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2016 Sustainability Report
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HSE Training and Communication

One of Vermilion’s HSE Focus Areas is Communications & Knowledge management. This provides important focus for continual learning and sharing of information to improve our performance and helps validate competencies across the organization.


Vermilion is committed to ensuring all of our staff and leaders understand the importance of HSE and demonstrate this in their actions. All Vermilion’s leaders – whether operational or functional – contribute to Vermilion’s success by generating HSE awareness, identifying hazards, and understanding and mitigating the HSE impact of requests made of staff and operations. That’s why our Employee Performance Management system includes an HSE Competency for Leaders:

Demonstrates HSE Leadership:

In practice, we expect our leaders to act in accordance with our Core Values, HSE policies, Management Systems standards, procedures, and legislation, and to:

We provide resources to help our leaders understand what success looks like and how they can meet Vermilion’s HSE expectations. This focuses on seven key areas:


We have developed a comprehensive HSE training matrix for all technical positions at Vermilion globally – from field operators to senior professional staff – that identifies the associated mandatory and recommended HSE training requirements. Operator competency supports hazard identification and mitigates our exposure to a potential HSE event by ensuring that staff are properly trained to safely execute their daily tasks. A clear view of employees’ competencies and training increases Vermilion’s confidence that job functions are being performed safely and consistently within regulatory and Vermilion-specific policies, practices and guidelines.

We have advanced our Operator Competency Programs (OCP) in Canada, France, The Netherlands and Australia. These projects have included knowledge identification, task inventory and procedures, SOP development and levels of assessment.

Ultimately, this work is intended to help us fulfill our HSE vision of a healthy workplace free of incidents, but will also support more effective workforce planning, and increase employee satisfaction and productivity.

HSE Training

Additional HSE training takes many forms throughout our organization, and includes external certifications along with internal training courses and seminars with such focuses as HSE leadership training, hazard awareness and management, functional process hazard and risk analysis, incident investigation, first aid, ergonomics, road safety, work management, regulatory updates, and personal safety. In addition, our lunch and learn programs encompass HSE topics that cover topics related to work and beyond, including safe driving and safety at home.


We believe that regularly communicating key HSE information supports our  focus on culture, including creating an environment of empowerment, trust and accountability. Our communications strategy therefore focuses on multi-layered, formal and informal communications via a variety of channels:

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