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66th Annual Petroleum Safety Conference (PSC) – May 2-4, 2017

66th Annual PSC call for speakers

If you were at last year’s Petroleum Safety Conference (PSC) in Banff last year, you may have noticed a smaller, more intimate gathering where great conversations about safety issues were had. We are continuing the tradition at next year’s Conference, set for May 2-4, 2017. This marks our 66th year (yes, you read that right), and will once again be held in Banff.

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Safety survivors: how a serious injury led to changes in safety regulation

Sometimes it takes a tough lesson to create change, and that’s just what Trevor Soppracolle discovered in 2002.

Trevor was working on a snubbing rig near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, when he became the catalyst for a serious overhaul in oil and gas safety. 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 a hazardous gas release almost took a life

We’ve often talked on this blog about the lessons to be learned from safety alerts, and why it’s so helpful to share them. That’s why we’ve decided to feature a few of them here. In this Safety alert! series we’ll be examining some injury incidents and some near misses, to see what we can take away for next time. Continue reading

Hands-on safety training is as real as it gets

Did you know that our Nisku training facility features fully functional oil and gas operations for hands-on training?

Learning by experiencing

Classroom and on-line training has its place, but when it comes to operator courses, there’s nothing like getting your hands dirty and working with the equipment to learn what really goes on. Continue reading

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

Advice for small business: how to prepare your SECOR submission

If you supply services to the oil and gas industry you know that a COR is a common contractor requirement. But did you know that if your company has fewer than 11 employees you qualify for the Small Employer Certificate of Recognition, or SECOR? Continue reading

3 ways Enform supports safety regulation in Canada 

This week we’re going to explore our relationship with WCB, and look at how we collaborate to support safety culture in Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry.

We spoke with Joy Piehl, of WorksafeBC to get her perspective on how they work with Enform to make sure workers get home safely every day. Continue reading

How to lead safety culture from the top

There are many reasons why you want your organization to have a good safety culture. Practical ones include the legal ramifications and cost of incidents; and the fact that profitability and performance are higher in an incident-free workplace. More intrinsic reasons include the emotional and psychological effects on everyone involved when someone is injured.

In the following video, Cameron MacGillivray, Enform’s president and CEO, explains the role that company leaders and managers play in creating a good safety culture within their organizations: Continue reading