Safety Management System

Corporate Responsibility

Safety Management System

Our Safety Management System (SMS) is a key framework used to help achieve Safety throughout our operations. Canadian Natural's SMS consists of 15 industry recognized elements that enable the company to exceed industry standards for basic safety programs.

Canadian Natural conducts its business in accordance to principles found within our Corporate Statements. Specifically, our SMS system is structured keeping with the principles found within the Corporate Statement on Health and Safety.  Our CNR International (CNRI) Safety and Asset Integrity Management Systems are based on the same principles in addition to being structured to meet local regulatory requirements.

Canadian Natural’s Safety teams conduct SMS audits to raise awareness and expectations by reinforcing our ‘Front-line Driven Safety’ culture and helping supervisors demonstrate ‘Safety as a Core Value’.  The audit process allows for feedback and constructive collaboration as action plans are generated for continued improvement.  Our Safety and Asset Integrity teams work together with all our operational divisions to implement and effectively execute our Safety and Asset Integrity Management Systems. 

All Canadian Natural’s North American operations continue to maintain our partnership with the Government of Alberta in the injury reduction Certificate of Recognition (COR) program.  Additionally, Canadian Natural’s SMS continues to meet the requirements for the Partnerships in Reduction (PIR) Program through the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) at both Horizon and our North America Exploration & Production operations.


International's Integrated Safety Management System

CNRI has an integrated Safety Management System in place to fulfill its environmental and safety performance goals.  In our United Kingdom operations, Safety Management System audits are regulated by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).  Additionally, Safety, Health and Environment Management System (SHEMS) audits are regularly carried out to ensure our integrated Safety Management System remains up to date. 

We are continuing to extend our current scope for ISO 14001 certification. This international standard was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).  Our international operations have developed stringent operating standards in the following areas:

  • exercising care with respect to all waste produced through effective waste management plans; 
  • limiting environmental impact through use of water-based, drilling muds whenever possible; and
  • minimizing produced water volumes offshore through cost-effective measures.

The integrated SMS in place at our UK and Offshore Africa operations is well aligned to our corporate Safety Excellence program.

Through our Process Safety Management (PSM) framework, CNRI is developing an integrated and systematic approach to assuring the safety and asset integrity of our offshore oil and natural gas infrastructure and assets.  The PSM framework addresses new regulatory requirements of the UK Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) regulatory body.  To learn more about our PSM framework, click here .