Emera’s commitment to safety and health is a critical part of how we work. Our business is on a path to achieve world-class safety, and we’re making progress by deepening our culture of safety and health, and strengthening our disciplined approach to safety performance across our company. 

Everyone working at Emera strives to live and work injury-free, and shares a belief that all injuries are preventable. That commitment is part of how we work, underpinning everything we do. 

Safety management and reporting

As we work to achieve world-class safety in all our companies, our teams have detailed safety programs including objectives, measures, reporting, training and tracking systems – informed by international best practices like OHSAS 18001. We continually revisit our safe work practices and, through programs like Safe Start and Safety by Design, we ensure that all of our team members and work partners understand the importance of being properly prepared, protected, and eliminating hazards. 

Safety governance

The leaders of each Emera company are responsible for ensuring operations in their company are conducted safely. Each Emera company has a team dedicated to managing safety performance and risk, with a director or senior leader who reports into the local executive team.

At the Emera corporate level, Emera’s Safety Director works closely with the operating companies to ensure oversight and alignment. Safety performance and risk management is the responsibility of the Executive Vice President of Stakeholder Relations & Public Affairs, who reports to Emera’s Chief Operating Officer. At the board level, the Health, Safety and Environment Committee has oversight of all matters related to safety risk and performance. Local and corporate-level scorecards contain targets relevant to our safety performance to ensure our strategic goals are delivered.

Our team members and employees of contractors operate under each Emera company’s health and safety policies and programs that are implemented at the local level. All Emera companies have joint worker-management health and safety committees, and where there are formal agreements in place with trade unions, these agreements include safety and health requirements.  All Emera companies require contract employees to undergo health and safety orientation training before commencing work at Emera’s facilities.

Safety reporting

We report on our annual safety performance and activities in the Emera Sustainability Report.  This provides a detailed view of Emera’s safety performance, activities and data, including Lost Time Frequency Rate and All Injury Frequency Rate. 

We also report on our safety  performance to regulators and agencies as required under provincial, state and federal legislation.

Culture of Safety 

At the beginning of shifts and meetings, team members take a moment for safety, sharing information on the best safety practices and lessons learned from our operations. Many of our companies hold regular safety stand-downs to talk about current areas of safety focus. Team members are encouraged to set safety-related personal development  goals, and take part in the many safety training sessions offered throughout the year. And we take time during annual events, like the National Day of Mourning and North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, to be mindful of the importance of safety in our business.
Focus on Preventative Safety

Emera is increasingly focused on leading safety indicators, which means the things our team members can do that help prevent safety incidents from happening in the first place. In 2016 we increased the number of safety-focused site visits by our leaders, improved our focus on safe work observation practices and encouraged all our teams to take part in near-miss and proactive reporting. Through measures such as these, we continue to reinforce our preventative approach to safety. 

Public Safety

We work hard to promote public safety through a range of initiatives in our communities. We offer energy safety education sessions in local schools, and more advanced training sessions to first responders. Our natural gas teams promote ‘call before you dig’ initiatives to ensure safety in and around buried pipelines. And our electrical utilities share information with customers each year on how to stay safe during annual hurricane or winter storm seasons.