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Oil and 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 and interactions directed towards high-risk work activities in the sector. 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.

Our goals

The goal of the 2021–2023 Oil and Gas Initiative is to prevent injuries, particularly fatal and serious injuries.

Our focus

2022 inspectional approach

For 2022 inspections, prevention officers will take a risk-based approach to ensure that the most significant risks are effectively managed. This approach involves workers and employers identifying hazards, evaluating risks, and implementing the appropriate controls specific to the on-site activities. In addition, it focuses on employers ensuring these efforts are effectively communicated to workers and monitored through foundational occupational health and safety systems such as orientations, training, supervision, incident investigations, worksite inspections, and (where applicable) joint health and safety committees that are robust and well supported.

Targeted inspections, in combination with other tactics, such as developing tools and resources and partnerships with Energy Safety Canada and industry trade associations, will focus on the following areas:

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

What you can do

Our Oil & gas pages provide resources and information on how to understand and address some of the health and safety issues to focus on in your industry.