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2016 Sustainability Report
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2016 Sustainability Report
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2016

5 Key HSE Pillars

We know there are clear linkages between strong HSE performance and strong business performance.

We consolidate our efforts and focus on what we consider to be the five key pillars of HSE performance because we believe this enhances our ability to advance our HSE priorities, and reduce our risk, which in turn helps us ensure worker and public safety, environmental protection, and the delivery of superior business results. Our five key pillars of HSE are:

  1. HSE Culture
  2. Communications & Knowledge Management
  3. Technical Safety Management
  4. Incident Prevention
  5. Operational Stewardship & Sustainability

We have developed longer-term outcomes for each of these five pillars in order to articulate what we want to achieve now and in the future:

Key HSE Pillar2020 Vision Outcomes
HSE Culture
  • Management and the workforce are actively involved in delivering HSE performance & improvement
  • The Organization looks at what might go wrong and takes steps to prevent it
  • The Organization creates an environment of empowerment, trust and accountability
Communications & Knowledge Management
  • Continuously learns and shares information to improve performance
  • Values training and validates competencies
  • Demonstrates reliable data systems, analysis, trending and generation of improvement actions
Technical Safety Management
  • Has a broad array of systems and practices to identify hazards and manage/reduce risks
  • Demonstrates regulatory compliance
Incident Prevention
  • Focuses on proactive measures for incident prevention. Responds promptly to hazards and takes immediate action
  • Intervention is seen as a positive action
Operational Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Integrates sustainability policy and practices into business strategies and performance measures
  • Considers that HSE and sustainable development has a direct correlation to business success

Our 2015 accomplishments in the area of HSE are a good indicator of our progress towards realizing our HSE vision. Examples of these accomplishments include:

KEY HSE PILLAR2015 Accomplishments
HSE Culture
  • Focus on the priorities and measurable actions around 5 key focus areas of HSE Culture, Communication and Knowledge Management, Technical Safety Management, Incident Prevention and Operational Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Implemented a Fair Culture Policy to ensure transparency in our processes
  • Development of in-house HSE Leadership Training program
  • Senior management HSE steering committee and working group ensuring compliance with our Vision
  • Implementation of a performance-based HSE leader competency

Communications & Knowledge Management
  • Achieved the distinction of being recognized as a Climate Disclosure Leader (2015) by CDP
  • Continued development, communication and measurement against leading and lagging HSE key performance indicators
  • Continued development and enhancement of our competency and training programs
Technical Safety Management
  • Development of a fit-for-purpose Process Hazard Analysis Standard
  • Continued development and implementation of our Process Safety and Asset Integrity Management Systems
Incident Prevention
  • Continued focus on our robust hazard identification and risk mitigation program around our top fatal risk exposures
  • Continuing risk management efforts in addition to detailed emergency-response planning

Operational Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Reducing long-term environmental liabilities through planned and managed decommissioning, abandoning and reclaiming well leases and facilities
  • Managing our waste products by reducing, recycling and recovering
  • Conducting pilot programs and trials on the implementation of new technology to improve environmental performance and decrease the impact of operations
  • Completing projects that enabled Vermilion to reduce our corporate emissions footprint while increasing production.

  • In 2015, Vermilion made Integrated Sustainability one of six key pillars of our business strategy


At Vermilion, we are focused on our HSE commitment of Everywhere. Everyday. Everyone. We are focused on ensuring everyone who comes to our locations returns home safely every day. 

That is why in 2015, we compiled and analyzed our comprehensive data set from across business units and worked with our international operations related to our 'Top Fatal Risks' on the job, examining how they could be eliminated and implementing changes to our systems to help ensure the organization is focused on preventing these critical risks.

Understanding there are more than just the top fatal risks that are present in our industry, we selected those risks that were common across our operations for a more detailed review. We then assessed those hazards and developed comprehensive plans specific to each business unit to prevent those hazards from occurring. Finally, the groups focused on what could be done to eliminate the hazard or what barriers and controls were required to help prevent an event from happening.

We built on our people's experience, demonstrating the effective collaboration of our operations and management groups. A solid plan supporting risk prevention is being put in place that aligns with all the efforts we've directed towards competence and training programs in our operations. New leading KPIs, which our staff can access on our corporate intranet, have been created to follow Vermilion's progress on hazard awareness and risk prevention as part of our corporate scorecard.

The 'Top 5 Fatal Risks' identified at Vermilion are:

  1. Driving
  2. Energy Isolation (electrical / mechanical, etc.)
  3. Crushed / caught between
  4. Struck by
  5. Process hydrocarbon release
  6. Fall from heights
  7. Structural Failure


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