Saskatchewan Mining Association and Saskatchewan Polytechnic provide contractor safety training program

Partnership provides common provincial training standards for working safely at Saskatchewan mine sites

May 30, 2016 - The Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA), its member companies, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic provide province-wide safety standards training for contractors at mine sites of SMA member companies. Aiming to make these standards common practice for all SMA member companies, Sask Polytech's Centre for Minerals Innovation (CMI) has developed a Standardized Contractor Safety Training Program.

"For contractors, the Standardized Contractor Safety Training Program reduces repetitive training and creates one set of training standards, saving time and facilitating mobility between SMA member sites," says Joni Brisbin, CMI director. "It is an assurance that all contractors working for SMA member companies have the knowledge and training to work safe."

According to Pam Schwann, SMA president, the organization's safety committee has been exploring ways to improve contractor safety performance for a number of years. "Safety is a fundamental pillar of Saskatchewan's mining sector, and a safe site is a productive site," says Schwann. "Whether you are a mine site employee, or a site contractor, ensuring that work is done safely is what is important."

Registration for the Standardized Contractor Safety Program for contractors working at Saskatchewan mine sites is now open. To get started, visit or call 306-659-6968.  

CMI is an operational unit within Saskatchewan Polytechnic that works with mining and minerals stakeholders through developing and sharing resources, facilitating access to cutting-edge educational services, providing and supporting high-quality training programs, and facilitating opportunities for innovation through applied research partnerships.

The Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA) is the voice of the mining industry in Saskatchewan. The association represents and supports a safe, responsible and growing Saskatchewan mining industry.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 27,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.