Contractor Safety

Corporate Responsibility

Contractor Safety

With our vast workforce of contractors, it is important that we work together to enhance safety practices and communicate expectations. Our front-line driven Worksite Safety Observation (WSO) program has been instrumental in improving contractor safety at our worksites. Read about the impact of our WSOs here.

Another initiative that has proven successful in driving safety performance improvement is our company-wide Contractor Safety Excellence Meetings. These are safety meetings with contractors and service providers that recorded the highest number of incidents. Management from our service providers and Canadian Natural work together to communicate safety expectations, enhance safety practices, and develop action plans to improve safety performance. Through this collaborative effort, contractor and service provider safety performance has improved on a year-over-year basis, which in turn, strengthens our overall performance in reducing corporate injury frequency. Between 2014 and 2015, we decreased NA E&P and Horizon contractor recordable injury frequency by 50 per cent for those contractors identified with higher than average incident rates.

To learn more about how we have improved overall safety performance working together with our contractors see our safety performance information.

Working with contractors

To ensure health, safety and environmental standards are consistently met by all contractors, a pre-qualification process has been adopted to ensure all contractors are pre-screened and made aware of both Canadian Natural and industry’s safety procedures and operational requirements. These procedures were developed and implemented across our operations to allow for a risk-based approach to selection, evaluation, and ongoing management of contractors .

These screening tools (ComplyWorks at our Canadian operations and Achilles FPAL at CNRI) provide an enhanced view of compliance, communication and performance when it comes to contractors and suppliers, which allow us to manage compliance at multiple levels. This facilitates the publishing and monitoring of the accuracy of information provided in a supplier’s record in various areas, including Health, Safety and Environmental policy, evaluates supplier profiles and ensures that they include current and valid information, offering industry-specific supplier information which is subject to assessment and site audit. This improves industry performance and reduces risk within the supply chain. For more information, check our Doing Business with Canadian Natural webpage for North American contractors.

For every employee and contractor on site, safety expectations are the same. All of our agreements have Health and Safety components in terms of expectations, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), safety meetings/toolbox talks, participation in inspections, incident investigation and reporting, training, right to refuse unsafe work, etc. Health and Safety topics are also covered routinely and regularly with employees and contractors who work on site in an operational environment. 

Canadian Natural does not work directly with trade unions, but approximately 56% of our contractor workforce represents union workers covered by collective bargaining agreements. At Horizon, we have agreements with four Labour Organizations/Unions – for more details, click here.