We have developed a comprehensive HSE training matrix that looks at all of the technical positions at Vermilion globally – from field operators to senior professional staff – and identifies the associated mandatory and recommended HSE training requirements.
We tracked nearly 8,000 hours of training globally in 2015, and over 80% of these hours represented HSE training, from fire extinguisher handling and driver training to blowout prevention and HSE leadership.
Because HSE also applies to our office staff, we have delivered training to this group on such topics as driving, office evacuation procedures, AED (automated external defibrillator) training, first aid and CPR, cyber-safety, and personal safety.
A significant focus of our 2015 HSE training program was the advancement of Operator Competency Programs (OCP) in Canada and France; the Netherlands and Australia operations already have a well-established OCP for their activities.
In Canada, the focus of this work in 2014 and 2015 has been on the development of task procedures and levels of assessment, and we are targeting roll out of the OCP to field staff by end of 2016.
In 2015, Vermilion developed the OCP project scope and framing in France, advancing through knowledge identification and task inventory to SOP development, with the aim to roll out OCP to field staff in the FBU in 2017.
Operator competency helps in 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 the guidelines of regulatory and Vermilion-specific policies, practices and guidelines.
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.
Vermilion is committed to ensuring all our staff and leaders understand the importance of HSE and demonstrate this in our actions. We believe that all Vermilion’s leaders – whether operational or non-operational – contribute to Vermilion’s success by helping to generate HSE awareness, identifying HSE hazards, and understanding and mitigating the HSE impact of requests made of staff and operations. That’s why our Performance Management system now includes a new HSE Competency for Leaders as follows:
Demonstrates HSE Leadership:
We provide resources to help our leaders understand what success looks like and how they can meet Vermilion’s HSE expectations, including formalized HSE leadership training for all field and office leadership in 2015 and 2016. This HSE Leadership focuses on 7 key areas of:
For example, we believe that a leader who visibly acts in accordance with all HSE policies, standards, procedures, legislation and core values is one who: