May 21, 2020
Occupational health and safety
We take a holistic approach to occupational health and safety, with multiple complementary programs that address the workplace and home, the individual and family and our workforce, comprised of employees and contractors. We allow no compromise in the welfare of our workforce, making health and safety integral to planning and execution and a priority in the field, in our offices and in the boardroom.
A key component of our strategy to keep health and safety top-of-mind around-the-clock is our commitment to a positive safety culture. By continually modelling and reinforcing safe practices on our work sites, we’re working toward a goal of zero workplace incidents.
Our Life Saving Rules help support our safety culture:
- Drive safely and without distraction
- Use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
- Conduct a pre Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
- Work with a valid work permit when required
- Obtain authorization before entering a confined space
- Verify isolation before work begins
- Protect ourselves against a fall when working at heights
- Follow prescribed lift plans and techniques
- Control excavations and ground disturbances
CASE STUDY: Carrying out safety every day
Safety culture is shared beliefs and perceptions about safety, and at TC Energy, safety extends far past our work sites to ensure our entire workforce makes safety the highest value in their everyday lives.
A strong safety culture exists when it becomes a disciplined and ingrained approach to how people work and live. Throughout 2017, teams across the company created ways to promote safety at TC Energy:
Craig Fallows, estimating manager, wanted to encourage his employees to keep safety first and foremost even after they leave the office. To accomplish this, he asked his team to create a Personal Safety Plan (PSP) to be shared with the group made of three to six safety goals with 100 per cent participation.
- Dave Kohlenberg, a law vice-president, developed a five-week Winter Safety Awareness campaign with his team to drive home the point that safety isn’t relegated to the field; office employees also need to put safety first. For those not living in a northern climate, reminders such as checking smoke detector batteries, were shared to ensure relevance to the entire group.
- Canadian Gas Operations vice-president, Bryce Lord, also launched a multi-week safety initiative partnering with TC Energy’s Safety Culture team. The leaders in this team helped develop field specific safety resources to roll out each week in October. Focused on several key field activities like safe driving and diagnosing fatigue and distraction, the ‘Spotlight on Safety Initiative’ not only encouraged individuals to commit to safe behaviours and routines, it also prompted workers to watch out for each other.
- The pursuit of safety is something that TC Energy takes seriously and we will continue to keep it top of mind as we work towards our goal of zero safety incidents. This helps us best protect our employees, contractors and the public as we provide the energy that North Americans use every day.