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30 September 2013

NEB Forum Report Outlines Next Steps for Safety Culture

CALGARY - The National Energy Board (NEB or the Board) today released its report on the 2013 Safety Forum held in Calgary earlier this year. The report summarizes topics discussed at the event and also outlines specific actions the Board will be taking to continually improve safety in Canada’s oil and gas sector.

Key areas discussed at the Forum included corporate leadership’s role in building and maintaining a safety culture, effectiveness of management systems and performance measurement’s role in risk management. Other areas explored included how industry can work to earn public trust, the role of energy sector leadership in safety, public expectations around transparency of information, and the evolving role of the regulator.

“The NEB believes that a goal of zero incidents is not only expected but achievable,” said Gaétan Caron the Chair and CEO of the National Energy Board. “With strong, well-implemented management systems and a safety culture that permeates every aspect of the organization, incidents are preventable and the NEB will continue to take steps to make this goal a reality.”

In this report, the NEB commits to concrete actions it will take in order to move industry, and itself, forward in achieving the goal of zero incidents. This includes:

  • Undertaking a public consultation on safety culture in order to develop a clear definition, attributes and indicators;
  • Developing guidance intended to improve the prevention of catastrophic events;
  • Improving how Canadians get the regulatory information they want and need;
  • Setting a path for continual improvement through collaboration with other regulators, and reporting on safety and enforcement tools the Board has recently implemented such as Administrative Monetary Penalties.

The Board will deliver on the first commitment from this report in October of this year by releasing its definition of safety culture for public consultation.

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and protection of the environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit www.neb-one.gc.ca.

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For more information on the Safety Forum and to view the Report, please visit our page NEB Safety Forum 2013.

For further information:

Rebecca  Taylor
Communications Advisor

National Energy Board
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663

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