Workplace safety is Suncor’s top priority: “Do it safely or don’t do it.” Find out more in the 2013 Report on Sustainability
Workplace safety is Suncor’s top priority – 2013 Report on Sustainability
Suncor’s Journey to Zero program puts workplace safety front and centre across our operations – 2013 Report on Sustainability
Find out how Suncor’s personal and process safety protocols are preventing incidents and keeping employees safe in the 2013 Report on Sustainability
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Suncor always ranks workplace safety as our top priority. We strive to make personal and process safety an integral part of our workplace culture — a shared mindset that must be supported and practiced, from the boardroom to the plant floor.
Suncor seeks to eliminate all workplace incidents — a goal summed up in the title of our ‘Journey to Zero' program. We believe all incidents are preventable and no job is too urgent or routine that it cannot be done safely. Lead by our guiding value: safety above all else, we strive for continuous improvement in our safety through best practices and an even stronger safety-first mindset.
Suncor continues to roll out a series of major training programs to reinforce awareness about our Journey to Zero principles and objectives. Our employees and contractors can play a role in helping us achieve our safety goals. Our workplace safety initiative consists of three tiers:
"These training programs are all about reinforcing personal accountability for workplace safety," says Derek Mullaly, manager of central safety services, environment, health and safety (EHS). "We are trying to influence behaviour and get into peoples' hearts and minds. We can try to set people up for success and develop the best procedures in the world, but if your heart is not in doing the task safely, there is still the potential to put yourself and others at risk."
Based on the standard industry safety measures, Suncor continues to make considerable progress on reaching our safety goals. The lost time injury frequency among Suncor employees and contractors declined from a rate of 0.06 in 2011 to a rate of 0.05 in 2012 — an improvement of 2%. The recordable injury frequency rate also declined, from 0.73 in 2011 to 0.59 in 2012 — a 19% improvement.
We achieved these safety improvements even during periods when our major operations went through significant expansion, maintenance or upgrade phases that saw thousands of additional contractors working at our sites. While we are encouraged by the progress we've made, we continue to recognize that our Journey to Zero is far from over.
* Exposure hours and lost time injuries data, beginning in 2009, includes consolidated post-merger data.
* Exposure hours and recordable injuries (lost time, medical aid and restricted work), beginning in 2009, includes consolidated post-merger data.
* Major incidents result in fatalities, permanent disability, punitive action by government, or catastrophic environmental impact, or significant impact to the company’s reputation. In 2012 an oil well blowout and fire occurred at the Suncor natural gas well site in the Altares field, 69 kilometres west of Fort St. John, B.C.
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