Contractor Orientation

What is the Contractor Orientation program?

In co-operation with Ontario mining companies, NORCAT has developed a common Contractor Orientation Program.

The two-hour program focuses on:

  1. The safety rules and proper working practices for construction workers, and
  2. The general rules of conduct and work etiquette required of contractors working on company properties.

NORCAT’s Computer-Based Training materials ensure that the quality of the training program remains consistent.

NORCAT’s central database offers clients easy access to accurate training documentation.

A successfully trained participant receives a NORCAT Contractor Pass. The NORCAT security pass allows the holder access to properties of participating companies.

Training Benefits

What advantages can sponsor companies expect?

  • Companies can be assured that contractors receive a standard, consistent level of training and testing.
  • Companies gain access to accurate, up-to-date training records and documentation.
  • Companies are free of the costs and liabilities associated with general orientation training.
  • Companies are able to identify and track workers who have completed NORCAT training.
  • Companies can access records to evaluate contractor training and work-safety records

What advantages can contractors expect?

  • Contractors do not need to repeat general orientation training at the work sites of participating companies.
  • Contractors receive recognized safety training at reasonable cost.
  • Contractors can access readily available employee records.
  • Contractors are assured that their workers receive a standard, consistent level of training and testing.
  • Contractors have access to documented training records that meet ISO standards.

What advantages can individual workers expect?

  • A worker’s training records are documented and maintained.
  • A worker’s training records can be easily and quickly transferred to participating companies.
  • A worker does not need to repeat the general orientation program if he/she changes companies.
  • A worker’s Contractor Pass is accepted by all participating companies.
Do delivery vehicle drivers require NORCAT Indoctrination Training?

All contractors entering company property are required to contact their company contact person regarding what training is required.

 

When is in-house booking available?

General Orientation Training is available Monday to Friday between 8am and 1pm. General Orientation Training is approximately 2 hours long and registration should be received 48 working hours before the desired training date.

 

When is Underground Orientation Training available?

Underground Orientation Training is available in 2 segments. The first being the theory which is available Monday to Friday at 9:00 am, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. The second segment is the practical, which is available only on Tuesday starting at 7:45 am at NORCAT’s Onaping mine site. Underground Orientation Training is approximately 2 hours long for the theory and approximately 4 hours for the practical. Clients who can show that appropriate Common Core is registered with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) will be exempt from taking the practical portion.

 

Can anyone, even if not working for a company, register for training

Yes. Anyone can participate in the surface or underground orientation training and receive a valid pass.

 

If a worker has completed the General Orientation training and later is required to go underground, is he/she required to retake the general orientation?

No. Only the Underground Orientation needs to be completed. A joint surface/underground pass will be issued.

 

If a worker has a General Orientation pass, is he/she required to retake General Orientation training in order to receive a Vale pass?

No. As long as the training is still valid, no retraining is required. The hiring company will verify to NORCAT that he/she works for them and they will then be printed a General Orientation Card with a Vale designation.

 

What are the contractor requirements for a NORCAT pass to Vale or Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations property?
SURFACE WORK ONLY
  • Proof of valid WHMIS training
  • General Orientation by NORCAT (valid for two years)
UNDERGROUND WORK
  • Proof of valid WHMIS training
  • General Orientation by NORCAT (valid for two years)
  • Underground Orientation by NORCAT (valid for two years)
  • Proof of Government Common Core Training (MTCU Transcript displaying Program 770010, 770025, or 770150) or a half day of practical training at NORCAT’s mine.
Register for Contractor Orientation
WHMIS 2015WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) 2015 incorporates aspects of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, also referred to as GHS, which was developed by the United Nations, in cooperation with all member states, as an international system of hazard communication. On February 11, 2015, the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR), in addition to amendments made to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA), changed WHMIS 1988 to incorporate the GHS for workplace chemicals.

The two hour e-learning program includes new pictograms, replacing some hazard classes and identifying new classes (including hazards to the environment).

Cost per person $29.95

Volume discounts available, please call. Approx running time – 2 hours.


Fall Protection AwarenessIncluded with the Fall Protection awareness is a one-hour practical session where you will be required to Don and Doff a harness; select, inspect and attach a proper lanyard; examine fall clearance calculations, as well as examine anchor points. A short test will accompany the practical portion of this program.

Fall Arrest with Practical is valid for 2 years.

This course takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Cost: $78.00

General OrientationContractors entering onto company property must successfully complete the site orientation program delivered by NORCAT. Proof of training must be carried at all times when working on company projects.

Pre-requisite for General Orientation is Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training dated within one year. General Orientation is valid for a 2 year period.

