March 28 • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Early bird fees (to March 1): $899 plus GST and fees

Regular fees (after March 1): $1199 plus GST and fees


Description and Key Take-Aways:

Have you been puzzled by the requirements of AB OH&S Code Section 215.4, specifically “double-block-and-bleed, blinds or blanks, or an alternate means of isolation certified as safe by a professional engineer”? Are you concerned about how your organization meets those requirements? Do you need to develop plans to meet the requirements of Section 215.4? This session (3 to 4 hours) will enable you to explain and implement the requirements, and check for compliance within your organization. This session will focus on two specific sections of the Alberta OH&S Code, Part 15 Managing the Control of Hazardous Energy, namely section 215.4 Isolating Piping and section 215.5 Pigging Operations. 

This session is based on the presenter's extensive application of Part 15 and sections within the day-to-day operations of nine world-scale petrochemical plants at two geographic facilities in Alberta. 


At the end of this Session, you will be able to:

  • Explain Part 15, Sections 215.4(1), 215.4(5), and 215.5.
  • Explain and specify isolation requirements for safe work.
  • Apply a generic work process to meet 215.4(5). 
  • Assess conditions and practices for compliance.

Key topics include:

  • Difference Between “Means of Isolation” and “Securing Isolation”
  • A Practical Understanding of Part 15, Section 215.4(1) and 215.4(5)
  • How DIB-1, and DIB-2 can meet requirements
  • How to Generate the “Alternate Means, Certified as Safe”
  • Good Practices in Design, Construction, and Start-up

By participating in this session, you will receive:

  • The detailed agenda.
  • The set of key excerpts and tips from the presentation.
  • The work process flowchart that guides one through the application of the requirements.
  • Answers to your questions!

About the Presenter 1:

John R. Cocchio, P.Eng, is the principal of GoSafetyPro, an independent in the field of Engineering Safety and Risk Management. GoSafetyPro offers expertise in the areas of occupational safety and process safety risk management. His expertise is based on over 32 years petrochemical manufacturing industry experience in a broad range of process technologies in several world-scale chemical, petrochemical, and plastics manufacturing plants.


John is also an Industrial Professor at The David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. John has been teaching “Leadership in Risk Management” to senior engineering students at The University of Alberta since 2012. 



About the Presenter 2:

Gobind N Khiani, a UCalgary alumnus with a seasoned change-maker, impacting industrial corporations and start-ups. He has a proven track record in technical and value engineering and holds a Fellowship in Engineering and an MBA.


He is the founder of Users Group (Engineering and Technical Subject Matter Experts),

Alberta. Currently he holds the position of Vice Chairman of Standards Council of

Canada.  He has done peer review on Isolation codes such as API6D, CSA Z662 and Emissions Management regulatory documents for Environment and Climate Change Canada and participated in research and development initiatives for Emissions Management and Reduction Programs, Alberta and Canada & Isolation requirements for Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).


Gobind draws upon a unique mix of public safety policy and start-up/venture capital

experience. He has over 27 years of energy sector experience including regulatory,

standards, technical compliance, strategy, governance, digital innovation, engineering

management, technology, sustainable development, and operations. He is also skilled

in Asset Integrity and Maintenance Management.


Gobind is involved in technical standards (energy, tech, public safety) and has been a

mentor/judge at First Robotics Western Canada. He is also the past chair of Calgary

Branch Executive Committee of APEGA.