Husky Operational Integrity Management System (HOIMS)

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

The implementation of HOIMS has produced tangible business results including improved performance, fewer incidents and enhanced business value. It incorporates best practices from across the industry, consistent with Husky’s commitment to excellence in operational integrity.

HOIMS Elements

The 14 elements of HOIMS set Husky's bar for operational excellence and are applied in daily operations.

Each of these elements contains well-defined aims and expectations that guide Husky as it works to continuously improve its operational integrity performance. 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 at Husky is charged with guiding the implementation of the program. Its members represent every area of operation in the Company.

Occupational Safety and Process Safety Management

Occupational safety and process safety management provide safeguards for Husky employees and contractors:

  • 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

Industrial Hygiene

Husky has an active Industrial Hygiene program. Its fundamental purpose is to minimize the development of occupational illness and to ensure an effective system is in place to manage related risks.

The program includes established standards and practices as well as regular monitoring and surveillance of occupational exposures to identified chemical and physical hazards. It plays an important role in the definition and implementation of suitable controls.

Regular workshift monitoring as well as task specific assessments are elements of the program. Response to related issues and concerns is available as required by the operations and facilities. The purpose of these activities is to prevent and mitigate industrial hygiene-related exposures.

The Industrial Hygiene Program is supported by a complementary health surveillance program offered to all Husky employees. Together, these programs offer an effective process to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control potential occupational exposures.

Safety Performance Monitoring and Assessment

Husky tracks and measures its safety performance as it continues to manage risks. It adopts metrics to measure and continuously improve process safety management performance.

Leading metrics measure performance before a loss occurs, such as the number of inspections, audits and proactive measures executed at the field level. Lagging metrics measure the number of events that involve a loss, such as total recordable injury rates (TRIRs) and lost time accidents (LTAs), the number of workers who had to miss work because of an injury. The TRIR is a calculated value based on fatalities, lost time, restricted work and medical aid incidents. It is adjusted for company size and allows Husky to compare itself to its peers.

Incident Management

Safe, responsible operations are critical. Husky extensively investigates the root cause of incidents and fully supports any regulator-led investigations that may be warranted. Analysis and reporting of all types of incidents, as well as corrective actions and the sharing of lessons learned, are key to Husky's strategy to anticipate and prevent future occurrences.

Husky's incident management software program is a corporate-wide tracking system for all types of operational incidents including injuries, spills, and public complaints. The more incidents or near-misses that are reported and corrected, the greater number of learnings can be shared throughout Husky with less probability of serious or repeat events.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Husky has developed a multi-level emergency response process to effectively respond to and manage a wide array of incidents. Industry-leading safety management and training systems are focused on protecting people, the environment and Husky's corporate assets and reputation.

Husky 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 as part of its commitment to continuous improvement across all of its operations.

Husky's Corporate Emergency Response Plan governs its response to an emergency event. Emergency response plans are also prepared for all Husky activities.

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

Husky also 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.

Safety Competency and Training

Husky requires that its workforce has the qualifications, competencies and training.

The Personnel Competency and Training Project applies a systematic approach to studying operating practices in the field and developing a consensus around the best and safest practices. A competency assessment component ensures field staff receive the training they need to work safely and ensures assessment results and competencies are recorded.

Husky has developed an on-line safety orientation for its staff and contractors that provides information workers need to know prior to arriving at Husky work sites.