DECEMBER 2015 Team Waleco at the OPCA golf tournament GIVING BACK PM42940023 Second annual OPCA Golf Tournament raises $7,740 for Threads of Life!
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CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR An official publication of the CPCA in this issue 5 8 12 14 Regional news Still working in the industry he loves Helping a family through their tragedy POST safety bulletin advertisers CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR Clarkway Construction Ltd. Containment Solutions Inc. 10 15 An official publication of the CPCA DTE Industries (2010) Ltd. 11 Meridian Manufacturing Inc. 6 National Energy Equipment Inc. 2 Ontario Petroleum Contractors Association 3 Steelcraft Inc. 7 Velco Mechanical Western Oil Services Ltd. ZCL Composites Inc. 14 5 16 Advertising Sales and Editorial Offices: Stagnito Business Information 2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1510,Toronto, ON M4P 1E4 Telephone: 416.256.9908 Toll-free: 1.877.687.7321 Fax: 888.889.9522 Contact: Elijah Hoffman Ext:1009 : ehoffman@stagnitomail.ca PM42940023 DECEMBER 2015 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • 3
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a message from the board Many of us across Canada have been fortunate to have an unseasonably warm start to the winter season, which allows extra time to finish projects, as well as those in the service industry who are enjoying the milder temperatures while working outdoors. That said, colder weather is inevitable and to ensure workers stay safe while working in cold temperatures, POST has a great guide on their website. The guide is full of tips including safe work practices, clothing guidelines and emergency procedures. The guide can be downloaded at www.POSTtraining.ca. As we celebrate the holiday season, all of us at the CPCA would like to express our gratitude for all that the members do to support the association, as well as a big thank you to the manufacturers and distributors for your continued and unwavering support of our member associations. Also, thanks to our support staff for all of the work they do! Lastly, thank you to our editors, designers and staff at Stagnito Business Information for their tireless work in producing this publication for our association. We also encourage our members to continue contributing their comments and suggestions. Don’t hesitate to contact us any time with your thoughts and ideas of what you would like to see in future publications. We look forward to continuing to share our ideas and initiatives and wishing all of our members a safe and prosperous 2016! 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 • DECEMBER 2015
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regional news BC training updates Bruce started with Western Oil in 1975, and became known for his expertise, good nature, and problem-solving abilities as parts WesternOil_CPCADec15_FINAL.pdf 1 2015-12-10 1:43 PM manager. If Bruce could not locate a particuby Rob Bateman lar part in his warehouse or elsewhere, it did We have had several meetings over the last not exist. He is so well respected and knows several months to deal with not only regular everybody in the business, particularly in BC. management issues, but also with training He will be missed by his staff and clients who material and Industry Training Authority all relied on him for his depth of knowledge and guidance. (ITA) exam updates. Bruce is embracing retirement well. InWe have also been directing our attention to the need for more regulatory requirements stead of arriving at the shop at 6:30 am each by the provincial authorities in BC for fuel- day, he can be found doing laps in the pool of the local YMCA. He has never looked so good. related work. We wish Bruce all the best in his well-deThe other topic we continually discuss is the need for common training standards served retirement. between regional petroleum contractor associations in order to achieve interprovincial labour mobility for our industry. With regard to the trade training, we approached the ITA this past summer to help us update our training material, along with the provincial trade exams. Unfortunately, they can’t initiate the process until April or May of next year due to their busy schedule and limited manpower. In the meantime, we’ll be lining up subject matter experts and consultants to work on this initiative. Each province has different levels of safety and trade requirements as they relate to fuel from both our Western AND Eastern Locations! system installation and maintenance. In BC, we have the provincial and Canadian Fire Codes. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING YOU IN 2016! We need more regulations here to ensure that only qualified technicians work in these areas under rigid safety protocols. We have reached out to the BC Safety Authority for guidance on the matter and will report our progress in the next issue. In the meantime, Environment Canada and other federal government departments, as well as engineering, major construction contractors, and mechanical contractors, have stipulated ITA certificates are required to work on their projects in BC. 19840 57A Avenue, Langley, BC V3A 6G6 We must find common ground with the PeTel: 604-514-4787 Fax: 604-514-4688 troleum Technician training in Canada to ensales@westernoilservices.com sure labour mobility. Our differences are many, but we have the same goals for our businesses and the industry. We will be working on this. Best Wishes this HolidaySeason Bruce Clarke retires after 40 years Western Oil Services Ltd. of BC has advised that one of their most well-known employees, Bruce Clarke, has retired after more than 40 years with the company. 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 DECEMBER 2015 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • 5
regional news BC training updates  Bruce started with Western Oil in 1975, and became known for his expertise, good nature...
