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Potentially Serious Incidents

The Potentially Serious Incidents (PSI) Program will improve worker safety by standardizing the confidential collection, storage and analysis of potentially serious incident data.

The PSI Program allows for:

  • Aggregate PSI data to be broadly and anonymously shared through Energy Safety Canada
  • Sharing of trends, emerging issues, best practices and potential solutions to accelerate learnings within industry
  • Engagement of frontline workers, supervisors, and employers
  • Development of intervention strategies to drive the reduction of injury and illness in the Canadian oil and gas industry

Alberta was chosen as the initial area to rollout the PSI Program because it aligns with recent changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which include mandatory reporting of PSIs. To reduce duplication, Energy Safety Canada will work collaboratively with the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Labour to directly access oil and gas company PSI data.

PSI Task Group

The Energy Safety Canada Potentially Serious Incident Task Group was established to develop a process for the collection, analysis and sharing of PSI learnings within industry.

Together with the Safety Standards Council, Energy Safety Canada saw an opportunity to increase worker safety by standardizing the collection, storage and analysis of potentially serious incident data. 

Potentially Serious Incident Guideline

This guideline is intended to assist the oil and gas industry in the identification and reporting of incidents with the potential to cause serious injury to a person.

Potentially Serious Incidents Reports

In Alberta (Section 40(5) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act), all potentially serious incidents must be reported:

If a potentially serious incident occurred in another province please report directly to Energy Safety Canada:

For more information on ESC's Potentially Serious Incident Program and to join the community of practice that meets quarterly, please contact Safety@EnergySafetyCanada.com.