Category Archives: Process Safety

New process safety guideline will help you prevent a major incident

In a previous blog post, we talked about process safety as a way to help you avoid major incidents. While it’s a fairly new concept to the Canadian oil and gas industry, it’s a way of addressing safety that has been used in the U.S. for some time. Continue reading

Updated IRP helps keep your workers safe around flammable fluids

Fire and Explosion safetyWhen you’re on a wellsite conducting pumping operations, the last word you want to hear is “Fire!” That’s why hazard management is such a huge priority
– and when you’re working with flammable fluids, minimizing the risks can mean the difference between life and death.

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Safety alert! How miscommunication caused a worker’s hand to be crushed

In this, the third installment of our ‘Safety alert!’ series, we’ll be looking at a situation where poor communication, and a failure to follow procedures, almost cost a worker his hand. Continue reading

Join us for some holiday fun – test your safety knowledge

Christmas is almost with us once again! From all here at Enform we want to wish you the very best for the holiday season. Hopefully you had a safe, successful year and you’re looking forward to some special time with friends and family.

Rather than a regular blog post, we’ve put together a fun crossword puzzle so you can test your safety knowledge. Just print out this page, and enjoy!

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Safety survivors (part 4): reflections on a near-death experience

This is the fourth post in our Safety survivors series, in which we hear the stories of people who’ve lived through serious, work related incidents. Their stories of bravery and pain are a sharp reminder of the consequences of a breakdown in safety.

In 1995, Richard Allen was a pipelayer’s helper, working for the City of Victoria. On the morning of October 16, he headed into work as usual; with no suspicion that by lunchtime his life would be changed forever. Continue reading

The human side of safety: lessons from a highway tragedy

This is the second post in our Human side of safety series, and this week we hear from Wendy Ellen-Nittel whose 23-year old son, Blaine, was killed transporting a service rig. Continue reading

The human side of safety: a break down in process safety ends a young life

In this human side of safety series, we’re going to meet some people who have lost loved ones in a workplace tragedy. Their stories provide a poignant reminder of the importance of safety culture and safety awareness in our industry. This week, we spoke with Arlene Vogler, who lost her son Jonathan in 2005…

When the doorbell rings at 5 a.m. and there’s a policeman standing there, it’s never a good thing. Continue reading

New initiative to help you avoid major incidents

Previously on this blog you’ve heard us talk about the importance of process safety. As a member of Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry you undoubtedly understand that major incidents such as fires, explosions or spills are at the forefront of industry social licence concerns. Continue reading

Personal vs. process safety (part 2): safety within a complex process

In part one of this blog series, we talked with Cameron MacGillivray, Enform’s president and CEO, about personal safety. Cameron explained that personal safety involves the safety of individual workers. Process safety is about reducing the probability of potential catastrophic outcomes such as a well blowout or pipeline failure.

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Personal vs. process safety (part 1): why safety starts with the individual

In this two-part series we’re going to look at the difference – and the connection – between personal safety and process safety. We’ll start by finding out what is meant by personal safety.

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