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1 SAFE OPERATING PROCEDURES OVERVIEW. This presentation is an overview of some of our basic Operating Procedures and policies. A more detailed description of our procedures and policies can be found in the Safety Binder located in each camp. At the end of this presentation you will be required to complete a quiz. Please take the time to go through the entire presentation. You must get over 90% on the test or you will need to re-do it. Thank you for your participation. Click now and the presentation will begin. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

2 TABLE OF CONTENTS  OH & S Policy Statement  Environmental Policy  Hazard Recognition.  Bears.  Social Policy  Drug & Alcohol Policy  Vehicle Safety Policies  Policy on vehicles in Camp  Equipment Policy  Helicopter Safety Plan  Lockout Policy and Procedures  Right to Refuse  Working Alone  PPE Policy  Herbicide/Pesticide Posting  Eye Protection – Policy and Procedures  Guarding Policy/Procedures for Brush/chain saw operators (  H2S  Overhanging Obstacles and High Winds  Passenger van with Roof rack  OHSA and Worker Duties  Emergency Response Plan Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program SAFE OPERATING PROCEDURES OVERVIEW.

3 INDUSTRIAL HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY SAFETY VALUES AND OBJECTIVES Our goal is the establishment of healthy forests by creating a healthy working environment. We have designed an Occupational Health and Safety Program to avoid unsafe situations and to increase the safety and comfort of our workers. This health and safety program is designed so as to comply with all government laws and regulations. Safety is a top priority at Outland Reforestation - our ultimate goal is zero lost workdays due to accidents or injury. We, as a Company, will ensure that Management will provide a safe work site, information about and access to proper safety equipment and work habits, and work to ensure that physical and health hazards are guarded against or eliminated. We will ensure that Supervisors and crew leaders shall properly instruct workers to do their work safely. They will ensure that the First Aid Attendant and First Aid Equipment are available to the workers. They shall also ensure that regular meetings are held and records kept. We will ensure that Workers shall work in a responsible manner so as to not endanger themselves or their fellow workers. They shall report unsafe situations to their supervisor and wear all appropriate safety gear as directed. We will ensure that Visitors and contractors shall obey all safety regulations as posted, wear the appropriate safety gear as directed, and shall act in a manner so as not to endanger themselves or others. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

4 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY Outland considers protection of the environment while operating to be an important part of our corporate obligation as workers in the forests of Northern Canada. Our ultimate goal is zero environmental impact resulting from our operations. Outland, it’s directors, managers, supervisors and field staff will make every effort to: Prevent forest fires; maintain fire suppression equipment and trained personnel on site. Minimize air pollution from vehicles, motorized camp and field equipment by eliminating unnecessary idling. Prevent all spill occurrences of any material with the potential to contaminate soil or water. Remove all garbage from worksites and campsites to approved landfill sites. Establish remote bush camps according to District Health Unit guidelines and in a manner that minimizes site disturbance and ground water impacts. Respect wildlife and their habitat in all areas where we operate. Respect all environmental legislation and client environmental policies. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

5 HAZARD RECOGNITION AND ASSESSMENT Certain roles have very specific job hazards. It is important that you are aware of the specific hazards to your job description. We have listed those below along with a brief explanation for key areas that we would like you to focus on. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

6 HAZARD RECOGNITION AND ASSESSMENT Musculoskeletal Injuries  Knee Injuries, ligament strains  Slips, trips and falls – usually occur later in the day as fatigue sets in, always walk around or over slash or debris, and never step on debris  Back Strain (bend at knees)  Falling into a hole or pit Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

7 HAZARD RECOGNITION AND ASSESSMENT Travel  All personnel traveling in buses are to be seated while the bus is moving  Seatbelts are mandatory in all vehicles – enforce use of seatbelts by planters at all times  Getting lost – knowing where you are/how to read a map  Make sure that you are properly trained in all modes of crew transportation (helicopter, truck, van, boat, rollagon etc.)—IF YOU FEEL UNSAFE SPEAK UP! Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

