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Employee and Contractor Safety

ConocoPhillips Canada’s goal is to have no injuries, no vehicle collisions and no spills in our operations. To meet this goal, we focused on the following in 2013:

  • Life Saving Rules: In September 2013, ConocoPhillips rolled out eight Life Saving Rules.
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    These eight rules are specifically targeted at reducing the risk of serious incidents while workers are performing critical activities. The Life Saving Rules reinforce our existing safety rules by providing an extra check to ensure that people are working safely and consistently in all of our operations around the world. They are about prevention, not reaction.

These rules apply to ConocoPhillips employees and contractors everywhere we operate around the globe. Before starting a job, workers review the eight Life Saving Rules. They verify that work can be done in accordance with them and that the minimum requirements are met. If they see a job that cannot be done in accordance with the Life Saving Rules, they are required to stop the work, report it to their leader and work with that leader to find a way to complete the job in accordance with the Life Saving Rules. The ultimate goal is to improve ConcoPhillips’ health, safety, and environment performance – not only by decreasing the total number of injuries, but also the severity of injuries.

Other initiatives included:

  • Strategy: Meeting 100 percent of our commitments in our health, safety and environment action plans, including inspection programs, audits and investigation findings.
  • Contractor services: Developing a contractor services procurement process to evaluate the health, safety and environmental performance of contractors before they work for us.
  • Leadership: Engaging our employees and contractors by ensuring every leader reinforces health and safety performance expectations with all members of the workforce.
  • Behaviour changes: Changing driving behaviours through in-vehicle instructions provided by GPS technology, which resulted in an 89 percent reduction in high-risk vehicle incidents, from 18 incidents in 2009 to three incidents in 2013.
  • Highway safety: Participating in the Coalition for a Safer 63 and 881, which includes oil sands developers, regional municipalities, media partners, safety organizations, pipeline companies and concerned industry groups that have come together to raise awareness of unsafe driving behavior on Highways 63 and 881.

To view more statistics about our employee and contractor safety performance, please consult our Safety Performance section.

Contractor Safety

Contractors are a vital part of ConocoPhillips Canada’s workforce, performing much of the hands-on work of drilling wells, constructing pipelines and operating facilities. Our business has seasonal and short-term changes in activity, which can make it difficult for us and the companies that work with us to retain experienced staff familiar with our safety programs and procedures. Developing close relationships with contracting companies helps retain contractors and maintain a common focus on safety.

We use a contractor health and safety assessment program to:

  • Understand the contractor’s capabilities and commitment to safety.
  • Review their health and safety performance.
  • Verify that their safety programs comply with relevant legislation.

The frequency of injuries to our contractors has steadily decreased, dropping by 58 percent from January 2009 to December 2013. To read more about our employee and contractor safety performance, please click here

When we identify gaps in a contractor’s safety program, we work with the contracting company to move them toward health and safety excellence.

Vehicle Safety

Driving is one of the highest risk activities undertaken by our staff. Our staff drives more than one million kilometers per year in more than 700 company vehicles. This level of exposure to the hazards of the road led us to implement a number of safety measures, including driver education and real-time, in-cab performance feedback.

In our oil sands operations, we have a sustainable development commitment on regional highway safety. You can read more about our commitments by clicking here

To read more about our vehicle safety performance, please click here

HSE Management System

The HSE Management System guides our ongoing efforts to identify and manage safety issues through four series of steps: Plan, Do, Assess and Adjust. This process is repeated on an annual basis to analyze the current status of our goals, identify areas for potential improvement, and implement key activities to reduce risk and further enhance our safety performance.

Policy and Leadership: Plan > Do > Assess > Adjust > Plan...

Root-Cause Analysis

ConocoPhillips Canada strives to have zero health, safety or environmental incidents. But when a significant incident does occur, we use root-cause analysis to discover the physical and behavioural causes of an incident to learn from and help prevent similar incidents.

Our goal is to complete root-cause investigations within 30 days of an incident. This timeline may be extended for cases when third-party expert opinions are required.

Root-cause analysis investigations are detailed, including visits to the scene of the incident, interviews, document analysis, detailed reports and identifying corrective actions. We track the implementation of these corrective actions and share lessons learned across our company.

In 2008, we performed 29 root-cause analysis investigations of health, safety and environment incidents. Generally each year since 2008 there has been a reduction in the number of root-cause analysis investigations as a result of a reduction in the number of significant incidents occuring. In 2013, we completed seven root-cause analysis investigations.

Last updated on February 5, 2015