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General Safety

Table of Contents
2.0 General Safety
2.1 Preparations to Reduce Risks 
   2.1.1 Working Alone Versus the Buddy System
      2.1.1.1 Risks and Hazards 
      2.1.1.2 Jurisdictional Requirements
   2.1.2 Safety Meetings 
      2.1.2.1 Pre-Program Induction Safety Meetings
      2.1.2.2 Routine Scheduled Safety Meetings
      2.1.2.3 Daily or Shift Work Safety Meetings
      2.1.2.4 Drill Site Safety Meetings 
   2.1.3 Alcohol and Drug Policies
   2.1.4 Job Safety Analyses
   2.1.5 Risk Assessments
      2.1.5.1 The Risk Assessment Process
2.2 Accident and Incident Investigation and Reporting
   2.2.1 Securing the Site
   2.2.2 Observations
   2.2.3 Documentation
   2.2.4 Interviews
   2.2.5 Analysis 
   2.2.6 Recommendations
2.3 Resources

Introduction 

Most accidents occur when people fail to recognize a potentially hazardous situation and do not take preventive measures. The goal of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Health and Safety Guidelines is to increase safety awareness for people employed in the mineral exploration industry, especially those who work in a field environment. It is important to recognize situations where the risks and hazards at a project or camp location are higher than normal, which is typical at remote sites when first aid and medical treatment may be unavailable for hours or even days. Two noteworthy circumstances also increase the risk of accidents - working alone, and being a new employee at a site, especially if the worker is male and under the age of 25. Statistics indicate that 50% of all accidents that happen to young workers aged 15-24 (including students) occur during their first six months on a job.