Recently we were asked about providing services for an event to be held in the community. Event Safety Management is just as important as any project safety management plan and even more so, because in addition to having to consider and plan around the actual event performers, you also have to factor in public safety as well.
We like to think that risk management can go one step further to actually be risk prevention planning. At Xi Safety we believe that event safety management is simply more than putting a few people in security uniforms and possibly adding in a requirement of first aid.
Many of us have seen in the media actual live footage of outdoor fairs or concerts where disaster has struck, whether its been a stage collapse, rigging failures, severe weather or other factors that can affect for example, movie productions or outdoor venues.
But to stage a successful event, it all has to start with a well thought out and documented Event Safety Management Plan. At Xi Safety Inc we’ve developed an excellent blue print that takes into account how local OHS Acts, Regulations, and assorted codes not only provide the frame work for events to be safely staged, but also that much needed road map that takes us through the 30 plus special considerations that are required to go into successful event planning to allow events to be staged without incident. If your organization or company requires professional event safety management, including film and commercial productions, concerts and other large scale events, Xi Safety Inc and Event Safety Management come together seamlessly with your idea and our expertise. From Event Safety planning to your medical, security, health and safety needs at your facility, Xi Safety Inc has you covered.
So you’re a tech savvy safety advisor, environmental inspector or even a pipeline inspector and you went and jumped on the latest craze taking North America by storm “Drones” or as the regulating body in Canada likes to refer to them as Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAV’s).
While spending time at the local soccer field honing your skills as a drone pilot a lightbulb comes on and you think to yourself I can make some money with this thing. Sweet I’ll have it out on my next project and I’ll be a rock star with the best daily reports and photos the construction manager has ever seen. NOT so fast there Mr. Eager B. Beaver.
There are laws in Canada that regulate what we can and can’t do with our high-tech tool. Yes, I call it a tool because that’s what it is a tool to manage risk, in this case it minimizes exposure to workplace hazards like steep slopes, hazardous environments, working on or near water, and driving to list a few. Drones also have the ability to provide real time data to work progress and issues arising out on a spread kilometer’s ahead of you. To the extent that if you are within cellular phone coverage you can save real time photos or video footage to your mobile device and send it back to the construction office for immediate response saving time and money on tight schedule driven projects.
So, I’ve been flying my drone’s right out of the box for the last two years, I’ve had several models and learned some tough costly lessons along the way. I am currently flying a Phantom 3 Professional. Loaded to the max right out of the box it’s enough to make a gear guy cry. It includes a 4K Video / 12 Megapixel Photo Camera, 3-Axis Stabilization Gimbal, Easy to Fly, Intelligent Flight System, Live HD View, Dedicated Remote Controller, Powerful Mobile App w/ Auto Video Editor, Vision Positioning for Indoor Flight. Never mind all the aftermarket things you can buy thru Amazon or other aftermarket sites. So I’m not a professional Drone pilot, I’ve learned to fly mine just like everyone else out there. As I got more into flying mine and seeing how it could be used not just for fun but could also have huge impacts in my work environment as well, I started asking questions and depending on whom I asked I got a million and one different answers. I was finally pointed in the right direction late last year and the great team at Transport Canada has help our immensely. Below is an overview of some of the questions I get asked and by no means does it capture everything, but it will get you pointed in the right direction.
I highly recommend taking the Canadian Unmanned UAV Training Course. This course is a 1.5 day condensed UAS ground school course to both civil and commercial operators. It covers the following topics that are all deemed essential by Transport Canada:
• Air law and regulations
• Weather and basic UAS 101
• Aviation charts and flight supplements
Students also receive instruction for an Industry Canada Restricted Radio Operators License (Air). Upon the successful completion of the radio exam, students will then receive a radio license, which allows them to operate and monitor aviation frequencies. CCUVS and Canadian Unmanned have successfully trained over 800 students and offer this course both in house and on location as required. It is recognized by Transport Canada and seen as most beneficial when indicated on a SFOC application.
