Pipelines – The Oil Sands Dilemma

Pipelines – The Oil Sands Dilemma

The scenario that is playing out related to proposed pipelines development is not that dissimilar to the logging protests in the earlier 90’s in B.C.

Most people in this debate are of the opinion pipelines are a bad deal.

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Pro-supporters continue to push for the projects based on the jobs created.

We also hear about the magnitude of economic opportunity spinoffs for all of Canada and the United States.

The forest sector used similar arguments in the early 90’s with a negative outcome.

Well, before you laugh and say that the forest sector is not the oil and gas sector, hold onto one thought:

“the forest sector was once the lifeblood of the province of British Columbia”, no different than the Alberta oil sands.

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Audit Integrity – Avoidance of Auditor Failures

Organizations are using audits to provide assurance to their customers that their operations are in compliance with Acts and regulations. Audit integrity and avoidance of auditor failures is an essential component.

These  Acts and regulations will pertain to their operations and the associated jurisdictions (i.e. Federal, Provincial, State, etc.).

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A key to achieving this goal is Audit Integrity.

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Health and Safety Inspections

Health and safety inspections are a key component of a health and safety program and do add value to a safety management system.

Employees, supervisors, and managers who engage in these inspections have a chance to see how the program has been accepted and ultimately implemented.

Inspections should not be restricted to supervisors and managers, annual tours by senior management also help promote the company safety culture.

During these inspections, there is the opportunity to engage workers and contractors in the health and safety culture of the company.

Finally, inspections  provide an avenue for feedback for the organization. Are we doing what we should be doing when it comes to health and safety?

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