Purpose and Progress
The Company’s focus on safety helps to protect its employees and the public, its assets and the environment while making operations more efficient and productive.
Along with its rigorous occupational safety programs and focus, the Company is driving continuous improvement in process safety.
The rate of critical and serious incidents per hours worked has declined over the past three years. Part of the reason for this improvement is the Husky Operational Integrity Management System (HOIMS), which was rolled out several years ago.
HOIMS represents a consistent, enterprise-wide approach to how Husky manages its operations.
Definitions for Tier 1, 2 and 3 process safety events are aligned with those of the American Petroleum Institute and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Center for Chemical Process Safety.
Additional criteria are in place for gas releases and other Loss of Primary Containment (LOPC) outcomes.
Both process safety and LOPC process safety training is provided. Events or incidents are analyzed to determine requirements to improve process equipment reliability and companion operating integrity practices.
Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR)
The Total Recordable Injury Rate, or TRIR, measures fatalities, lost time, restricted work and medical aid incidents.
Husky set a TRIR target of 1.0 for 2012, or fewer than 1.0 recordable injuries per 100 workers per year.
It achieved this goal, ending 2012 with a 0.92 TRIR, an important achievement given that the amount of hours workers performed increased 25 percent, from 32 million combined work hours in 2011 to 40 million combined work hours in 2012.
Husky continues to strive for an injury-free workplace.
Lost Time Injuries
While the amount of employee and contractor work hours increased by 25 percent in 2012, the Lost Time Injury (LTI) frequency in 2012 was comparable to 2011, with a Lost Time Injury Rate of 0.22 per 200,000 exposure hours.
Husky is continuing to further enhance a strong safety culture at its worksites with the implementation of a new Safe Operations Standard and Procedure, which is designed to increase the effectiveness of task hazard assessment and control processes.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Husky has implemented a Corporate Driving Standard that includes driver training and in-vehicle monitoring.
The Company has a fleet of approximately 1,300 vehicles, which were driven about 38.7 million kilometres in 2012, up from 36 million kilometres in 2011. Fifty employee MVAs were recorded in 2012, compared to 47 in 2011.
In-vehicle monitoring devices are being installed in Company vehicles and are designed to promote greater safety for drivers and the public by monitoring driver behaviour and streamlining reporting to better identify trends and issues. This tool, along with other communication devices, provides further protection for employees who work in isolated locations or drive alone.
As a means of improving and reinforcing appropriate driving skills, a two-part driving program geared toward incident-free trucking of production fluids was developed and implemented in the Heavy Oil business unit.
The RIDE program provides training to professional drivers on fatigue management, cargo securement and the loading and unloading of produced fluids, while assessing driving habits, attitude, competency and overall concern for safe driving.
The Company’s comprehensive OmniSafe incident tracking tool enables workers to report events, as well as provide ongoing monitoring and assessment to anticipate and manage potential operational incidents.
All “loss” and “no loss” (near-miss) events are tracked in OmniSafe. All investigation results, action items and lessons learned are identified and monitored for completion. This information is used for safety alerts, statistics reports, risk analysis, management reporting, training development and more.
Streamlining the reporting and review of events such as injuries, equipment failures and complaints from the public can proactively reduce the probability of repeat events.
Husky’s industrial hygiene program focuses on actively identifying and controlling occupational health hazards. A clear understanding of these potential exposures allows the Company to better prevent the development of occupational illnesses.
In 2012, the program included 900 samples collected within 90 surveys that assessed exposure to potentially hazardous materials or environments.