8 HAZARD RECOGNITION AND ASSESSMENT Weather  Heat Stroke – always wear your helmet or hat  Sun burn – apply sunscreen liberally and reapply throughout the day  Hypothermia - exposure to cold, wet weather  Wind – watch for overhead danger in windy conditions and evacuate planters to a safe location if necessary  Thunderstorms – thunderstorms cell can develop quickly, evacuate planters and seek shelter in a vehicle when lightening occurs  You will wear or carry appropriate clothing to protect you from the weather while on the worksite (i.e. sun hat, rain gear, warm clothing, sturdy boots etc.) Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

9 HAZARD RECOGNITION AND ASSESSMENT Wildlife  Bears, Moose and other dangerous wildlife  Insect bites, bee stings – keep the bites clean Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

10 HAZARD RECOGNITION AND ASSESSMENT Food and Water  Ensure that you do not eat spoiled food  Never drink water from an unknown source (creek, pond, etc.)  Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration  Dispose of food waste in an appropriate manner  You will carry enough food and water to sustain you for the full workday in potentially variable weather conditions. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

11 HAZARD RECOGNITION AND ASSESSMENT Hygiene  Use the disinfectant wipes and hand washes that are provided in camp  Always rinse, wash and disinfect your dishes  Always clean scratches or cuts each night in camp. Use clean soapy water. Make sure the First Aid attendant inspects all cuts for progress on healing  You will not dispose or store of garbage or food in such a way that it would attract bears either on the worksite or in a remote camp. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

12 BEARS Bear Safety Essentials  Respect all bears - They all can be dangerous  Never approach a bear  Never attempt to feed a bear  Be defensive - never surprise a bear  Learn about bears and their habitat and habits - anticipate and avoid encounters  Each bear encounter is unique - no hard and fast rules can be applied when dealing with a potentially complex situation  ALL WORKERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN SPECIFIC BEAR AWARENESS TRAINING, ON-LINE OR IN CAMP PRIOR TO STARTING WORK.  This is not the complete procedure. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

13 SOCIAL POLICIES IN-CAMP SOCIAL FUNCTIONS  Tree planting camps are a fun atmosphere.  It is important to remember that we work in remote areas that present challenges for access to town and medical care  Outland promotes a fun atmosphere for everyone in the camp and we will ensure that all staff and workers are prepared to work every day.  A more detailed social policy will be presented by your Regional Manager at the start of your project. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

14 SOCIAL POLICIES ALCOHOL We (all management) DO NOT purchase alcohol for anyone. This includes ‘advancing’ alcohol and making trips to the beer store on behalf of planters. The only acceptable purchase would be: While we will tolerate planters having a beer in camp after work, drunkenness or inappropriate behaviour during the work week will not be tolerated and may lead to dismissal. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

15 SOCIAL POLICIES CAMP FIRES We will allow camp fires, provided: There is not a fire ban for the area The fire is not started with gasoline or any ignition fluid The fire is not made larger than 3’ in diameter The fire is located away from fuelling areas and all camp structures and equipment Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

16 SOCIAL POLICIES VECHILES AND EQUIPMENT AT CAMP  We will ensure that all vehicles, quads and delivery equipment (rollagon’s, track machines, helicopters, etc) are locked and the keys are stored in a secure location away from the units  We will not allow anyone who has been drinking to drive their personal vehicle. Should they disagree, their job will be terminated the moment they start their engine  Under no condition will anyone who has been drinking be allowed near a body of water Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

17 SOCIAL POLICIES SOCIAL FUNCTIONS  Our focus is geared toward less alcohol and more group events  Regional Manager’s & supervisors will seek out and promote an individual (or two) in each camp (non-management) to create and execute social events (a social committee)  Supervisors are to ensure that people have time to recreate whenever possible.  Suggestions include: Volleyball, bowling, talent night, soccer, movie nights, bocce, baseball, football, field hockey, dinner club, ultimate frisbee, etc… Crew vs crew competition, crew vs management, …  We will financially support the ideas of the social convenor (review a budget with your RM …)  We offer up to 1 week of free camp costs for the social convenor, based on the supervisor’s assessment Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

18 DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY  We ask that all Outland employees and visitors comply with the following, in order to maintain a safe worksite & comfortable camp atmosphere:  Illegal drugs are prohibited from any Outland field worksite, camp area, within any vehicle, in or around any Outland equipment or facility  Alcohol is prohibited from any field worksite, within any vehicle (unless transporting SEALED BOTTLES to or from town), around any working operations within camp and especially around any motorized vehicle or object.  Alcohol is permitted for recreational consumption within any Outland camp, provided the camp supervisor grants permission to do so, the Outland Social Policy is followed AND that any waste is cleaned up by those individuals participating – We ask that responsible drinking is exhibited by Outland employees - please respect your neighbours.  Immediate termination of employment will result from failure to comply with this policy. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

