Formed in 2003, the Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) is charged with the task bringing together oil sands owners to come up with a mutually agreed-upon set of safety training standards. Those standards would be used by all workers in the oil sands industry. The end-goal of these standards is to create a workforce that would work safely in the oil sands and to minimize the number of safety incidents while working in the field. To do that, OSSA offers a variety of fit training and testing courses for oil sands workers.
The organization offers a wide variety of training courses, such as:
OSSA fall protection training, which deals with hazards such as:
- Missing safety devices such as guardrails, or poorly maintained guardrails
- Openings in floors and rooves that are not guarded
- Lack of personal protective equipment, or the improper use of said equipment
- Equipment such as ladders and elevated work platforms that is in poor repair
- Lack of proper training for workers
- Slippery surfaces, such as would result from the failure to quickly mop up a spill
- Low-light conditions
- Messy and/or cluttered work spaces
Courses on how to work safely on an elevated working plain, such as a platform
Learning safety strategies for working in confined spaces
The best way to find more information is to find a Training Provider who is accredited to teach the particular safety standard you are seeking to have your employees learn. To do that, the best resource is the OSSA website itself. Click on the “Workers” tab. There, you’ll find a list of all the accredited Training and Service Providers. From there, you can narrow your search by program and then by those who are offering training in your area. For specific information about the training courses such as the start dates, times, and cost, contact your local training centre.
Because OSSA is not in charge of setting fees or delivery dates for training. Because of that, the cost for training may vary from place to place.
At the complete of the training program, your employees will be issued a certificate as proof of their successful completion. If one of them should lose his credentials, all that he would have to do is contact the issuing provider. They will issue a replacement. Note that for credentials to be valid, employees would have to get recertified every three years.
The goal of the OSSA, then, is twofold. It is to bring together oils sands industry companies to create a set of standard procedures and safety measures to keep all workers safe, and it is also a place to find certified service providers who will help educate workers on these safety standards and teach them how to adhere to the standards to provide a safe working environment.