Start Safe program

Start safe

At the start of each year, we host a series of sessions to reflect on our health and safety performance from the previous year, to celebrate what we’ve done well, to recognize the opportunities we have to get better and to renew our commitment to safety. We call the sessions our Start Safe program.

Why have a Start Safe program?

At Cenovus, we want everyone – employees, contractors and service providers – to return home safely to their families at the end of the day. The purpose of these sessions is to remind staff to put safety first, engage their leaders if they are having safety challenges they can’t resolve and to watch out for one another, so we can achieve our goal of an injury-free workplace. These sessions provide a venue for open communication between workers and leaders about safety and help create safer workplaces.

The program was introduced in January 2013 as a way to increase safety awareness among workers in our field operations. Start Safe events are now held at all Cenovus field locations in January and February. Smaller-scale, mid-year events are also held in the summer months to refocus on safety.

Start Safe events are attended by employees, contractors and service providers.

Starting in 2016, leaders in our Calgary offices will deliver a targeted Start Safe presentation to their teams. This presentation will help drive an understanding of how actions and decisions made in our offices can affect the health and safety of our staff working in our field locations.