19 VEHICLE SAFETY  You should be aware of the transportation safety regulations and procedures that Outland and our drivers need to follow to ensure your safety.  There must be adequate seating for the number of people in the vehicle.  Each person for whom a seatbelt is available must wear it.  No person may ride with any part of his or her body outside the vehicle.  Tools and equipment must be transported in a separate compartment from people or they must be secured within the cabin to prevent movement in case of an accident or rollover.  All vehicles must be equipped with fire extinguishers and first aid kits.  A qualified driver with the appropriate license must operate the vehicle. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

20 VEHICLE SAFETY The vehicles in your planting camp pose a greater threat to your personal safety than anything else you will encounter this season. The drivers in your camp are responsible for your safety while they are driving. If you are uncomfortable with the driving abilities of any staff or the condition of a vehicle you must inform your safety officer, crew boss or supervisor immediately. All driving concerns will be addressed promptly. To do your part in keeping the vehicles and driving time safe for yourself and others:  Remove all garbage and personal equipment from each vehicle every evening. This allows staff to do vehicle cleaning and inspection without impediment.  Keep music and noise at a moderate level so as not to distract the driver.  Once the vehicle is moving remain seated so as not to distract the driver or obstruct the driver’s view.  Remember you have the right to refuse to ride in a vehicle that you believe is in an unsafe condition, is being handled improperly or due to unsafe road or weather conditions. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

21 COMPANY VEHICLES IN CAMP  No smoking in any vehicle at any time.  Drugs or alcohol may never be consumed at any time in any Outland vehicle.  Once parked in camp, the vehicle doors must be locked and the windows closed. The keys for each Outland vehicle must be taken out of the ignition and given to the Camp Supervisor for safe keeping (stored in key box).  Only camp management will have access to the key box.  The keys are only accessible to authorized Company drivers who have completed the Outland Driver Training Program.  The removal of all personal items out of each vehicle at the end of each workday is required.  The Company vehicles are not accessible for socializing or the playing of music once they are parked in camp. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

22 EQUIPMENT TRAINIING AND MAINTENANCE POLICY THE FOLLOWING POLICIES ARE TO BE STRICTLY ENFORCED – FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN TERMINATION:  Equipment – No unauthorized personnel are permitted to touch any of the camp equipment.  Vehicles – No unauthorized personnel are permitted to use any of the company vehicles. All authorized drivers MUST have completed the Outland Driver Training Workbook before they are allowed to drive.  Equipment Maintenance – All maintenance for camp equipment is to be recorded in the Equipment Service Logs (Section 4 of the Equipment Binder). Only properly trained personnel are permitted to perform this maintenance  Propane – Only certified Propane handlers are permitted to change the propane tanks.  You are not authorized to operate or allow anyone else to operate any machinery or vehicle that is mechanically unsound or unsafe. You are required to immediately notify your supervisor and/or regional manager if you discover any equipment or vehicle to be mechanically unsound or unsafe. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

23 HELICOPTER SAFETY PLAN  We would like all of the staff to be aware of a few key safety issues when dealing with helicopter travel.  Don’t run and if you’re not sure, STOP what your doing  All pilots will provide orientation to workers and staff prior to work.  Advance towards the helicopter once you’ve been given the signal by the pilot (either a nod or thumbs-up)  Always approach from the front  Always maintain eye contact on the pilot and machine  Remove your hard hat  Carry everything in your hands, not on your back and secure all loose clothing  Secure all equipment around you and the landing area  Crouch down when under the main rotor - abrupt winds could force it down to head level  DO NOT move towards the tail rotor – no exceptions Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

24 HELICOPTER SAFETY PLAN  Make sure shovels are held down low  Ask questions for clarity, pilots love to be safe  Don’t treat our helicopter like a pick- up truck, it’s a precision vehicle  ** ALTHOUGH NOT INHERENTLY DANGEROUS, AVIATION SAFETY CAN BE SERIOUSLY JEOPARDIZED BY ONE’S INATTENTION TO DETAIL. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

