Safety management

Protect workers and the public during pipeline construction and operations.

How CEPA members improve performance

Canada and the world count on pipelines for the safe delivery of the energy they need for life and prosperity. CEPA Integrity First® was created by CEPA members with the primary purpose of continuously improving the performance of Canada’s energy pipeline industry and ensuring the safety of those who live and work around pipelines while protecting the environment.

Through Integrity First, CEPA members work collaboratively to share their knowledge and innovations to drive industry-wide performance improvements in pipeline safety, environmental protection and socio-economic practices. Integrity First enables pipeline companies to work together to make our industry better – focusing on safety, transparency and responsible operations – striving toward our goal of zero incidents.

10 key priorities:

Integrity First cycle
Integrity First ensures that each priority is put through a six-stage process that is supported by CEPA and built on a solid foundation of strategic communications and change management.


Safety is the number one priority of every CEPA member. All members have strict safety standards to ensure every employee, contractor and supplier returns home safely every day. CEPA also works with members, regulators and governments to continually improve the safety of work environments through a combination of training, supervision and safety culture. By monitoring safety performance and sharing information, we maintain some of the strictest safety standards in the world.

Priority commitments

Safety management is a priority in everything we do in Integrity First, building on some of the key principles members currently follow across all their operations:

  • Keep worksites safe by ensuring that regulatory requirements, company policies and safe practices are followed at all times.
  • Create a safety culture that makes safety a discipline that guides every CEPA member employee’s actions on the job.
  • Every leader in the industry will lead by example, demonstrating and communicating safety to all employees and contractors to ensure that safety policies, practices and procedures are always followed.
  • Train to keep safety standards high, ensuring that workers understand the proper procedures, standards and protocols to work safely.
Priority stage

Integrity First ensures that each priority is put through a six-stage cycle that is supported by CEPA and built on a solid foundation of strategic communications and change management.

Find out more about the cycle and each stage.

22% Decrease in motor vehicle incident rate

The number of driving incidents per million kilometres driven fell from 2.31 in 2014 to 1.07 in 2018. Incidents decreased from 1.37 in 2017 to 1.07 in 2018, which represents a 22 per cent decrease year over year. CEPA members continue to strengthen efforts in areas such as regular driver training and work planning that ensure workers are not fatigued and have sufficient time to travel required the distances.

Are pipelines safe?

Yes, they are the safest way to transport the energy Canada and the world need. In fact, Canadian transmission pipelines are among the safest in the world.

In 2018, Canada’s 121,000-kilometre network of transmission pipelines moved 97 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and onshore crude oil production to the people who need it (the other 3 per cent was by rail or truck).

Out of 1.6 billion barrels of oil transported by CEPA members, a total of 11.3 barrels were spilled and couldn’t be recovered. These remaining barrels dissipate through volatilization (similar to evaporation) and other natural processes. While this is only a tiny percentage of oil transported, no amount spilled is acceptable to CEPA members, who work toward a common goal of zero incidents.

CEPA members work together to continuously improve what are already among the highest safety standards, and best safety records, in the world. Over 51,000 kilometres of transmission pipeline were inspected from the inside in 2018, and over 2,600 integrity digs were performed to check any anomalies identified. Hundreds of exercises were performed to ensure CEPA member companies’ emergency response teams are prepared. Over $2 billion was spent on monitoring to ensure that your energy was delivered safely.

Canada and the world will need oil and natural gas long into the future, and you can count on CEPA members to get it to you in the safest, most responsible way.