What guides us

What guides us

There is nothing more important than ensuring the safety of people, both at work in our operations and also in our neighbouring communities. A strong focus on safety is also a tangible sign of the strength of a business’s processes. We protect the safety of people at our operations by adhering to detailed management plans and policies, and ensuring that every worker at our operations knows there is nothing more important to our company than safety.  

While we take pride in our long history as an industry leader in workplace safety, we are also convinced that much more remains to be done to improve performance.

Here are some of the programs and policies that guide us in our commitment to ensure that Nobody Gets Hurt.

Operations Integrity Management Framework  
Imperial has a disciplined framework called Operations Integrity for the management of environment, health and safety with the goal of preventing operational incidents, fires and explosions, spills or leaks that may harm people and the environment. This framework is a detailed plan to guide us in the identification and management of safety, health and environmental risks. It also means we comply with all applicable laws and regulations, and that we design, construct and operates our facilities to high standards.

Operations Integrity (or OIMS) contains 11 elements, with expectations defined for each of these elements. The 11 elements of operations integrity are:

  • Management, Leadership, Commitment and Accountability
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Facilities Design and Construction
  • Information and Documentation
  • Personnel and Training
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Management of Change
  • Third-party Services
  • Incident Investigation and Analysis
  • Community Awareness and Emergency Response
  • Operations Integrity Assessment and Improvement

ISO 14001
Independent auditors from Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance reaffirmed in 2007 that Imperial's Operations Integrity Management System is consistent with the intent and meets the requirements of the internationally accepted ISO 14001 environmental management systems standard.  Lloyd's further stated that they believe Imperial "to be among the industry leaders in the extent to which environmental management considerations have been integrated into its business processes for ongoing operations and for the planning and development of new projects."

OHSAS 18001
Lloyd's, in 2007, also reviewed Imperial's Operations Integrity System for the first time against the requirements of the internationally recognized specification for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, OHSAS 18001.  Similarly Lloyd's stated that they believe Imperial "to be among the industry leaders in the extent to which health and safety management considerations have been integrated into its business processes for ongoing operations and for the planning and development of new projects."