KM 69 Pit Safety Orientation – Okanagan Aggregates

Questions to answer before you start work.

  1. What are Your Safety Responsibilities?

  2. Are you familiar with the OAL standards that apply to this job?

  3. Are there Health Hazards to be aware of?

  4. Is special Training Required?

  5. What PPE is required to be worn?

  6. What are the Emergency Procedures?

  7. Where are the fire extinguishers, first aid kids and other Emergency Equipment?

  8. Do you need an Assessment/Permit?

  9. Did you have a Safety Meeting?

  10. When are Incident Reports required?

  11. What are the First Aid requirements for this site?

Back-in policy only – No Exceptions

Gate must be closed at all times to prevent wildlife from accessing the highway, and locked when work has been concluded

Overhead hazards and high voltage powerlines exist on this site

Okanagan Aggregates Ltd.
Safety Orientation #
250 -546-3088
Emergency # 911

1. Safety Responsibilities

Supervisors are responsible to ensure:

  • The Health & Safety of workers and visitors on their worksite.
  • That workers are properly trained to perform their jobs and areaware of their responsibilities.
  • Compliance with government requirements, industrystandards, company guidelines.
  • Appropriate tools and safety equipment are supplied, used andmaintained as per mfg. spec.
  • Workers use required safety and personal protectiveequipment.
  • Workers are aware of their right to report unsafe work.
  • Workers are informed of what is expected of them.

Workers are responsible to:

  • Protect the health and safety of themselves as well as otherpersonnel on site.
  • Properly use and maintain PPE.
  • Abide by all government requirements, company policies,procedures and standards.
  • Report all accidents and potential hazards to their supervisor.
  • Refuse to work under unsafe conditions or perform work forwhich they are not adequately trained.

2. Okanagan Aggregates Standards

Alcohol and/or Illegal Drugs

  • Workers under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs are not permitted on company premises. Violators of this policy will be removed from site.
  • Workers under any prescribed medication that may impair their ability to work must notify their supervisor.

Confined Space Entry

  • Must be performed according to the applicable provincial Occupational Health & Safety Regulations.


  • All trucks must be grounded / bonded if using fueling equipment on site.
  • Drivers must be knowledgeable of the SDS of the products being hauled.

Cranes, Hoists, and Pickers

  • Must be operated by properly trained personnel. (if picker is > 5 ton, operator must have a certificate).
  • Workers must not stand on or under suspended loads.
  • Tag ropes must be used and hooks equipped with safety latches.

Electrical Operations

  • Must be performed by qualified personnel.
  • Equipment must be properly locked and tagged out before electrical maintenance can be performed.
  • Workers must maintain appropriate minimum distances between power lines and their equipment at all time.
  • Workers must be aware of the overhead powerline hazards crossing the road.

Excavations and Trenches

  • Excavations exceeding 1.5m (Sask & BC 1.2m) depth cannot be entered unless they are protected from cave-ins or sliding material (proper shoring, trench cut back or engineered device).
  • Location of all underground services must be identified before digging commences.
  • Buried pipelines and cables must be hand exposed or daylighted before mechanical excavation is permitted.
  • Adequate access and egress must be provided in all excavations.
  • Mechanical equipment is not permitted within 100 cm of electrical cables.
  • The spoil pipe must be at least 1m from the edge of the trench.
  • Excavations and trenches must be adequately marked or barricade to prevent accidental entry by personnel or wildlife.

Fall Arresting Equipment

  • All workers working above 3 meters must wear C.S.A. approved 5-point safety harness and lifeline(s).
  • Training is required as per applicable provincial requirements. (Fall Arrest)


  • Must be confined or cut short to prevent danger of it contacting moving or rotating equipment.
  • Beards, goatees, or excessive facial hair are prohibited if a respirator is required to be worn for a task.


  • Work areas must be kept clean and free of obstructions.
  • Spilled toxic or corrosive chemicals must be cleaned up and all wastes must be appropriately disposed of according to the Provincial Requirements.
  • Manage garbage so as not to attract wildlife (bears).
  • Do not leave any form of litter in the national park, what goes in must come out.


  • Must be inspected before each use for broken or damaged rung(s), broken side rails or missing non-slip devices.
  • Ladders must be secured at the top, or otherwise held in place, to the structure they are set against.
  • Employees working from a fixed ladder > 3 meters must utilize fall arrest devices, and be properly ticketed to use fall arrest.
  • Workers are not permitted to work from the top two rungs of a portable ladder.

Lockout and Isolation

  • All valves or sources of energy must be locked & tagged out (rendered inoperative), if it’s accidental energization will create hazard to workers (on lock per person working on the equipment).
  • Every worker conducting maintenance or repairs must confirm the isolation and lock out the equipment they are working on. The worker must retain possession of that key while he is working on the equipment.
  • The worker must remove his lock, when finished the repair or maintenance work.

