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a message from the board Welcome to our October issue. We hope you have enjoyed a busy season, with mostly favourable weather. But now, the majority of our fellow contractors are bracing themselves for the winter season ahead, something that can be a challenge for most of us across Canada. As mentioned in the POST safety bulletin in this issue, POST has some tips for winter safety, including the best types of clothing to wear when working in cold weather, and even a guideline for scheduling breaks for your workers. The guide can be downloaded for free from the POST website, so make sure to circulate it to all of your employees. If last winter is any indication, it’s important to be prepared and to stay safe. On top of dealing with the weather, the biggest challenge, especially during busy periods, is keeping your workers trained and certified. Depending on the sector you work in, whether it’s construction or service, the level or amount of training is relatively similar. In addition to the basic occupational health and safety training that is required for most sectors, most workers then must attain petroleum mechanic certification, including a certain amount of field experience, based on their specialization. Then, there’s special manufacturer training, applicable machine operating certification, and so on. In our efforts to keep this dialogue open, we will continue addressing related topics on the true costs of technicians, including articles and surveys. The latest article in this issue addresses the importance of having certified workers in our niche industry. It’s also important to note the CPCA is lobbying for labour mobility across Canada. To reference Chapter 7 of the Agreement on Internal Trade, the core principle of the agreement is to “Enable any worker certified for an occupation by a regulatory authority of one Party to be recognized as qualified for that occupation by all other Parties without the worker being required to undertake any material additional requirements, such as education, training, examination, or assessments.” As the CPCA program is now entrenched in several provinces, the need to remove these barriers is crucial to allow our members to work and move freely between provinces. Lastly, even though it is already fall, we would like to go back to June and gratefully acknowledge the Saskatchewan Retail Petroleum Construction Association for hosting our annual general meeting. You will find the highlights of the meeting in this issue. Also thanks to everyone who took the time out to attend and participate in the SRPCA’s annual golf tournament. Our host for the 2016 conference will be announced soon, so stay tuned! BOARD OF DIRECTORS CPCA MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS Alberta Petroleum Storage Systems Contractors Association Association des Entrepreneurs Pétroliers du Québec Inc. British Columbia Petroleum Contractors Association Manitoba Petroleum Contractors Association Ontario Petroleum Contractors Association Saskatchewan Retail Petroleum Construction Association ALBERTA Marcus Cormier Cantest Solutions Tel: 403.912.9129 Ext. 12 mcormier@cantest.net Pat White Leak Technologies Solutions Tel: 403.637.0280 pwhite@leaktechsol.ca MANITOBA Chad Kenwood Century Petroleum Construction Tel: 204.694.2230 centpet@mts.net ONTARIO Gord Thompson Comco Canada Inc. Tel: 705.728.0905 gord.thompson@comcocanada.com Phil Hughes Southwest Energy Control Systems of Canada Tel: 905.420.8400 Ext. 102 phughes@southwestenergy.ca QUEBEC Guy Rochon Service & Construction Mobile Ltée Tel: 418.688.5751 grochon@groupemobile.com Louis Rizzetto Équipement National Énergie Tel: 514.489.8281 lrizzetto@nee.ca SASKATCHEWAN Arlene Wright Capital Petroleum Services Ltd. Tel: 306.757.3533 arlene_cps@sasktel.net Mike Seibel National Energy Equipment Inc. Tel: 306.665.0223 mseibel@nee.ca BRITISH COLUMBIA Rob Bateman Western Oil Services Tel: 604.514.4787 rbateman@westernoilservices.com CPCA OFFICE Michelle Rae, Administrator Mailing Address: 92 Caplan Ave. Suite 223 Barrie, ON L4N 0Z7 Toll Free – 1.866.360.6722 Tel: 705.735.9437 Fax: 705.735.9418 info@cpcaonline.com Web: www.cpcaonline.com OFFICERS Marcus Cormier, President; Pat White, Vice President; Louis Rizzetto, Secretary; Chad Kenwood, Treasurer 4 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • OCTOBER 2015
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regional news APPSCA Updates by Marcus Cormier On June 10 and 11, the APSSCA held its annual general meeting and golf tournament. I want to thank all the board members and sponsors who helped make these events a great success. Retiring and long-standing board members Gerrit Dehaan, Dave Jonasson, and Cathy Coutu were presented with an Inukshuk to commemorate the energy, leadership, and long-standing service they have given to the APSSCA and its members. For anyone involved in new site installation, please note that the 2014 version of the Alberta Fire Code has been adopted and came into effect May 1, 2015. You can order a copy of the updated Fire Code on the National Research Council website, www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca. Some of the changes for new installations of storage tanks and lines from May 1 onward include: • Overfill prevention devices if the tank is  filled with a tight-fill connection • Underground tanks must be double-walled  • Underground piping must be double-walled  • Sumps are required under dispensers,  fill points, transitions, and