25 LOCKOUT POLICY  When any piece of equipment involving power sources is to be repaired, serviced or maintained, all of the equipment’s energy sources are to be assessed and locked out and a zero energy state achieved before work is begun.  The lock out procedure is to be carried out only by qualified people who have received training on that piece of equipment.  Any associated pieces of equipment, whose operation could have a detrimental effect on the work being done, are also to be locked out. In Outland Operations, vehicles, quads, generators, chainsaws and brushsaws are the machinery most likely to be locked out and tagged. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

26 LOCKOUT POLICY LOCKOUT PROCEDURES  Locks and/or tags are used to prevent people from injury due to equipment or vehicles which are either malfunctioning or being serviced.  There is one type of lockout tag used by Outland – The yellow (machinery) tags. The four important points about this tag are:  A tag is assigned to each vehicle and must be kept in vehicle at all times.  Tags are available in cookery for generators, the trunk of ATV’s and in vehicles for chainsaws and brushsaws.  To be used to warn of vehicle or equipment problems that could cause further damage or injury if an attempt is made to re-start it or to perform maintenance on it before it is properly in a zero energy state.  To be removed when vehicle or piece of equipment is repaired. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

27 RIGHT TO REFUSE POLICY AS AN EMPLOYEE OF OUTLAND YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO REFUSE THE FOLLOWING:  Any unsafe work duties that are offered to you  Working on any unsafe worksites  Working with any staff or employees that exhibit unsafe work practices  Working with any equipment you feel is poorly maintained or unsafe  Please contact your Safety Officer, Regional Manager or the Head office if you have been asked to do any of the above. Every case of work refusal will be investigated.  The worker shall continue to perform his/her regular duties until the investigation has been completed. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

28 WORKING ALONE POLICY OUTLAND WILL ENSURE THAT THERE IS A PLAN IN PLACE FOR ANY WORKER/STAFF WHO IS REQUIRED TO WORK ALONE (SEE WORKING ALONE BULLET POINTS ON THIS MATTER)  The worker/staff member will be provided with the proper tools to safely complete his/her duties.  The worker/staff member will have a communication device, which will allow for contact between themselves and their supervisor.  The worker/staff member will be required to provide the appropriate PPE for their duties.  The worker shall have access to First Aid equipment while working alone.  The worker shall check in with their crew boss/supervisor periodically during the day. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

29 WORKING ALONE STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE BE AWARE OF THE SAFETY ISSUES WHEN WORKING ALONE.  Is there a plan in place as to when to check in? Know where to find the Emergency Response Plan on your worksite.  Who knows you are working alone and your location. Know the answer to this before you leave for the worksite.  Who knows your expected time of return? Know the answer to this before you leave for the worksite.  When are your check-in times and who are you calling? Know the answer to these questions before you leave for the worksite.  Know the area you are going to (ex. Look at a map). Know where it is in relation to camp/town. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

30 WORKING ALONE STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE  When entering work area, be sure you observe all hazards present eg. Overhead hazards, slippery slash, mud holes, swampy areas.  Have radio, cellular, or satellite phone communication. Understand how to operate your mode of communication. Keep communications equipment dry at all times. Ensure you have spare batteries or well charged batteries.  Wear proper clothing, plan for any adverse weather (ex. Rain, severe cold or heat).  Wear a hi-vis vest, steel toed boots and a hard hat to minimize chance of personal injury.  Bring a larger than normal supply of food and water.  Carry a small planter access first aid kit.  Carry air horn when threat of bears present.  Do not be in a hurry.  Practice the “Buddy System” when working with other people in a remote site (keep a watchful eye for your partner all day, know his/her whereabouts all day, don’t leave the worksite without him/her).  Know your marshalling point. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

31 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT POLICY THERE ARE VARIOUS HAZARDS WHEN WORKING IN THE BUSH. WEARING PPE CAN MINIMIZE YOUR EXPOSURE TO THESE HAZARDS. You, as an employee of Outland, are required to wear your PPE on the worksite at all times. Failure to do so will result in your temporary suspension from work duties. You will be permitted to return to work once you provide all required PPE.  Your PPE required are the following items: CSA approved work boots (have green label on them) Pants or leg protection that exposes no skin in zones of high brush (shorts not permitted). Hard Hats (CSA approved) High-visibility vest Eye protection is mandatory when working in high brush zones. The management on site shall make sure goggles are available for use by the worker You are responsible for storing and maintaining your PPE. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

