelines take a broad view of upstream petroleum industry site operations and present accepted guiding principles that provide a useful starting point for employers seeking to establish supervisor competency or contractor management systems,” said Lloyd Harman, Enform’s vice-president of safety services.

Current events have made it all too clear that worksite and well-site safety must be a priority for everyone involved in the petroleum industry. Canada’s leading oil and gas industry trade associations support the use of the guidelines to help companies of all sizes improve performance. “These documents provide our members, and the industry as a whole, with a structure to move forward and better our practices,” said Dave Pryce, vice-president of Western Canadian operations with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

The activities, knowledge and skills that are expected to enhance a supervisor’s performance are outlined, and it provides an outline to help build a company-specific training matrix and tools that can be used by any organization to augment existing programs. The guideline identifies six key steps for the successful hiring and management of contractor and service providers:

1. Defining the scope of work.
2. Establishing contractor expectations.
3. Conducting contractor pre-qualification and selection.
4. Choosing and developing the appropriate agreement.
5. Managing the contractor.
6. Keeping records and exercising due diligence.

A free electronic version can be downloaded online at www.enform.ca.