Our commitment to safety is a deeply held value. The safety of our workforce and others who may be affected by our operations is our top priority. Safe, reliable operations constitute our license to operate and, in conjunction with responsive customer service, enable us to retain existing customers and attract new business.
We expect that our employees and contractors to make a personal commitment to operate and work safely and to strive for a zero injury and zero work-related illness culture. That commitment is underpinned by our Charter and our Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) policy.
Our approach to safety performance improvement begins with our leadership. Each year, our leaders develop and implement a personal safety action plan which they share with their team members and implement throughout the year. In addition, 42 leadership safety tours were conducted, including 30 by executive leaders in 2011. During these visits our leadership observed safety practices and spoke to employees, reinforcing the absolute importance of safety at Spectra Energy. Observations were shared throughout the year via the company intranet and town hall meetings.
Our safety performance is reviewed throughout the organization, culminating in review of all environmental, health and safety issues by the board of directors’ Finance and Risk Management Committee (FRMC).
Two committees comprised of senior leaders from across the company drive accountability for our environment, health and safety performance – the EHS Committee for specific EHS concerns and the Operations Committee for overall operational risk. Each committee establishes annual objectives for improvement in key areas and monitors performance through monthly updates of a suite of metrics.