Health and Safety

Safety at MEG is about protecting our people, stakeholders and the environment around us.

MEG’s commitment to safety is simple – it is our goal for all workers to return home safely to their homes and families at the end the day.

MEG’s safety programs are in place to prepare and empower employees and contractors to avoid incidents before they occur.

We foster a safety culture that goes beyond compliance and have implemented progressive safety-focused practices which surpass industry best-practices and regulatory requirements.

Our approach to managing safety is aimed at identifying all hazards and risks associated with our business and working hard to eliminate or manage the risk as closely as possible. This approach engages employees at all levels of the organization and brings together our operating facility and our home office staff in a well-coordinated effort to reduce risk to workers. We take pride in what we do and we believe it shows in our performance.

MEG is a member of a mutual aid agreement with operators in the southern Athabasca Oil Sands Area. Oil sands operators and municipal emergency responders meet regularly to review industry and government emergency response capabilities and emergency risks. MEG has an existing agreement with medivac services for air transport of serious cases and is registered with STARS Emergency Link Centre to assist with emergency response.

MEG implemented a formal Process Safety Management (PSM) program in 2017 to ensure the integrity of operating systems and processes related to handling hazardous substances (process fluid and electricity).

The PSM program is governed by a collaborative steering committee that meets on a monthly basis and involves multiple groups including Field Operations, Facilities Engineering, Operations Asset Management and Major Projects.
 

MEG’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Policy is a formal document that describes the specific actions that will be taken to ensure ongoing excellence managing our environment, health and safety performance.

The EHS Policy is the first element of MEG’s EHS Management Performance Program (MPP). The EHS MPP replaced the company’s H&S Manual in 2015 and summarizes the framework to establish, implement, maintain and continuously improve MEG’s EHS management and performance. The success of the EHS MPP depends on daily ongoing organizational EHS commitment, effective allocation of EHS resources and active program participation by all leaders, employees and contractors. MEG’s management is responsible to ensure that the EHS MPP and its associated processes are effectively implemented, managed and reviewed for continuous improvement opportunities.

MEG’s Integrated Environment, Health and Safety Management System (SMS) aligns with ISO 14001 and the Alberta Certificate of Recognition (COR) Safety Program. The COR demonstrates that a company’s health and safety program has been evaluated by a certified external auditor and meets established standards set by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).

MEG received a COR score of 96% in 2018, a 6% increase from 2017.

LTIF/RIF Stats

The 2018 employee LTIF results reflect a single incident which occurred in the corporate office when a preexisting injury was aggravated. We are pleased to report that our Christina Lake facility had no employee lost time incidents in 2018. On the contractor side, there were three lost time incidents in 2018, all three incidents related to foot placement and mitigation plans were put in place.

2018 experienced an additional 532,561 contractor exposure hours due to our largest maintenance turnaround to date at the Christina Lake facility.