32 EYE PROTECTION POLICY EYE PROTECTION There are various hazards when working in the bush. Due to the nature of logging today, the brush content of the worksite has increased. This increase has lead to a higher degree of risk in relation to eye injuries. Outland asks that all employees wear appropriate PPE (goggles) when working in these high brush zones. It is your responsibility to wear this PPE. It is Outland’s responsibility to provide the PPE for you.  Eye protection is mandatory when working in high brush zones  CSA approved goggles are recommended  The management on site shall make sure goggles are available for use by the worker  If goggles are not present on site then work in a low brush zone until goggles/protection can be provided by your management Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

33 EQUIPMENT GUARDING POLICY FOR BRUSHSAW, CHAINSAW AND POWER TOOL OPERATORS  Equipment, processes and situations that pose a hazard to workers are to be properly guarded or barricaded.  Guards or barriers that must be temporarily removed are to be replaced as soon as the need is over.  All manufacturer installed guarding devices such as blade guards and chain breaks must be fully installed and operational at all times  All brushsaws, chainsaws and power tools will be brought to a zero energy state before any debris or clogging removed from blade areas, chain areas or rotating bit areas.  No brushsaw throttle mechanisms will be locked at one speed  All kill switches must be fully operational Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

34 FERTILIZERS AND PESTICIDES ON SEEDLINGS The seedlings we plant are usually treated with fertilizers and pesticides in the nursery to increase their chances of successfully growing in the field. By the time the seedlings arrive at the block there is very little fertilizer residue on the foliage of the seedlings as the fertilizer is water-soluble. The fungicide that is used by tree nurseries is one of the safest that is available. It is still advisable to take precautions that will prevent the ingestion of these chemicals. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

35 FERTILIZERS AND PESTICIDES ON SEEDLINGS After handling seedlings, it is recommended that ungloved hands be washed with soap and water, or pre-moistened wipes before eating or smoking. Some planters prefer to wear rubber or latex gloves while planting so they have no contact with the chemicals. When opening boxes of trees, avoid breathing in any fumes. Also, never use tree boxes for food or clothing storage. MSDS sheets contain product information such as hazardous ingredients, physical data, reactivity data, toxicological properties, preventative measures and first aid measures. Outland will have available to you the MSDS sheets for any additional fertilizers or pesticides you will be exposed to. You should be aware of the precautions recommended by the manufacturers as well as treatments following exposure. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

36 FERTILIZERS AND PESTICIDES ON SEEDLINGS The risks of exposure and treatments are the same for both the Plant- Prod and Daconil. If you find the trees are causing you skin irritation it may be a mild reaction to these chemicals. It is recommended that you wash the exposed skin areas thoroughly after exposure and wear impermeable gloves during future exposures. Severe allergic reactions may require medical treatment with an antihistamine. You would have to ingest a considerable amount of these chemicals to get ill. In our case that means eating tree roots and soil as well. This should not ever happen. If it does, contact poison control and give them the names of the chemicals involved. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

37 LIFTING DEVICE POLICY WE ASK THAT ALL OUTLAND EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A SAFE WORKSITE (YARD):  All lifting devices jacks, overhead electric cranes, hydraulic hoists shall be inventoried in our equipment yards.  All Staff operating our lifting devices in our yards shall be trained in their safe operation.  All lifting devices shall be inspected on a regular basis to maintain a safe operating condition. This inspection shall be performed by a competent person.  Any listing devices that are not functioning properly shall be Locked out until they are repaired. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

38 H 2 S EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN H 2 S and Hydrocarbons (HC) are KILLERS. At low concentrations they are easily recognizable by their rotten egg smell. However, continued exposure can eliminate one’s ability to smell the gas. H 2 S OR HC are heavier then air, so they pool in low areas. YOU CANNOT RELY ON YOUR NOSE TO TELL HOW MUCH H 2 S OR HC ARE PRESENT. WARNING SIGNS  Siren or alarms going off at pipe station  Strong initial small of rotten eggs  Worker down in the field Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

