Tapping Canada’s vast oil sands is a complex endeavor involving far more than equipment and technology. Underpinning every step in the process are policies, procedures and programs geared to cultivating effective relationships while safeguarding the communities where we work.

Oil sands work sites present potential risks because people operate heavy equipment and may be exposed to hazardous substances. Industry employees and the contractors who work closely with the industry may be at increased risk if they are inexperienced, untrained or inadequately supervised.


The industry strives to ensure every worker arrives home safe at the end of each work day. Safety is paramount, and industry requires that all employees have the training and competency they need to remain safe on the job and support the safety of those with whom they work.

A number of elements are in place to create and maintain a safe work environment:  


  • The industry provides safety training so that everyone understands common and job specific risks and how to reduce them. 
  • Industry ensures individuals have the experience and training needed to carry out their work, and offer practical, on-site mentorship to new employees. 
  • A number of programs emphasize safe driving, including trip management and driver fatigue. 
  • CAPP member companies and senior service-sector officers participate in Safety Stand-down Week, which gives front-line workers the opportunity to discuss safety issues directly with executive managers and CEOs. 
  • CAPP works closely with ENFORM, an industry sponsored organization that works with industry to keep it apprised of safety concerns, assists in the development of industry-recommended practices, and provides ongoing training towards a better and safer workplace.


Health and Safety

The Athabasca Oil Sands Project's (AOSP) Expansion 1 project passed a historic milestone of 43 million hours without a Lost Time Incident (LTI) across their operations.

Time to raise your hand Canada!

We will never stop working to protect our environment, our people and our communities. Our country has extensive regulations and safety systems for producing and transporting our energy via all means – rail, marine and pipeline. Between 2002 and 2013, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) members were able to transport oil and natural gas with 99.999% safety record.

Innovation stories

RCE Awards

The Responsible Canadian Energy Awards recognize CAPP members who have demonstrated exceptional performance in their commitment to responsible development of Canada’s oil and gas industry. The awards are a key part of the RCE Program and serve as an important opportunity for industry to demonstrate progress and encourage a collaborative approach in pursuit of solutions in environmental, health and safety and social performance.


Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is an alliance of oil sands producers focused on accelerating the pace of improvement in environmental performance in Canada's oil sands through collaborative action and innovation.