What makes a UAV a model aircraft in the eyes of Transport Canada (TC)?
“Model aircraft” means an aircraft, the total weight of which does not exceed 35 kg (77.2 pounds) that is mechanically driven or launched into flight for recreational purposes. By definition a UAV is no longer a model aircraft when:
– Owned by a company not an individual.
– Used for profit.
My model plane/copter has a camera on it and I’ve started making money selling the photos/videos, is this allowed?
As described by TC as soon as you make money or become contracted to use you model aircraft it no-longer qualifies as a model aircraft. Your model aircraft is now a UAV and requires a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) to fly.
I’m using my UAV for profit or the success of my business depends on photos/video I take, what do I need to know?
You need a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) every time your UAV is in Canadian Airspace, Yes even testing and development outdoors requires an SFOC. Don’t panic obtaining an SFOC is common place in Canada, and as of May 17th 2012 it’s free. This is because the law strictly prohibits UAVs without these certificates.
602.41 No person shall operate an unmanned air vehicle in flight except in accordance with a special flight operations certificate or an air operator certificate.
How do I get an SFOC?
A: The procedure for obtaining an SFOC is listed here. The most important in preparing your SFOC application is that you prove to Transport Canada that you will not be putting the public in danger nor will you be disrupting air traffic.
– Please see the TC staff guideline when creating your submission, http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/standards-4179.html
What does it cost to applying for an SFOC?
For UAVs there is NO COST involved in applying for and obtaining an SFOC.
Do I need to get a different SFOC for every day that I fly?
No! As it was explained by Transport Canada you can apply for to get an SFOC that indicates a range of dates and times.
How big of an area can I apply for in my SFOC?
As mentioned above the primary purpose of an SFOC is to ensure the safety of the public and air traffic. Your SFOC application will be individually reviewed by Transport Canada staff specific to the region. As long as you follow outline all the prerequisites outlined here: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/regserv/cars/part6-standards-623d2-2450.htm#623d2_65_d
Can you give us some of the examples SFOC applications provided by TC?
The example was of an established RC pilot contracted to take an aerial photo of a pipeline right of way every Tuesday during the growing season. His application would look something like:
– Between May 18th to September 28th 2012, Every Tuesday between 9am and 9pm.
– Alternative date for flight will be the Tuesday between 4pm and 7pm.
– Alternative date for flight will be the next Wednesday between 8am and 6pm.
– A note from the local RM indicating they have no objection to the flights.
– A description of his craft.
– A note from the farmer indicating that there will be no people or equipment on his field during any of the operational times (Security).
– An aerial/satellite photo for the area of operations.
– On this photo/map he will indicate takeoff and landing zones. Remember to note any obstacles between the takeoff and landing zones.
– On this photo/map he will indicate the boundaries of where he will be operating.
– He will then indicate the projected flight path will photos will be taken.
This isn’t all of the points outlined http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/regserv/cars/part6-standards-623d2-2450.htm#623d2_65_d . Note that all these points need to be completed and submitted.
Each SFOC is individually reviewed. It was mentioned that TC will work with you, within reason, if your application is missing certain points. They may also request a demonstration of you and/or your crafts abilities.
I plan to take photos & video of my niece’s sports games for the league to use for future promotional material, what do I need to know?
Transport Canada advised that a 100 foot horizontal buffer between a crowd and itself.
I’m using my craft for recreational use. What kind of restrictions are in place for non-commercial, recreational crafts?
The law states:
602.45 No person shall fly a model aircraft or a kite or launch a model rocket or a rocket of a type used in a fireworks display into cloud or in a manner that is or is likely to be hazardous to aviation safety.
What if I break the rules?
Well, for starters, we don’t want to hear about it here! Section 602.41 as a designated provision, has an individual penalty in the amount of $5,000.00 and a corporation penalty of $25,000.00.
