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File: 3600-A000-31
13 March 2003

To: Group 1 Companies
Group 2 Companies

cc: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)

Safety Performance Indicators Initiative

In the spring of 2001 the National Energy Board launched the Safety Performance Indicators (SPI) initiative. The primary objective of this initiative is to obtain data for the purpose of trend analysis and to compare how NEB-regulated pipeline companies are doing in comparison to companies regulated by other agencies. This information should provide reliable evidence that NEB-regulated facilities are safe for workers and the public. The Board intends to continue collecting SPI data and make the results available to the public. The Board is planning to publish the first report in the first quarter of 2003.

The Board now requests Safety Performance data for the year 2002. Companies have questioned the inclusion of certain types of safety training in the hours of training requested, such as company developed task specific training. The Board encourages companies to report any safety training undertaken that contributes to the overall safety of workers and facilities, even if that training has been developed and delivered "in house".

The Board has modified the Spill Reporting Form included in this package. Please segregate the spill data between: 1) hydrocarbon spills resulting from construction / maintenance activities (such as spills of hydraulic fluid, equipment fuels, lubrication fluids, valve operator fluid, engine oil, etc.); 2) pipe content spills resulting from breaks or leaks from the pipe body, flanges, mechanical fittings, tanks, etc. This will allow the Board to compare spill data with other agencies.

Definitions for the required SPIs, along with examples and reporting forms, are included in the attached document and can be found on the Board's Web site at www.neb-one.gc.ca.

Please forward the safety information requested in the attached forms to the Board by 30 April 2003. You may alter the forms into any format that is convenient for reporting purposes. Appendix A includes a list of information currently collected pursuant to the Onshore Pipeline Regulations 1999 and additional information required for the SPI initiative.

The NEB wishes to thank companies contributing to the Safety Performance Indicator initiative and extends its appreciation to those companies that have already forwarded data for the 2002 calendar year. If you require information or have any questions or concerns, please contact Karen Duckworth at 403-299-3669 or karen.duckworth@neb-one.gc.ca.

Please forward your reports, along with any additional comments you may have, to the undersigned by mail or facsimile.

Yours truly,

Michel L. Mantha
Secretary

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APPENDIX A

List of Current and Additional Information

Information Currently Reported to the Board under the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 (OPR):

  1. Number of serious injuries from company staff as defined in the OPR
  2. Number of liquid spills >1.5m³
  3. Number of gaseous releases
  4. Number of fatalities
  5. Number of ruptures
  6. Number of reported pipeline contact damages
  7. Length of pipelines

Additional Safety Performance Indicator Information Requested:

  1. Number of work injuries to company employees (not already submitted as per the OPR) working on federally regulated facilities.
  2. Number of work injuries to contractor employees (not already submitted as per the OPR) working on federally regulated facilities.
  3. Total worker hours from company employees working on federally regulated pipelines.
  4. Total worker hours from contractor employees working on federally regulated pipelines.
  5. Safety training hours from company employees working on federally regulated pipelines.
  6. Number of liquid spills <1.5m³ on federally regulated facilities.

Please segregate the spills as follows:

  1. hydrocarbon spills resulting from construction / maintenance activities (such as spills of hydraulic fluid, equipment fuels, lubrication fluids, valve operator fluid, engine oil, etc).
  2. pipe content spills resulting from breaks or leaks from the pipe body, flanges, mechanical fittings, tanks, etc.
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