Serious Occupational Health and Safety Incidents in the Oil and Gas Industry: Legal Issues and Recommendations

Volume 47, No 2 ISSN: 1925-8356   |   Courtesy of Canadian Energy Law Edition   |    View Original

Authors: Kelli Grier, E. Jane Snidell

Written primarily for in-house counsel, this article addresses some of the complex legal issues that arise in response to a serious incident in the oil and gas industry. The authors review the relevant reporting obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and provide an overview of the legal issues relating to the privacy of medical records, drug and alcohol testing, privilege, and legal holds. The authors conclude by offering their recommendations regarding policies that should be in place before an incident occurs, as well as actions that should be taken in the immediate aftermath of any serious incident.

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