HSE Management Systems

The Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) has the following purposes:

  • Establish policies and procedures that provide guidance for the implementation of the Company’s goals regarding health, safety and environment;

  • Establish a process for continuously evaluating operational and regulatory changes that might affect Company facilities;

  • Ensure compliance with relevant regulatory requirements;

  • Provide a systematic method for evaluating Company facilities;

  • Ensure that Company facilities are properly designed, operated, and maintained;

  • Establish both Corporate HSE objectives that can be measured and tracked;

  • Provide the resources for appropriate response to unplanned events that affect Company personnel, facilities and operations;

The Company strives to continuously improve safety and protection of the environment throughout its operations, and the Safety and Environmental Management System has several basic tools to allow the Company to manage and meet its goals:

  • Annual HSE plans that clearly define the Company’s objectives in meeting and improving its performance relative to the safety and environmental performance of its operations;

  • Identification and evaluation of hazards associated with Company operations that might affect employees, other stakeholders, and the environment;

  • Management of Change so that any modifications made to Company facilities are controlled;

  • Operating procedures designed to enhance efficient, safe, and environmentally sound operations;

  • Safe work practices that minimize the risk associated with the operation, maintenance, or modification of a Company facility;

  • Employee training to assist all employees with obtaining the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct their assigned duties and to be aware of the safety and environmental aspects associated with their duties and the established policies and procedures in place to mitigate or control the potential hazards;

  • Maintenance and modification procedures to ensure that critical equipment is designed, fabricated, installed, tested, operated, and maintained in a manner consistent with the service it is being used for and within manufacturer recommendations and/or industry standards;

  • Procedures for commissioning of new or repaired equipment that ensures the equipment is properly placed in service, which includes the inspection and evaluation of third-party equipment prior to being placed in service;

  • Emergency response plans ready for immediate implementation in the event that an emergency situation arises as well as the ongoing training of employees, coupled with periodic drills and exercises, to prepare the employees for anticipated emergency conditions;

  • Investigation of incidents with serious safety, environmental, or performance-related consequences, identifying causes and corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence and improve overall response; corrective action and follow-up to ensure that recommendations for improvement are implemented;

  • Periodic audits to ensure compliance with regulatory and company policies and procedures relating to the requirements of the SEMS; audits and management assessments evaluate both the results of the system as well as evaluation of the system itself for potential improvement;