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.

Guiding Principles for
Oil Sands Development:  People 

  • We will provide a safe environment for our employees, contractors, and the communities where we operate.
  • We will provide employment and business opportunities for regional communities, including
    Aboriginal peoples.
  • We will respectfully engage directly affected stakeholders through all stages of our operations.
View the full list of Guiding Principles for Oil Sands Development

Innovation Stories

Expansion 1 Project’s 43 million hours LTI free achievement
(Shell Canada – 2011 Responsible Canadian Energy Award recipient)

Advanced Safety Auditing
(ConocoPhillips – 2010 Stewardship
Award recipient)

Contractor Safety: Improving More Than Statistics
(Imperial Oil Limited – 2009 Stewardship Award recipient)

Responsible Canadian Energy (RCE) Award for Health and Safety
(Chevron – Beaufort Sirluaq Seismic Program)