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Protection at work with H2S Alive

When we do business we all know that you need to protect your interests. For those of us who work in industries where we interact with hazardous materials, protecting extends beyond our finances and into protecting ourselves. Whether you are an owner of a company or an employee yourself, you need to protect against hazards in order to ensure that no one is harmed while working on site. One of the best ways to do this is to take preventive measures through proper h2s training.

Canada has experienced a major boom in the oil and gas industry in recent years. Although this has been extremely positive for the Canadian economy and business in general, it also creates a scenario where it becomes essential to find ways to protect workers against obvious harm. There are a number of byproducts that come with producing oil and gas. In order to manage these hazards over time, training is required. Luckily, a number of organizations have taken the lead in developing training of this kind, helping manage the labour market in Canada when it comes to doing business in the oil and gas industry.

One of the most recent training programs to hit Canada is H2S Alive. Any company or individual contractor that’s done business in oil and gas should learn more about this important training program so you can consider if it’s the right investment for you and your staff.

All you need to know about H2S Alive

H2S Alive is an approved and certified delivered by Enform. Enform is a training, certification and health and safety services arm of the upstream petroleum industry. This organization is owned, directed and is also partially funded by six upstream petroleum industry trade associations. At the foundation of H2S Alive is providing a thorough training program for the handling of hydrogen sulphide.

The actual H2S Alive program is a one-day training course especially designed for the oil and gas industry. This training program is intended for all workers in the industry who may encounter situations where they are exposed to hydrogen sulphide.

When individuals attend this training, each student will work through a number of scenarios where they may encounter hydrogen sulphide. From there, they will be required to operate a detector tube device, operate a self-contained breathing apparatus and perform rescue breathing on a mannequin. The point of these exercises is to cover the most applicable situations that oil and gas professionals may encounter during their day-to-day. This helps to focus the course on the issues most relevant to the oil and gas industry, allowing individuals to prioritize the learning in this one-day training course. The course also covers a range of health and safety theory including the physical properties and health hazards of hydrogen sulphide (H2S), how to protect oneself and basic rescue techniques. In order to pass the training day and obtain certification, students must demonstrate their skills through the activities as well as obtain 70% on a written exam.

From a business perspective, signing up staff for a course of this kind will help them to learn a lot about preventive measures that saves the company money over time. If an individual gets injured or needs to go on long term disability leave due to an injury after interacting with hydrogen sulphide, this can cost owners a lot of money in lost time and a company could be at risk of a lawsuit if it’s deemed that the employee wasn’t properly trained. H2S Alive seeks to empower employees with the knowledge of how to prevent an incident at work, giving them greater responsibility over their safety.

If you are interested in taking the H2S Alive course or want to sign up a member of your staff, the process is fairly straightforward. First of all, there are no prerequisites for taking the course so anyone can attend. It is important to book in advance as the training sessions can fill up quickly and each session only holds 20 participants at a time so there is a strong level of focus for each student. Once a student passes the exam and completes the full training day their certification will last for three years.

Course fees may vary slightly depending on the training provider but typically costs are around $240 for all training materials and the three-year certification. Classes are available across most provinces in Canada so it will be fairly straightforward to arrange for all of your staff to get certified wherever they are in the country.

In addition to employees working in the oil and gas industry, the H2S Alive course is also recommended for paramedics – especially those who are responding to facilities in and around oil and gas operations. Paramedics can also take advantage of gaining H2S Alive training while earning continuing medical education (CME) credits too.

If you are a business owner who services the oil and gas industry, it’s important to ensure that your employees and you yourself understand how to protect against the impact hydrogen sulphide can have on one’s health. H2S Alive was specifically created with this purpose in mind – to protect individuals across Canada and empower them to minimize any hazards while on the job. By integrating H2S Alive into your business practices, you’ll be doing the right thing for your staff and placing your company as a leader in the area of health and safety.