turbines • Sensors are required in all sumps and  interlocked with dispensers and pumps • Aboveground tank inventory control ac ceptable variance has been tightened to 1% from 2% Again this year, we offered CPCA Petroleum Mechanic review and exam sessions in conjunction with the AGM. There are currently 277 licensed technicians in the province of Alberta. There are 95 holders of a PHM designation, 77 PM1 technicians, 77 PM2 technicians, and 107 PM3 technicians. Working with the CPCA, our board is committed to the continued promotion of interprovincial mobility of licensed petroleum mechanics. The CPCA training program is recognized by the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and currently in the process of being adopted in the province of Quebec. There have been a number of new developments in the course format, whereby new learners will be able to use the Moodle training platform, which will include a number of new videos and training materials to help students in their learning process. Registrants will also need to complete designated modules online prior to being allowed to attend the review and exam sessions. The board members would also like to extend a special welcome to our three new board members: • Don Edgecombe, Petroleum Tank Man agement Association of Alberta • Crawford Ritchie, Gemini Pump &  Compressor Service Ltd. • Joe Murphy, Fireball Equipment Ltd.  The board will be meeting again in the fall. Members are encouraged to visit our website at www. apssca.com to keep up to date with industry announcements and events, and to consult the minutes of our meetings posted online. ISO 9001:2008 Certified “Your Partner in Total Containment Solutions” Protecting the environment for future generations. Aboveground Tanks Underground Tanks Tank Accessories Fire Rated Tanks Double Bottom Tanks Fuel Oil Tanks Double Wall Oval Tanks Custom Fabrication Spill collectors - Wall Mounted, Free standing,  Vertical Tanks Horizontal Tanks Bench Tanks Dike Tanks Utility Tanks Sub-Base Tanks Static Head Tanks Utility Pumps Rectangular Tanks Threaded & Integral Style All tanks are designed, fabricated and labeled in accordance to the latest edition of applicable standards UL, ULC, AWWA, API, Up to 250,000LT 69 Comstock Road Toronto, ON M1L 2G9 Phone: 416-757-6278 Fax: 416-757-5579 Toll Free: 1-800-387-1400 dteindustries.com sales@dteindustries.com OCTOBER 2015 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • 5
regional news APPSCA Updates by Marcus Cormier On June 10 and 11, the APSSCA held its annual general meeting and golf tour...
regional news OPCA News by Michelle Rae The OPCA Cathodic Protection course supplies the training to determine whether the Cathodic Protection System is certified under the ULCS603.1 Standard on External Corrosion Protection Systems for Steel Underground Tanks for Flammable and Combustible Liquids designated as using Factory Attached Anodes and Coatings to provide that protection. The Corrosion Protection method is described in Section 5 of the current CAN/ULC-S603.1-2011 and all previous CAN/ULC-S603.1 Standards. It also covers the monitoring of piping systems that have been protected using the methods designated in the Appendices of this Standard where sacrificial anodes have been attached to the piping in the field. The training also provides the training and knowledge required to properly correct deficiencies that may be found during a survey of this corrosion protection system by the addition 6 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • OCTOBER 2015 of new anodes. Please contact us if you have any questions, and to receive a copy of OPCA’s Cathodic Protection course outline. Updates from the Ontario Ministry of Labour The Minister of Labour has prepared and published an Employment Standards poster entitled “Employment Standards in Ontario.” Employers are required to post the most recent version (6.0) of the poster in the workplace where it is likely to come to the attention of employees. Visit the OPCA website at www.OPCAonline.org for links to the Ministry of Labour’s website, as well as other free resources. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! • Velco Mechanical - Metro Region • PSL - Northern Region •  utback Terminal Ltd. C - Eastern Region SAVE THE DATE! OPCA 2016 CONFERENCE MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The OPCA 2016 conference, held in conjunction with THE CONVENIENCE U CARWACS SHOW, is MARCH 7 - 9 in TORONTO. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
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Hope is coming back in Quebec L’espoir renaît au Québec By Jacques Poulin Au Québec, les conditions de travail des salariés, dans le domaine pétrolier, sont régies par le comité paritaire pétrolier qui doit s’assurer que les travailleurs reçoivent une juste rénumération selon leurs experiences et leurs degrés de compétences. Un projet de loi devrait être déposé bientôt pour élargir les pouvoirs de ces comités paritaires. Actuellement, si un comité paritaire veut mettre en place un programme de formation, suivi d’une reconnaissance des compétences des travailleurs et de l’émission de certificat attestant ces compétences, alors tous les coûts de ces démarches sont à la charge des employeurs seulement. La nouvelle réglementation donnerait au comité paritaire les pouvoirs suivants: In Quebec, the work conditions in the petroleum installation field are imposed and ruled by the petroleum installation decree, the petroleum bipartite committee, who must make