Health and Safety

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Canada's oil and natural gas industry's top priority is the health and safety of employees, the public and the communities where we operate.

Emergency Response Plans (ERPs)

ERPs are designed to ensure safety and are a vital tool used to protect people in areas that surround oil and natural gas operations. ERPs address public and facility protection and ensure that all emergency responders have a clear plan of action.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) requires all oil and natural gas companies to establish and maintain ERPs for their operations as part of Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements for the Petroleum Industry.

Protecting our employees

Employees and contractors keep our companies running, and protecting them is imperative. Canada's oil and natural gas industry provides safety training so everyone understands common risks and how to reduce them. We ensure that individuals have the experience and training to carry out their work, and run programs that provide practical, on-site mentorship from more experienced staff to new employees. We also work to ensure our people are ready for the job every day by helping them manage their fatigue and emphasizing driving safety. And we conduct drug and alcohol testing and treatment to ensure that workers are not impaired on the job.

Bringing senior staff to the field

CAPP member company and service sector senior officers participate in Safety Stand-down Week. This is an opportunity for front-line workers to discuss safety issues directly with executive managers and CEOs.

Providing training

We work closely with Energy Safety Canada, an independent organization that issues regular safety alerts to the industry, to develop industry-recommended practices and provide training that guides our workers toward a better and safer workplace.

Protecting workers offshore

The offshore oil and natural gas industry in Atlantic Canada operates in a challenging environment. The remoteness of offshore workplaces and harsh weather conditions are examples of the challenges industry works to overcome.

Our industry is guided by comprehensive health and safety plans, which are developed by operators and submitted to regulators before any activity is approved. The Canada-Nova Scotia and Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Boards audit company health and safety programs and regularly inspect offshore work locations. The boards have the authority to shut down operations that are deemed unsafe.

We also use safety management systems to monitor, maintain and improve safety performance. Management systems assess the effectiveness of safety programs and determine areas for improvement.