Health & Safety
Health and Safety Philosophy
Surerus believes that our employees are our most valuable resource — nothing in our business is more important than the safety of our employees, contractors and visitors and the communities in which we operate.
We believe that all occupational injuries and illnesses can be prevented, and that safety is an integral part of everyone's job. We are committed to the highest standards of safety performance and have developed an effective safety program to ensure the wellbeing of all persons on our work sites. Surerus employees, contractors and visitors are expected to abide by our eight primary safety commitments:
1. Our work is never so urgent or important that we cannot take the time to do it safely.
2. All occupational injuries and illnesses are preventable.
3. Everyone is obligated to refuse unsafe work.
4. Everyone is obligated to raise concerns about the hazards seen.
5. All levels of supervision are accountable for safety performance.
6. Employee and contractor commitment is essential to safety performance.
7. Excellence in safety leads to excellence in business.
8. Safety attitude off the job is as important as on the job.
These commitments support our relentless pursuit of zero harm to employees, contractors, visitors and the communities in which we work.
Surerus maintains a professional team providing direction on all safety matters. Our Safety Director is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and works as part of the senior management team ensuring safety is managed at the highest level in the organization. The Health and Safety Manager provides direction to a team of safety personnel embedded in field-based project teams, while field safety leads and advisors provide day-to-day assistance for project leadership on all safety matters.
Development and Training
Surerus’ Training and Development Team promotes employee development and organizational effectiveness through high-quality training programs, materials and support for both project teams and corporate staff. Our competency-based training programs are designed or selected to meet individual, project group and organizational needs and objectives. We strive to enhance individual learning and development to establish an optimal workplace environment where the values of safety and quality are paramount.
Surerus’ corporate curriculum includes instructor-led training courses, numerous e-learning modules and blended training programs that combine the best of both, as well as tools that support on-the-job training in the field. All of our training programs are delivered with the goal of leaving an impact that lasts beyond the learning events and maintaining our outstanding reputation for safety.
Pre-construction hazard assessments
Access onboarding for supervisors
Pre-access drug/alcohol testing for all employees and contractors
Spotter training for employees conducting spotting for equipment in all work environments
Corporate and site-specific orientation for all employees, contractors and visitors
Job Safety Analyses (JSA) and Field Level Hazard Assessments (FLHA)
Daily tailgate meetings, weekly foreman safety meetings and pre-phase meetings representing each phase of the pipeline life cycle
Equipment operator pre-qualification process for each employee operating heavy equipment
Monthly meetings for all employees
1-2-3 Hazard Cards and Observation Cards
Short Service or Green Hand program for new or inexperienced employees
Weekly planning tools for supervisors, including safety considerations for each day's work