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UL expands safety testing and certification capabilities at its Edmonton facility

UL, the global safety science leader, today announced expanded safety testing and certification capabilities at its hazardous locations customer service center and laboratory in Summerside Centre, 1040 Parsons Road SW in Edmonton.

The facility offers local expertise for advisory services, equipment testing and certification. Dedicated proficiency in Edmonton offers a collaborative safety service solution for the downstream, midstream and upstream oil and gas industry. Additionally, local testing and certification enables manufacturers with equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres in a wide variety of industries a quicker turnaround time and thereby faster speed-to-market. Recognizing the critical needs for local safety expertise and timely delivery of electrical products and electrical equipment to the oil and gas industry, UL’s Edmonton facility helps manufacturers, system integrators and asset owners of equipment better serve that sector in western Canada. In addition, UL provides hazardous locations audits, validation and technical education and training.

Classified by the likelihood of an ignitable concentration of combustible material being present in the manufacturing process, hazardous locations have a higher risk of explosion or fire hazards due to the presence of flammable gases, flammable or combustible liquid-produced vapors, combustible dusts and ignitable fibers or flyings. To address these increased risks, UL works with manufacturers to test and certify equipment used in hazardous locations to advance safe working and production conditions.

Serving stakeholders across the supply chain, UL’s Edmonton hazardous locations facility further fuels UL’s global footprint to help customers advance innovation. Utilizing its global network of hazardous locations technical experts and state-of-the-art facilities, along with longstanding relationships with regulatory authorities, partner laboratories and industry technical leaders, UL has the ability to help manufacturers achieve compliance credentials for global markets to accelerate the final steps in the certification process. Further simplifying the process, UL offers a single, local contact for global hazardous locations certification needs.

UL originally entered the Canada market in 1920 when UL founder, William H. Merrill, established an office in Toronto. Over the next century , UL continued to expand facilities and offerings across Canada to further its mission to make the world a safer place. UL locations in Canada include Edmonton, Mississauga, two locations in Ottawa, St-Laurent, Toronto, Vancouver and Varennes.

About UL

UL is the global safety science leader. We deliver testing, inspection and certification (TIC), training and advisory services, risk management solutions and essential business insights to help our customers, based in more than 100 countries, achieve their safety, security and sustainability goals. Our deep knowledge of products and intelligence across supply chains make us the partner of choice for customers with complex challenges. Discover more at UL.com.

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As the oil sands industry adjusts to these changes and competing in the global marketplace, the workforce requirements have also adjusted, moving from a growth and construction jobs to maintenance and operations roles.

2020 started with two unimaginable global events, the pandemic and collapse in crude oil prices, this was then exacerbated locally by one of the worst floods in the history of this community. With the events of the last year and half, there is a much different future for our community and industry than envisioned a few years ago. 

Given this new reality, the oil sands sector has experienced changes as it moves, from a period of expansion into a phase focused on improving the reliability and performance of existing operations. Some transitions that were underway have been accelerated with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As the oil sands industry adjusts to these changes and competing in the global marketplace, the workforce requirements have also adjusted, moving from a growth and construction jobs to maintenance and operations roles. This is an important time to understand the impacts of policies that protect competitiveness, and support for innovation and technology in strategic planning for future workforce requirements.

Labour forecasts show that direct employment in the sector across Canada will see modest growth, climbing to about 176,000 by 2023, rising above 2020 levels. However, the forecast still expects employment to lag below 2019 levels when 188,800 people worked in the sector. 

Even with modest growth, the industry supports thousands of high paying jobs in Wood Buffalo and across Canada. The oil sands industry continues to employ over 30 per cent of the local workforce in Wood Buffalo. Our focus continues to ensure we have the people with the right skills so we can deliver oil and gas projects on time and on budget.

Be sure to stop by our information session Workforce Trends in the Oil Sands on September 16th as part of the Oil Sands Conference and Tradeshow. The session, featuring panelists from Petro LMI, Imperial Oil, CNOOC Intl Ltd. and Fort McMurray First Nation Group of Companies, aims to provide an understanding of workforce practices in the oil sands industry highlighting current and future trends as well as opportunities and challenges related to recruitment and impacts of COVID-19.

The Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA) was established in 2013 with over a dozen oil sands companies as members. Its mission is to pursue innovative solutions to build thriving communities and enable responsible growth of Canada’s Oil Sands.

OSCA builds on 20 years of cooperation among oil sands companies and regional stakeholders through predecessor organizations including the Oil Sands Developers Group (OSDG) and the Regional Issues Working Group (RIWG).

OSCA has four key focus areas: Community Wellbeing, Infrastructure, Indigenous Community Relations and Workforce. 


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