DEC

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The Canadian Diamond Drilling Association has launched DEC – Drilling Excellence Certification to establish a new, higher standard of quality in the diamond drilling industry. DEC will support drill contractors in improving health and safety, environmental and quality performance.

“Contractor Certification will demonstrate that a drill company is a ‘peace-of-mind’ service provider and open doors to new business opportunities for certified contractors,” according to Sylvie McPhail, Superintendent of Health, Safety, Environment and Community at Bradley Bros. Ltd. “Truly a winning formula for stakeholders.” she adds.

The CDDA has supported mining companies, drilling contractors, manufacturers and suppliers since the 1940’s; Drilling Excellence Certification continues that tradition by bringing drilling contractors in synch with the rest of the minerals industry, where standards are becoming the norm.

The diamond drilling industry has the highest injury rate in the mineral exploration sector, according to the 2009 Canadian Mineral exploration Health & Safety annual report. High injury rates expose drilling contractors and their clients to legal liability and increased cost due to lost work days.

The CDDA’s DEC will help companies demonstrate to clients and regulators that they have a health and safety, environmental and quality management system as listed in the Table of Contents.

“Exploration and mining companies are going to seek out drilling contractors that meet the new standards developed by the Canadian Diamond Drilling Association because it will simplify the selection process by reducing risk associated with environmental and safety performance.” predicts Peter Holbek, Vice President Exploration with Copper Mountain Mining Corporation.

The CDDA currently has 10 CDDA Contractors in the process of becoming certified for DEC and and 4 Certified contractors. There is also a list of current DEC supporters that want to become DEC certified with the CDDA. The DEC program was launched in May 2012 across the country. Get on DEC.

D.E.C Drilling Excellence Certification

The Drilling Excellence Certification Contractor Certification Standard will be available only to members of the CDDA. The following Introduction and Table of Contents provide an overview.

Drilling Excellence Certification Standard – DEC

1. INTRODUCTION

CDDA (Canadian Diamond Drilling Association) and the Exploration and Mining Industry have developed this Drilling Excellence Certification Standard (hereafter called the “Standard”) for Diamond Drilling Contractors (hereafter called a “Contractor”). This Standard includes requirements for an integrated Health and Safety, Environmental and Quality Management System (hereafter called the “management system”).

The management system is intended to support the Contractor in :

  • fulfilling client, regulatory, statutory and other requirements applicable to the Contractor’s operation(s) ;
  • improving health and safety, environmental and quality performance ;
  • attaining other certifications (ex. British Columbia’s Certification of Recognition) leading to possible worker’s compensation rebates or rate reductions and ultimately offsetting the cost of implementing and maintaining the management system ;
  • experiencing external audits ;
  • pre-qualifying to bid on future contracts ;
    managing stakeholder relationships including, but limited to, clients, communities, Aboriginal Peoples, regulatory bodies, etc ;
  • adopting a proactive business approach through the identification and mitigation of risks.

Compliance to this Standard enables a Contractor to :

become a CDDA Certified Contractor; and to be listed in the Register of CDDA Certified Contractors available to CDDA Mining Company members.

This DEC Standard shall be reviewed by the CDDA Standard Working Group on a bi-annual basis to integrate changes in regulatory and statutory requirements, feedback from certified Contractors, as well as changing demands from stakeholders within the requirements.


2. SCOPE AND APPLICATION

Compliance to this Standard enables a Contractor to become a CDDA Certified Contractor and use the Certification and Management System for marketing purposes.

Certification to this Standard does not imply compliance with statutory, regulatory and other applicable requirements. It means that the Contractor has processes in place to identify statutory, regulatory and other applicable requirements and has implemented tools to manage compliance to these requirements.

The depth of the management system including the degree of documentation developed and the methods employed to maintain the system is the full responsibility of the Contractor. CDDA is not responsible for any Contractor’s non-compliance(s) and cannot be held liable for any potential, actual, perceived, implied and/or suggested disadvantages resulting from CDDA Contractor Certification.

The requirements in this Standard are applicable to all sizes of organizations. Application is contingent upon, but not limited to, the Contractor’s :

Health and Safety, Environmental and Quality Policy Statement ;
scale of activities/operations ; and
risk and complexity of operations.

The Contractor may limit the application of the management system to defined business unit(s) or area(s) such as a division or geographical area provided the limitation is described in the Contractor’s scope of certification. Regardless of the limitation, all requirements of Section 4 shall be fulfilled to attain certification.


3. TABLE OF CONTENTS-CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

4 CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

4.1 Policy Statement

4.2 Roles, Functions, Accountabilities and Responsibilities

4.3 Management System Manual

4.4 Training

4.4.1 Personnel and Sub-Contractors

4.4.2 Diamond Drill Field Personnel

4.5 Document Control

4.6 Record Control

4.7 Identification of Legal Requirements and Evaluation of Compliance

4.8 Identification of Risks and Risk Management

4.9 Identification of Specific Client Contractual Obligations

4.10 Continuous Improvement

4.11 Equipment Maintenance

4.12 Emergency Preparedness and Response

4.13 Incidents

4.14 CDDA Statistic Reporting

4.15 Internal Review

4.16 Management Evaluation


 

DEC Certified Companies

 

  • Hy-Tech Drilling Ltd. (Certified)
  • Chibougamau Diamond Drilling Ltd. (Readiness for Recertification)
  • Driftwood Diamond Drilling Ltd. (Readiness for Recertification)
  • Team Drilling (Readiness for Recertification)
  • Bryson Drilling Ltd. (Readiness for Recertification)
  • Aggressive Drilling Ltd. (Readiness for Recertification)
  • Cyr Drilling International Ltd. (Readiness for Recertification)
  • Boart Longyear Canada (Certified) 

Led by the drilling contractors the other stakeholders in the diamond drilling industry are committing to the importance of the standards associated with DEC. Mining and exploration clients, industry suppliers, associations and governments at all levels welcome the CDDA’s leadership, agreeing that Standards Make $en$e.

“PDAC’s members are committed to safe work sites. I strongly endorse this initiative for certification because it will help keep crews safe and reduce risk.”
Bill Mercer, Avalon Rare Metals
“Equity Exploration manages exploration programs for its clients. They need to know that we hire safe, professional drill contractors, and the CDDA’s standards are an important step towards assuring that.”