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1 WCDA Safety Group Meeting 3-Oct-14

2 Exploration Safety Workshop Does the Mines Safety Unit devote more attention to exploration companies then other mining companies?

3 Exploration Safety Workshop REASONS: –Devote much attention to primary industry, mining –Cannot forget about mining’s foundation

4 Exploration Safety Workshop Worker safety is of primary importance Two important factors in worker safety Employer must provide safe workplace Worker must work safely

5 Employer Responsibilities Provide safe workplace –P–Potential hazards minimized –W–Workplace designed to maintain safety

6 Work with Saskatchewan Mines Safety Unit –Report incidents that have the potential to cause a serious injury can help everybody

7 Employer Responsibilities Work with Saskatchewan Mines Safety Unit, report –name of each employer, contractor and owner at the place of employment; –date, time and location of the dangerous occurrence; –circumstances related to the dangerous occurrence; and –the name, telephone number and fax number of person to contact for additional information.

8 Employer Responsibilities Work with Saskatchewan Mines Safety Unit, report –After report if we want more information, we will ask for it

9 Employer Responsibilities Work with Saskatchewan Mines Safety Unit –If MSU finds out about unreported incident, will use means of persuasion to ensure that future incidents are reported

10 Worker Responsibilities Workers must work safely –wear the PPE, use guards, safety appliances –Work safely: use the procedures

11 Worker Responsibilities REMEMBER REFUSE IF YOU THINK THE JOB IS DANGEROUS, REFUSE

12 Worker Responsibilities REMEMBER UNTIL YOU ARE SATISFIED

13 Worker Responsibilities REMEMBER THAT THE JOB IS SAFE FOR YOURSELF & OTHERS

14 Worker Responsibilities REMEMBER REFUSE IF YOU THINK THE JOB IS DANGEROUS, REFUSE UNTIL YOU ARE SATISFIED THAT THE JOB IS SAFE FOR YOURSELF & OTHERS

15 Exploration Safety Workshop Fire Two workers in drill shack Pump operating Hydraulic hose disconnected Hydraulic fluid caught alight due to open flamed heater Both workers burnt

16 Exploration Safety Workshop Fire: Employer Responsibilities Minimize potential hazards: how? Report to MSU, how was it done?

17 Exploration Safety Workshop Fire: Worker Responsibilities Minimize potential hazards: check?

18 Exploration Safety Workshop ATV Rollover One worker driving ATV to work Went around bend in road which was slippery Going too fast Rolled his ATV

19 Exploration Safety Workshop ATV Rollover: Employer Responsibilities Safer equipment Safer procedures

20 Exploration Safety Workshop ATV Rollover: Worker Responsibilities Use safe work procedures Be focussed on hand

21 Exploration Safety Workshop Mines Safety Unit Result of both incidents, what should we do? –S–Shut exploration down? –W–Work with exploration companies to adopt means to prevent?

22 Uranium Exploration Provincial “Radiation Protection Guidelines for Uranium Exploration” outlines the basics for radiation protection of exploration workers. Exploration workers are exposed to NORM – Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials and are regulated provincially. The ALARA principle – radiation exposures should be kept “as low as reasonably achievable, social and economic factors taken into account.”

23 Uranium Exploration Time, distance and shielding are basic methods used to minimize radiation exposures from NORM. Good hygiene and housekeeping is important to prevent inhalation and/or ingestion of NORM. The definitive document for radiation protection of incidentally exposed workers is “Canadian Guidelines for the Management of NORM” published by Health Canada.

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25 Contact Information Goran Jablan (Acting Chief Mines Inspector) Mines Safety Unit Occupational Health & Safety Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment & Labour (306) or


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