Health and Safety

Corporate Responsibility

Health and Safety

Safety is a Core Value

Safety is a core value at Canadian Natural. Therefore, it is of paramount importance throughout all our operational activities. Our ultimate goal through continuous improvement is No harm to people and No safety incidents. Our Safety Excellence programs and Safety Management Systems protect the health and safety of employees, contractors, the public and the environment.

We foster a front-line driven safety culture where everyone contributes to making the workplace safer. Personalizing safety allows individuals to make positive, respectful interventions that ensure mitigation is in place for any identified risks that might affect themselves or others in the workplace. Every day, our field supervisors reinforce this safety culture throughout their specific areas and divisions.

Delivering Safety Excellence

Our Safety Excellence program further enhances our safety performance and management system across our operations. This program has made a meaningful impact on the company and our safety performance by reinforcing continuous improvement through target setting and performance measurement.

Our Safety teams, together with our project and operations groups, identify opportunities for improvement, develop action plans and set key indicators to measure our performance. Our Safety Excellence initiatives promote participation and safety leadership at all levels starting with management and including every employee, contractor and service provider to ensure company-wide alignment.

Senior management actively participates and promotes our safety culture by leading safety meetings with all field operations staff, supervisors, and contractors across Canadian Natural’s operations. Creating value-added safety communications involves incorporating the experiences and expertise of all our employees, and contractors by encouraging and obtaining feedback.

In 2013, senior management conducted 26 Safety Excellence meetings across all divisions both in the field and at the Calgary head office; over 2,500 people participated. The sessions focused on continuous improvement of our safety performance and our Safety Excellence goal – No Harm to People – No Safety Incidents. An online automated presentation tool was used to obtain anonymous real-time feedback.

We promoted a field presence for our frontline supervisors with a goal of an 80/20 balance (80 per cent of the time in the field). We believe that increased time in our field areas develops and directly reinforces a safety culture.

No Harm to People - No Safety Incidents

To ensure no harm to people and no safety incidents, Canadian Natural also focuses on Process Safety Management (PSM). This is a management system that focuses on the prevention and mitigation of, response and recovery from, unplanned hydrocarbon releases that could occur as a result of failures in processes, procedures, or equipment. Canadian Natural believes safe workers and safe operations help deliver steady, reliable production.

We manage personal safety and process safety differently, but we link them together in terms of awareness and potential impact to the worker. We also focus on the integrity of our assets, to address the risks associated with our various operations in a complete manner. Our Safety and Asset Integrity Departments integrate Personal Safety, Process Safety, and Asset Integrity management systems for better coordination and management.

Our Safety teams work with employees and contractors to identify hazards and develop safe work procedures. Safety awareness and communications are crucial in maintaining our strong safety culture. Field employees and management training are part of our strategy to increase safety awareness and minimize risks and injuries.