Enseco Continuously Improves Health & Safety Culture

Enseco management, employees and contractors have made a strong statement about their commitment to improving the health and safety culture within this organization. Recently our Loss Prevention programs and systems where reviewed to determine how well they stood up to a set program criteria and auditing standards.  The process is still under review. Once complete the COR Certification will be issued by Alberta Employment and Immigration and co-signed by the Certifying Partner, Enform.

A successful loss prevention program has elements like hazard control, hazard assessment, policies and procedures, training and competency, work place checklist, inspections and emergency procedures. Having all these elements in the safety manual may mean our organization is safe on paper. However the performance of this program relies heavily on the safety culture and individual’s commitment. The EHS department would like to thank everyone; field staff, support staff and management for doing their part in building a safety culture that is proactively reducing material, equipment, environmental and personal loss.

In an effort to improve the evaluation of hazard ID’s, field checklists, journey management cards and site inspections, the EHS department has tracked these documents. I would like to focus on the Hazard ID and note that the quality of reported Hazards submitted has improved substantially. Between July and Sept a total of 541 Cards were reviewed by management, EHS Department and in some cases Oil Companies. The Hazard ID’s are a process for identifying, quantifying and controlling hazards and risks in the workplace. They are intended to ensure safe reliable operations and when utilized properly can help in reducing material, equipment, environmental and personal loss.  The EHS department chose the top Hazard ID reports and pooled them together then randomly selected 3. Let’s congratulate Tyler Vandale, Bob McKenzie and Matt Mitrega for helping do their part in Loss Prevention. All 3 employees will receive a gift card from their local Manager or EHS Department.

A few things we can focus on in the upcoming months are:

  • Continue to follow all standards defined by our Safety Management Systems and Processes
  • Report immediately any conditions or practices you think might cause injury to employees or damage to equipment.
  • Whenever you or the equipment you operate is involved in an incident, regardless how minor, report it immediately to you supervisor, manager and or EHS department.

What is COR anyway? In order to recognize employers who have developed a health and safety management system that meets established standards, a Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded. The Alberta government does not directly administer the COR audits or audit criteria.  Several Certifying Partners (ENFORM, ACSA) have been allowed to set program criteria, auditing standards, and complete the audit with Enform as the Certifying partner. Our Loss prevention programs are currently under review and will be rewritten to further enhance our processes as well as align us with the ongoing future requirements as defined by the Alberta Government.

Kristy McGale – EH&S Advisor, Grande Prairie, Alberta

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