39 H 2 S EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN RESPONSE PLAN IF H 2 S OR HC ARE DETECTED  If operating a machine SHUT IT OFF and ABANDON IT IMMEDIATELY  Decide on the best escape route and evacuate immediately. Generally the best escape route is upwind/uphill. Whatever your decision- act on it - don’t wait.  Once you are well upwind of the leak, blow your whistle three short blasts to warn others of the possible H2S or HC leak.  Get to a phone, radio in a safe area and contact the Alberta Energy Board at (780) 460-3800, contact the appropriate company listed on page 21 of Ranger Field Manual and report the accident giving details and location of the break/leak.  If there is a H 2 S OR HC victim, DO NOT attempt to rescue the victim without a SCUBA (self contained breathing apparatus) or you will be the next victim.  Once the Victim is removed from contaminated area, provide First Aid and Call for Ambulance.  Call the appropriate Emergency Numbers listed on the Coast Range Emergency Response Plan  3 SHORT WHISTLE BLASTS WHEN H 2 S OR HC ARE DETECTED!!! Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

40 OVERHANGING OBSTACLES AND HIGH WIND Because of recent changes into logging practices requiring more wildlife trees to be left on site by harvesting operations, there are now more overhead dangers at the worksite for tree planters, back pack sprayers and brushers/thinners. The purpose of this SOP is to make workers aware of the potential hazards that exist on cutover sites and safeguard employees from injury due to chicots, hung-up, lodged or free standing trees. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

41 OVERHANGING OBSTACLES AND HIGH WIND DEFINITIONS Chicot – means a dead or partially dead tree still standing. Hung-up, lodged or freestanding tree – means a tree or part of a tree leaning against or lodged in another tree, or a tree cut and still standing. Wildlife trees – means a living, declining or dead trees that provide special habitat values for the conservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat, now and in the future. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

42 OVERHANGING OBSTACLES AND HIGH WIND WHAT ARE THE HAZARDS  Shallow soils  Dead branches  Rotten trees  Recently harvested cutovers  Always wear your hardhat and high visibility vest when at the worksite.  Always assess your worksite for overhead hazards before entering it. Look for heavily leaning trees and large branches or trees hung-up in an adjacent tree.  Develop a “buddy system” with your closest worker  Due to the number of standing live and dead trees in cut blocks it may be necessary to remove workers from certain cut-blocks when there are high winds. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

43 OVERHANGING OBSTACLES AND HIGH WIND  When emergency conditions exist including high winds, blow-down or thunderstorms it will be the responsibility of the supervisors and crew bosses to follow the evacuation procedures.  The warning signal for evacuation is 3 long horn blasts from a vehicle. Workers are required to evacuate the block immediately.  If you feel unsafe due to high wind conditions in your immediate work area, evacuate to the road and notify your crew boss of supervisor immediately.  If a danger tree is identified during normal working conditions, all workers must not work within 2 tree lengths of the danger tree. Notify your crewboss of areas you could not operate in because of the identified danger. Flagging tape can be used to mark the danger zone around a hazardous tree.  Tree cache placement must be in an area that is free of chicots.  The work camp must be free of chicots. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

44 SOP FOR VANS WITH RACKS  Vans will handle differently with a rack. The vehicle’s centre of gravity rises with a rack. You must drive slower with a rack. Do not exceed speed limits.  Do not overload. Only a minimal amount of gear or equipment can be placed in the rack. Gear must not go above the top rail of the rack.  Ensure all gear is properly stored and strapped down and will not blow off.  Do not modify the height of the van racks.  Never throw items from the ground up into the roof rack.  Only the driver is allowed on top of the van. Only the driver can load the van. Only the driver can secure the load.  Always use 3-Point-Contact when climbing the ladder to access the roof rack. Have two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder at all times.  Brush saws, fuel, planting bags and shovels are the primary items that should be loaded on the van roof racks. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

