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Dropped Objects

Creating a company-wide dropped objects prevention program presents a significant opportunity to prevent serious injuries and incidents. The success of dropped objects prevention in any company is a function of a strong commitment to thorough implementation of the program.

Program Alignment

This program aligns with other Energy Safety Canada prevention strategies such as:

Program Resources 

Watch the recording of the Dropped Objects Prevention webinar for an overview of the resources.

This best practice is designed to assist companies in the development, maintenance and on-going improvement of dropped objects prevention. Every company’s risks of dropped objects will vary. As such, each one’s control strategies may be slightly different to reflect the work environment and associated risks and challenges but should take into consideration the various components discussed in this document.

  • Dropped Objects Best Practice
  • The Dropped Objects Procedure for Managing the Program outlines a process for managing or developing a dropped object prevention program as part of a health and safety management system. It can be used to gain leadership alignment and can be used to get sites ready to implement a rollout while ensuring an ever-green DROPS Program. The Procedure can be customized to meet a fit-for-purpose outcome.

  • Dropped Object Program Procedure
  • This 3-minute video on dropped objects is designed to expand industry’s understanding of dropped objects and associated risk factors and encourage hazard identification and control. Please review the YouTube video description for helpful instructions on how to use this video, questions to ask and talking points to review with your workers.

  • Dropped Objects Microlearning Video
  • This tool has been designed to educate industry on the use and limitations of exclusion zones and the need for other preventative barriers to build capacity to fail safe. Energy Safety Canada is seeking to publish the calculations and methodology around the exclusion zone tool in a peer-reviewed journal and will provide the link to this publication within the tool when it is available. At that time, final draft will be removed from the tool.

  • Dropped Objects Exclusion Zone Tool | FINAL DRAFT
  • Supporting Research

    Reviewing industry safety trends and research can help drive improved safety performance. The provincial Top Target Injuries Report is available for Alberta and Saskatchewan and provides historical insight into injuries in the energy industry. 

    Online Store

    Energy Safety Canada has partnered with Devco Consulting Ltd. to provide a third-party store to purchase resources for dropped objects prevention.

    Items available include:

    • Decals
    • Magnets
    • Posters
    • Banners
    • Flagging Tape
    • Signs
    • Promotional Merchandise

    Drops | Canadian Chapter

    Energy Safety Canada has partnered with DROPS (DropsOnline) in the establishment of a Canadian Chapter.

    To become a member of this Canadian Chapter please review the Terms of Reference on the Canadian Chapter DROPS website and send an email to Safety@EnergySafetyCanada.com indicating your interest in participation.

    Free membership in the Canadian Chapter is available to interested Canadian companies.