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  • 10 Rules of Safety

Laying the foundation for success

The 10 Rules of Safety are a part of Horizon North’s continued commitment to create a safe work environment for our employees.  The Rules of Safety lay the foundation to achieving zero serious incidents. Having clear direction and instruction about occupational safety, the Rules of Safety apply job performance standards and workplace rules in a fair and consistent manner to all employees.

The Rules of Safety were created from our collective knowledge, key risks and expectations of our clients and are expected to be shared across Horizon North’s businesses and operations. We expect everyone who works for Horizon North and our sub-contractors, to read, learn and follow these basic rules without exception.  Non-compliance of these rules in the past has resulted in severe injury and death in our industry. By providing these Rules of Safety and strictly enforcing them, we will minimize the potential for serious injury in the work place.

Horizon North expects that every worker will work safely at all times and in all places. Therefore every worker must:

  • Maintain a high standard of safety and environmental awareness at all times;
  • Must be properly orientated and indoctrinated;
    • Orientation – site and operational specific;
    • Indoctrination – explains Horizon North’s HSE expectations;
  • Be trained and competent in the work they conduct;
  • Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment  (PPE) as per risk assessment and minimum site requirements;
  • Comply with all occupational health, safety and environmental regulations, company standards, processes and procedures, and client expectations;
  • Stop any work or task they consider unsafe to themselves or to the safety of other workers, the public, the environment or Company property.
  • Report Fit for Duty as per Horizon North’s Substance Abuse Policy;
  • Report all incidents / Injuries promptly;
  • Smoke in designated areas only;
  • Not be in possession of firearms on Company or Client property;
  • Never override or disable safety critical equipment without documented authorization of a supervisor;
  • Incidents of workplace violence or harassment must be reported immediately.

A permit is a job safety checklist to help identify potential hazards. It ensures proper control measures and emergency procedures are put in place. Depending on the task, the permit may be accompanied by additional risk assessment such as the Pre-Job Task Hazard Analysis / Job Safety Analysis and procedures.

Before conducting work that involves confined space entry, work on energy systems, and ground disturbance in locations where buried hazards may exist, or hot work in potentially explosive environments, a permit must be obtained that:

  • Clearly defines the scope of work and validity period;
  • The work has been authorized by a responsible person for the site or facility;
  • All hazards have been identified and the risk assessed;
  • Controls have been put in place and checked;
  • You are aware of any conflicting or simultaneous activities occurring in your area;
  • The conditions of the permit have been communicated with everyone involved in, or affected by the work;
  • Clear instructions have been provided on close-out and return to normal operations;
  • All energy isolations for the job have been verified and put into place;
  • When circumstances change you, stop work, make safe and re-assess.

Energy Isolation minimizes the risks associated with any accidental or unexpected start-up of machinery or plant, movement of materials during services or any other interaction or contact with or exposure to hazardous energy.

Any isolation of energy systems; mechanical, electrical, process, hydraulic and others cannot proceed unless:

  • The method of isolation and discharge of stored energy are agreed and executed by a competent person(s);
  • Any stored energy is discharged;
  • A system of locks and tags is utilized at isolation points;
  • A test is conducted to ensure the isolation is effective;
  • Isolation effectiveness is periodically monitored.

Lock Out/Tag Out procedure must be completed when servicing and performing maintenance on machines and equipment, in which the unexpected energization, or start up, or the release of stored energy could cause injury.

All energy sources associated with equipment must be locked and/ or tagged in the position that isolates the employee(s) from the hazardous energy when maintenance / servicing work is being performed by either company or contract personnel.

Many workers in our industry are killed or suffer serious injuries when working at heights. These incidents are often easily preventable, and many times, they happen because of a lack of planning, training, or the use of inappropriate equipment.

Working at heights of 1.8 metres (6 feet) or higher above ground cannot proceed unless:

  • A fixed platform with guard or hand rails is used where practicable and verified by a competent person(s).
  • Persons are competent to perform the work.
  • A visual inspection of the fall arrest equipment and system is completed and any damaged or activated equipment having sustained a load is taken out of service;
  • Fall arrest equipment is used that has:
    • A proper anchor, mounted preferably overhead;
    • Full body harness;
    • Synthetic fiber lanyards using double latch self-locking snap hooks at each connection;
    • Energy absorber.
  • If a worker uses a Personal Fall Arrest System or a Travel Restraint System, the worker must ensure that it is safely secured to an anchor point or plate that meets the requirements listed below:
    • Temporary travel restraint anchors have an ultimate load capacity of at least 3.5 kilonewtons (800lbs) per worker attached in any direction in which the load may be applied;
    • Personal Fall Arrest System anchors have a ultimate load capacity of at least 22.2 kilonewtons (5000lbs) per worker attached, in any direction in which the load may be applied;
  • An Emergency Response Plan is in place specific to the operation.

A confined space means a restricted space which may become hazardous to a worker entering it because of an atmosphere that is or may be injurious by reason of oxygen deficiency or enrichment, flammability, explosively, or toxicity.

A restricted space means an enclosed or partially enclosed space, not designed or intended for continuous human occupancy that has a restricted, limited or impeded means of entry or exit because of its construction.

