Environment, Health & Safety
We are committed to ensuring everyone returns home safely at the end of each and every day, and that our assets are operated in a safe manner. This commitment to safety is based on caring for employees, our contractors, the communities in which we operate and the environment.
The Enbridge values of Integrity, Safety and Respect establish how we conduct our affairs individually and collectively at a moral and ethical level. The Health & Safety Principles compliment these values by guiding our actions, policies, procedures and culture.
The following Principles are fundamental expectations on Our Path to Zero; in which safety is everyone's responsibility, leadership is accountable for safety performance, continuous improvement is required, hazards are controlled, and our commitment to caring extends beyond the workday.
Safety isn't just a priority. It's our way of life. It's a core value that makes us who we are.
Health & Safety Principles
- All injuries, incidents, and occupational illnesses can be prevented.
We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, our contractors and the public. Our goal is to have zero injuries, incidents or occupational illnesses. Striving for anything less than "zero" can lead to the false belief that injuries, incidents and occupational illnesses are inevitable and acceptable. In every instance, following company policies and procedures is a basic requirement in protecting the health and safety of workers and the public.
- All operating exposures can be controlled.
This Principle is similar to the first Principle that all injuries, incidents, and occupational illnesses can be prevented. It holds that all operating exposures and uncontrolled releases that may result in injury, illness or environmental damage can be prevented, and that effective safeguards can be provided in advance. All efforts must be made to eliminate sources of danger. However, when this is not possible or practical, policies and procedures such as the use of personal protective equipment and clothing, safety devices, etc. must be strictly followed to minimize risk. These policies and procedures should be followed to safeguard operating exposures now and in the future.
- Management is accountable for safety performance.
People leaders are accountable for safe operations and the safety and health of the workers under their direction. This includes accountability for establishing and maintaining a safe work environment, including establishing Policies and Procedures, providing the proper equipment, completing appropriate training, fixing deficiencies promptly, and ensuring processes for continuous improvement are reviewed.
- All employees/contractors are responsible for safety.
People are the most important element of the health and safety program. Employees and contractors are expected to take personal accountability for their safety, that of their co-workers, and the safe operations of our assets; involvement is the cornerstone of a safe, interdependent workplace. Our success in safety depends on all levels of the organization being personally accountable for consistently adhering to Policies, Procedures, Regulations, Codes and Standards; working safely is a condition of employment.
- Assessment and improvement are a must.
We are committed to proactively managing our safety system performance through safety observations, inspections, assessments, process hazard reviews, investigations, quality control/assurance procedures, etc., in a way that supports our drive to zero injuries, incidents and occupational illnesses. Deficiencies revealed through these processes, and other investigations must be promptly addressed and communicated.
- We promote off-the-job health and safety for our employees 24/7.
Our concern for the health and safety of employees extends beyond the workplace. An off-the-job injury is as painful and impactful as one suffered on the job. Employees are encouraged to demonstrate their leadership and excellence in health and safety practices for the benefit of their families, friends and community.