45 SOP FOR VANS WITH RACKS  Brush saws loaded on roof racks must have blade guards in place.  Brush saws should be loaded with the spotter on the ground passing the saw up to the person loading the saws blade end up.  Drivers are responsible for passenger safety – Do not drive an overloaded vehicle – Call your supervisor or R.M. if you have any concerns.  Driver must check rack bolts every circle check. A wrench is provided for this in the van safety bin.  Your vehicle, passengers and load cannot exceed 9,100 lbs at a weigh station.  Extra precautions, such as slower speeds and increased stopping distance, should be taken when driving a loaded vehicle.  Driver must check tire pressure.  Vans/buses with racks have tipped in the past due to over loading and driving improperly. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

46 THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT (For Ontario only) The Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force on October 1, 1979. Its purpose is to protect workers against health and safety hazards on the job. The main features of the Act are described below.Occupational Health and Safety Act THE WORKPLACE PARTNERSHIP Workers and employers must share the responsibility for occupational health and safety. This concept of an internal responsibility system is based on the principle that the workplace parties themselves are in the best position to identify health and safety problems and to develop solutions. Ideally, the internal responsibility system involves everyone, from the company chief executive officer to the worker. How well the system works depends upon whether there is a complete, unbroken chain of responsibility and accountability for health and safety. THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS To balance the employer's general right to direct the work force and control the production process in the workplace, the Act gives four basic rights to workers. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

47 THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT (For Ontario only) THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE Workers have the right to be part of the process of identifying and resolving workplace health and safety concerns. This right is expressed through worker membership on joint health and safety committees, or through worker health and safety representatives. THE RIGHT TO KNOW Workers have the right to know about any potential hazards to which they may be exposed. This means the right to be trained and to have information on machinery, equipment, working conditions, processes and hazardous substances. The parts of the Act that implement the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) play an important role in giving workers the right to know. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

48 THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT (For Ontario only) DUTIES OF WORKERS  Workers also have several general duties under the Act. A worker must take responsibility for personal health and safety insofar as he or she is able. Under the Act, a worker must:  work in compliance with the Act and regulations [section 28(1)(a)];  use or wear any equipment, protective devices or clothing required by the employer [section 28(1)(b)];  report to the employer or supervisor any known missing or defective equipment or protective device that may be dangerous [section 28(1)(c)];  report any known workplace hazard to the employer or supervisor [section 28(1)(d)];  report any known contravention of the Act or regulations to the employer or supervisor [section 28(1)(d)];  not remove or make ineffective any protective device required by the employer or by the regulations [section 28(2)(a)]; [ 6 ]6  not use or operate any equipment or work in a way that may endanger any worker [section 28(2)(b)]; and  not engage in any prank, contest, feat of strength, unnecessary running or rough and boisterous conduct [section 28(2)(c)]. Racing powered hand trucks in a warehouse or seeing who can pick up the most boxes are examples of unsafe and unacceptable workplace conduct. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

49 EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN Emergency Procedures  You will inform all planters of emergency procedures and explain usage of handheld and truck mounted radios and satellite phone (if applicable). You will be familiar with the Company Emergency Response Procedures (located in all vehicles) and will carry your safety whistle with you while on the block.  Remain calm and think clearly  Contact your Supervisor immediately  Ensuring the safety and well being of everyone is your priority  If you do not know if you are capable of making the proper decision appoint someone with greater qualifications as a second in command  Do not use the names of people over the radios when discussing an incident  When the crisis is over, document the event thoroughly  Phone the head office/regional manager with details as soon as possible  It is your responsibility to know, and to let the employees know, the location of the First Aid kits, Emergency Radios and Emergency Transport Vehicle on your worksite each day. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

50 EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN Definition of a Critical Injury  Any injury that:  Places life in jeopardy  Produces unconsciousness  Results in substantial loss of blood  Involves the fracture of a leg or arm but not a finger or a toe  Involves the amputation of a leg, arm, hand or foot but not a finger/toe  Consists of burns to a major portion of the body  Causes the loss of sight in an eye Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

51 CONCLUSION WHEN IN DOUBT ABOUT ANY SAFETY ISSUE YOU MUST ASK YOUR SUPERVISOR OR THE DESIGNATED SAFETY OFFICER. All of the information that you just covered will be available in camp postings and in your camp Safety Binder that you will receive at training and/or before the season starts. Please move on to the test once this is over. You will be required to pass with 90% or you will need to repeat the presentation and test. Thank you for participating. Outland Policies and Procedures Training Program

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