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Why safety culture is important in preventing disasters

The safety of your workers depends on many factors including training, and the systems, protocols and technology you have in place to prevent incidents. But once you have those safeguards, how important is your organizational safety culture? Continue reading

3 ways Enform supports safety regulation in Canada 

This week we’re going to explore our relationship with WCB, and look at how we collaborate to support safety culture in Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry.

We spoke with Joy Piehl, of WorksafeBC to get her perspective on how they work with Enform to make sure workers get home safely every day. Continue reading

Safety survivors (part 3): fire survivor turned safety advocate

This is the third post in our Safety survivors series. By sharing the stories of people who have survived serious injuries, we hope to demonstrate the devastating consequences that can arise from small lapses in safety awareness.

This week we hear from Spencer Beach, Continue reading

How to lead safety culture from the top

There are many reasons why you want your organization to have a good safety culture. Practical ones include the legal ramifications and cost of incidents; and the fact that profitability and performance are higher in an incident-free workplace. More intrinsic reasons include the emotional and psychological effects on everyone involved when someone is injured.

In the following video, Cameron MacGillivray, Enform’s president and CEO, explains the role that company leaders and managers play in creating a good safety culture within their organizations: Continue reading

Safety survivors (part 1): narrowly escaping a bear

No one ever expects to be seriously injured – whether they’re on or off the job. But, unfortunately, when safety protocols aren’t followed, incidents have a tendency to happen.

With this in mind, today we start our Safety survivors series, where we’ll be talking with workers who experienced the unthinkable and survived. And we’ll be learning how safety training and protocols could have helped protect them. Continue reading

Personal vs. process safety (part 1): why safety starts with the individual

In this two-part series we’re going to look at the difference – and the connection – between personal safety and process safety. We’ll start by finding out what is meant by personal safety.

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Why now is a good time for safety training

What happens to safety training during an economic downturn, when oil companies are cutting operations and costs?

We spoke with Cameron MacGillivray, Enform’s president and CEO, to find out if there is any tendency for companies to cut training under these market conditions. Continue reading

Safety matters (part 4): when small mistakes have huge consequences

This is part four in our Safety matters series, where we’ll be discussing a number of key safety issues in Canada’s oil and gas industry.

What causes major incidents such as oil spills or explosions? According to Andrew Hopkins, emeritus professor of sociology at Australian National University in Canberra, many major incidents happen not because of big mistakes, but because warning signs were dismissed. Continue reading

Safety matters (part 3): why denial can be deadly

That’ll never happen here. Sound familiar? We’ve all thought it and we’ve all seen it – the blind belief that nothing bad will happen. This common state is sometimes called a culture of denial.

To learn more about this phenomenon and how it applies to workplace safety, we spoke with Andrew Hopkins, emeritus professor of sociology at Australian National University in Canberra, and an independent oil and energy professional.

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Safety matters (part 2): making sure their first day isn’t their last

Every time a new worker steps foot on your turf, there’s a lot to consider. Things like training, orientation, defining responsibilities and more. What you shouldn’t have to worry about is whether they’ll make it home at the end of their shift.

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