regional news APSSCA Regional Message by Marcus Cormier, APSSCA President As we approach the end of another calendar year, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and provincial counterparts who continue to contribute to our programs, activities and efforts. The board of directors met on November 26, 2015. During the meeting, we continued our discussion regarding the need to develop a training module specific to the installation of backup generator tank systems. While the PTMAA requires that the installation of fuel storage systems be performed by CPCA licensed petroleum mechanics, many smaller tanks (under 2,500L) are being installed in buildings by individuals that may be unfamiliar with the requirements of CSA-B139 and the Alberta Fire Code. This results in a risk to public safety when these systems are installed without obtaining proper permits and sometimes lack proper containment and venting. The board is committed to working with the Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta as well as Alberta Municipal Affairs to improve the level of awareness and requirements for these installations. Our annual general meeting will be held on June 8, 2016 and our golf tournament will be held on June 9. Check the website www.apssca. com in the months ahead for more details. Finally, on behalf of the entire APSSCA Board, I would like to extend best wishes to everyone for a joyous holiday season and a safe and prosperous 2016. Tanks Proudly built in Ontario! Innovation and Performance in Fuel Storage and Handling Meridian Fuel Tanks Meridian Fuel Express Trailers • ULC Listed Fuel Tanks • 2300L – 75,000L • Single or Double Wall • Custom Size Fuel Tanks • Proud Member of OPCA • Transport Canada Approved • Capacity 3,750L • 6.5hp Gas Engine Pump (40gpm) • Hose Reel (50’x1” Hose & Auto Nozzle • DEF Tank (208L) & 12v pump ® Watch our videos online meridianmfg.com/videos © 2016 Meridian Manufacturing Inc. Registered Trademarks used under License. 6 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • DECEMBER 2015
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REGISTER TODAY! OPCA 2016 CONFERENCE Golf tournament by Michelle Rae The OPCA second annual golf tournament was held on September 18 at the beautiful Nottawasaga Resort in Alliston. Approximately 65 golfers joined in for a fun-filled day of golf. Fortunately, Mother Nature cooperated for most of the day providing us with warm, sunny weather and only a few light showers toward the end. Thanks to everyone who came out to the event including OPCA members, POST committee members, industry suppliers and several friends and family. CPCA President Marcus Cormier and POST committee member Howard Heal, both hailing from Alberta, also joined us for the day. We are also grateful for the continued support of Shell and Suncor who also participated in our event. The proceeds from the tournament go to Threads of Life, a very special organization that promotes safety in the workplace and supports families who have suffered a workplace fatal- and to Barrie Harley Davidson for bringing the prize to the event. Our event raised a grand total of $7,740 for Threads of Life! Johanna Leroux graciously accepted the cheque on behalf of Threads of Life, thanking the OPCA for their continued support. To view our photo gallery from the event, please visit our website at www.opcaonline .org. We hope to see everyone again next year! TSSA updates The TSSA has developed new protocols for inspections of new or redeveloped sites for tanks and lines. The document provides a list of items that the inspection may include, both prior to backfilling and once the site has been commissioned. The document is available on the OPCA website at www.OPCAonline.org. The OPCA 2016 conference, in conjunction with THE CONVENIENCE U CARWACS SHOW, is MARCH 7-9 in TORONTO. Events will be held at the Four Points Sheraton Toronto Airport hotel located only minutes away from the International Centre, which is the venue for the trade show. New manufacturers have been added to the training session schedule. Please visit the OPCA website for details. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! •  eridian Manufacturing M - Associate Member •  akehead Energy Systems L - Active Member Steelcraft_1011_Waterloo:Layout 1 10/25/11 6:15 AM Storage Containment Solutions Since 1923 Looking for a superior storage containment solution? ity, traumatic life-altering injury, or occupational disease, through many of their programs across Canada. Threads of Life volunteer Johanna Leroux attended the dinner that followed the tournament. Johanna, who tragically lost her son Michael in an industrial fall, relayed her experience and the support she has received from Threads of Life, and has since become a speaker and advocate for the organization. Finally, a massive thanks to our sponsors. Without their support such a successful event is not possible. Support was received through hole sponsorship and prize donations. A special thank you to David Mason of Canada Brokerlink for sponsoring the holein-one prize of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, 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 DECEMBER 2015 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • 7 Page 1
REGISTER TODAY  OPCA 2016 CONFERENCE  Golf tournament by Michelle Rae The OPCA second annual golf tournament was held on S...