This course takes approximately 1.45 hours to complete. NORCAT will build orientation programs to suit company and site specific requirements.

Cost $55.00

General Lock Out and Tag OutThis program discusses the following topics:

  • The locking and tagging procedures for electrical and mechanical equipment
  • The role of all the workers involved in the locking and tagging procedure
  • The information required on the personal lock and tag. Locking out and tagging pipelines and / or process systems
  • Locking out and tagging radioactive sources
  • Lock box systems
  • Legislation pertaining to locking and tagging procedures from Regulations for Mines and Mining Plants (Regulation 854), the Regulations for Construction Projects (regulation 213) and the Regulations for Industrial Establishments (Regulation 851)
Cost: $29.95

NORCAT Fit TestingNORCAT uses quantitative fit testing methods these quantitative fit testing meets CSA Standard Z94.4 and is therefore recognized by Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations and Vale. NORCAT’s Testing Agents are trained in the regulations pertaining to this program and are competent in selection, use and care of respirators.

Fit test is approximately 10 minutes long and no appointment is necessary.

Cost: $ 20.00

Underground Orientation TheoryPre-requisite for Underground Orientation is a valid NORCAT Contractor Card (General Orientation) and WHMIS. Undergroud Orientation is valid for a period of 2 years. Undergroud Orientation takes approximately 2 hours to complete and, if required, a ½ day of practical.

This course discusses the following topics:

  • Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) requirements for underground workers
  • Terminology of the underground environment. For example, ore body, hanging wall, footwall, head frame, etc.
  • General rules of conduct pertaining to mobile equipment operation, in and out procedures, shaft station procedures, hazard reporting, etc.
  • Safety guidelines pertaining to ventilation, fire procedures, emergency rescue procedures, etc.
  • Underground requirements for personal protective equipment (head, feet, hands, clothing, respiratory, etc.)
  • Ground Control Legislation
  • Ground Control strategies & recognizing ground structure problems. Discusses terms such as slips, faults, joints, dykes, contacts, etc.
  • Different types of ground support systems and sounding and scaling procedures

Full Hard Rock Miner Common CoreThis program is required to be completed before an employee can perform any underground work. The pre-requisite for the U/G practical is the underground orientation theory.

The program consists of three modules:

  • U0000-Follow Surface and Underground Induction Procedures
  • U0001-Perform General Inspections
  • U0002- Scale Loose Rock

This course takes approximately 5 Hours.

Cost: $110.00

Confined Space AwarenessConfined Space Awareness Internet-based training program delivers essential knowledge to any worker who may work around confined spaces. The Confined Space Awareness program can be used as an introduction to the Confined Space Entry practical training.
Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Confined Space Recognition

Module 3: Atmospheric Hazards

Module 4: General Safety Hazards

Module 5: Requirements for Entry


Confined Space AwarenessThe Confined Space Entry course takes approximately 2 hours to complete. The training course consists of 6 modules with a final test at the end of each module. A grade of 80% is required to pass each module.
Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Applicable Legislation

Module 3: Confined Space Hazards

Module 4: Atmospheric Hazards

Module 5: General Safety Hazards

Module 6: Administrative Hazard Controls


Transportation of Dangerous Goods - TDGThe Transportation of Dangerous Goods training course discusses the following topics:

  • TDG terms
  • Classes of dangerous goods
  • The shipping document
  • Safety Marks
  • Packaging
  • Special cases
  • Reporting an accidental release

Specialized / Company Specific Programs

Surface Miner Common CoreThe 1 day Surface Miner Common Core program consists of 28 modules in total. NORCAT performs the first 3 modules (Section 1) as they are the core minimum modules for entry to a pit, quarry, or excavation site. The 25 specialty modules (Section 2-6) are available upon request.

Section 1: Surface Miner Common Core Modules (Mandatory)

  • U5030 – Work Safely in the Job Environment
  • U5031 – Lock Out and Tag Equipment and Energy
  • U5032 – Operate Hand and Power Tools

These first 3 modules take approximately 8 hours.

Cost: $250.00
Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Service TypesThis program is required to be completed before an employee can perform any underground work.

The program consists of three modules:

U0000 – Follow Surface and Underground Induction Procedures

The general performance objectives includes:  Follow surface and underground induction procedures, by identifying surface and underground areas; responding to emergencies; applying company policies, union contracts and joint health and safety policy; operating communication systems; identifying on-site explosive types and following related handling procedures; and reviewing multi-channel radio use.

