CALGARY, June 2, 2014 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB), along
with the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board and the
Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, is taking
additional steps to improve safety in the oil and gas industry with the
release of a joint statement and framework on Safety Culture. The final
paper, titled, "Advancing Safety in the Oil and Gas Industry: Statement
on Safety Culture," outlines the NEB's expectations of regulated
companies to build and sustain a strong Safety Culture.
Frameworks are intended to simplify and communicate a complex concept by
dividing it into distinct dimensions. The Safety Culture Framework is
divided into four negative dimensions that act as threats to
organizational safety, and four positive dimensions that act as
cultural defences against these threats. Being able to recognize both
positive and negative dimensions of Safety Culture better equips an
organization to prevent potential incidents.
In addition to the framework, the NEB recently amended its National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations to require companies to have management systems in place that support
the development and maintenance of a healthy Safety Culture. The NEB
holds companies accountable for all management system requirements
including those related to Safety Culture.
"The NEB already has the tools and regulations in place to enforce
safety in Canada's energy sector," said Gaétan Caron the Chair and CEO
of the National Energy Board. "With the release of the Safety Culture
Framework, we are asking industry to go even further in order to
develop organizational cultures where safety is a core value."
The completion of the framework is the first step in the NEB's journey
to advance Safety Culture. The NEB will continue to work with other
regulators, subject matter experts and interested parties to support
improved understanding of Safety Culture across industry. The NEB will
also continue its efforts to develop Safety Culture indicators that can
be used by the NEB to gather information and identify potential hazards
before they become problems.
The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several
parts of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and
protection of the environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to
regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public
interest. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit
This news release is available on the NEB's website at www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!
To view the discussion paper Advancing Safety in the Oil and Gas
Industry: Statement on Safety Culture, please visit http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/clf-nsi/rsftyndthnvrnmnt/sfty/sftycltr/sftycltr-eng.html.
SOURCE: National Energy Board
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