Husky's priority is the safety of the public and its employees and contractors, and the protection of the environment.

Husky focuses on operational integrity and process safety to protect the public, minimize any impact to the environment, safeguard the health and wellbeing of employees, contractors, and customers, and protect physical assets (such as facilities and equipment) from damage or loss.

  • Equipment and facilities are designed, constructed, instrumented and operated to reduce hazards to as low as reasonably practicable
  • Procedures are developed, implemented and continually updated so that safe work practices are followed
  • Workers are trained, coached and supervised; and personal protective equipment is always worn

To further protect workers and manage risk, the Company requires its workforce to have appropriate qualifications, competencies and training. Husky has developed an on-line safety orientation for staff and contractors to deliver information needed before arriving at a work site.

With a goal of no incidents, Husky analyzes and reports all events, the corrective actions taken, and then shares what is learned to help anticipate and prevent future occurrences. The root cause of an incident is extensively investigated and Husky fully supports any regulator-led investigation that may be warranted.

Husky tracks and measures its safety performance as part of its risk management strategy, adopting metrics that measure and continuously improve performance. These include measurements of performance before a loss occurs, such as the number of inspections, audits and proactive measures executed at the field level. The number of events that involve a loss, such as lost time incidents (LTIs) and the total recordable injury rate (TRIR) are also tracked.

Husky Operational Integrity Management System

The Husky Operational Integrity Management System (HOIMS) is a systematic approach to anticipating, identifying and mitigating hazardous situations within the Company’s operations.

HOIMS incorporates best practices from across the industry, consistent with Husky’s commitment to excellence in operational integrity.

HOIMS Elements

The HOIMS elements are applied in daily operations and contain well-defined aims and expectations. HOIMS helps Husky effectively manage the challenges associated with the energy business and to create a safe and secure place to work.

The 14 elements are:

  1. Leadership, Commitment and Accountability
  2. Safe Operations
  3. Risk Assessment and Management
  4. Emergency Preparedness
  5. Reliability and Integrity
  6. Personnel Competency and Training
  7. Incident Management
  8. Environmental Stewardship
  9. Management of Change
  10. Information, Documentation and Effective Communication
  11. Compliance Assurance and Regulatory Advocacy
  12. Design, Construction, Commissioning, Operating and De-Commissioning
  13. Contracting Services and Materials
  14. Performance Assessment and Continuous Improvement

The HOIMS owners’ team guides the implementation of the program, representing every area of the Company’s operations.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Husky has a multi-level emergency response system to effectively respond to and manage incidents.

The Company conducts regular emergency preparedness exercises across all of its operations and participates in industry-wide initiatives. It reviews and updates its emergency plans on an ongoing basis.

Husky’s Corporate Emergency Response Plan governs its response to an emergency event, with individual emergency response plans in place for all Husky activities.

In addition to established procedures, training and regular exercises, effective communication with key stakeholders, including the public, governments, regulators, employees and families, media, contractors and partners is critical to a successful response.

Husky is a founding partner of the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) Emergency Contact Centre. After-hours emergency calls for the majority of its operations in Western Canada are routed through STARS, improving Husky’s ability to communicate with multiple responders and providing backup call centres.

The Company participates in the Conference Board of Canada’s Council on Emergency Management, which looks at opportunities to improve emergency management across Canada through research and networking.