Still time to Register: Exploration Drilling Workshop

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This one and a half day course "Exploration Drilling: Identifying and Assessing Risks" will take place at the Timmins Inn & Suites, Timmins, Ontario on November 22 & 23, 2012.

Workshop Overview

The course will begin with an introduction to Risk Assessment and will use the S.A.F.E. (See, Assess, Fix and Evaluate) process, consistent with the WSN Field Level Risk assessment course and the ISO 31,000 Risk Assessment Standard. 

Course Goals

The goal of the course is to introduce and provide practice for operators and managers of drills or drilling operations on the Risk Assessment process.

Day One

Participants will learn the difference between hazards and risks, and understand the value of identifying hazards and assessing risk. Following this opening classroom session the group will be divided into teams and will (tentatively) visit an active drill site during the afternoon for a Hazard ID exercise. 

Day One: Hazard ID Exercise

All participants should bring their PPE suitable for an outdoor work site.

The scope of the exercise will be limited to vehicles that could be at a drill site, or in essence anything with an engine in it. The class will be divided into 5 to 7 teams and each team will select to do their risk assessment from the following equipment list: drill rig, skidder, ATV, snow machine, bulldozer, helicopter, pick-up truck or barge/ boat.  Not all vehicles will be present and team members will be expected to visualize and develop a hazard list. Using “what if” methodology and a hazard checklist introduced and taught in the morning session, participants will develop a list of possible events (incidents) for their chosen piece of equipment. In addition, teams will be expected to consider the existing controls in use and prepare an initial assessment of risks to people, environment and company (property, production, reputation) for their chosen vehicle or machine. 

Day Two

A team discussion on the hazards identified the during the Hazard ID exercise will take place. Participants will be expected to consider factors such as road and weather conditions, wind, ice thickness, access into the vehicle, fire and burn hazards, noise, excessive heat, falls, slips, ice, falling objects, high pressures, visibility, repetitive strain , struck by and other hazards or risk sources.

Participants will then be introduced to the concept of a risk registry. Hazard controls and a basic risk registry will be made available and the teams will be expected to agree on possible likelihood and severity of events that could stem from the hazards identified.  The teams will then develop and evaluate controls and share their results with other participants.  Participants will receive a photocopy or scan the completed registers by each team for each vehicle after the course.                                                                                                                                                                          

The following three 45-minute presentations dealing with common hazards at a drill site will be inserted throughout the course:

  • Safety discussion on hydraulics with a representative from Parker Hannifin
  • Safe use of all-terrain vehicle and snow machines with a representative from the OPP
  • Working safely on ice

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