Emergency management - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability
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Emergency management at Suncor is based on our commitment to protect:
Suncor's integrated model has been designed as an important part of our Operational Excellence Management Systems (OEMS). By using established protocols, we are better positioned to respond to emergencies and unplanned events in a proactive way.
Our employees and contractors regularly conduct training, emergency drills and tabletop exercises to reinforce, verify and improve our emergency preparedness capabilities. Practice helps us be prepared for unplanned emergency situations. Exercise debriefs are held to emphasize the learn and improve attitude across all business units. Our goal is to share lessons from drills, exercises and real events across our business units to ensure we continuously improve our response capabilities.
Starting in 2011, a corporate process safety initiative placed a renewed focus on emergency response planning and preparedness activities across the business. This work continued throughout 2012 and expanded to reflect the broader requirements of Suncor's OEMS, including an emphasis on all-hazards risk assessments.
"We continue to see positive results from our efforts to standardize our planning, response and crisis management activities," says Donna Yaskiw, corporate emergency management specialist. "This is very much in line with what we at Suncor refer to as 'one way,' which is all about capturing efficiencies and ensuring best practices through the implementation of OEMS."
Long-standing emergency plans and protocols proved their worth in 2011 as Suncor responded to growing civil unrest in Libya and Syria. In both cases, Suncor formally activated its emergency response management team, including:
We successfully evacuated expatriate staff and provided as much support as possible to national staff, always keeping in mind their safety. What we learned from our Libya evacuation experience was shared across the enterprise and specifically helped position our workforce in Syria to understand when certain actions must be taken.
Suncor gradually resumed operations in Libya in 2012 following a change in the political regime and the lifting of international sanctions. We continue to monitor the situation in both countries, as ensuring the safety of our employees remains our top priority. We have been consistent in our position that we will not operate in either country unless we can do so safely, responsibly and in compliance with international law.
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