Energy Association Leaders Sign Statement of Commitment to Safety
May 1, 2017
Canada’s oil and gas industry solidifies efforts to further reduce worker injuries and deaths
CALGARY, Alberta – Canada’s oil and gas industry trade associations have signed a Statement of Commitment to accelerate their efforts to eliminate worker-related injuries or incidents. Signatories to the document, include the Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC), the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC), the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC) and the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC).
“As an industry, our goal is to achieve a zero incident or injury rate. We have made great progress, but there is more that can be done,” says Enform’s president and CEO Cameron MacGillivray, who helped to spearhead the initiative.
The Statement of Commitment recognizes that creating and advancing a safety culture and effective safety leadership are critical to further improving the industry’s safety performance. It also acknowledges the value of employers in the energy industry working together and sharing resources and knowledge to protect their workers and the communities where the industry operates.
The Statement of Commitment also focuses the industry on emerging safety issues and concerns. In particular, as activity and hiring ramps up following the last two years of layoffs there is concern over the potential for a rise in the number of incidents or injuries with workers.
“We saw this trend occur when we came out of the last downturn in 2009. The change in the size of our industry has a strong correlation with overall claim rates. This means that now more than ever, we must continue to work collaboratively and proactively to protect our workers for a stronger and safer industry,” said MacGillivray, noting that the oil and gas industry struck a Task Force on Safety Culture two years ago to address safety culture issues.
As well, both employers and workers are concerned about how marijuana legalization could affect the workplace, especially in safety-sensitive areas.
“We’re not for or against the legalization of marijuana. We just want answers to what we think are fundamental questions that affect safety. We want to understand what controls are being put in place, such as defined limits measured with tools like the breathalyzer for alcohol, and what duty of care obligations employers will have for ensuring a safe work place,” says Mark Salkeld, president and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada.
With federal legislation to legalize marijuana expected to come into force in July 2018, as the industry’s safety association, Enform is calling on all levels of government to work together to address concerns on this and other important safety issues.
“Over the last few years, we have seen this industry successfully navigate unique challenges, including; volatile markets, ongoing industry consolidations, the Fort McMurray wildfire, expanding and contracting workforces and new technologies and regulations. And, we want to see that kind of success continue,” says MacGillivray.
“As industry leaders, we have a profound responsibility to promote and inspire a culture of safety that will better protect the workers and communities in which we work,” adds Jim Donihee, co-lead of the Task Force on Safety Culture Steering Committee and Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.
Cameron MacGillivray, President and CEO of Enform (far right) with Statement of Commitment Signatories left to right: Gary Leach, President, Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC); Jim Donihee, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA); Mark Scholz, President, Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC); Mark Salkeld, President and CEO, Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), Tim McMillan, President and CEO, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Absent from photo: Mike Doyle, President, Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC).
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