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Oil & Gas Initiative

The Oil and Gas Initiative is designed to reduce the oil and gas industry’s serious injury rate through the implementation of risk-reduction tactics directed towards high-risk work activities. The initiative provides targeted inspectional activities, health and safety consultative services, and strategic partnerships that mobilize industry to undertake health and safety improvements. The initiative focuses prevention efforts on identified areas of high risk in order to apply resources and activities where they will be most effective.


The goals of the 2018–2020 Oil and Gas Initiative are to prevent injuries, particularly fatal and serious injuries, in relation to:

  • Fire and explosions in oil and gas operations and the well servicing sector
  • Temporary flow piping systems
  • Manual free falling
  • Pipeline construction
  • Occupational exposures


  • Conduct targeted inspections relating to strategic focus areas
  • Develop tools and resources relating to safe work procedures at high risk operations
  • Support and partner with Energy Safety Canada and industry trade associations to strengthen mitigation measures relating to strategic focus areas
  • Deliver key messaging and information to employers and workers

2019 additional focus

When we developed the 2018–2020 initiative, we recognized that within the three-year time frame we would need to retain flexibility to add additional focus areas. In 2019, an additional focus is on tank cleaning (400 barrel and larger, temporary and fixed). Specifically, reducing the risks of fire and explosion and overexposure to known hazardous vapours and substances during tank cleaning.

Entering a confined space during tank cleaning increases the risk of exposure to a wide array of aromatic hydrocarbon-based substances, silica, mercury, and diesel exhaust.

Deliverables and timelines

Activities Details
Focused inspections
Q1–Q4 2019
  • Conduct inspections relating to well stimulation and servicing, pipeline construction, hand falling, tank cleaning and occupational exposures
  • Conduct follow-up inspections, consultation, education, or additional enforcement activities
Awareness and education activities
Q1–Q4 2019
  • Provide information, input, and guidance to industry at various forums, including conferences, workshops, industry sessions, and committee meetings
  • Support the integrity and sustainability of the Oil and Gas Faller Program
  • Develop vacuum truck resources and exposure safety information

Updates and results

As part of our strategic initiative to develop measures to assess the effectiveness of prevention activities, we are providing updates of our High Risk Strategies and Industry Initiatives.

Note: To save space in bulleted lists, our update documents may refer to occupational health and safety as OHS. All references to the Act, refer to Part Three of the Workers Compensation Act. Penalties and warning letters reported in updates may have been initiated by inspections in a previous quarter.

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