How safe are the conditions for people who work in the pipeline industry?

The pipeline industry is responsible for almost 34,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs across Canada, and CEPA members want every employee, contractor and supplier to return home safely every day.

Every CEPA member aims to create a safe work environment through a combination of training, supervision and safety culture. Leadership and training, site supervision, safe work sites and continuous improvement are all central to the well-being of everyone engaged in the safe delivery of energy. In fact, in 2012, the pipeline industry had a lower rate of injury than the federally-regulated banking industry.

Leading from the top keeps everyone safe

Safety is a high priority for every single person in the pipeline industry – everyone from the newest recruit to a contractor to the president & CEO has a ‘safety first’ mindset. Those in leadership roles communicate the importance of safety to all employees and contractors, and ensure safe operations are consistently and universally implemented.

Everyone is responsible for their own safety and the safety of others.

Training is constant

Training is a regular part of working at CEPA member companies, both to reinforce safe habits as well as become familiar with new technology. CEPA members have their own company-specific training on their protocols, procedures and standards.

Climing up to top of tanker

Safety is the top priority of the pipeline industry.

Employees meet industry certification to begin with – then receive rigorous training on the job to stay well-informed of safe practices.

Exceeding standards

Every industry has safety standards. In the pipeline industry, the standards are particularly high and constantly reinforced. All employees, and even contractors, must achieve training and certification standards before they are hired. A few examples of training and certification include equipment operation, hydrogen sulphide safety training and fall protection training. These qualifications must be kept current.

Employees meet very high standards and then continually train to maintain them.

Maintaining safety on every work site

All CEPA members have safety leaders on each and every worksite to help team members maintain safe practices. They are also responsible for maintaining safety equipment, worker personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency equipment readiness.

Every worker has a responsibility to act safely and ensure their own safety and that of their co-workers.

Every worker has a responsibility to act safely and ensure their own safety and that of their co-workers.

Safety is the number one priority on every job site for every employee.

Sharing to continuously improve together

CEPA members monitor safety performance and share information with each other to ensure the highest standards are maintained. When a safety innovation succeeds with one operator, the idea is shared and adopted by all. For instance, driving incidents per 1,000,000 km have decreased by 46 per cent in the last four years due to improvements in driver training and work planning. The industry is committed to operating in a manner that protects workers, the environment and the public.

Together with industry partners, we are committed to ensuring worker safety.

Engaging Enform to boost safety practices

Enform is the safety training association for the oil and gas industry; they are experts at maintaining pipeline industry safety standards. Their focus is the continuous improvement of safety through hundreds of courses and programs, providing training, guidance and certification. In 2014, Enform set an all-time training record with over 341,000 certificates issued.

“Enform works with the pipeline industry to deliver safety programs, some of which are recognized as standards internationally. In addition, Enform has worked with the pipeline sector to develop custom training programs to address unique needs. Together these efforts serve to promote and foster the industry’s strong safety culture.” Enform President and CEO, Cameron MacGillivray.

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