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Alberta’s Oil Field Safety Courses

In this guide we will introduce you to several safety courses that will help you get a job in Alberta’s oil field.

When working for any oil field company in Alberta safety is the number one concern and you can always rest assure that you and the people you are working with will have the proper knowledge and safety training to keep the jobsite safe. In this guide we are going to look at several different courses that you can take prior to looking for a job that will look good on your resume and help you get a job and get to work faster and safer.

Keep in mind attending these courses is strictly optional as most companies will hire you without them and will actually pay for you to attend them, but it can’t hurt to have a few before you start looking.

H2S Alive
This course is mandatory to have for anyone working in the oil field or anyone that could be exposed to Hydrogen sulfide (H2S). This course covers the properties and hazards of H2S, how to protect yourself from H2S, and how to rescue others that have been exposed to H2S.

First Aid and CPR

First Aid and CPR are great tools to learn for everyday life as well as for the workplace. First Aid and CPR

will give you the skills and knowledge to care for an injury until professional medical help arrives. In order to step foot on an oil field in Alberta an employee must be trained in First Aid and CPR.

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
WHMIS is the national communication program for hazardous materials in Canada. You will be working with dangerous chemicals and materials in the oil field and you will have to take a WHMIS course. Keep in mind WHMIS is not transferable from employer to employer so every time you start a new job your new employer will have to give you a WHMIS certification, so taking this course on your own may be redundant.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
TDG is much like WHMIS in that it is a communication program for hazardous materials but it is specifically designed for the transportation of those hazardous materials. Again, like WHMIS, your transportation of dangerous goods certification is non-transferable.

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