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2016 Sustainability Report
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Our HSE Approach and Management

Our HSE Vision
To fully integrate Health, Safety and Environment into our business, creating a culture recognized as a model by industry and stakeholders, resulting in a healthy workplace free of incidents.

Our Approach to HSE, and Why It Matters

Our HSE Vision is an extension of our core values of Excellence, Trust, Respect and Responsibility, and reflects our commitment to conducting our activities in a manner that ensures the health and safety of our people and those involved directly or indirectly in our operations.

This is Vermilion’s highest priority. Nothing is more important than the safety of staff, partners, suppliers, communities and all those who work with us.

Protecting the environment immediately follows safety in our priorities. While this presents as a critical operational risk from an adverse environmental incident, it also offers important opportunities to improve technology and processes to both protect the environment and contribute to operational excellence and return to shareholders.

We operate by the mantra of “HSE: Everywhere. Everyday. Everyone.” because we believe that striving for a healthy workplace free of incidents is key to efficient and successful operations that will continue to generate strong returns to our employees, shareholders and the communities that we operate in. When it comes to HSE, protecting our people and the places they work, play and call home is what really matters most.

Management of HSE

HSE Policy

Our HSE Policy is also our promise.

It applies to all Vermilion activities, and provides an overall commitment to key principles for managing health, safety and the environment. The policy, which is the basis for Vermilion’s HSE objectives and targets, outlines the overall direction of our organization with respect to HSE and contains a commitment to continuous improvement:

Vermilion is committed to ensuring we conduct our activities in a manner that will protect the health and safety of our employees and contractors, and the public. Our HSE vision is to fully integrate Health, Safety and Environment into our business, where our culture is recognized as a model by industry and stakeholders, resulting in a workplace free of incidents.

Vermilion will maintain health, safety and environmental practices and procedures that comply with or exceed regulatory requirements and industry standards. Vermilion's HSE actions will reinforce our corporate Core Values of Excellence, Trust, Respect, and Responsibility.

Vermilion Energy will:

Hazard awareness, incident prevention and environmental awareness comprise an integral part of any job. It is a joint effort that requires continuous support of everyone who works at Vermilion. The protection of health, safety and the environment must be a key part of the planning and execution of every task. All those engaged in work for Vermilion shall be aware of this policy and its contents, and shall commit themselves to its implementation.

HSE for All

We require third-party contractors and sub-contractors – our vendors – to be HSE pre-qualified prior to commencing service work. This helps ensure that they have an HSE program in place that meets or exceeds our requirements. We also observe and interact with our vendors on an ongoing basis to ensure that they are adhering to Vermilion’s HSE practices, procedures and rules.

We hold mandatory monthly HSE meetings in every field district that all staff (field and administration) attend and senior management routinely participate in. On a quarterly basis, the HSE district meetings are replaced by HSE-focused town hall meetings that include our vendors (third party contractors). This practice, which has been in place since 2011, has resulted in a better understanding of Vermilion’s HSE requirements, and an improved understanding of where and how we can provide better support to our vendors.

We also strive to engrain safety awareness throughout all facets of the organization, not just in our field operations. We believe our HSE mantra emphasizes that keeping people safe isn’t just up to the HSE or operations departments, but involves every individual, whether they work as a technician in the field, an accountant in the office, or as a volunteer in the community during a Day of Caring.

To support this, we hold quarterly HSE Leadership meetings at the corporate level, with participants that include our senior management team and HSE advisors from all divisions and subsidiaries, representing 100% of our staff.

5 Key HSE Pillars

There are clear linkages between strong HSE performance and strong business performance. We consolidate our efforts and focus on five key pillars of HSE performance, because 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. Within each pillar, we have developed longer-term outcomes to articulate what we want to achieve now and in the future:

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
  • Provides important organizational focus to low probability, high consequence events
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 Hse Framework



Our HSE Management System (HSE MS), Asset Integrity Management System (AIMS) and Process Safety Management System (PSMS) provide the formal structure that helps us foster a workplace culture at Vermilion where HSE is always a priority.

HSE Management System

HSE MS provides the structure for the delivery of our HSE policy and commitments, including areas of corporate ownership and responsibility, with the objective to increase consistency across the organization in its development and implementation. By following the HSE MS’s action steps of Plan, Do, Check & Correct – which provide a process for continual improvement – we identify and manage health, safety and environment hazards and risks associated with our company’s global operations.

Asset Integrity Management System

AIMS serves as the framework of processes and procedures that helps us execute safe and reliable asset operation. Through AIMS, we understand when work on an asset needs to be performed, how much it will cost, and where to start. Perhaps even more importantly, it helps us understand the impact and cost if no action is taken. Adherence to quality standards and practices, effective testing and inspection of equipment, quality of spare parts and repairs, and correct control of operating parameters are all within the scope of AIMS. A successful AIMS helps us improve operational safety, reduce spill volumes and frequency, increase overall reliability and life expectancy of assets through cost effective measures, assure proper management of high risk assets, implement best practices in managing our assets, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

Process Safety Management System

PSMS serves as the “backbone” of how we manage process safety. This is a blend of engineering and management skills focused on preventing high impact, low probability events and near misses, such as fires, explosions, well blowouts and damaging releases associated with the loss of containment of energy or dangerous substances. Our PSMS is comprised of 14 interactive elements that identify key responsibilities and requirements, and is based on a Plan-Do-Check-Correct cycle. This helps us identify hazards, manage risk, eliminate or mitigate potential environmental impacts, operate safely and reliably, develop and share best practices, drive operational discipline, and support continuous improvement.

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