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Life Saving Rules

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  • A common set of Life Saving Rules establishes a consistent approach in the prevention of serious injuries and fatalities, which enables the standardization of a common safety orientation to reduce redundancy
  • The new rules are clear and concise and have the potential to save lives and reduce inefficiencies
  • The new rules align with our shared goal of zero injuries and zero incidents
  • The Safety Standards Council, a key component of Energy Safety Canada’s governance mandate, was established with executive representation from companies of varying sizes across industry sectors
  • The Safety Standards Council has agreed to collaborate to set standards and support their adoption, creating a critical mass to lead the way for industry



The success of Life Saving Rules in any company is a function of a strong commitment to the thorough implementation of Life Saving Rules. Companies that implement the Life Saving Rules Program become part of a broader community of practice in the prevention of serious injuries and fatalities. If your company is committed at senior leadership levels to Life Saving Rules, please email Safety@EnergySafetyCanada.com to gain access to the high resolution rule icons.

Starting the Conversation

The following materials are available to assist you in having conversations within your company about Energy Safety Canada's Life Saving Rules Program:

Guiding Principles

The Life Saving Rules Program is based on a set of guiding principles:

  • Standardization: companies agree to adopt and not alter the rule's logos or descriptions
  • Support: companies will support workers and supervisors in the adoption, use and on-going management of the rules
  • Accountability: companies acknowledge that any breach of the rule is unacceptable and will investigate infractions and take appropriate action when rules are violated
  • Continuous Improvement: companies will monitor, report and evaluate their programs for improvement in safety performance
  • Shared Learning: companies will report, share lessons learned and best practices through Energy Safety Canada

Program Resources

The Life Saving Rule Program contains the following:


Energy Safety Canada has partnered with Devco Consulting Ltd. to provide a third-party store to purchase resources for Life Saving Rules. The store can be accessed here.




These 10 Life Saving Rules form the first Industry Accepted Standard from Energy Safety Canada. Download the Industry Accepted Standard here.

The following companies have endorsed the Industry Accepted Standard on Life Saving Rules:


  • Birchcliff Energy Ltd.
  • Cenovus Energy Inc.
  • EnCana Corp.
  • Imperial Oil Ltd.
  • SAExploration (Canada) Ltd.
  • Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
  • Clean Harbors Inc.
  • Ensign Energy Services Inc.
  • Precision Drilling Corp.
  • Schlumberger Ltd.
  • Weatherford Canada Ltd.



Energy Safety Canada has established a community of practice (COP) that meets on a quarterly basis to share learnings and data, hold workshops and discuss related topics such as potentially serious incidents (PSI), line of fire, etc. To be part of this community of practice please e-mail Safety@EnergySafetyCanada.com to obtain an invitation to these meetings.



Energy Safety Canada's Life Saving Rules are backed by research and based on the greatest potential for serious injury or fatality. Based on the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) codes for the oil and gas industry, more than 300 fatalities occurred between 2001 and 2017. Despite more recent industry efforts, improvements in the prevention of health and safety incidents have not translated to the elimination of serious injuries and fatalities. In the past 17 years, there has been an average of 20 fatalities per year in Canada's oil and gas industry. More than 80% of these tragic events could have been prevented if Energy Safety Canada's Life Saving Rules were implemented across industry. 

A preliminary fatality analysis report is available here.



Energy Safety Canada acknowledges the support, information and guidance from the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) and the Safety Standards Council companies and their representatives.


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