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 Management System (SMS) protects 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 Initiative further enhances our safety performance and management system across our operations. This initiative has made a meaningful impact on the company and our safety performance by reinforcing continuous improvement. Our Safety, Projects and Operations teams identify opportunities for improvement, develop action plans and set key indicators to measure our performance. 

Safety Excellence promotes participation and safety leadership at all levels starting with management and including every employee, contractor and service provider to ensure company-wide alignment. To incorporate the experiences and expertise of all, our employees and contractors are encouraged to provide feedback. 

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 In 2014, senior management conducted Safety Excellence meetings with over 4,200 people from the field, UK offices, offshore operations and Calgary head office. The sessions focused on continuous improvement of our safety performance and our Safety Excellence goal – No Harm to People – No Safety Incidents.  

Canadian Natural also has formal joint management/worker health and safety committees in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Canada. These committees conduct quarterly meetings to monitor, receive feedback and advice on health and safety programs. 

We promote 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

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. For better coordination and management, our Safety and Asset Integrity departments integrate Management System frameworks for Personal Safety (safety of all workers), Asset Integrity (safety, compliance and reliability of our pipelines, pressure equipment, tanks and infrastructure) and Process Safety Management (PSM; integrity of processes for prevention and mitigation of unplanned hydrocarbon releases).

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.