Safety Programs

At Plains Midstream Canada (PMC), we value our employees and work to ensure they are operating in a healthy and safe environment. Our commitment to safety is supported by a variety of safety initiatives and programs. 

Life Rules

Our Life Rules are a set of guidelines that all employees and contractors must follow to continue to work safely. These safety-critical rules outline a clear set of expectations intended to help protect our workers through:

  • A consistent and educated approach to the prevention of serious injuries and fatalities in both office and field locations
  • A commitment to our goal of zero incidents
  • Alignment with industry standards for safety and best practice
  • The empowerment of our workers to use proper judgement and stop unsafe work

Safety is everyone's responsibility. All Plains employees and contractors are expected to understand and follow the Life Rules when performing all jobs, duties and tasks, regardless of whether they are located in the field or the office. 


Stop Work Authority

At PMC, every employee or contractor is responsible for and authorized to stop any work that does not comply with Life Rules, regulations or procedures. PMC’s president has personally committed that no employee or contractor will suffer repercussions for stopping unsafe work.


Green Hand Program

The oil and gas industry recognizes that employees are most vulnerable or at risk in the first six months on the job. PMC provides all new employees, including students, with safety orientation and training as well as a personal safety mentor. They are then given a green hardhat to identify them so experienced workers can mentor these less experienced employees. Green hardhats are worn for at least six months.

Management Walk-Around

To emphasize our management’s commitment to safety process, performance and culture, senior managers take part in “walk-arounds.” These are visits to field sites to observe, identify, understand and discuss opportunities for safety improvement. For a set number of times a year, senior managers walk through sites and encourage employees to bring forward any issues or concerns, which are then tracked, investigated and addressed.

Plains Incident Notification System

Plains Incident Notification System is an online incident management tool to record and track corrective actions as a part of the Incident Management program. Visitor Visibility Program

The Visitor Visibility Program

The Visitor Visibility Program identifies and manages all worksite visitors, effectively creating a heightened awareness around visitor safety, from the moment they step onto a PMC worksite until they leave. Intent of Visitor Visibility:

  • Ensure visitors are visible to PMC personnel
  • Create a formalized process and procedure on how to manage PMC visitors
  • Ensure that all PMC worksites understand and follow the PMC Visitor Safety & Security Safe Operating Procedure (SOP)
  • Ensure that all worksite visitors are oriented, accompanied and fitted in appropriate personal protective equipment

A visitor is defined as PMC Non-Operations Corporate Personnel, a Regulatory Agency Officer, Media Personnel, Auditors, Community Members, and Third-Party Business Partners.

Incident Reporting & Investigation program

The PMC Incident Reporting and Investigation program involves the proper reporting and investigation of safety incidents to apply corrective actions in a timely manner.

Corrective Actions Management program

Corrective Actions Management program allows for the consistent identification of corrective actions and lessons learned from incidents and investigations to prevent future occurrence.