Personal safety is Suncor’s top priority, and we seek to eliminate all workplace incidents

Personal safety is Suncor’s top priority, and we seek to eliminate all workplace incidents

Personal safety is Suncor's top priority, and we seek to eliminate all workplace incidents

Personal safety is Suncor’s top priority, and we seek to eliminate all workplace incidents

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Personal safety

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Our environment, health and safety policy states our unwavering commitment to our value of safety above all else.

Our Journey to Zero program asks all employees and contractors to honour our beliefs and commitments:

  • all incidents can be prevented
  • to work here you must be committed to working safely
  • leadership is accountable for environment, health and safety performance
  • we deliver on our commitments
  • our Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS) enables environmental, health and safety excellence

We’re working to continuously learn, share and improve personal safety efforts by embedding safety leadership into our culture, fully engaging all employees in safety and providing a safe work environment for all employees and contractors.

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2015 safety performance

A sustained commitment from people at every level of the company – people who champion and cultivate a culture of safety all day, every day – made 2015 a strong year for safety at Suncor.

2015 combined employee and contractor recordable injury frequency performance of 0.45 was favorable to the 2015 target of 0.48. We also recorded the fewest number of lost time injuries (LTI) since the merger.

Suncor recordable injury frequency
Suncor lost-time injury frequency

Safety initiatives

We promote workforce safety dialogues and participation through various activities and processes, including:

  • procedures to secure site access and ensure we know who’s working on our sites
  • safety meetings to exchange information, concerns and increase safety awareness
  • toolbox talks at worksites focused on specific hazards
  • regular safety stand-down sessions to reflect on performance and reinforce our commitment to safety
  • a dedicated management system element outlining requirements for reporting, investigation and management of incidents, hazards and near misses

Other initiatives include Get a Grip on Safety, a corporate-wide campaign that first launched in 2013. This campaign focuses on the unsafe conditions and unsafe behaviours that contribute to slip, trip and fall injuries, and our Line of Fire safety initiative, calls attention to stored energy, striking hazards and crushing hazards.

We have shared materials from our Get a Grip and Line of Fire safety campaigns with the Oil Sands Safety Association and our contractors. Many member companies have made use of the information to further promote these safe work practices.

We started several initiatives in response to our 2014 fatalities. In May 2014, we formed the Safety Step Change Task Force to lead an assessment of unacceptable safety performance and recommend a path forward to improve safety at oil sands.

In 2015, the Safety Step Change Task Force focused on implementing the 16 safety solutions designed to improve safety performance and culture at oil sands.

Initiatives to strengthen safety leadership, processes and tools were created with the end user in mind.

Input from employees and contractors were critical to ensure the taskforce was aligned with the needs and expectations of the business.

A key indicator of the ‘step change’ in safety for 2015 was the fact that oil sands recorded the lowest recordable injury frequency for employees since 2008.

Raising the bar on workplace safety

We continue to work on several initiatives to help us achieve our safety goals. Priority initiatives include:

  • While preventing all injuries is our enduring priority, we are sharpening our focus on recognizing conditions and preventing incidents that could lead to serious injuries and fatalities (SIF).
  • The introduction of a new and common enterprise tool for incident and corrective action management — “Enablon” will help us to track and analyze incident trends across the company, improving our ability to proactively mitigate risk and prevent incidents. It’s backed up strong standards and processes, as well as our revised risk matrix. Enablon will replace other localized tools used for these purposes
  • The safety communications repository allows employees and contractors to access searchable safety communications. It houses:
    • safety and incident alerts
    • incident learnings
    • safety moments
    • toolbox talks
    • information on safety meetings
    • SIF prevention information, including learnings from SIF potential events