Safety First

Mega projects are not like residential construction.

The work is fast paced and dangerous, with many people in a condensed environment.

In camp and out at the job site, you are responsible for your own safety and everyone else’s. It’s not just about you, it’s about everyone. Remember that the camp is also a work site for camp support workers in catering, housekeeping, security and other support services. So safety is important everywhere.

 

Learn more below about how safety is the biggest priority at camp and the work site.

Fit for duty

Fit for Duty means each worker must be able to safely and acceptably perform assigned duties without any limitations due to the use of drugs and/or alcohol. To read the full policy, click here. Here are some of the rules you need to know:

You must be clean and sober to work at Keeyask.

  1. If you arrive at camp drunk or high, you will not be allowed in, even if you don’t start your shift until the next day.
  2. You must not have any illegal drugs, marijuana, alcohol or drug paraphernalia.
  3. All prescription medications must have a label with your name, the date, the name of the drug, and your doctor’s contact information on it. If not, you will have to provide a valid prescription or you may be evicted for a period up to one year.
  4. Drug paraphernalia is anything that is, or has been used to prep, use or hold drugs — like lighters, scissors, tin cans, razor blades, pipes, or papers. If any of these items are found in a search and are confirmed to have drug trace, you will be Drug & Alcohol tested and depending on the results, you may be evicted from site for up to one year.
  5. There are working drug dogs at Keeyask and everyone can be checked by the dogs at any time. If they ‘hit’ on you, you will be interviewed, you will be searched and your personal items will be swabbed for any drug residue. If there is confirmed drug residue or any drugs/drug paraphernalia then you will be Drug & Alcohol tested and depending upon the results, you may be evicted for up to one year.
  6. If you are found in possession of illegal drugs, marijuana, invalid prescription drugs or alcohol, you may be evicted for up to one year.
Work site safety

There are a lot of rules about safe work at Keeyask – whether you’re in housekeeping, the kitchen, driving a vehicle or on a construction site. You will learn the rules that matter to your work when you start the job.

No matter what the rules for your job are, the biggest problem in safety and the biggest risk to people, is taking shortcuts around the safety rules.

Working safely takes time and thought.

It is usually faster and easier to get the job done by ignoring safety rules. But the rules are there for a reason and every employee is required to follow them, no matter how much seniority or experience they have.

There are 13 safety absolutes at keeyask that will not be allowed.
  1. Performing work without being competent, qualified and authorized.
  2. Tampering with safety devices or emergency response equipment.
  3. Using a cell phone or hand held device while operating vehicles, machinery or equipment.
  4. Willful damage to property or equipment, including theft.
  5. Performing work within legislated electrical ‘limits of approach’.
  6. Performing work without required safety permits.
  7. Non-compliance with fall protection requirements.
  8. Non-compliance of lockout requirements.
  9. Blatant disregard for properly marked zones of imminent danger
    (eg. red and yellow barricade flagging and signs).
  10. Performing work under a suspended load.
  11. Violation of the Keeyask Drug and Alcohol Standard.
  12. Violation of the Harassment, Discrimination or Violence standards.
  13. Non-reporting of incidents or falsification of safety and health reports, statements and/or records.
What to do if you see a Safety Infraction

Intervene, but do it correctly.

More information about this will be provided during your on-boarding and safety sessions on site.

Never ignore a hazard (unsafe act or condition).

Always fix it if possible. If not, call your supervisor for assistance.

Never ignore someone performing an unsafe act.

Bring it to the person’s attention if you feel comfortable doing that. Report it immediately to your supervisor or safety officer.

Asking for help.

Asking for help or for more information is a strength, not a weakness. Be open to giving and accepting a safety intervention.

DON’T LEARN SAFETY BY ACCIDENT!

I noticed a coworker moving boxes that were too heavy for him. Even though he’d been there longer, I mentioned to him that what he was doing wasn’t safe so I offered him some help.

Tip: If you don’t know how to address a safety issue, ask your supervisor for help on how to do it respectfully. Safety is everyone’s priority.