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