Okay, I’m obeying all the rules. Are there any other guidelines for safe and responsible “Model Aircraft” operations?
Yes. In the USA the RCAPA (the RC aerial photography association) has some excellent guidelines that will help out immensely as a starting point.
Reference material for this article comes from the following:
Canadian UAS/UAV* Aerial Photography & Video service providers and other resources:
Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
Well, there you have it, thanks to our resident in house Drone Master, Mark Lindenbach. If you would like to know more about the use of Drones and how Xi Safety can assist you with their use on any of your projects, give us a call at 403 730 0806 or email@example.com
ELECTRICAL SAFETY ONLINE COURSE OVERVIEW
With an increase in reported injuries and deaths associated with the use of electricity, electrical safety is becoming a more prominent health and safety topic in industry. Canada’s newest electrical standard, the CSA Z462, outlines the requirement for safeguarding workers from electrical hazards. Accordingly, this online course provides a well-rounded approach to the basics of electrical safety and helps increase understanding of the dangers of electricity from both a shock protection and arc flash protection point of view.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY ONLINE COURSE TOPICS
Energy Flow and Barriers
Step and Touch Potential
Electricity and the Human Body
Electrical Shock and Arc Flash Hazards
Safety Training for the Qualified Worker
Personal Protective Equipment
Safe Work Procedures
Corded Electrical Equipment, Extensions Cords, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, and Circuit Protection Devices
ELECTRICAL SAFETY ONLINE COURSE DURATION: Approximately 3 hours
ELECTRICAL SAFETY TEST: Testing conducted throughout this online Electrical Safety course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved. Supplemental materials necessary to complete this course can be accessed online.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY ONLINE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS (CEU): This course qualifies for Continuing Education Credits from the Engineering Institute of Canada.
Over the years, Xi Safety has been able to provide fire safety services to camp operators as well as be involved in the construction of many. From Red Deer and Blackfalds, Alberta, to the Oil Sands, Terrace, BC, Conklin, Lac La Biche, we’ve been involved.
From the initial construction phase we’ve provided Fire Safety Specialists right into the operations phase, including basic fire prevention and suppression training. Having had the opportunity to visit actual camp assembly factories, we’ve got a little more insight into them.
Even with the best planning, applicable fire code requirements and suppression equipment the Fort McMurray fire or “THE BEAST” as it has become known, would have taxed any facility.
We’ve done some wild land fire prevention suppression assessments and there are additional resources available regarding oil sands plant protection, but we’ve got some ideas and insight into basic assessment, prevention, training and response.
We are open to work with our Alberta and other area camp operators to provide additional services.
Xi Safety is pleased to announce we have delivered a trusted On Site Safety Representative (OSR) to a contractor on the Pacific Trails Pipeline Project, a joint venture between Chevron Canada Ltd. and Apache Canada Ltd.
Apache Canada Ltd. and Chevron Canada Ltd. have signed a broad agreement to build and operate the Pacific Trail Pipeline and Kitimat LNG project. Once the agreement is in place, Chevron Canada, managing operator, and Apache Canada each will become a 50 per cent owner of the Pacific Trail Pipelines Limited Partnership (PTP LP).
The PTP LP is developing the natural gas transmission pipeline system from Summit Lake to Kitimat, British Columbia to serve Kitimat LNG’s export facility near Kitimat, British Columbia. Read more at: pacifictrailpipelines.com
The Management Team of Xi Safety is pleased to welcome the addition of Ms. Kristien Davenport to our team as our new Corporate Development and Communications Manager.
Ms. Davenport has over 20 years of increasingly responsible positions in corporate communications, public relations, advertising and marketing, project management and business administration. Ms. Davenport was a partner with B&D Capital Partners for 9 years, focussing on the public market sector and worked on a diverse mix of projects and clients from several industries including mining, oil and gas and bio-tech projects. Ms. Davenport also has a background in green technology, new media, software and the entertainment industry.
WELCOME ABOARD KRIS!!
