Worker Health and Safety

Our vision for worker safety is that every person working with a CEPA company will return home safely to his or her family at the end of the job. Our members recognize that improvement is possible until every worker has zero lost-time incidents.

Two workers pouring coating on a pipeline

Managing Worker Safety Risks

We believe leadership and training, site supervision, safe work sites and measurement to support continuous improvement are all central to the safety of our workers.

Leadership and Culture

Our members understand senior leaderships’ responsibility to signal the importance of safety to all employees and contractors. Translating leadership into a company-wide safety culture is a challenging but vital component in ensuring company policies, practices and procedures are consistently implemented. To succeed, we recognize that everyone from the company president to a junior construction worker needs to be aware of work hazards and understand their responsibility in ensuring their own safety and that of others.

Competency and Training

When hiring employees or contractors, our members assess competency against industry certification standards to ensure workers are qualified to carry out assigned duties. Our members also require workers to complete company-specific training in their protocols, procedures and standards.

Site Supervision

We recognize that competent site supervisors provide safety leadership on our work sites. To ensure regulatory requirements and company policies are implemented at each and every work site, our members always have a qualified individual on-site to supervise the work and safe practices on-site.

Safe Work Sites

CEPA members are committed to making all work sites meet or exceed worker safety regulatory requirements and industry recommended practices. We understand the importance of fully functional and well-maintained equipment, emergency equipment and safety warning and worker personal protective equipment (PPE) in maintaining a safe work site. Our members are also committed to empowering workers to refuse unsafe work.

Measurement and Continuous Improvement

CEPA members collect a range of indicators to measure their worker safety performance and identify areas for improvement.

Driving and Worker Safety

Whether on company business or traveling to and from work locations, motor vehicle incidents are the most significant hazard for our workers. CEPA members recognize there is little comfort in having incident-free work sites and facilities if workers are in danger when traveling to and from work and have made driver safety a top priority. Key initiatives include:

  • Regular driver training.
  • Work planning that ensures workers are not fatigued and have sufficient time to travel the required distances.
  • Work instruction that includes information on rest stops and rescheduling trips if road, vehicle performance or weather conditions are unsafe.

A snapshot of the aggregate CEPA Health and Safety statistics is shown below:

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Driving Incidents (per 1,000,000  km) 3.35 3.18 3.44 2.80 2.50 3.25 2.95 2.91 3.00 3.01 2.97 2.31
Injury Frequency  (per 100 work-year) 1.18 1.52 1.59 1.30 1.18 1.06 0.92 0.87 0.84 0.85 0.69 0.64
Fatalities  (number) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0


CEPA supports Enform, the petroleum industry safety group responsible for developing industry recommended practices and providing worker competency certification and training through funding and participation on their Board of Directors.