About Safety

C-NLOPB Safety Department administers the Atlantic Accord Implementation Acts and subordinate legislation regarding the safety of persons in the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area.

The Department encourages persons exploring and exploiting petroleum to maintain a prudent regime for achieving safety. In the context of the legislation, the Department oversees Operators’ risk management with the goal of minimizing risk to persons engaged in offshore petroleum activities.

The Department expects Operators to make all reasonable efforts to identify all the hazards associated with their proposed operations and to implement all appropriate measures to reduce the risk from these hazards to a level that is as low as reasonably practicable.

In short, the Board’s safety mandate is:

  • To verify that operators have a prudent regime for achieving worker health and safety and the protection of the environment.
  • To verify that all statutory and regulatory requirements are fulfilled prior to the issuance of an approval or authorization.
  • To process applications for approvals and authorizations in a consistent and timely manner.
  • To verify, through audits and compliance verification, that operators follow plans described in applications.
  • To verify that if deviations from an approval or authorization are found, that these matters are corrected in a consistent and timely manner.

The specific activities of the Safety Department include:

Safety Assessment of Work Authorizations

  • Declaration of Fitness


  • Reporting and Investigation of Incidents
  • Reporting of Injury Statistics
  • Workplace Committees
  • Complaints

Compliance and Enforcement

  • Chief Safety Officer and Safety Officers
  • Audits and Inspections
  • Orders
  • Investigations
  • Work Refusals