Xi Safety is pleased to announce that we are the Distributor for Pacto Waterless Toilet system.
Pacto – the versatile waterless emergency toilet
Sanitation is important, wherever you are. Running water, sewage and electricity are luxuries in many parts of the world. Access to a good, hygienic toilet does not have to be. Pacto is the ideal alternative to traditional water-flushing toilets. With a unique waste management function, it delivers higher standards of comfort and cleanliness.
The waste in encapsulated in a durable foil after each visit, so there is no direct contact with the waste matter. This remains the case even after emptying, as the entire bag of waste is disposed of whole.
Unlike most alternative toilets, such as composting toilets, there is no requirement for electricity, since no composting process actually takes place in the toilet itself. This also means that the smells and high maintenance associated with composting toilets are kept to a minimum.
A mechanical seal at the bottom of the toilet means you are never faced with any unpleasant sights or smells.
Quite simply, the Pacto is a dry toilet that offers the same standards of hygiene and user-friendliness as a water toilet.
This means that you can benefit from modern comforts in any environment. Also, Pacto offers a more environmentally friendly means of handling waste; instead of dirtying precious water, it gives you the chance to recycle the waste
Pacto is a waterless toilet for use anywhere. There are no installation requirements. No need for water, electricity or batteries. With Pacto, a toilet can be up and running within minutes. Whether you are going camping even with your RV, water and holding tanks are always an issue if you are long term without sewer hookups.
Pacto is perfect for you lakeside cabin or bug out survival pad as there is no need to worry about water.
Among the many deployments are military operations, remote work camps, field hospitals, construction work sites, mines, disaster relief operations and civil defence.
Pacto can also be operated with no environmental footprint.
XI Safety is pleased to announce that our Ground Disturbance Level 201 Course has been approved by the Alberta Common Ground Alliance organization and our Ground Distrubance Level 2 for Supervisors is available online.
Ground Disturbance Level II
GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS ONLINE COURSE OVERVIEW
This online course is designed for planners, managers, supervisors and employees who are or will be required to develop, plan and implement any kind of ground disturbance. Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to identify and define ground disturbance; describe the hazards of ground disturbance; decide what permits and agreements will be required; describe how to locate and identify underground facilities; describe regulations associated with ground disturbance; describe the responsibilities for owners and ground disturbers; and describe safety requirements.
This online Ground Disturbance for Supervisors course contains the same course content as a classroom delivered Ground Disturbance 201 course which has been approved as meeting the content and delivery requirements of the “Ground Disturbance 201 Safety Training Standard” of the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA), formerly the Alberta Damage Prevention Council.
GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS ONLINE COURSE TOPICS
Module 1 – Definition, Words & Terms
Defining ground disturbance
Common words & terms related to ground disturbance
Module 2 – Regulations & Responsibilities
Regulations that apply to ground disturbance
Penalties for contravention of regulations
Responsibilities of each party involved in a ground disturbance
Module 3 – Approvals, Permits, & Agreements
Approvals common to ground disturbance
Various types of ground disturbance permits
Commonly used ground disturbance agreements
Circumstances that may impact the ground disturbance permits and agreements required
Module 4 – Ground Disturbance Planning
Soil types, cutbacks, and sloping according to Alberta & Saskatchewan regulations
Techniques that can be used to minimize environmental impacts
Module 5 – Stages of Ground Disturbance
Techniques for locating existing underground facilities
Procedures for marking underground facilities
Exposure process for underground facilities
Module 6 – Underground Facility Contact
Historical damage to underground facilities
Common causes of contacts with underground facilities
Potential consequences of contacting underground facilities
Strategies for preventing contact
How to prepare for a contact
What constitutes contact with an underground facility and the procedures to follow if contact is made
GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS ONLINE COURSE DURATION: Approximately 3 hours
GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS ONLINE TEST: Testing conducted throughout this online Ground Disturbance For Supervisors course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved. Supplemental materials necessary to complete this course can be accessed online.
GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing. The certificate is valid for 3 years from the course completion date indicated on the certificate.
mobile compliant This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.
Move Over Olympics, We Won An Interactive Media Award!
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The Olympics are over, but that doesn’t mean Canada has stopped winning! We are proud to announce that we have won a 2013 Interactive Media Award!IMA Blog
We won the award for our work on the Xi Safety website. The website stood out in the ‘Professional Services’ category for its modern design, usable layout, and informative content. Extra kudos goes to our star team members who made major contributions to the project:
•Martha Boulianne – Project Manager
•Jim Wong – Manager
•Rodnie Silva – Account Manager
•Renee Matsalla – Copywriter
Xi Safety is a safety staffing and training company based in Calgary, Alberta. They have worked on major projects such as the Trans Canada Pipeline and the Enbridge Pipeline, and have also worked internationally to bring Canadian best practices to Iran.
The main goal of the Xi Safety project was to showcase the company’s vast experience while bringing in new leads. We are ecstatic to see that our emphasis professional design, website usability, and lead generation won us an Outstanding Achievement Award from a top international marketing organization. So move over Sydney Crosby, we’re going for gold
Is it time to change the NCSO Designation?
Over the past years the Provincial Safety Associations have been very successful in introducing into industry the National Construction Safety Officer program. NCSOs will work as:
– safety advisors,
– construction safety officers,
– construction safety personnel,
– contract safety advisors,
– pipeline safety personnel/consultants,
– safety inspectors, mining safety,
– safety consultants,
– fire safety consultants,
– facility safety officers,
– registered safety personnel,
– project safety management personnel,
– Health & Safety coordinators,
– supervisors, and
It is up to the individual to continue to upgrade in order to increase their overall knowledge of industrial work practices. You don’t want to be “that guy” or “that girl” who knows all there is to know about safety, but nothing about how to apply it in a reasonable and practicable fashion that generates employee buy in.
Whether that person advances towards a diploma, certificate, degree and eventually a CSP or CRSP, true field experience lacks in many of these educational endorsements.
At Xi we canvass the marketplace to obtain the best candidates who have the knowledge of how the work is done. We are providing not just ‘any body’ but a true, well rounded Safety Professional who has the applicable skills, knowledge, education and related abilities to give to our clients a relative comfort zone that our people can be embedded into the project and hit the ground running.
From a Human Resources perspective we see an industry that is being fed in many cases, young inexperienced safety personnel who are literally being chewed up as they are thrust into roles that are years ahead of their experience levels.
It’s certainly unfair to the individual and an inadequate use of company resources to replace the person again due to that person’s inexperience.
Too often I have come across, eager, young and keen safety persons on the project site who really have no business being placed into a position they are most ill equipped to succeed at.
In too many cases, industry is taking relatively inexperienced safety personnel, giving them a two week training course, then turning them loose on a project site. A journeyman spends four (4) years from the time he first starts his apprentice to be recognized as proficient. We expect a Safety person to be proficient and be able to understand every trade out there after a two week course? It’s impossible.
Personnel come into the business with some of the most wrong reasons, “I heard there was a lot of money to be made in safety and you don’t have to do much to earn it.” Or, “Safety is my passion.”
No it’s not.
Make the quality of what you do your primary focus, much like a tradesman, once you have mastered that, you will know if this vocation is your true calling.
But I digress, and getting back to my original theme of, ‘is it time to change the NCSO content?’ I believe so and a workable approach could be much of what is described herein.
The NCSO designation is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to safety. In fact,there is much, much more to it below the water line, or in our case, the project site activities. In fact, there is a whole dynamic that is changing frequently, and if you can’t even read or see that, you are already lost.
I believe that if we are going to be successful and gain control of the discipline we are going to have to properly educate those who desire to pursue a career as a safety professional. For example, the experience letter that is required to enter into the safety officer role. In many cases persons are circumventing the requirements of the letter by filing documents that are in the best case are an overstatement of what they have done in the past.