sure that the workers are receiving fair pay according to their experience and degree of competence. A new legislative project is being prepared to expand the power of this bipartite petroleum committee. Currently, if a bipartite committee wants to bring forward a training program, followed by the recognition of workers’ competences and the issuance of certificates attesting these competences, all the costs involved in these programs have to be fully supported by the employees only. The new legislation should give the bipartite petroleum committee the following powers: • To put in place a compulsory  training program; • To issue competence certificates; • Most importantly, to change that the  costs involved in these programs would be split evenly by the employees and employers. These legislative changes might allow us to use a $700,000 surplus that we have accumulated at the bipartite petroleum committee to pay for the installation of the new programs. We will be impatiently waiting for this legislative change, which we hope will at last allow us to achieve the goal we have been fighting for during the last 40 years. Par Jacques Poulin • La capacité de rendre la formation  obligatoire; • Le pouvoir d’émettre des certificats de  compétences; • Faire partager les coûts de ces  programmes, moitié moitié, entre les employeurs et les employés. Ces changements nous permettraient peut-être d’employer un surplus de 700 000.00 $ dont nous disposons au comité paritaire pétrolier. Nous attendrons patiemment ce projet de loi, qui nous espérons, nous permettra enfin d’atteindre ce pourquoi nous nous battons depuis plus de 40 ans. Steelcraft_1011_Waterloo:Layout 1 10/25/11 6:15 AM Storage Containment Solutions Since 1923 Looking for a superior storage containment solution? STEELCRAFT Inc.offers a full line of standard and custom liquid containment tanks and systems, as well as pressure vessels including: single and double-walled tanks, underground storage,process vessels,and field erected tanks. Field-proven after thousands of installations, our products meet stringent code specifications and are the choice of engineers, contractors, and architects.With our leading-edge engineering, custom manufacturing facilities, and in-house finishing capability,you can trust us to deliver a quality product on time,every time. For lasting,trouble-free storage containment,STEELCRAFT Inc. Visit our website or contact us: Waterloo,ON 1-800-265-8840 Moncton,NB 1-888-258-8166 Edmonton,AB 1-888-661-8265 Innisfail,AB 1-800-661-2851 www.steelcraftinc.com OCTOBER 2015 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • 7 Page 1
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READY TO MEET DEMAND The benefits of qualified petroleum tradespeople 8 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • OCTOBER 2015 By Karen Le Blanc
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The Petroleum Mechanic trade has been recognized and regulated in Canada since 1997. The Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association (CPCA) was established in 2001 to represent the interests of petroleum contractors across the country. H ow ideal would it be if petroleum project pricing could be determined on a sliding fee scale, which could be adjusted accordingly across the board, in relation to the economic climate of the day? When the market is thriving, prices are increased. When it’s not, they’re decreased. Presently, the big oil companies are experiencing a downward slide in their profit margins. The reason for this is twofold. First, there is the matter of supply and demand. As is commonly known in regards to supply and demand, economics 101, when there is more supply than demand of any commodity, the price of that commodity decreases. When the supply of a commodity is scarce and the demand for it is high, the price increases. Currently, there is more supply of oil than there is demand. Second, Saudi Arabia has recently forced the market price of a barrel of oil in half (down $50 US from $100) in efforts to cripple the North American producers and take back the market share. Large corporations with more sizeable profit margins could feasibly operate on the sliding fee model more easily than smaller businesses, whose profit margins cannot afford them the luxury of sliding their fee scale too far downward. In the case of petroleum contractors, this is in part due to the arduous time and cost investments required to produce skilled and qualified petroleum tradespeople to work in the niche industry. In 1994, The Ontario Petroleum Contractors Association (OPCA) began the research and development of a Petroleum Mechanic training program. At that time, in excess of $300,000 was spent on the project. In fact, it has only been since 1997 that the Petroleum Mechanic trade has gained recognition and been regulated as a skilled trade. In 2001, the provincial petroleum contractors associations, along with provincial regulatory bodies, recognized that a national association would be beneficial to all stakeholders, and took a proactive approach in establishing the Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association (CPCA). Today, the CPCA represents the interests of Canadian petroleum contractors on a multitude of business, regulatory, education, licensing, and safety issues nationally. CPCA’s objectives continue to provide: a national training and certification standard, a national registry for certified technicians, support to member provincial associations, development and delivery of programs