STILL WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY HE LOVES By Jan Watson – GJ Watson Service Station Maintenance
STILL WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY  HE LOVES  By Jan Watson     GJ Watson Service Station Maintenance
Jan Watson of GJ Watson Service Station Maintenance has been in the Petroleum Contracting business for 50 years and is still going strong. Retiring his own petroleum contracting business years ago, Jan Watson still works in the industry subcontracting to other member companies. He has shared his beginnings as well as many experiences over the years. This is how I got started in business: In 1951- 1952 Imperial Oil decided not to staff their own maintenance employees. Consequently, they sold their maintenance trucks to the employees who wanted to open a business and work as subcontractors for Imperial Oil. So my Dad, A. R. Watson, purchased one of these vehicles: a 1949 International KB3 and started his own business. He did anything to do with the petroleum industry. When I was about six or seven, and throughout his business, I would go with him in the summers when school was out and sometimes Saturdays as did my older brother. My Dad operated his business until his death April 19, 1965. My brother did not care to continue on in this type of business. I continued on in the maintenance business one week later on April 26, 1965 and operated from the back of the garage at our house, which my parents bought in 1955. I basically only worked for Imperial Oil and there was a lot of work doing repairs at the many gas stations Imperial Oil had in Chatham and throughout the region. I also had seven small Esso farm trade agencies that I looked after. At the time, I always employed one employee as a helper and sometimes two depending on the volume of work. Two years later, in the spring of 1967, I was reading the Chatham paper while on a break and noticed an advertisement from the Shell Canada farm trade representative, saying that they wanted a contractor to install 500 gallon USTs on various farms and do service work on their equipment. At the time, I would be paid $100 per tank installation by Shell. I had already been installing tanks for Imperial Oil and was being paid $130.00 per installation; however, this opened the door for me to start working for two major oil companies. This also lead to service work at the various Shell service stations. At this time I priced up installing new tanks and new petroleum equipment at a new Texaco site in Chatham. I then started working for Texaco and getting work from them as well as the others. I then started reconditioning gas pumps and spray painting them in my garage. At this time, I had one employee working on this steadily. I bought another truck in 1967 as business was growing. Also in that year (1967) I was forced out of operating my business from the back of the garage at my mother’s house, which was in a residential area and I quickly had to find a place to operate from. I was given 60 days to evacuate the garage and get my equipment out. I found such a place at 735 St. Clair St., which I rented. It had this empty building sitting on a huge lot, and I paid $175 a month for rent. This property was zoned in two pieces and at the back of the property was another business. In 1968, I purchased the front half and in 1973 I purchased the back half on the same property. Over the next few years, I closed down Bulk Plants for Imperial Oil. I purchased three warehouses from the towns of Essex, Tilbury and Amherstburg for a cost of $1 each, but of course I had the expense of moving them in. DECEMBER 2015 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • 9
Jan Watson of GJ Watson Service Station Maintenance has been in the Petroleum Contracting business for 50 years and is sti...
cutline here After decades in the business, Jan Watson had hired more than 200 men, some of whom stayed with him for more than 25 years. When I married in 1970, my wife Barbara was able to help me out with the invoicing, etc. as she was a secretary at London Life in Chatham and had been since 1964. In 1981 she quit her job to work for me. G.S.T. was coming into effect on January 1, 1991 so with the help of our accountant we purchased our first monochrome computer, which was set up to do bookkeeping and nothing else. It helped keep the G.S.T. in order to send to Revenue Canada. Another computer was purchased later and a more up-to-date bookkeeping system was installed. There was no Windows, however, and invoices were still done manually. 10 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • DECEMBER 2015 As time went on, I got into tank removal programs for Imperial Oil, Shell Canada and Petro Canada (which included former oil companies Supertest, Petrofina and Gulf). I had set up three removal crews, one working for each oil company. Each crew had three trucks which included a tank truck, and each crew had three men. I removed thousands of gasoline tanks and had to dispose of them. This work took us all over the province and lasted for a number of years. I also did a lot of work for K-Mart Canada removing steel single wall USTs and installing new double-wall cathodic protected USTs with sophisticated double-wall piping and alarm systems for waste oil disposal from their
cutline here  After decades in the business, Jan Watson had hired more than 200 men, some of whom stayed with him for more...
