OSSA Standards

OSSA Standards/Regional Codes of Practice

Standards Document

Program Submission Guidelines are available for Training Providers
Released Standards:

Fall Protection Standard

The purpose of this safety training standard is to clearly establish the minimum acceptable content requirements for the end-user (workers required to use) Fall Protection training programs, provided by Training Providers accredited with the Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA)

Fire Watch Standard

The purpose of this standard is to clearly establish the minimum acceptable content for Fire Watch training programs provided by Training Providers who have received Accreditation Status from the Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA).

Elevated Work Platform Standard

The purpose of this standard is to clearly establish the minimum acceptable content for Elevated Work Platform training programs provided by Training Providers who have received Accreditation Status from the Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA).

Confined Space Entry and Monitor

The purpose of this training standard is to clearly establish the minimum acceptable content for Confined Space Entry training programs provided by Training Providers who have received Accreditation from the Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA).

Draft Standards

None at this time

Regional Code Of Practice Document

The Regional Code of Practice (RCOP) means a Code of Practice, endorsed by OSSA, governing the practices, procedures and safety training standards, to be followed at each of the OSSA Owner respective sites. These Codes of Practice applies to all employees of Shell Albian Sands, Suncor Energy Inc., and Syncrude Canada Ltd., and their contractors, subcontractors and vendors. These codes can be amended by the OSSA from time to time.
Orientation is a general awareness of critical job safety factors found on all sites.

Hazards may be different depending on the job or work area.

Specialized training such as fall protection, confined space entry, or respiratory protective equipment, may be required.

Information from the OSSA about the Regional Orientation:

“In an effort to streamline the new worker orientation process and to further support the Oil Sands Safety Association’s goal to standardize these types of activities within the Oil Sands region, we are pleased to announce the rollout of the OSSA Regional Orientation Program.

Upon completion of the OSSA Regional Orientation Program a worker will be able to present their credential to any of the Oil Sands Safety Association Owner Member sites (Shell Albian Sands Energy Inc., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Suncor Energy Inc., and Syncrude Canada Ltd.) as proof of completing the required site access orientation.

Workers currently orientated and working at OSSA Owner Member sites (Shell Albian, Canadian Natural, Suncor, and Syncrude) will not be affected by this change i.e. workers are not required to repeat the new orientation program again.”

OSSA
OHS Act, Regulation and Code

Rules governing health and safety in Alberta’s workplaces fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code. The OHS Code Explanation Guide helps explain the rules of the Code in plain, easy-to-understand language.

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Blasters and Mining Professionals

OHS Code and Explanation Guide

Occupational Health and Safety Code (2009)

Explanation Guide (2009)

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CSA Standards Referenced in the OHS Code

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Oil sands are a mixture of sand/clays, bitumen and water. Each grain of oil sand has three layers: a layer of water surrounding the grain of sand, with bitumen surrounding the water to form the outer layer. The bitumen is much heavier than other crude oils. Oil sands are often referred to as tar sands or bituminous sands – all these terms are equivalent. However the use of the word “tar” to describe bitumen deposits is inaccurate. Tar is a man-made substance produced by the destructive distillation of organic material. Bitumen may look like tar, but it is naturally occurring. Oil sands is the correct term for the bitumen deposits of northern Alberta.

Oil sands exploration incorporates both mining (“conventional” methods) and in-situ (“non-conventional”) production methods. Mining of the oil sands involves excavation of the bitumen-rich sand using open pit mining methods. This is the most efficient method of extraction when there are large deposits of bitumen with little overburden. In-situ methods involve processing the oil sand deposit so that the bitumen is removed while the sand remains in place. These methods are used for oil sands that are too deep to support surface mining operations to an economical degree. 80% of the resource in Northern Alberta lies deep below the surface.

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