Husky focuses on maintaining safe and reliable operations, and employs rigorous occupational safety programs, as well as ongoing process safety improvements to further strengthen its safety record.
Husky communicates the risks most associated with potential serious injuries and fatalities to employees and contractors so mitigating actions can be taken. The rate of critical and serious incidents per hours worked in 2016 continues to show steady improvement.
Process Safety Events
Tier 1, 2 and 3 process safety event definitions are used to assess releases and other loss of primary containment outcomes. Incidents are investigated to determine how to improve equipment reliability and related operating integrity practices, and to identify barriers aimed at managing and mitigating major accident hazards.
The definitions align with those of the American Petroleum Institute, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Center for Chemical Process Safety and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP).
Based on the IOGP’s 2016 recommendation, Husky classifies Tier 1 events as those involving any major release of hazardous materials with the potential for serious consequences resulting in injuries, harm to the environment and/or asset damage.
Total Recordable Injury Rate
The total recordable injury rate (TRIR) measures lost time, restricted work and medical aid incidents, and fatalities.
Employees and contractors using clear procedures and processes to mitigate risks resulted in a lower TRIR rate in 2016. This rate has declined over the past six years. Husky employs the IOGP’s Life Saving Rules to enhance its existing training. These rules use consistent icons, with descriptive guidance, to reinforce simple actions that can mitigate high risk activities.
In 2016, Husky achieved a TRIR of 0.55, down from 0.64 the year before and below its 2016 target.
Lost Time Injuries
In 2016, Husky maintained a Lost Time Injury Rate of 0.14 per 200,000 exposure hours. Employees and contractors receive ongoing training in safety processes and procedures to continuously drive this trend. In 2016, Husky recorded 17 lost time incidents, below its target.
The safety culture at worksites is strengthened by applying the Husky Operational Integrity Management System (HOIMS), a consistent, enterprise-wide approach to managing operations.
Husky’s corporate driving standard includes mandatory driver training and vehicle monitoring devices that provide drivers with reports on their speed, seatbelt use and driving practices, helping to improve performance.
In 2016, there were 18 motor vehicle accidents involving employees, compared to 48 the previous year. There were 25 accidents involving employees and contractors, below the 2016 target. The Company’s fleet of approximately 1,300 vehicles covered about 45 million kilometres.
Husky’s well management programs offshore Newfoundland and Labrador and at the Liwan Gas Project offshore China start at the planning stage and continue through construction, commission and operation.
Wellbore monitoring, inspection of subsea trees, testing of subsurface safety equipment, plans for blowout mitigation and an inventory of relief well materials are part of the programs. During operations, at least two independent and tested well barriers are in place.
Husky, with other area operators, participates in mutual emergency aid partnerships and a number of international safety initiatives.
A comprehensive incident tracking tool allows Husky to learn from the ongoing monitoring and assessment of reported events and to better prepare for and prevent potential operational incidents.
All “loss” and “no loss” (near-miss) events are tracked. Investigation results, action items and lessons learned are used for safety alerts, statistics reports, risk analysis, management reporting and training development.
Integrating 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 protects workers by identifying, assessing and controlling occupational health hazards. Understanding potential exposures leads to the ability to prevent the development of occupational illnesses.
In 2016, 93 assessment surveys were completed, including samples from more than 1,360 employee or areas to assess exposure to potentially hazardous materials or environments. The results identified exposure scenarios and provided short-term exposure data that can be used to determine the proper application of controls.
Husky has revised its Safety Data Sheets to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), providing companies and workers with a single set of rules and label formats that are recognized by numerous jurisdictions.
Husky continues to improve its safety performance, resulting in a decrease in its critical and serious incident rate and its total recordable injury rate.