Inspection Officer Order issued to TC Energy to address worker safety

December 20, 2019

During safety program inspections at two TC Energy facilities the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has identified inconsistencies with the naming and labelling between equipment, paper drawings and the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions (SCADA). These labelling inconsistencies pose an unreasonable risk to workers conducting operations and maintenance work, where critical energy isolation procedures, commonly referred to lock-out-tag-out (LOTO) procedures, are required.

On December 18, 2019, a CER Inspection Officer issued an Inspection Officer Order (IOO) to TC Energy (on behalf of all of its TransCanada owned or operated federally regulated facilities in Canada) directing the company to take immediate interim action, including identifying where all LOTO naming and tagging inconsistencies exist and to develop and use a separate LOTO procedure for assets with naming and tagging inconsistencies until the hazard has been mitigated.

TC Energy is also directed to investigate the cause of this hazard and propose corrective and preventative actions to the CER. Further information of company actions required and deadlines to do so, are detailed in IOO-TH-2019
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