and procedures to its members, building and maintaining a working relationship with governmental bodies for regulation, standards development and renewal, as well as promoting awareness of the industry and providing information to the public. The CPCA currently has active members in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. The association is working toward further growth, as discussions continue to be held with representatives and contractors from the Atlantic region. Further, the CPCA is presently working diligently toward attaining cooperation from all provincial associations with respect to the Petroleum Mechanic certification standards so that full reciprocity can be realized, which would effectively alleviate current labour restrictions. The objectives of creating a national training and certification standard and program, as well as establishing a national registry for certified technicians, have been accomplished with considerable investment. By present standards, technicians are required by law, and by the oil companies’ policies, to have extensive training and certifications, some of which include: Petroleum Mechanic certification, Petroleum Oriented Safety Training (POST), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHIMIS), emergency first aid, confined space entry, fall protection, hoisting, rigging and signaling safety, and traffic control. These outline the basic and most common requirements, though there are considerably more. Contractors bear significant time and expense where seemingly endless training and certification is concerned. For instance, the requirements for the Petroleum Mechanic (PM) certifications alone are: PMH – 35-hour study course; PM1 – 40-hour study course, plus OCTOBER 2015 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • 9
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.pdf 1 2015-10-06 10:40 AM Contractors can invest between $30,000 and $45,000 in a technician to ensure they’re fully trained and knowledgeable. 1,000 practical hours of experience; PM2 – 40-hour study course, plus 2,000 practical hours of experience; and PM3 – 40-hour study course, plus 500 practical hours of experience. In addition, participants must attain a minimum of 75 percent upon examination. Marcus Cormier, president of the CPCA says, “In terms of direct training costs for all the manufacturer training requirements associated to equipment installation, maintenance, repair; most contractors will tell you that they can easily spend anywhere between $30,000 to $45,000 per technician. In addition, a contractor has to be prepared to invest four to five years in a technician in order to get him to a level where he is fully 19840 57A Avenue, Langley, BC V3A 6G6 Tel: 604-514-4787 Fax: 604-514-4688 sales@westernoilservices.com WESTERN OIL SERVICES (EASTERN) LTD. 19 -250 Shields Court, Markham, ON L9R 9W7 Tel: 647-468-8700 ontario@westernoilservices.com Proudly Serving The Petroleum Industry Since 1950 10 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • OCTOBER 2015 knowledgeable at every aspect of his job and working to full capacity.” Further, many of the certifications require regular renewals, resulting in ongoing costs to the contractor. Cormier explains that, “Contractors have been making these investments and want to more; yet the majority will tell you that we feel stuck in a pricing model with the petroleum sector that is outdated and not keeping up with the knowledge and skill set required to service their equipment.” “This model is not sustainable,” he adds. ”It creates an environment where some contractors will feel pressured to cut corners to help make ends meet and comply with the client’s demands for the lowest possible price, but it puts their equipment, their staff, our technicians, and public safety at risk.” According to Michelle Rae, executive director of the Ontario Petroleum Contractors Association, on average, it costs between $15,000 and $20,000 annually for development and maintenance of the training program. “Last year, our training and delivery costs were $25,000,” she said. CPCA’s comprehensive and thorough training program is continuously being updated. Further, the CPCA has recently developed and launched online training tools including video tutorials, quizzes, and activities for students to enhance their learning experience. According to the CPCA’s 2014 Training and Certification Report, there are 376 certified technicians on their national registry. Though this number doesn’t reflect the provincially certified technicians, compared to other skilled trades, the number of certified petroleum tradespeople is limited. According to Statistics Canada, there are 128,360 electrical workers in Canada, as compared to 3,425 licensed petroleum mechanics. Back to economics 101, and supply and demand. When taking this into consideration, in addition to the training expenditures, there is considerable value in having highly trained and skilled certified petroleum technicians to perform this integral service. Not only does this protect and maintain the integrity of the trade, it also meets the rigorous stipulations of the oil companies, as well as provincial and federal regulations. Ultimately, all of these factors serve the greater good for our environment, health, and safety, not only for industry workers, but also for the general public. In other words, each and every one of us benefits from the substantial investment, expert training, and dedication of our certified and skilled petroleum tradespeople!
