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Our Safety Approach

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.

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 2012, we completed seven root-cause analysis investigations.

Health, Safety & Environment Audit Program

ConocoPhillips Canada improves our health, safety and environmental performance by developing and implementing programs and procedures, then assessing our compliance through our health, safety and environment audit program. Our audit program includes business unit audits that are conducted internally by our ConocoPhillips Canada teams, as well as audits conducted by our global ConocoPhillips team.

Findings from our audits are prioritized and identified as low, medium, significant or high risk, using ConocoPhillips Canada’s Risk Matrix, which takes into account the severity and the likelihood of the finding.

Oil Sands Operations Risk Matrix

Likelihood of Occurrence 5
Frequent
5
II
10
II
15
III
20
IV
25
IV
4
Probable
4
I
8
II
12
III
16
III
20
IV
3
Rare
3
I
6
II
9
II
12
III
15
III
2
Rare
2
I
4
I
6
II
8
II
10
II
1
Improbable
1
I
2
I
3
I
4
I
5
II
Risk = Severity x Likelihood 1 2 3 4 5
Severity of Consequence

Illustration of ConocoPhillips HSE Risk Matrix. Risks are defined by the likelihood of their occurrence multiplied by the severity of their potential consequence, and are prioritized as low (green), medium (yellow), significant (orange), and high (red) risks.

Our Canadian audits show that the number of significant risk findings in our operation has decreased since 2008, dropping from two to three percent in earlier years, to zero in 2011 and 2012.

Audits conducted by the global ConocoPhillips team also demonstrated a similar decrease in significant risk findings. In 2007, 18 percent of findings identified during reviews of our Canadian operations by the global ConocoPhillips audit team were ranked as significant, with one finding ranked high risk. Subsquent audits in 2010 and 2011 demonstrated no findings of significant risks, and only two findings in 2012 were deemed significant. ConocoPhillips Canada has not had a high-risk finding since 2007.

A review of the most common audit findings shows that most risks could have been identified and addressed during regular self-inspections by field personnel. As a result, we launched an initiative in 2010 to review and assess our current facility inspection program and formalize how issues are identified and tracked to completion. Our field level inspection program is now fully implemented.

In our Surmont project, evaluations were introduced for our on-site contractors in 2011. This is a new program and we are continuing to work with contractors to improve their safety performance.

Last updated on February 27, 2014