Safety Performance

Good safety is good business

Good safety is good business

Purpose and Progress

Along with rigorous occupational safety programs, the Company continues to make improvements in process safety.

The rate of critical and serious incidents per hours worked has declined over the past four years. To achieve that, risks associated with specific types of incidents are identified and actions are taken to mitigate those risks. To continue improving, activities more likely to lead to a critical or serious incident are identified and workers take specific steps to reduce the possibility of injury.

Process Safety

Definitions of Tier 1, 2 and 3 process safety events are aligned with those of the International Oil and Gas Producers Association, 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. Process safety and LOPC process safety training is provided and incidents are analyzed to determine how to improve equipment reliability and companion operating integrity practices.

Total Recordable Injury Rate

The total recordable injury rate (TRIR) measures fatalities, lost time, restricted work and medical aid incidents.

Husky achieved a 0.90 TRIR, which is fewer than 1.0 recordable injury per 100 workers per year. The rate has declined in each of the past three years.

Lost Time Injuries

There were fewer Lost Time Injuries (LTI) in 2013 than the year before, with a Lost Time Injury Rate of 0.14 per 200,000 exposure hours.

Husky has a strong safety culture at its worksites and encourages employees to use the Husky Operational Integrity Management System, a consistent, enterprise-wide approach to managing operations, and a critical eye to identify and mitigate major accident hazards.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Husky has a Corporate Driving Standard that includes mandatory driver training, in-vehicle monitoring and providing drivers with reports on their speed, seatbelt use and any unsafe driving.

Fifty-four employee motor vehicle accidents were recorded in 2013, compared to 50 the year before. The Company’s fleet of approximately 1,400 vehicles covered 40.6 million kilometres in 2013, up from 38.7 million kilometres in 2012.

Following the 2013 pilot, Husky will be installing Drive Safe devices in company vehicles to further improve safety for drivers and the public. The program reinforces good driver behaviour and streamlines reporting to better identify trends and issues. It provides further protection for employees working in isolated areas or driving alone.


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. 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 and training development.

Streamlining how events, such as injuries, equipment failures and complaints from the public, are reported and reviewed can proactively reduce the probability of repeat events.

Industrial Hygiene

Husky’s industrial hygiene program identifies and controls occupational health hazards. A clear understanding of these potential exposures allows the Company to better prevent the development of occupational illnesses.

This year, the program included 88 surveys, with samples from more than 1,300 employee and areas. The surveys assess whether there is exposure to potentially hazardous materials or environments.

To support the safe and proper handling of chemicals, Husky aligns the chemical inventories at its North American operations with a system-wide record of material safety data sheets and other related documents. The system tracks and administers the availability of chemical hazard information for employees and supports legislation focused on hazard identification, controls and reporting.

Delivering Results: Husky continues to improve its safety performance, with a declining number of serious and critical incidents. The Company had one critical or serious incident per 200,000 exposure hours in 2013, down from two the year before.