U0001 – Perform General Inspections

The general performance objective includes:  Perform general inspections, by wearing, adjusting and maintaining personal protective equipment; erecting safety signs; operating fire extinguishers; maintaining ventilation flow; operating hand and power tools; locking out and/or tagging mobile and fixed equipment; performing emergency evacuation; identifying and reporting water in chutes and hang ups; and practicing good housekeeping.

U0002 – Scaling Loose Rock

The general performance objective includes:  Scale loose rock, by identifying and responding to loose and abnormal ground conditions; identifying and responding to faulty ground support; identifying and responding to workplace hazards; inspecting and preparing the rock for scaling and scaling rock.

Upon successful completion of the Service Type Common Core training plus WHMIS training or proof of WHMIS training, NORCAT will provide the trainee with a NORCAT card plus all documentation of the Service Type common core training.  This level of safety training has proven useful to individuals who wish to secure employment with mining service contractors.  NORCAT does not register the Service Type Common Core.

 

Underground Hard Rock Miner Common CoreThe Underground Hard Rock Miner program is 4 weeks in duration. This comprehensive training program complies with the standards set out by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU). This program incorporates 2 days of theory including information from the Occupational Health and Safety Act as it pertains to the Common Core modules, as well as an in-depth practical session for the remaining 18 working days of the program. In the practical sessions, all aspects of each module are reviewed and practiced. Every module of the training will be completed to the trainee’s personal satisfaction and to the satisfaction of the instructor to ensure the complete working knowledge and skill required for every module.

Each successful graduate of the program will be registered with the MTCU under Program #770010 Underground Hard Rock Miner.

The following modules are included in the program:

U0000 – Follow Surface and Underground Induction
U0001 – Perform General Inspections
U0002 – Scale Loose Rock
U0012 – Perform General Lock Out and Tag

As well as the standard 770010 required modules,
NORCAT also continues the training with the following specialties:

U0003 – Set Up Wooden Staging
U0004 – Drill Rock
U0005 – Rock Bolt Ground
U0006 – Blast Rock
U0010 – Muck with Load Haul Dump Machine
U0011 – Extend Services

Drilling with an underground supervisorCommon Core for First Line Underground Mine Supervisors (#P770121)

The three training elements include computer-based training, classroom instruction, and hands-on task demonstrations.

  • U6100 – Follow Safety Program
  • U6101 – Prepare for Emergencies
  • U6102 – Follow Health and Hygiene Procedures/Guidelines
  • U6103 – Practice Effective Communication
  • U6104 – Manage Work Area Activities
  • U6105 – Manage Employees
  • U6106 – Read and Follow Mine Layouts and Specifications
  • U6107 – Identify Geological Features and Supervise Ground Control Installlations
  • U6108 – Assess, Control and Apply Ventilation Systems in Workplaces

It is the candidate’s responsibility to inform the local Apprenticeship Client Services office of a change of name, address or transfer to a new employer and provide documents as required for registration.

To be accredited in the Underground Hardrock Mining First Line Production/Development Supervisor Common Core Program, the employee must have demonstrated competency in each of the above 770121 Program Modules.

Courses are delivered over a minimum three month period with one week each month for classroom and field instruction. A final complete audit & exam is required after four to six months on the job.

All candidates must be employed by a sponsor employer WITH APPROVED MTCU SIGNING AUTHORITY.

Common Core for Generic Supervisors (#P770141)

General OrientationThe three training elements include computer-based training, classroom instruction, and hands-on task demonstrations.

  • U6300 – Follow Safety Program
  • U6301 – Prepare for Emergencies
  • U6302 – Follow Health and Hygiene Procedures/Guidelines
  • U6303 – Practice Effective Communication
  • U6304 – Manage Work Area Activities
  • U6305 – Manage Employees
  • U6306 – Assess, Control and Apply Ventilation Systems in the Workplace

Pre-requisites:

To be registered in Program # 770141 you must:

  • Have a current, standard level WSIB approved first aid certificate.
  • Have, as a minimum, MTCU accreditation in the mandatory modules from the appropriate common core program 770130, 770150, 770210, or 770225.
  • Meet the requirements for ‘competent person’ as defined in the OHSA legislation.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to inform the local Apprenticeship Client Services office of a change of name, address or transfer to a new employer and provide the required documents for registration.

To be accredited in the Generic Supervisor Common Core Program, the employee must have demonstrated competency in each of the above 770141 Program Modules.

All candidates must be employed by a sponsor employer WITH APPROVED MTCU SIGNING AUTHORITY.

Supervisor Train the Trainer

The Supervisor Train the Trainer course is based on 3 days. The first session involves instruction in adult-centered teaching methods and principles of learning.

