Some Emerging Guidelines On Necessary Elements For Workplace Hazardous Materials

Nine interchanges. Two rail flyovers. And one road flyover. The Southeast Stoney Trail in Calgary is the single largest highway project in Alberta’s history. The $769-million project spans three years and is a public-private partnership with the Alberta Government and Chinook Infrastructures (a joint venture between Acciona S.A. and SNC-Lavalin).  The project began in 2010 and there have been at least 35 contractors with about 2,700 workers, supervisors and consultants working on the project. A project of this size and nature has many occupational health and safety (OHS) considerations.  “The challenge they’ve had is it’s not been the same workforce for the three-and-a-half years — that’s the nature of construction,” says Gary Lamb, urban construction manager at Alberta Transportation in Calgary.  “(OHS) is a more difficult challenge than it is in a plant environment where you have long-term employees who are working in the same areas all the time, rather than in different areas on a day-to-day basis.” As part of their bid on the project, Acciona and SNC-Lavalin had to submit their health and safety plan which included an outline of safety processes, procedures and training materials. They also needed to demonstrate they have the resources required to oversee health and safety on the entire project. Chinook has four OHS professionals on the project.  When it comes to selecting contractors, Chinook expects a similar health and safety plan from bidding companies.  “It’s a cultural aspect they build right into the contracting process.

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