Integrity First reinforces our commitment to the continuous improvement of our performance in the areas of reliability and safety while building public confidence and trust. We have integrated this program into our Operations Management System (OMS) practices. Our participation in Integrity First enables us to benchmark the results of internal self-assessment and performance evaluations with that of peer member companies. This allows member companies to hold each other accountable in continuously improving performance as an industry.
Our reputation and credibility not only depends on our OMS performance but also the industry’s ability to demonstrate continuous improvement in the areas that matter to the communities and jurisdictions we operate in.
In 2016, third party verification was introduced by CEPA. This will assure ourselves and the public that we, as an industry, are meeting our objectives. The process introduces an independent third party to evaluate the self-assessments and provide confidence in the results.
To date, assessments for Integrity First have been conducted, in addition to significant work completed by PMC to advance the design and reliability of pipelines with state-of-the art control rooms, technology and enhanced emergency preparedness. This year our priorities focused on preventing damage to pipelines caused by people and emergency management.
The priority areas of Integrity First are:
Emergency Management: Be well prepared to quickly and effectively respond to pipeline incidents.
Pipeline Integrity: Design, construct, inspect and maintain pipeline systems to protect people and the environment
Control Room Management: Enhance the safe and reliable operation and continuous monitoring of pipeline systems.
Damage Prevention: Work with landowners, communities, and industry to avoid unintentional impacts to pipelines.
Safety Management: Protect workers and the public during pipeline construction and operations.
Security: Safeguard workers, the public, our systems, and property from threats.
Water Protection: Preserve water quality and the aquatic environment.
Environmental Stewardship: Preserve the land, atmosphere, and wildlife through sustainable environmental approaches.
Indigenous Relations: Build respectful relationships with Indigenous Peoples to foster mutual understanding.
Land Use and Access: Work productively with landowners to limit land use impacts and improve access to pipeline rights-of-way.