Machine Guards

  • Guards are provided to protect personnel from moving parts on machinery and must be kept in place at all times.
  • Hand held grinder guards must be in place.


  • Dispose of butts in ashtrays, never leave butts behind in a national park.
  • No smoking outdoors whatsoever when high risk of fire exists.

Working Alone

  • Contact Service
  • AB

3. Health Hazards

  • Some of the substances you may be exposed to while working in the pit may be hazardous to your health.
  • PPE is required when working with: Biological waste, silica dust, high voltage equipment.
  • Have access to applicable SDS if working with hazardous materials.
  • Follow all company specific codes of practice.

4. Training

  • All contractors must complete the site-specific orientation.
  • Never complete any task unless adequately trained for, where applicable training required may include:
  • First aid
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Fall Arrest
  • High Angle Rescue
  • TDG
  • Ground Disturbance
  • ATV, Bobcat, Forklift, or Snowmobile
  • Detection and Control of Flammable Substances

5. Personal Protective Equipment

When applicable, all workers at Okanagan Aggregates pit sites must wear the following PPE.

  • CSA Approved hard hats
  • CSA approved safety-toed footwear appropriate to the work being done
  • Safety Glasses w/side shields when required. Face shields must be worn for grinding, goggles when handling chemicals. Contact lenses are not recommended.
  • Hearing protection in areas where noise levels exceed the provincial requirement (85 dBa AB & BC).
  • Non-specialized PPE must be visually inspected prior to use.
  • Specialized PPE must have a documented inspection done prior to use.

6. Emergency Response

  • Supervisors, operators, and contractors must be familiar with the site-specific emergency response.
  • Verify ability to contact emergency personnel (911) at site.
  • Non-ambulance required emergencies will be taken to the Lake Louise Medical clinic.

7. Emergency Equipment

  • All workers must be familiar with the location of fire extinguishers, eye wash stations, SDS, the first aid station, and onsite emergency contact protocol.
  • Individual contractors must provide their own first aid kits, fire extinguishers, eye wash kits, and qualified first aid personnel meeting with the Alberta regulation for each task.

8. Pre-Job Hazard Assessment

  • Hazard Assessments are to be completed for all work performed by a contractor to ensure they are aware of the scope of the job, hazards involved, and control measures needed to safely perform the intended work. This would include the use of safe operating procedures.
  • If conditions change from those outlined in the assessment, it becomes invalid and the work must stop. The activity must be reassessed and a new Hazard Assessment must be completed.
  • Pre-Job Hazard Assessments must be completed and available by request to Okanagan Aggregates.

9. Safety Meetings

  • Pre-job tailgate safety meetings must be held at a minimum of monthly, or prior to undertaking a hazardous or potentially hazardous activity.
  • Ensure everyone involved understands the work to be done, hazards they may encounter, and safety precautions to be taken.
  • Document the meeting and those in attendance.
  • For all jobs greater than 7 days a documented safety meeting must be held, and from that point on safety meetings must be held monthly.
  • Safety meetings must be completed and available by request to Okanagan Aggregates.

10. Incident Reports

  • All Near misses, Spills, and Incidents must be reported to the crew supervisor, and to Okanagan Aggregates.
  • All injuries must be recorded and documented.

11. First Aid

  • Each work crew must supply the necessary first aid attendant and first aid equipment as required by legislation.

12. KM 69 Pit Specific Hazards

Entrance Gate

It is mandatory that the gate remain closed at all times. Opening of the gate will allow an access point for wildlife to get onto the highway which could result in a collision with a vehicle.

The gate should be locked once work for the day has been completed. The gate will be locked by a combination lock. The code for the combination lock will be given upon completion of this orientation.

Limited Access and Egress

Only one road accesses the pit site, it must be kept clear at all times to avoid congestion in case of emergency.

Overhead Power Lines

Overhead high voltage lines cross several times over the pit access road and run along side of the pit. It is mandatory to ensure all equipment is lowered when driving on the pit access road or leaving the pit.

The overhead lines are clearly visible and overhead hazard signs have been posted at places where the lines cross the road.

Never park under the overhead lines as the potential to get side tracked and check your equipment while forgetting about the lines exists, park only clear of the lines.

Always maintain the mandatory minimum distance from the power lines unless specifically trained and permitted to enter that range.


Km 69 pit is in a very high wildlife population area. Be aware and prepared for the possibility of bears, wolves, cougars, or other wildlife.

It is recommended to carry an air horn or bear spray with the work crew.

If you must work alone in the pit it is mandatory to set a work alone check in with your employer.