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worksite safety

Working and living safely is a way of life at Pembina. The foundation for our success is the safety of our people wherever Pembina lives, works and plays. We are working to minimize incidents with our corporate motto of "Zero by Choice" and believe our employees can achieve this by recognizing that "Safety Starts with Me."  

Our goal: zero accidents & injuries

At Pembina, our management team is responsible for ensuring we have the proper programs and procedures in place to help identify and manage potential hazards in our workplaces. We have created five Continuous Improvement Teams to tackle various safety initiatives in an effort to encourage and foster safety behaviors for all employees, in all types of work settings. We have  also introduced a Positive Safety Recognition program to acknowledge and encourage positive safety practices.

When it comes to the safety and integrity of our pipelines and related facilities we use in-line inspection technologies such as magnetic flux leakage to detect corrosion and ultrasonic devices to detect cracks. Pembina also employs customized SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) technology to monitor pipeline flow and operating conditions. Operators oversee the SCADA system and associated leak detection software 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We also have a geotechnical database designed to help minimize integrity hazards associated with ground movement and watercourse channelling. These technologies allow us to proactively identify potential pipeline threats early and prevent spills from occurring.

To further protect the integrity of our pipelines against possible damage by third-party excavators or construction activity, we maintain routine aerial patrols and are a long-standing member of the Alberta and British Columbia One Call systems. We also continue to enhance our public awareness program by meeting with local first-responders and visiting with landowners.

We're able to deliver this type of performance by reinforcing our commitment to a safe worksite through contractor screening, frequent safety meetings, rigorous project inspection and constant review of potential hazards, including close call reporting. By aggressively reporting and assessing close call incidents we can learn from what almost went wrong.

At Pembina, we're also learning from the best practices of others, which include actively participating in the Alberta Gas Oil Pipeline Operators Safety Council and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association's Health and Safety and Pipeline Integrity Work Groups. Other steps we're taking to eliminate accidents and injuries include:  

  • Incident reporting and tracking systems and the identification of process improvements that prevent incident re-occurrence.
  • Monthly Incident Review Panel meetings to review and discuss more serious incidents including operations, management, safety and executive personnel.
  • Drug and alcohol testing for employees working in safety sensitive positions.
  • Mandatory driver education through the AMA Collision Avoidance program.
  • Banning hand held cell phone use while driving.
  • A Backing-in Policy that requires company drivers to do a spot check behind their vehicles before backing in at a work site or facility.
  • A Dusk to Dawn Policy that requires employees driving on company time, during dusk to dawn, to reduce their speeds by 10 km/h from posted limits in rural areas. 

Join Our Team

Pembina is pleased to announce it has been named one of Alberta's top 65 employers for 2014 by Canada’s Top Employers. This special designation recognizes Pembina as an Alberta-based employer that offers an exceptional place to work. We’re seeking talented individuals who want to grow with us and become the future leaders of our company. It's your chance to shine!

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