We know that the best management systems and processes in the world will fail without strong leadership from the top and widespread buy-in throughout the organization.
HSE commitment and leadership is engrained in Vermilion’s Management and Leadership Teams, through visible and active participation. Our Management sets the tone, provides the vision and resources required to achieve our HSE objectives and actively participates to ensure the importance of HSE is well understood and to maintain a high standard of compliance.
We know that all of our employees and contractors play a critical role in the success of our HSE performance, and in helping to establish and maintain a safety-oriented workplace overall. That is why in 2013, we asked all staff globally to share with us their perceptions regarding 10 overarching safety climate factors, via our first ever HSE Perception Survey.
The 10 safety climate factors include:
Thanks to the over 90% staff response rate, we have a solid baseline measure of staff perceptions of how well they feel that safety is being managed at Vermilion. Three years out, we continue to mine the data and work to better understand the inaugural survey results and use those learnings to identify focus areas.
For example, our Fair Culture policy, which was implemented in Canada in 2014 and in other business units in 2015 (implementation in Central and Eastern Europe is planned for 2016) was developed in response to staff feedback via the survey indicating that Vermilion’s incident investigation and resolution process was not sufficiently clear. Other examples of actions taken as a result of the HSE Perceptions Survey feedback include advancement of our Competency Programs, updates to our Event Management Practice (EMP) and enhancement of our Event Management Information System (EMIS).
Our second HSE perception survey was implemented in 2016 (results were being analyzed as this report was published) with subsequent surveys planned to occur every three to four years thereafter. We believe this schedule will provide the timeframe required to clearly understand the outcomes and effectively plan and implement the actions required to respond to or address the survey findings.