We continue to focus on keeping our workers, and the public, safe.

The industry strives to ensure every worker arrives home safe at the end of each work day. Safety is paramount, and industry requires that all employees have the training and competency they need to remain safe on the job and support the safety of those with whom they work.

Safety in the oil sands industry means:

  • Safety of people (including workers, community and the public)
  • Safe and reliable operations
  • Product stewardship of crude oil throughout its transportation lifecycle (including pipeline, marine, rail and truck)

Canada’s oil and gas industry trade associations came together and signed a statement of commitment toward advancing safety culture and leadership. As an industry, the goal is to achieve a zero incident or injury rate.

Industry safety associations support oil sands operators in the continuous improvement of safety. Providing a forum for industry collaboration on training, safety management planning and resource development, these organizations help oil sands producers reduce workplace safety incidents.

For more than 50 years, Energy Safety Canada has been the safety association for the upstream oil and gas industry in Canada. The Oil Sands Safety Association represents the specific needs of oil sands operators. In 2015, the two organizations announced their intention to merge for better alignment on risk mitigation, industry best practices and training towards a safer workplace.

How is safety regulated in the oil sands?

Regulatory requirements for the oil sands industry are set by federal and provincial governments. Companies are responsible for meeting these requirements on all of their sites and are subject to safety audits from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). Oil sands operators strive to exceed these requirements by developing comprehensive programs to promote a culture of safety.

The safety of people, process operations and our products rely on a culture of safety fostered by the leadership of the oil sands producers.