As the formal approach to training in the sesimic environment has become more common, it is apparent that our particular circumstances require careful thought to get the best long term results. This paper looks at the generally accepted principles paper looks at the generally accepted principles and applies them to field operations.


The problems associated with training in the seismic environment include the high turnover of personnel, frequently the low level of education, personnel, frequently the low level of education, and often language barriers as well. Getting the attitudes of the trainees right and demonstrating the skills, combined with practical involvement, has proved to be the best method; training the supervisors has resulted in a continuing effect long after the trainers have departed.


The subject of safety in the seismic environment has become a matter of prime importance over the last 7 years or so, and while standards have undoubtedly improved, we know that there is still a considerable way to go in improving the application of techniques to our particular operations.

One of the best definitions of safety is 'the control of accidental loss' because it accurately describes it is control (management) and accidental loss (how accidents affect us in their widest sense).

A definition going a step further, indicating a basic route for the achievement of 'the control of accidental loss', is 'safety is the control of trained people'.

In a court case in England, common law duties of employers were stated in respect of safety at work. These were:

to provide a safe place, to provide safe equipment, to provide safe systems of work; and to use competent trained personnel (Wilsons and Clyde Coal Co. vs. English, 1938)

In the seismic world, we obviously have difficulty with a safe place, frequently being harsh, and changing on a daily basis. Equipment suffers during the continual movement between lines and prospects, often aggravated by customs and logistics delays.

Next we come to 'safe systems' one of the basic ways by which we consider a job, assess the risks and eliminate or reduce them, train the personnel and supervise them. The system needs to be written down and be there as a reference so that everybody does the job in the same safe way.

The last of the four is 'competent trained personnel'. Research in your own files will no personnel'. Research in your own files will no doubt produce the same results as the professional safety organisations have found, professional safety organisations have found, i.e. that approximately 85% of accidents are caused by people, and we see it happen whether in factory or bush, in the developed or the developing world.

The most common comment about people who have accidents, or about safety in general, is that they 'lacked common sense'. However, this expression 'common sense' is really an amalgam of a whole lot of components including aptitude, attitude, experience, knowledge, training in procedures and supervision. procedures and supervision. P. 389

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