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2016 Sustainability Report
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Our Approach to Safety

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

In addition to our overall HSE Framework that is made up of our Core Values, Vision and HSE Policy, supported by our HSE Management System, Asset Integrity Management System and Process Safety Management System we have established practical tools and processes that are specific to the protection of the health and safety of our workers and our communities.


We understand and accept the high expectations placed on us by our stakeholders to ensure Vermilion recognizes, considers and mitigates potential safety impacts on the residents in the communities in which we operate. Ensuring public safety has been, and will continue to be, our number one priority. This is our license to operate. 413-2

As part of our robust emergency response plans, we have communication plans in place throughout our global locations, including outreach to our communities and nearby landowners. For example, our Corrib operation in Ireland includes online community emergency response information for both the Corrib Gas Onshore Pipeline and the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal.


Vermilion’s organization and response to emergencies follows the globally accepted Incident Command System (ICS). The ICS design structure is applicable to all kinds of emergencies and is suitable for both small and day-to-day situations as well as very large and complex incidents. It is applied consistently with local emergency responders and across each operating area, and provides a common organizational structure and communications strategy to aid the management of resources during an emergency. Simulations and exercises are organized throughout the year to train our people and test the effectiveness of our emergency response plan (ERP) under various scenarios. We also evaluate the effectiveness of every exercise and ERP that is conducted.

ERP exercises include table top exercises, simulations, and combined exercises with Corporate Headquarters, along with site-specific emergency drills such as building evacuations:

Level 1 ERPLevel 2 ERPLevel 3 ERPLevel 4 ERP

Table top exercise – Includes discussion of various emergency scenarios, cross training of ICS roles and responsibilities.

In-Country Operations-only Simulation – Includes the mobilization of business unit staff, first level of scenario role playing.

Simulation includes Vermilion’s Corporate Command Team Activation. Corporate Command owns corrective action logs and improvement schedule. Role playing of all Vermilion personnel involved.

Simulation includes Vermilion’s Corporate Command Team Activation and external parties (other industry, emergency responders, government authorities, other external stakeholders).


We have worked extensively with our international operations to analyze a comprehensive data set and identify our Top Fatal Risks. Together, we selected risks that were common across our operations for a more detailed review, assessed related hazards, and developed comprehensive plans specific to each business unit to remove or reduce those hazards from occurring, or if they do, identify the barriers and safeguards required to help prevent or reduce the impact of an incident. We have implemented changes to our systems to help ensure the organization is focused on preventing these critical risks.

We identified our top fatal risks at Vermilion as:

Each of these risks is the subject of strong management programs, corporately and within our business units. For example, we hold regular road safety training and awareness events in our business units, and we monitor proactive indicators of road safety in our fleet vehicles, including overall speed and hard braking events, in addition to outcome indicators such as incidents.

We build on our people's experience, demonstrating the effective collaboration of our operations and management groups. Hazard identification and risk management programs have been put in place that align with the efforts we've directed towards competence and training programs in our operations. In addition, Vermilion maintains leading HSE KPIs, which our staff can access on our corporate intranet, to follow Vermilion's progress on hazard awareness and risk as part of our corporate scorecard. The leading KPIs are monitored as an indicator of the health of Vermilion’s integrated HSE MS.


As part of Vermilion Energy's commitment to HSE, we continually improve our tool box to ensure everyone who works with us returns home safely. This is our top priority. As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, including reducing workplace-related injuries, we developed and implemented an additional layer of personal safety protection called Vermilion High 5. This tool provides a simple checklist of five questions to confirm if it is safe to proceed with a task, or if we need to stop and regroup.

1. Do I clearly understand what I am about to do?

2. Do I have the right tools and experience?

3. Have I identified all hazards around me and others?

4. Am I, and is everyone else, out of the line of fire?

5. Can we proceed with the work?

If the answer to any of the preceding five questions is no, all work must be stopped, the task reassessed using a hazard-risk-mitigation methodology, and any required actions implemented to ensure a safe workplace. Only once the answer to every question is yes may work start or reassume. We believe this simple personal safety awareness initiative tool can prevent many HSE incidents.

This tool has been rolled out globally, to our staff and to vendors who work with us. It does not replace any design, technical and administrative layers of protection that we already have in place, but is an additional layer of defense to achieve safe performance. It is intended to further empower every worker on site to be able to stop work if they feel there is a safety concern or they are unclear of the task. It is intended to reach all personnel present on work sites, regardless of their familiarity with our HSE program or the complexity of the work to be conducted. It can also live beyond the work site: we encourage our staff to use the tool in our offices and everyday lives, increasing awareness of possible hazards that can impact safety.

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