Lifesaving Rules



At Enbridge we value the safety of our employees, contractors, and the public and we believe that all incidents are preventable. This shared belief drives us to be vigilant and proactive about safety in our decisions, actions and interactions.

Enbridge is on a Path to Zero; zero-injuries and incidents. In support of this commitment, in 2011 we established six Lifesaving Rules for all Enbridge employees and contractors to follow.

Each of the six Lifesaving Rules focuses on an area of high risk and high consequence, and was developed in response to a real-life incident that resulted in the fatality of an employee or a contractor in the line of duty.

The Lifesaving Rules are about safety, not discipline. Our first course of action is to complete a thorough investigation whenever we believe a Lifesaving Rule may have been broken. This is in keeping with our values of Integrity, Safety and Respect and with our desire to create a just safety culture at Enbridge in which we have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes.

It is only after our investigation is complete that we determine what discipline, if any, is appropriate. As with any violation of Enbridge policy or procedure, termination is and must be a potential disciplinary outcome.

The Lifesaving Rules apply to everyone at Enbridge and compliance is mandatory. Employees or contractors who choose not to follow the Lifesaving Rules are choosing not to work for Enbridge.

N.B.: Enbridge will be implementing updated Lifesaving Rules in January 2021. Until the end of 2020, the current rules below remain in effect. Please see the information about the updated LSRs at the bottom of this page.

Lifesaving Rule #1
Hazard Management
Always ensure an analysis of potential hazards has been completed and proper authorization received prior to starting the work.

Lifesaving Rule #2
Driving Safety
Only drive a vehicle or operate equipment when not under the effect of alcohol or any substances that cause impairment.

Lifesaving Rule #3
Confined Space Entry
Always follow procedures for Confined Space Entry.


Lifesaving Rule #4
Ground Disturbance
Always follow procedures for locating, positively identifying and excavating buried facilities.

Lifesaving Rule #5
Isolation of Energized Systems
Always follow procedures for Lockout / Tag-out.


Lifesaving Rule #6
Reporting of Safety Related Incidents
Always report significant safety related incidents.


In January 2021, Enbridge will update its Lifesaving Rules. The intent and purpose of our Lifesaving Rules will remain the same: to focus our attention on effectively managing the high-risk, high-consequence hazards we face in our work and to deliver on our commitment that every member of our team goes home safe and sound at the end of every day.

We’re updating the language of the Lifesaving Rules to reflect the shared commitment from every member of the Enbridge team to the key actions that will manage these hazards, and we’re adding a new rule – LSR #7: Bypassing Safety Controls.

The updated LSRs below will come into effect in January 2021.


LSR #1
Hazard Management
I will complete a hazard assessment prior to starting work and reassess if conditions change and new hazards are introduced.

LSR #2
Driving Safety
I will only operate a motor vehicle or mobile equipment when free from the adverse effects of alcohol or any substance that causes impairment.

LSR #3
Confined Space Entry
I will confirm the atmosphere has been tested, is monitored and a plan is in place prior to entering a confined space.

LSR #4
Ground Disturbance
I will verify the location of buried utilities through surface locating and positive identification prior to conducting a mechanical excavation.

LSR #5
Isolation of Energized Systems
I will verify isolation and zero energy before work begins on energized or pressurized systems (Lockout/Tag-Out).

LSR #6
Reporting of Safety Related Incidents
I will immediately report significant safety-related incidents.

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LSR #7
Bypassing Safety Controls
I will obtain authorization before overriding or disabling safety-critical equipment or controls.