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Safe Pipelines

The ’We Build It Safe’ campaign promotes, lobbies and educates for safe pipeline construction across Canada.. Pipelines are an extremely safe way to transport energy across the country if they are constructed by skilled workers and they are monitored and maintained. Canada has rigorous technical standards for pipeline construction that ensure product shipped reaches its destination safely more than 99.999% of the time.


Crude oil, also known as petroleum, is an energy-rich liquid consisting mainly of hydrocarbons. In Canada, Alberta’s oil sands have the largest reserves of crude oil, but there are also large deposits off the coast of Atlantic Canada. Crude oil activities include exploration, drilling production, field processing, as well as storing and transporting oil.

These petroleum products include;
• Epi-pen, aspirin, IV monitor, IV bags, stethoscope, oxygen masks, synthetic gloves, ultrasound equipment, operating room equipment, medical tubes and hoses, safety glasses
• Hockey helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pucks, football, football cleats
• Life jackets, kayak, foam racks, polypro jackets, paddles, paddle boards, sunglasses, backpacks, fishing boots
• Toothpaste, toothbrush, lipstick, sunscreen, denture adhesive


  • Canada is the fourth largest producer and third largest exporter of oil in the world
  • 97% of Canada’s proven oil reserves are located in the oil sands
  • 99% of Canada’s oil exports go to the U.S.
  • GHG emissions per barrel of oil produced in the oil sands have fallen over 35% since 1990
  • Petroleum products are derived from crude oils
  • Canadian refineries produce 1.9 million barrels of petroleum products per day
  • Canadians consumed 105 billion litres of refined petroleum products in 2016



Coronavirus Preparation and Response Fact Sheet - Updated March 20, 2020

The Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America has developed a fact sheet in response to several questions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). CLICK here for the Coronavirus FACT SHEET. Last updated March 20, 2020

Coronavirus & COVID-19: Preparation and Response

First known as the novel coronavirus, the virus now referred to as COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the number of cases in the U.S. and Canada continues to rise. It’s now critical that everyone does their part to limit the spread of the virus, as people without symptoms or with mild symptoms can still spread the virus to others.

Risk in the U.S. and Canada

Current risk of contracting COVID-19 in the U.S. and Canada varies by community based on the extent of the outbreak and the success of mitigation efforts. About half the people diagnosed with COVID-19 have already recovered. It’s estimated over 80 percent of those infected will experience only mild symptoms.

However, even people at low risk for serious health complications should take steps to protect groups who would be at higher risk if they got the virus.

Risk for more serious health effects is highest among:

Older adults (age 60 and up)
People with underlying health conditions (e.g., heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer)
People with weakened immune systems
The majority of deaths caused by COVID-19 have occurred among people falling into at least one of these higher risk categories.

Transmission & Diagnosis

Transmission: spread primarily through airborne respiratory droplets during coughing and sneezing, but can also be spread through regular breathing. Being in close proximity (less than six feet) to an infected person, especially in enclosed spaces, can result in transmission. Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, or touching an object with the virus on it, followed by touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands can spread the virus.

Diagnosis: If you suspect you have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. A lab test may be performed and sent to the CDC.