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SIMSA Tour of Rocanville Potash Mine

June 6, 2018

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SIMSA members only!

To do the tour, you must attend SIMSA’s AGM on May 16th in person, and enter your name to be drawn from a hat at the AGM.  We will choose 29 persons; 15 will tour the mine before lunch and 15 the mill before lunch (an additional 10 persons will be joining us from FHQ).  After lunch, the groups switch.  Tours likely to begin at 8:00 a.m.  You are responsible for your transportation to and from the site.  Check in at Scissors Creek security for underground tour and Rocanville security for surface tour.

Note:  There is a limit of 2 tickets per SIMSA member company.  There are 30 tickets available to SIMSA in total – I require 1, so 29 will be drawn for.  Initially we had 40 tickets, but given the FHQ event the next day, we offered 10 to them so we could participate together.






  1. PROPER ATTIRE – no shorts, skirts or dresses.  Jeans or similar preferred.  Long sleeve shirts required (sleeve rolled down) or you can wear disposable coveralls provided by the mine.  No jewellery of any kind.  Long hair should be tied back or up.


  1. SHOES – sensible walking shoes – no open toed sandals or high heels.  You will be walking on uneven ground in the mine.


  1. CONTACT LENSES – some people have trouble with contact lenses due to the salt dust in the atmosphere.


  1. HEALTH  – this is a rigorous tour with considerable walking and climbing stairs.  Those with  breathing problems such as asthma, heart problems, severe arthritis, or those who suffer from claustrophobia should reconsider.


DUST – visitors will be exposed to salt dust.


HEAT – the mine is warm at 270 C; product is discharged from the dryers at 200 0 C.

Product and equipment are both too hot to touch.


NOISE – high noise levels of a typical industrial setting.  Ear plugs are provided at each mine site.


  1. GRATING – some people are uncomfortable walking on floor grating when they can see through to the main floor below.


  1. DISCIPLINE – this is an industrial operation and guides are fully occupied observing everyone and trying to avoid all foreseeable problems.  There is no place for pranks or undisciplined behavior.  Stay with your guide – do not wander from your group.


  1. PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT – Visitors are required to wear a HARD HAT, SAFETY GLASSES and GLOVES while on site (provided at mine site).                                                                                      



June 6, 2018


Rocanville Potash Mine