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Process Safety Initiative

The Process Safety Initiative focuses on preventing catastrophic outcomes through systematic identification and management of risks in worksites engaged in potentially hazardous processes.

Process safety is a proactive form of risk assessment combined with engineering that focuses on preventing catastrophic fires, explosions, accidental chemical releases, and structural collapses, especially in facilities that use, process, and handle hazardous materials. Process safety involves the prevention of leaks, spills, equipment malfunctions, corrosion, component failures, and upset conditions that present serious risks to the health and safety of workers, and potentially the public.

Our goals

The goals of the 2021–2023 Process Safety Initiative are to: 

  • Ensure that workers and employers engaged in complex work processes address the potential for catastrophic events through identifying hazards and managing critical controls
  • Promote a greater worker awareness and participation in process safety management

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.

  • The initiative will target workplaces engaged in complex work processes, including chemical processing, oil and gas, pellet mills, pulp mills and other wood processing and biomass energy production
  • Site inspections will focus on the human and organizational factors to ensure critical risks are identified and the necessary critical controls are in place and effectively managed