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2016 Sustainability Report
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SDGTargetVermilion's Contribution

3.6 Halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

Vermilion has identified transportation, including driving, as one of our top fatal risks, and included it in our risk management priorities. 

8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers Safety of workers and communities is Vermilion’s highest priority; we focus on continuous improvement to our HSE Management System to support this, and report robust Occupational Health & Safety KPIs in our Performance Metrics annually.

12.2 Achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources Avoiding or mitigating the environmental, health and safety-related impact of our production processes is integral to Vermilion’s approach to responsible and safe operations.

Commitments and Progress


Evaluate and select vendor for new Environmental and Event Management information System



100% achieved

Implement and roll out the new Environmental and Event Management Information System (EEMIS) globally

100% achieved



Implement additional elements of the  Environmental and Event EEMIS globally



In progress



Complete Corporate Risk Management Standard






100% achieved




Update Corporate Contractor/Vendor Selection and Management Guidelines



Extended to 2020




Roll out Environmental Guidelines globally




100% achieved

Develop competency around the completed Operational Risk-Management Standard, Environmental Management and Global Marine Operator Standards



100% achieved



Develop and roll out Contractor Management Standard and Guidelines Document


100% achieved

Complete Process Safety Management System document with roll out and training




In progress




Update Fatal Risk Program  


In progress




Update 2030 HSE Strategy with short and long-term action plan and communication plan



In progress

SAFETY Performance Measurement

Vermilion uses a variety of HSE performance measurements that provide timely information on the progress and current status of the strategies, processes and activities we use to manage risk and safety. We focus on developing meaningful leading indicators that tell us how effective we are at identifying and reducing hazards in the workplace. These indicators also measure development activities, influencing safety performance and continuous improvement. 403-1

We recognize that to adequately assess HSE performance, we need to take a balanced approach by measuring outcomes such as recordable injuries. However, such lagging indicators are reactive in nature, can be a poor gauge of prevention and sometimes may lead to falsely interpreting low injury rates as an absence of risks in the workplace. Because of the drawback associated with this type of metric, we prefer to concentrate our energy on more proactive measures of performance.

Total Recordable Injury Frequency, or TRIF, is a standardized calculation commonly used to report recordable injuries per 200,000 hours worked. As with any other lagging indicator, it is a measure of yesterday’s safety performance, once hazardous energy has found its way through controls and inflicted harm.

Total Recordable Injury Frequency (TRIF) 


TRIF based on incidents per 200,000 hours is shown from 2016 to 2020 and as a 5-year average. In this time period, we have had a number of acquisitions that required us to integrate new operations into our business, including several that required implementation of our higher HSE standards.

As part of our overall safety management processes, we fully investigate all incidents and near misses, and implement corrective actions. We also communicate lessons learned across our business units to continuously improve our performance.


Vermilion activated its Emergency Response Plan at both corporate and business unit levels early in 2020, after monitoring the trajectory of COVID-19 specifically in our regions and more generally worldwide. Our focus was on maintaining a safe, healthy workplace for both field and office staff while ensuring business critical activity continued, as oil and gas production was considered an essential service. Our HSE, People, Operations and Communications teams worked together to develop comprehensive practices, procedures and communications that evolved as needed to help our people protect themselves and each other.

Within our ERP, we adapted our Pandemic and Infectious Disease plan to manage COVID-19 and incorporate our learnings as the pandemic continued through first, second and subsequent waves. We developed a specialized COVID ERP page to communicate best practice between our business units, and a dedicated communications site to provide our staff with 24/7 access to the latest information by business unit. Our response was – and continues to be – informed by local governments and health agencies, as well as international agencies including the World Health Organization. As most of our office staff have been working from home, and our field staff’s procedures have changed, we are paying special attention to mental health and ergonomic concerns, to support people away from their usual work environment and, increasingly, as they return to the office.


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