So once the potential safety person has gone through the process of attendance, questionnaire test and gets the audit under their belt, the newly minted person is unleashed upon industry and meets the fate that I described earlier.
Here’s what I believe we should be doing.
1. Rename the designation as Trade Safety Coordinator.
Once a person has gone through some mandatory on the job training that should include a thorough education on:
– hazard identification,
– due diligence,
– prime contractor roles,
– ground disturbance 2 or equivalent,
– electrical safety,
– mobile equipment operations theory,
– rigging and heavy lifting,
– aerial lift instruction certification,
– Incident Command Level 2,
– fire prevention awareness,
– user training on OHS Regulation table of contents,
– fall protection and scaffold awareness training,
– Project HSE Execution Plan writing,
– security level one,
– basic coaching certification,
– confined space entry,
– control measure selection and corrective action implementation
– incident investigation,
– environmental spill training.
And finally, the individual should be able to articulate their role as a safety person by writing their own job description. These are all valid and pertinent training components a field safety person should be proficient in.
2. From HSA to TCSC
Under the current framework of the NCSO, a person who does not have enough field experience will be able to register as a Heatlh and Safety Administrator (HSA). The name of this designation suggests that the safety role is largely administrative. The Apprentice Construction Trade Safety Coordinator (CTSC), however, indicates a level of apprenticeship in the safety profession while working with other trades.
Once a person has received their training they are issued a TCSC (Temporary) certificate that allows the TCSC time to complete their on the job ‘apprenticing’ once they are hired onto a site, manufacturing facility or single trade contractor.
While at the TCSC level, the trainee is required at the project site level, facility or single craft contractor to:
• work with 5 core crafts such as electricians, laborers, pipefitter/welders, mobile equipment operators, iron workers/scaffolders at the project level of two days for each craft. At this stage the TCSC is actively working with the crew handling only designated tools and materials so as to understand their purpose and function. They would also lead the tool box meeting; job safety analysis and ensuring the quality of field level risk assessments are completed.
• Working with 5 core crafts gives the TCSC a view into the actual work activities of the trade, understands the terminology, the tools and how tasks are planned and performed.
• For example in working with the Mobile Equipment Operators, depending on the machinery the TCSC would do a ride along in cabs where able, or climb up onto a dozer, excavator, piling rig, skid steer and operate under the mentorship of a trainer. Invaluable insight would be gained as to how equipment works, its general blind spots and safety features of a machine.
• The same can be said for working at heights with iron workers and scaffolders, the TCSC would learn the nuances of the trade, the tools and equipment and the safe way a craftsman approaches his work. The same approach would be for electricians and laborers.
Once the TCSC has completed the mandatory, participatory 100 hours for project work, they are required to write an exam based on their overall OHS knowledge as well as trade familiarization and are issued their permanent CSC designation. This could be performed in conjunction with the TCSC’s work duties on the project.
For single trade companies or manufacturing plants, the TCSC would be required to work 40 hours with their field team completing the same requirements.
Whether a person holds a trade ticket or not, has graduated from a university and gone on to attain a CRSP, the TSC would remain the prerequisite for entry into the construction and manufacturing industries, because it has given the worker the grass root understanding of the personnel who are performing the work and can speak with some degree of knowledge and some credibility about the specific trade that is being addressed.
My feeling is that we have gone too far down the nanny state road with respect taking away the ability of a craftsman to think for themselves and encumbering the craftsperson with the equivalent of placing boxing gloves on them and asking them to thread up a 8-32 nut and bolt. You try it Mr. Alphabet.
Though following your passion is supposed to be today’s ideal, it often won’t get you anywhere but frustrated. Focus instead on acquiring unique skills and refining the quality of what you do with the focus of a devoted craftsperson. You’ll be well on your way to cultivating not only a satisfying career, but a new, rarer kind of practical quality built on commitment, mastery and pride.