Suncor applies the Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS) to manage process safety and reliability. Suncor leverages lessons from internal and external incident investigations to improve process safety and reliability performance. This ensures learnings are embedded in our work practices and mitigating actions are implemented to prevent the reoccurrence of similar incidents. Audits and management reviews are used to ensure Suncor’s practices are effective and continuously improve.
Suncor is focused on reducing loss of primary containment incidents by assessing incidents and prioritizing gap closure and continuous improvement opportunities. Effective management has ensured alignment across Suncor to identify opportunities and accelerate performance improvement. Recent improvements include updating our management of change, incident management and process hazard analysis standards.
Through a robust governance structure, senior leadership sets enterprise priorities and manages initiatives to ensure a focused effort on maintaining and improving reliability. Stewardship of key indicators and benchmarking is an important component to ensure progress and sustainment of reliability elements such as asset criticality assignments, strategies, root cause analysis, work execution, bad actor elimination and Safety Instrumented System integrity.
Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) Improvement
SIS are key controls to mitigate process safety and reliability risks. In 2015, a team of Suncor Process Automation Systems experts started a multi-year journey to improve SIS management. Through this team, Suncor is incorporating industry best practices into existing functional safety management programs to ensure consistency and effectiveness to improve the reliability of these key controls.
Operating Procedures, Safe Work Practices and Operating Envelopes enable our frontline employees to manage operational risks. Suncor is raising the bar through the implementation of new standards across the company. Increasing the effectiveness of operational controls helps us manage personal and process safety risks and supports reliability improvement initiatives.