A consistent approach to injury and fatality prevention

A common set of Life Saving Rules provides a consistent approach to the prevention of serious injuries and fatalities. The rules are clear and concise and, when adhered to, will save lives. The Safety Standards Council, part of Energy Safety Canada’s governance, was established with executive representation from companies of varying sizes across industry sectors. The Safety Standards Council collaborates to set industry accepted standards—like the Life Saving Rules—and support their adoption, creating a critical mass to lead the way for industry.


Companies that implement the Life Saving Rules become part of a broader community dedicated to the prevention of serious injuries and fatalities. If your company’s senior leadership is committed to adopting and implementing the Life Saving Rules, please email Safety@EnergySafetyCanada.com for access to the high-resolution rule icons.

Starting the Conversation

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

  • LSR and CSO Overview Presentation
  • Life Saving Rules Backgrounder (includes Life Saving Rules Overview)
  • Life Saving Rules Overview
  • Case for Change
  • Explanation Guide
  • FAQ

Resources for Life Saving Rules

There are several resources, including a toolbox talk for each of the 10 rules, to support the Life Saving Rules:

  • Statement of Commitment Certificate
  • Readiness Checklist
  • Implementation Procedure
  • Example Accountability Models

Toolbox Talks

PDF Bypassing Safety Controls
PDF Confined Space
PDF Driving
PDF Energy Isolation
PDF Fit for Duty
PDF Hot Work
PDF Line of Fire
PDF Safe Mechanical Lifting
PDF Work Authorization
PDF Working at Height

Energy Safety Canada partnered with Devco Consulting to provide a store to purchase promotional resources for Life Saving Rules.


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's Life Saving Rules are backed by research and are based on the types of work tasks with the greatest potential for serious injury or fatality. According to statistics from the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) codes for the oil and gas industry, more than 300 fatalities occurred between 2001 and 2017. Despite 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 have 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.


Our goal:

Zero injuries.

Zero incidents.