Eighty percent of the course (four days) consists of the participants engaging in lesson planning, presentation/classroom delivery, the emphasis being on skills transfer, evaluations and primarily program development.

The trainer candidate should also be a person of integrity with leadership qualities in his/her area of expertise but above all they must want to do the job, which is demanding. Trainers must have the ability to transfer skills and knowledge to those in their charge and accept full responsibility for their performance while they are in their charge as legal liabilities.

VALEVale Global Golden Rules

The Vale Golden Rules program was established by Corporate Vale to demonstrate the value , “Life Matters Most”. These Golden Rules are instructions – Primary Fatality Prevention Controls that are critically important to prevent fatalities. Many of the instructions originate from well established Health & Safety Management System programs in place in the Vale Base Metals business such as: Zero Energy State/Idenfity, Tag, Lock, Check; Confined Space; Working at Heights; WHMIS and Management of Change.

This program is offered via computer-based/ online training.

Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $ 29.95


Vale ZES – Full Program

This program consists of ZES Core Module (ZES001) and ZES Tagger Module (ZES003). Both modules for the full program are instructor-led.

This program takes approximately 8 hours to complete: This program currently has a one-year expiry date. This program is intended for personnel who will be performing work on company property.

Length: 8 hours
Cost: $125.00

NOTE: There is a strict 8:00am start time for this program.


Vale ZES001 – Core Module

Minimum required ZES program for entry to Vale property. This program is theory only and is meant for non-working personnel who are entering the property.

This module is offered via computer-based/ online training.

Length: 30 minutes
Cost: $ 29.95


Vale ZES003.2 – Mobile Tagging

This instructor-led program is for anyone who requires personal protection on running mobile equipment.

Length: 20-30 minutes
Cost: $0


Vale ZES003.3 – Designated Tagger

This instructor-led module will provide knowledge as to how to lock and tag electrical and mechanical isolation devices while working on mobile equipment.

It is intended for anyone who installs and removes project personal protection (lock boxes) and manages status tags (Designated Tagger) and all persons accountable for workers who perform the role of Designated Tagger (Supervisors).

Before taking this module you must have successfully completed ZES001 and ZES003.

Length: 4 hours
Cost: $50.00

NOTE: There is a requirement date of March 31st, 2016 and a strict 8:00am start time for this program.


Vale ZES004 – Supervisor

This module will provide those who have supervisory accountability within this program knowledge of how the program is to be administered and changed (if necessary), intended to anyone who supervises others requiring personal protection, managing status tags, or filling the role of Designated Tagger.

Before taking this module a supervisory MUST have successfully completed ZES001, ZES003, ZES003.2, and ZES003.3.

Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $25.00


Vale ZES003R – Review

If a client has previously completed the full ZES program and is coming back to renew this program before the one-year expiry date, he/she will complete the ZES review.

This program is instructor-led.

Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $ 40.00

Greater City of Sudbury

City of Greater Sudbury – Environmental, Health & Safety Rules for Contractors (Contractor as Constructor)

This program is intended to educate Contractors, Subcontractors and their employees about the City of Greater Sudbury’s policies and rules regarding Environmental, Health and Safety, as well as their responsibilities and duties as outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including the Regulation for Construction Projects.


City of Greater Sudbury – Environmental, Health & Safety Rules for Service, Non-Construction Work or Construction Work where CGS is the Constructor

This program is intended to educate Contractors, Subcontractors and their employees about the City of Greater Sudbury’s policies and rules regarding Environmental, Health and Safety, as well as their responsibilities and duties as outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations - A Glencore CompanySudbury Integrated Nickel Operations Nickel Rim South Truck Driver Indoctrination

This program introduces participants to Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations’ policies and procedures when working on site.  Also covered are the rules of the road and road safety, location of Security and sign-in, hazards associated with the site and surface orientation.


Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations Smelter Trucker Indoctrination

This program introduces participants to driver safety awareness, railway crossings, speed limits, personal protective equipment required at the entrances to the site, mobile equipment encountered while on site, emergency procedures, reporting accidents and injuries, environmental spills and slips and falls.

NORCAT Contractor Orientation

NORCAT plays an indispensable role in the training and development of contract employees entering heavy industry, with the use of computer based training. NORCAT’s industry site indoctrinations and specific programs capture industrial basic needs. Through their training systems they are able to highlight the important safety aspects and expectations of all those entering the working environment that if not presented properly could result in an undesirable event. This is why they have continued success in being industry’s leader in shared communications of workplace indoctrinations.

Tom Gunn
Industry Leader
Safety

For information about Contractor Orientation please contact NORCAT:

Phone: 705-521-8324, ext. 401
Fax: 705-670-2193