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With over 300 fatalities in the Canadian oil and gas industry in the past 17 years the industry created a standardized set of Life Saving Rules (LSR) aimed at the prevention of serious injuries and fatalities.

This new standard was created jointly by Energy Safety Canada (ESC) and a 14- company Safety Standards Council. It consists of 10 Life Saving Rules and a new Common Safety Orientation (CSO) that can be used by workers across the industry.

The new standard is clear, concise and designed to save lives, reduce inefficiencies and decrease costs. Energy Safety Canada believes that the application and use of the Life Saving Rules could save more than 16 lives each year. This translates into company savings of $1,000,000 per fatality with much lower societal costs, as well as fewer devastating impacts on families.

Source: Energy Safety Canada- Case For Change Presentation

Life Saving Rules are foundational to the Common Safety Orientation and cover:

  1. Confined Space
  2. Working at Height
  3. Work Authorization
  4. Energy Isolation
  5. Line of Fire
  6. Bypassing Safety Controls
  7. Driving
  8. Hot Work
  9. Safe Mechanical Lifting
  10. Fit For Duty

The associated  rules are based on the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) Life Saving Rules and were selected as a way to maximize industry alignment between Canadian and IOGP operations. The Life Saving Rules are intended to supplement and/or support existing company management systems, programs and policies.

Integration of the Life Saving Rules within ABCanada’s Safety Management Systems

With this in mind, Alliance Borealis Canada Corp. (ABCanada) decided to compare the new Life Saving Rules with similar content in our cloud-based HSE management systems. What we found was that virtually all the Life Saving Rules were already a part of the ABCanada Safety Management System content as noted in the table below.

Life Saving Rules Content ABCanada
Confined Space Obtain authorization before entering a confined space

• I confirm energy sources are isolated

• I confirm the atmosphere has been tested and is monitored

• I check and use my breathing apparatus when required

• I confirm there is an attendant standing by

• I confirm a rescue plan is in place

• I obtain authorization to enter

·        Confined Space Entry Code of Practice
Working at Height Protect yourself against a fall when working at height

• I inspect my fall protection equipment before use

• I secure tools and work materials to prevent dropped objects

• I tie off 100% to approved anchor points while outside a protected area

·        Working at Heights
Work Authorization Work with a valid permit when required

• I have confirmed if a permit is required

• I am authorized to perform the work

• I understand the permit

• I have confirmed that hazards are controlled and it is safe to start

• I stop and reassess if conditions change

·        Safe Work Permits
Energy Isolation Verify isolation and zero energy before work begins

• I have identified all energy sources

• I confirm that hazardous energy sources have been isolated, locked, and tagged

• I have checked there is zero energy and tested for residual or stored energy

·        Isolating Equipment
Line of Fire Keep yourself and others out of the line of fire

• I position myself to avoid:

– Moving objects

– Vehicles

– Pressure releases

– Dropped objects

• I establish and obey barriers and exclusion zones

• I take action to secure loose objects and report potential dropped objects

·        Vehicle Safety

·        Signs and Barricades

·        Vehicle Entry, Rig Move and Truck Unloading and Loading

·        Personal Protective and Safety Equipment

·        Pressure Testing

·        Pressure Safety Valves

Bypassing Safety Controls Obtain authorization before overriding or disabling safety controls

• I understand and use safety-critical equipment and procedures which apply to my task

• I obtain authorization before:

– Disabling or overriding safety equipment

– Deviating from procedures

– Crossing a barrier

·        Machine Guarding

·        Signs and Barricades

Follow Safe Driving Rules Follow safe driving rules

• I always wear a seatbelt

• I do not exceed the speed limit, and reduce my speed for road conditions

• I do not use phones or operate devices while driving

• I am fit, rested and fully alert while driving

• I follow journey management requirements

·       Vehicle Safety

·       Cell Phone Safety

·       Journey and Trip Management

·       Fit for Duty

Hot Work Control flammables and ignition sources

• I identify and control ignition sources

• Before starting any hot work:

– I confirm flammable material has been removed or isolated

– I obtain authorization

• Before starting hot work in a hazardous area I confirm:

– A gas test has been completed

– Gas will be

monitored continually

·        Hot Work

·        Hot Oiling

·       Hot Tapping

Safe Mechanical lifting Plan lifting operations and control the area

• I confirm that the equipment and load have been inspected and are fit for purpose

• I only operate equipment that I am qualified to use

• I establish and obey barriers and exclusion zones

• I never walk under a suspended load

·        Working with Mobile Cranes
Fit for Duty Be in a state to perform work safely

• I will be physically and mentally in a state to perform my assigned duties

• I commit to not being under the influence of alcohol or drugs

• I will inform a supervisor immediately if I or a co-worker may be unfit for work

·        Fit for Duty

While the new rules are reflected in our current system, we are undertaking a more complete evaluation of how we can integrate the Life Saving Rules into ABCanada’s HSE system. This will result in a number of changes to STELLAR HSE so that they more completely reflect the new Life Saving Rules.

As for The Common Safety Orientation (CSO), it replaced the electronic General Safety Orientation (e GSO), Petroleum Safety Training (PST), and the Basic Safety Orientation (BSO) as of January 1, 2019.

For more information about what is happening and how to replace your BSO, eGSO, and PST certificates, we encourage you to check the Frequently Asked Questions PDF published by Energy Safety Canada.


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