Entry into a confined space/restricted space cannot proceed unless:

  • Options to avoid the need for confined space or a restricted space entry have been ruled out;
  • Permit is issued with authorization by a responsible person(s);
  • An Emergency Response Plan is in place specific to the operation;
  • When entering the confined space or a restricted space, the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for the job must be worn;
  • The persons involved are competent to do the work associated with the confined space. This includes the rescue personnel;
  • The conditions of the permit have been communicated with everyone involved on, or affected by the work;
  • All sources of energy affecting the confined space are isolated;
  • Testing of atmospheres is conducted, verified and repeated as often as defined by the permit conditions;
  • A standby person(s) is in place at all times to raise the alarm – they shall not attempt a rescue.

Workers must use proper lifting and handling methods to protect themselves and others from injury and to make the job easier and, most important, safer.

When utilizing mechanical devices such as cranes, hoists, or other lifting devices, the lift will not commence unless:

  • An assessment of the lift has been completed and the lift method and equipment has been determined by a competent person;
  • A trained and competent person has:
    • Checked to ensure all safety devices are operational;
    • Visually inspected the lifting equipment;
    • Rigged the load;
    • Secured the load prior to the lift.
  • The weight and type of load is known and less than the Safe Working Load Capacity of the lifting device;
  • Lifting devices and equipment has been certified for use within the last 12 months (at a minimum);
  • Operators of powered lifting devices are trained and competent for that equipment;
  • All safety devices installed on lifting equipment are operational;
  • Clear communication is established and maintained between all persons involved in the lift;
  • No one walks or is positioned under a suspended load or between a suspended / lift load and fixed objects.

Camp facility fire protection is essential to the safety of the occupants. This is largely due to the unique risks associated with the remoteness of location and the high potential for total destruction of the facility. This definitely makes fire prevention and early warning a top priority in Horizon North’s operations.

Horizon North’s fire safety and prevention program (Fire Inspection Checklist) contains the following fire safety requirements:

  • Exit lights and emergency lighting shall be tested monthly;
  • Fire alarm systems shall be inspected and tested annually, with records kept.
    • Temporary camp alarm systems inspected and tested at time of setup.
  • Automatic sprinkler systems require annual inspections by a certified technician;
  • Installed fire suppression systems shall be inspected by a certified technician every six months;
  • Fire extinguishers are clearly visible, unobstructed, inspected monthly, and hydrostatic test dates are current;
  • Fire extinguishers shall be serviced annually and records maintained;
  • All doors to stairwells, service rooms, etc., shall be kept closed at all times.
  • All exits and exit paths shall be kept clear;
  • Fire drill shall be conducted yearly unless increased frequency required by client. Records to be kept in conformance with the fire safety plan;
  • Sufficient electrical outlets must exist, so appliances such as toasters, microwaves and fridges are not plugged into extension cords or octopus plug adapters;
  • Each camp must have a site specific Fire Safety Plan in place.

Driving is the major cause of accidents at HNL and has potential for serious injury and death. Driving safely requires constant attention and awareness of road hazards.

Vehicles will not be operated unless:

  • The vehicle is regularly inspected and in safe working order;
  • Drivers are appropriately licensed, trained and medically fit to operate the class of vehicle being used;
  • Drivers are not under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs and are not suffering from fatigue and drivers will not be adversely effected by prescription medications;
  • Seatbelts are installed and worn by all occupants;
  • The number of passengers does not exceed manufacturers design specifications for the vehicle;
  • Loads are secure and do not exceed manufacturer’s design specifications or legal limits for the vehicle;
  • Hand held cell phones are not being used by the driver;
  • Make driving and controlling the vehicle the first and foremost priority;
  • Driving at or below maximum allowable speed for the road as indicated by road signs, and adjusting speed to the prevailing conditions.

Horizon North strictly prohibits the possession or use of alcohol, illegal drugs, or other substances that can affect an employee’s senses or responses while on the job.

Horizon North’s Substance Abuse Policy outlines the following expectations:

  • No alcohol, illegal drugs or other prohibited substances are allowed on Company property or that of our clients;
  • Employees are required to submit to drug and alcohol testing under the following circumstances:
    • Pre-employment for Safety Sensitive positions;
    • Reasonable Cause;
    • Post Incident;
    • Pre-Access;
    • Return to Duty.
  • The Company maintains the rights to conduct searches of Company property as circumstances dictate. A person who refuses to cooperate with a search will be denied access to Company property or worksite;
  • Employees are subject to immediate termination should they be found to be in possession of illegal drug paraphernalia and /or alcohol on Company or client sites or company vehicles.

Journey Management is the process of implementing and exercising controls to minimize road transport related risks and reduce exposures to people and equipment involved in work-related driving.

Prior to any travel on Horizon North related business the following must be adhered to:

  • Completion of a Journey Hazard Assessment Card: Allows for pre-planning of your journey to identify hazards and the controls you need to put in place to address hazards;
    • Key considerations – Most important – is the journey required? Other considerations:weather, road conditions, driver fatigue, directions, familiarity with the roads, allowing sufficient time to arrive at the location safely
  • Completion of a Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection form;
    • Ensures the vehicle is in good repair and running order, communications/road radio frequencies, appropriate emergency equipment and survival gear is available.
  • Journey Notification and Authorization: a designated contact must be notified of the travel plan and be provided with the time of departure and ETA.

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