service bays. This work took us as far as Ottawa, Pembroke, North Bay, Cornwall, Sudbury, Niagara Falls, Owen Sound and the Toronto area. We also installed tanks at their head office on Torbram Rd., Toronto. Niagara Falls shopping mall was the biggest and most costly due to the migration of oil from a leaking tank. Environmental cleanup took approximately three months at this site. There are many stories I could tell about my business experiences over the years and the people I encountered. Some people were a pleasure to work for and others far from it. You just have to adjust and watch who you were getting involved with. Over the years, many contractors helped me when I had questions or needed assistance on a job. I never would have gotten as far as I did without their help. When I decided to close my business in 2003, I had been in it for 38 years. I had hired over 200 men and some of them had been with me 25 years or more. I sold all my trucks, tools and equipment at an auction sale in April 2003 with the assistance of Jerry VanHerk. When I started out I would hire guys off the street who looked unemployed. They quite often needed work and would work short periods for cash. No experience necessary. I sometimes hired ex jailbirds who were often very good workers. Sometimes I even had to bail guys out of Over the years, many contractors helped me when I had questions or needed assistance on a job. I never would have gotten as far as I did without their help. jail if they got in trouble. It was all part of the job. Also, when I started out some of my competition were guys who were on strike at local factories and felt they could get into putting in small farm tanks and all they needed was a pickup truck, a shovel and pipe wrench. In a flash they were in the business, with no knowledge or insurance needed. Thankfully times have changed. Over all these years, this is all I know: I couldn’t work in an office, a factory, drive a school bus or anything else. Gratefully, I am still able to work in the trade working for large contractors part time; namely, M.W.H. Petroleum and F.M.C. Construction. This is my trade and I’m proud of it. All of us at DTE Industries (2010) LTD. join in saying “Thank you” All of us at you a Happy Holiday and prosperous New Year! and wishingDTE Industries (2010) LTD. join in saying “Thank you” and wishing you a Happy Holiday and prosperous New Year! 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 DECEMBER 2015 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • 11
service bays. This work took us as far as Ottawa, Pembroke, North Bay, Cornwall, Sudbury, Niagara Falls, Owen Sound and th...
HELPING A FAMILY THROUGH THEIR TRAGEDY A Threads of Life story By Susan Haldane, Program Manager It was late on a summer afternoon when Carolyn Sim got the phone call that would change her life. Carolyn’s partner, Dan Pelletier, had fallen from a ladder and landed on his head. He was being taken for x-rays, but he was okay, Dan’s co-worker told Carolyn. “I don’t know how I knew, but I just knew that it was bad, and that Danny was never coming home again,” Carolyn says. She worked as a brain injury rehabilitation counsellor, so she knew just how serious head injuries can be. When the next call came, Carolyn’s fears were confirmed: Dan had severe brain injuries and had gone into a coma. The regional hospital where he’d been taken was doing emergency surgery to reduce swelling, and then planned to rush him to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto where a neurosurgeon was standing by. “I almost dropped the phone; I couldn’t breathe; I felt like I was suffocating,” Carolyn says. “Everything started to swirl around me.” Along with their two teenage sons and Dan’s parents, Carolyn hurried to Toronto where Dan went through another surgery and was placed on life support. But Dan’s condition did not improve. Knowing his feelings, Carolyn made the heart-breaking decision to remove the life support. Two weeks after his fall, Dan died with his family at his side. Dan was working in residential construction, but hazards related to ladders, and to working at heights in general, are common across many sectors. In Canada, more than 42,000 workers are injured each year in falls*. More than a third of these injuries are falls from heights. The remainder are slips and falls, classified as ‘falls on the same level’. Dan’s death was devastating for Carolyn and her family. The boys had been very close to their dad, sharing a love of motorcycles and motocross racing. They stopped racing, and struggled as they went through some of life’s major milestones – graduations, relationships, jobs and parenthood – without their dad to talk it over with. 12 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • DECEMBER 2015
HELPING A FAMILY  THROUGH THEIR TRAGEDY A Threads of Life story  By Susan Haldane, Program Manager  It was late on a summe...
