Safety Training for the Mining and Minerals Sector
We offer a number of industry-validated courses open to learners working across all industries and sectors.
Select a course from the list below to see where it is currently being offered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, regional colleges and approved Training Providers across the province.
Standardized Contractor Safety Training Program
This program offers a collection of industry standard safety of courses required for
contractor workers performing duties on Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA) member company sites in Saskatchewan.
Every contractor worker must successfully complete two mandatory courses:
1. WHMIS 1988 (WHMIS 1800) or WHMIS 2015 (SFTY 1817)
2. SFTY 1808 - General Mine Safety
Additional required courses are dependent on the work performed on the SMA member company site. SMA member companies will be honoring a grandfathering period during which time training that has not been aligned to the industry standard will be recognized. Please contact the respective member company for more information about required courses and the grandfathering period.
WHMIS is a uniform, national regulatory system to inform about hazardous material (legally called “Controlled Products”). This course will enable participants to understand the intent of WHMIS symbols, labels and procedures for filling out MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) in places of employment. Participants will be trained on recognition and safe handling as well as use and storage of controlled products used at the workplace.
This course currently has no offerings.
This course provides an overview of safe work practices when handling compressed gas and cylinders. It examines compressed gas/cylinder identification, safety devices, ventilation, safe transportation, storage, safe use in confined spaces, and safe handling procedures.
This course provides an overview of confined spaces and the importance of planning an entry. Topics include legislative requirements, identifying hazards and controls, atmospheric testing, emergency response plans, signage and tagging, and filling out a confined space entry plan.
This course provides a general overview of mine safety and offers an introduction to: personal protective equipment; safe use of hand and power tools; safe use of scaffolding and ladders; controlled energy safety; environmental awareness and spill reporting; hazard identification and control; reporting incidents; Saskatchewan Mining Regulations & Saskatchewan Employment Act; ground control awareness and safe work practices; self-rescue techniques; asbestos awareness; and fit for duty and drug testing.
Prerequisites: WHMIS 1800 or an equivalent recognized course is a pre-requisite or co-requisite for SFTY 1808.
This comprehensive course provides a thorough background in ground disturbance. It examines pre-job planning strategies, searching the disturbance area, notification requirements, locating and marking, hand and mechanical exposure guidelines, and post-inspection requirements.
This course provides an introduction on how to investigate incidents in order to prevent reoccurrence. The basics of investigations are covered including outlining legislative requirements, interviewing witnesses, collecting and analyzing evidence, and writing reports.
This course provides an overview of respiratory protection and fit testing procedures. It specifically addresses OH & S legislation; inhalation hazards and how to select appropriate respiratory protection; different types of respirators; the use, care and maintenance of respirators; and general fit testing procedures.
This course currently has no offerings.
Canada has aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for WHMIS 2015 legislation. This course addresses the WHMIS 2015 education requirements for workers to understand the hazards, and know how to work safely with hazardous products. The current education and training requirements that fall under the WHMIS related occupational health and safety regulations for Saskatchewan are also addressed in this course.
Note: Employers are still responsible to provide workers with site-and-job-specific training and information.