Safety is a foundational value at Ovintiv. From the office to the field, we strive to proactively identify and effectively control the risks associated with our operations and ensure our expectations are clearly communicated and adhered to by employees and suppliers. Ensuring the safety of our staff, suppliers, the public and the surrounding community is a basic tenet of managing our operations in a secure and efficient manner.
Life Saving Rules and Stop Work Program
Ovintiv provides a consistent approach in the prevention of serious injuries and fatalities through our life saving rules. A component of our Life Saving Rules program is a Stop Work program. Stop Work enables everyone
involved with an operation the authority and responsibility to stop a job without retaliation if they observe a situation that could impact people’s safety or damage equipment. If at any time a life saving rule is compromised,
employees are trained to immediately engage the Stop Work program to prevent an incident. Our leadership universally endorses these safety programs, as they are core to Ovintiv’s culture.
Occupational Health and Safety
Ovintiv Total Recordable
Injury Frequency (TRIF)
TRIF is the number of recordable injuries per 200,000 exposure hours.
Our Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene program is a specialized component of our overall safety initiative—focused on managing health hazards found in the workplace. The program is designed to help predict workplace exposures with a goal of preventing them before they happen. Our workforce are members of the community where we operate. Their diligence towards safe work practices translates to a more secure and healthier work environment and community.
Surpassing Industry Standards in Safety
In 2018, we delivered the company’s safest year ever for the fifth consecutive year.
Motor vehicle incidents are the leading cause of injury and death in the oil and natural gas industry. Ovintiv has a comprehensive internal driving safety program and safe vehicle operations practice that enables us to protect the health and safety of our workforce and the public. These programs encourage a zero-incident culture and gather data for better decision-making and risk evaluation.
To ensure safe driving, Ovintiv’s driver distraction practice prohibits
the use of distractions such as cell phones and texting while driving a company vehicle or any vehicle engaged in company business. We also assign an in-vehicle monitoring system to all Ovintiv fleet vehicles. These devices monitor and provide data on driver behavior, including hard braking, rapid acceleration and speed. These programs are delivering results, in 2018, Ovintiv only experienced one motor vehicle incident (MVI), down from two in 2017.
EHS Incident Management
Ovintiv has a streamlined, efficient system for managing EHS incidents, audits and inspection information. Our incident management system is used to capture our environment, health and safety incident data including injuries and illness, motor vehicle incidents, spills and near hits for tracking, trending analysis and scorecard/performance management reporting.
Health and Safety Risk Management
The following risk management objectives guide us in meeting our long-term health and safety (EHS) goals:
- Requiring the assessment and verification of suppliers working for us, or those offered an opportunity to bid on Ovintiv work.
- Delivering, analyzing and using key metrics to drive sustained performance improvements.
- Providing safety leadership training to support a baseline safety culture at Ovintiv.
- Providing various tools to support the safety of our operations.
Ovintiv uses ISNetworld (ISN) to evaluate supplier safety programs and performance. Through ISN’s online database, supervisors can verify that all suppliers are qualified to work for Ovintiv. Once a supplier has been approved to work for Ovintiv, routine spot checks and inspections are used to ensure that Ovintiv’s requirements are being met. Supplier environment, health and safety audits that include a tabletop review and potential field visit are frequently used to provide a detailed assessment of the supplier’s EHS performance.
Ethos is Ovintiv’s operations management system structured with 12 standards stating how we conduct our business. At every level of the organization, these documented sets of principles defining our interdependent standards, practices, processes and procedures influence how we manage operational, occupational health, safety and environmental risks. Through the integration of Ethos Standards and Practices into our daily activities we promote an injury-free workplace, minimize our environmental impact, maintain our license to operate, and encourage a working culture that treats our neighbors with respect.
For more information on Ethos, visit our Health & Safety Policy.