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“By leveraging standardization, we can start to establish a common safety culture within the region," says Tim Gondek, Executive Director, Oil Sands Safety Association.

Syncrude introduces seven new Life Saving Rules

At Syncrude, safety is a way of life. Safe work practices and procedures help shape attitudes and performances within the organization – but it doesn’t happen overnight as we always seek to do better. To enhance safety and increase consistency of standards across the region, Syncrude is taking part in the broad introduction of seven new Life Saving Rules.

The Life Saving Rules commence starting March 31, 2015 for all employees and contractors working on Syncrude sites.  The new rules were established based on a review of previous serious incidents within each of the four Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) companies, including Syncrude.

Previously, each site had their own set of rules similar to the ones being introduced, with slight variations between each other. They saw the value in establishing the exact same rules across the four operations, and made it happen through OSSA. Tim Gondek, Executive Director of OSSA, believes this will help create consistent safety messages across the region.

“The Life Saving Rules will reduce confusion for the contractor workforce that moves between sites,” says Tim. “By leveraging standardization, we can start to establish a common safety culture within the region.”

The new Life Saving Rules are linked to activities within the industry with the highest potential for life-threatening incidents. Syncrude Safety Manager, Andy Ciupa, is confident the new rules will help create clarity for employees and contractors.

“As an OSSA member company, adapting the new Life Saving Rules demonstrates our continued commitment to safety at Syncrude and our region as a whole,” says Andy, with Personnel Safety. “The new rules also align with the International Oil and Gas Producers standards.”

For more information about the new Life Saving Rules, visit www.OSSA-wb.ca


About Us

Syncrude is one of the largest operators in Canada’s growing oil sands industry, with a 50-year history of innovation. Based in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and with a large research and development facility in Edmonton, Syncrude is known for pioneering many of the technologies used today in the industry, including an expanding suite of techniques to improve environmental and economic performance.

  • Syncrude Canada Ltd. was incorporated in 1964 and started operations in 1978.
  • Current production capacity is 350,000 barrels per day of high quality light, low sulphur crude oil – enough to supply 6.2 million Canadians with their petroleum requirements.  Cumulative production now exceeds 2.4 billion barrels. We annually contribute more than $6 billion to Canada’s economy through the payment of wages, royalties and taxes and procurement of goods and services.
  • Syncrude employs 5,000 people directly and an average of about 3,500 contractor employees. Our operations provide jobs for many more thousands of people directly and indirectly across Canada.
  • Syncrude is also a recognized leader in Aboriginal relations, with procurement of $186 million from local Aboriginal companies in 2013 and our status as one of the country’s largest employers of Aboriginal people. 
  • We are consistently among Canada’s top investors in research and development, spending $192 million in 2013 alone. More than 60% of these expenditures are focused on environmental research.
  • To date, Syncrude has reclaimed over 3,400 hectares of land disturbed by oil sands mining operations, with another 1,100 hectares ready for revegetation. We have planted over 7 million tree and shrub seedlings. In 2008, Syncrude was the first company in the Canadian oil sands industry to receive certification from the Alberta government for a reclaimed area. Called Gateway Hill, the area was planted in the early 1980s and is now a healthy forest of broad leaf and needle leaf trees interspersed by several wetlands.
  • Our corporate headquarters are located in the city of Fort McMurray, 440 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. Our Mildred Lake facility is 40 kilometres north of the city, with our Aurora project located an additional 35 kilometres north of Mildred Lake. Our operations are found on the Athabasca Oil Sands Deposit.
  • The Syncrude Project is a Joint Venture undertaking among Canadian Oil Sands Partnership #1, Imperial Oil Resources, Mocal Energy Limited, Murphy Oil Company Ltd., Nexen Oil Sands Partnership, Sinopec Oil Sands Partnership and Suncor Energy Ventures Partnership, as the project owners, and Syncrude as the project operator.