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Celebrating CPCA 2015 AGM highlights Collaboration By Michelle Rae The CPCA 2015 annual general meeting was hosted by the Saskatchewan Retail Petroleum Construction Association during their annual AGM & golf tournament in Saskatoon on June 1. The meeting was held at the Parktown Hotel, followed by a meet-andgreet at Finn’s Irish Pub. The meeting was well attended by CPCA directors, including Gord Thompson representing Ontario, Marcus Cormier and Pat White representing Alberta, Rob Bateman representing British Columbia, Mike Seibel and Arlene Wright representing Saskatchewan, and Chad Kenwood representing Manitoba. Past board members Jacques Poulin and Denis Goulet from Quebec were in attendance as special guests. Another special guest in attendance was Robert Renkes, VP of the Petroleum Equipment Institute, the US equivalent of the CPCA. Bob was kind enough to travel from Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend. Both PEI and CPCA are keen on building the relationship between the two organizations and discussing ways to further serve our respective memberships. Bob also shared information on various PEI member surveys to assist the CPCA in developing similar surveys for its members. There were also a number of attendees from the SRPCA, including Randy Iverson from River Consulting, Alex Tsamis from Franklin Fueling, and Kishor Parmar from Elgon Ltd. Michelle Rae made a presentation to the group about the new CPCA learning website. The new site was created for students taking the CPCA Petroleum Mechanic home study course, and includes additional resources and video tutorials to complement the self-study material. The site also includes management capabilities for CPCA administration, including course completion notification, student progress reports, class organization, and the ability to send feedback to instructors. A special presentation was made to Jacques Poulin and Denis Goulet for their work in promoting the CPCA training program and lobbying certification in Quebec. The Quebec petroleum contractors association, AEPQ, joined the CPCA in the beginning of 2004. At that time, AEPQ president Jacques Poulin and director Denis Goulet joined the CPCA board as representatives, with both noting that their association had been working toward trade recognition for the petroleum industry and were impressed with the CPCA’s program. Board of directors and guests. From left to right: Gord Thompson, Jacques Poulin, Marcus Cormier, Denis Goulet, Chad Kenwood, Pat White, Rob Bateman, Robert Renkes, Mike Seibel. Since then, both Jacques and Denis worked tirelessly, meeting with various regulatory bodies in Quebec, including the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Natural Resources, Trade Certification commission (CCQ), and the construction commission. With their retirement from AEPQ, Jacques and Denis passed the torch to Guy Rochon and Louis Rizzetto, who have worked to maintain momentum on these lobbying efforts. Finally, in the fall of 2013, the CPCA and AEPQ met with representatives from Emploi Quebec, who showed interest in the program. While there is still a lot of work to do, no one can deny the work and endless meetings Jacques and Denis participated in on the AEPQ’s behalf to recognize the trade and adopt the CPCA training model, and the CPCA didn’t want these efforts to go unnoticed. The awards chosen for Jacques and Denis depicted an Inukshuk, an eternal symbol of the importance of communication and teamwork. Chosen as the symbol of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC, it is an image that celebrates working together. It also conveys a message of leadership, vision, perseverance, and success. On behalf of the CPCA, we would like to thank the SRPCA for their generous hospitality in hosting our meeting this year, as well as everyone who attended, for their continuous support of the CPCA. OCTOBER 2015 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • 11
Celebrating CPCA 2015 AGM highlights  Collaboration By Michelle Rae  The CPCA 2015 annual general meeting was hosted by th...