* http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/safety_haz/falls.html As for Carolyn herself, “I stayed strong for my children and family on the outside but I felt like I lost everything – my life, my best friend, my husband, the one person I could always count on.” Carolyn found support through Threads of Life, the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support. Threads of Life was created by other families living with the results of workplace fatalities, serious injury and work-related diseases. Threads of Life offers a program that pairs people with volunteers who have been through a similar experience, for example, someone like Carolyn would be paired with another widow who could be a listening ear and shoulder to lean on. Threads of Life also offers information about the complex world of workplace investigations, inquests and compensation, and it provides family members with ways they can take action by helping to prevent future workplace tragedies. In Dan’s case, charges were laid under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, and there was an inquest into his death. Carolyn and her family were involved in all the proceedings. The inquest made two recommendations: 1.  That the general contractor on a residential construction site be responsible for a daily inspection of the entire job site prior to work commencing and should any hazards be determined, to be corrected immediately. 2.  hat the general contractor on a residential construction site be reT sponsible to submit to any sub-contractors any obvious dangerous situations unique to that job site prior to work commencing. “ want to be able to be I there for families who are dealing with the loss of a loved one and let them know they are not alone.” As part of her involvement with Threads of Life, Carolyn carries that safety message out to the public every chance she gets. She trained to become a member of the Threads of Life speaker’s bureau. This group of volunteers all have personal experience with a workplace tragedy, and they tell their stories at schools, workplace safety meetings, conferences and other events to ensure no other families have to live through a similar experience. Carolyn has also become one of the volunteers, called Family Guides, who work one-on-one with others experiencing a workplace tragedy. “I want to be able to be there for families who are dealing with the loss of a loved one,” she says, “and let them know they are not alone.” There are a variety of ways individuals and companies can get involved with Threads of Life to promote safety and support families affected by workplace tragedy. The organization hosts an annual fundraising walk, called Steps for Life (www.stepsforlife.ca), which takes place in more than 30 communities across Canada each spring. Individuals can participate as walkers, volunteers or fundraisers. Steps for Life is also a perfect way for companies to demonstrate their safety commitment and boost employee involvement. Large and small companies can get involved in the Steps for Life Corporate Challenge. Many companies also make Threads of Life their “charity of choice” and support the organization through fundraisers like golf tournaments, barbecues and dress-down days, and through corporate donations. The Ontario Petroleum Contractors’ Association has dedicated money raised through its annual golf tournament to Threads of Life, donating close to $15,000 in 2014 and 2015. Threads of Life currently supports more than 2,200 family members across Canada. In addition to the peer-to-peer Volunteer Family Guides program, it offers events called Family Forums where families can gather to share their experiences and learn positive coping skills. Family members are provided with information including a quarterly newsletter, and with opportunities to get involved in workplace health and safety by telling their stories and representing Threads of Life at safety events and conferences. To learn more about Threads of Life, visit www.threadsoflife.ca.. Again, while the recommendations are specific to the construction industry in which Dan worked, the principles make for good practices on any job site: making regular inspections to identify hazards, and communicating those hazards to all workers. DECEMBER 2015 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • 13
  http   www.ccohs.ca oshanswers safety_haz falls.html  As for Carolyn herself,    I stayed strong for my children and fam...
safety bulletin Using cordless drills in hot work zones By Michelle Rae s Se o n s G r e eti s ng a While POST requires the following of hot work protocols for any hot work performed in an environment where a flammable atmosphere may be present, the use of cordless drills needs to be clarified. It was initially agreed that the use of cordless drills should be treated no differently than electric drills in potentially explosive atmospheres. However, due to conflicting information, the POST committee agreed to engage an expert on the use of this type of drill in a hot work environment. The POST committee consulted with a well-known tool manufacturer who confirmed that cordless tools, including models with brushless motors are not intrinsically safe and have the potential to spark. Therefore, hot work protocols must be followed when using cordless tools when working under these conditions. Any hot work performed in an environment where a flammable atmosphere may be present is considered to be a critical procedure, and the POST Hot Work Critical Checklist must be completed. Hot work is any work involving arcing/sparking devices, the introduction of a combustion engine, or any work where flame is used or sparks are produced in a work environment. Hot work also involves electrical work as defined by the Canadian Electrical Code. The checklist is available for download along with many other POST documents to help you work safe, please visit the POST website at www.POSTtraining.ca PLANES • TRAINS • BUSES 905-738-9662 14 • CANADIAN PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR • DECEMBER 2015
safety bulletin  Using cordless drills in hot work zones By Michelle Rae  s  Se  o n s G r e eti s  ng  a  While POST requ...
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