A new way to learn CPCALEARNING.COM - A ONE-STOP RESOURCE CENTRE FOR STUDENTS By Michelle Rae 12 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • OCTOBER 2015 The CPCA is excited to launch a new online training platform for students enrolled in our Petroleum Mechanic Certification program. The site will contain tools and resources to complement CPCA’s home study programs. The CPCA Petroleum Mechanic home study program currently uses the more traditional method of textbook study, and consists of a training manual and video where applicable. Students study the material on their own time, with each course taking on average 40 hours of study time to complete. The study material also includes activities and quizzes students complete to assist in gauging their retention of the material. Once they complete the home study course, students then attend a one-day class session consisting of a material and code review provided by a CPCA qualified instructor. Instructors also have on hand various samples
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STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION CPCA online learning website highlights: • Quizzes and activities completed by students online  • Video tutorials and image library  • Forums where students can post questions  • Instructors and administration can monitor  student progress of petroleum equipment, piping and fittings, tools, and blueprints. For example, as part of the Petroleum Mechanic Helper course, students work on actual dispensing equipment such as changing hoses and nozzles, and testing equipment using the appropriate meters. While all efforts are made to keep the program comprehensive, the CPCA saw the need for improved interaction between students and training providers while the student was completing the home study program, to ensure the student succeeds in the program. Including a number of activities, such as end of chapter quizzes, for students to complete online in conjunction with the home study material will enable the CPCA to The learning management system has many reporting features for CPCA administration, including receiving a notification via email each time a student completes their course, as well as the option of downloading student progress reports, organizing classes, and sending feedback to instructors. We believe these online tools will not only enhance the students’ learning experience by helping them better understand the material, but also allow them to come to in-class review sessions better prepared. It is also a lot easier for the instructors when students are “on the same page,” and can spend more time on other topics within the session, such as the code reviews. We are extremely excited to be launching the site with our students. The implementation of e-learning not only takes training to a whole new level, but opens up the possibility of other e-learning tools, such as interactive e-lessons and virtual classrooms. For more information, please contact the CPCA or visit our website. CAPITAL PETROLEUM SERVICE LTD. monitor students’ progress. This hybrid method of “blended” learning, a combination of self-study, online, and instructor-led training, makes the program a lot more interesting and keeps students more engaged. There are also a number of resources listed for students based on their level of study, including online tutorials and activities that challenge the student based on what they have learned throughout the course. Our plan is to also continue to build the site with more online tutorials, instructional videos, and an online forum where students can post questions or seek assistance from fellow students and/or instructors. Once students register for a home study course, they are pre-registered for the site and provided with login information, along with their course material. Once logged in, they select their course and from there they can go to the quiz section and as they complete a chapter in their manual, they can complete the corresponding quiz. As they complete their quizzes, the system keeps track of their progress, and once they complete all of their quizzes for the entire course, they receive a certificate of completion. • Petroleum Construction & Maintenance • Fuel Tanks, Pumps & Equipment • Hoists – Surface & In Ground • Decommissioning 500 - 4th Ave East Regina, SK S4N 4Z5 Tel: (306) 757-3533 825B - 46th St East Saskatoon, SK S7K 0X2 Toll Free: (800) 757-1982 OCTOBER 2015 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • 13
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safety bulletin Use of fixed blade knives prohibited on POST sites By Michelle Rae A reminder that POST only endorses the use of auto or self-retractable knives. These knives have blades that automatically retract into the handle when not in use. Many workers use utility knives to cut strapping, puncture shrink wrap, and open packaging. But with one wrong move, these retractable blades can do serious harm. Many accidents involving utility knives occur for the following reasons: •  rawing the knife toward you instead of D away from your body. •  orking with a dull blade. (Dull blades W WINTER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! Keep yourself and your employees safe this winter: Download the POST guide to working in winter weather. The guideline includes safe work practices, including suggested break schedules, emergency procedures, and proper clothing to stay warm. Visit the POST website to download your copy. require more pressure, increasing the potential for injury.) •  rying to cut more than the knife T can handle. • mproperly storing the knife with the I blade extended. •  ailing to wear personal protective F equipment. • Neglecting to inspect the tool before use. Examples of auto-retracting safety knives There have been cases where workers have suffered injuries from exposed blade tips. This is because the blades did not completely retract into the handle. The following are safety precautions to keep in mind when performing any cutting activity: • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes. •  ear metal mesh or Kevlar gloves to W protect your hands. •  se self-retracting blades. U •  eep extremities out of the cutting path. K •  on’t apply too much pressure on D the blade. •  ollow manufacturer’s instructions F when changing blades. •  ispose of dull or broken blades in a D puncture-resistant container. •  se scissor-like tools when cutting rope, U plastic tubing, or flexible plastic pipe. RELATED RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON THE POST WEBSITE: • POST glove chart  • List of suppliers for safety knives and gloves  • Canadian sources for safety knives  Visit the resource section at www.POSTtraining.ca. Focus on avoiding blades. Use scissors or shears as a cutting device. 14 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • OCTOBER 2015
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