Ensuring that everyone goes home safely every day requires ownership from every individual working at a Chesapeake location, and a commitment to continuous improvement. Through our HSER management system, we identify potential health and safety risks our employees may encounter and mitigate them through planning, prevention and processes. 

Job Safety Analysis

Chesapeake routinely performs a job safety analysis (JSA) to document potential hazards associated with a given project. If a safety hazard is identified, we require a mitigation plan. JSA documents are maintained daily on location with the most current conditions and operational plan. Employees and company representatives must review the JSA before beginning a job, in addition to attending a safety meeting.  

Industrial Hygiene

Through our industrial hygiene initiative, we conduct exposure assessments to identify chemical, physical and biological stressors that may impact employee health while on a job site. These evaluations, which align with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, have helped us identify the following potential stressors at certain sites:

  • Respirable crystalline silica 
  • Respirable dust 
  • Total hydrocarbons 
  • Noise 
  • Diesel particulate matter 
  • Inorganic acids 
  • Hydrogen sulfide

After identifying exposure hazards, we develop situational plans and trainings to best protect our employees. 

We also consider new processes and technology to further increase employee safety. For example, we evaluated the impact of a patented temporary hatch plug — hazardous atmosphere reduction plug (HARP) — to reduce potential exposures to total volatile organic compounds (VOC). Using this plug was found to reduce VOC exposure by up to 94% and earned Chesapeake a Best Health, Safety, Environment / Sustainable Development Onshore Award at the 2020 World Oil Awards. We’ve implemented this solution throughout our oil assets where these exposures are most likely to occur.

Remote Worker Safety 

Every day, some Chesapeake employees spend their shifts working at multiple sites by themselves. This puts them at increased risk should an emergency occur in a remote location. Recognizing this, we implemented Trakopolis — a system that connects the company’s vehicle safety system with the four-gas personal monitors employees are required to wear when visiting production sites. The monitor detects personal movements, alerting other team members if an employee is immobile for a period of time, and enables two-way communication if help is needed.  

Driver Safety

Most of our fleet drivers spend time behind the wheel of a motor vehicle on a daily basis. We work to improve driver safety through three programs: driver education, driver monitoring and safe-driver recognition.

In 2020 Chesapeake experienced an increase in our preventable motor vehicle accident (MVA) rate, although we saw fewer vehicle incidents year over year. This discrepancy was related to the divestiture of our Mid-Continent asset and the “loss” of mileage — more than 15% — after the asset sale.   

Chesapeake fleet drivers participate in four online and classroom courses, including the SMITH Driving System Program, which offers hands-on training common in driver’s education and defensive driving curriculum. After this training, employees begin to acquire consistent habits that help prevent accidents.

Employees must complete SMITH Driving System training before being assigned to a company vehicle.

Each Chesapeake vehicle includes an in-vehicle monitoring system (IVMS) to identify employee driving habits and address safety concerns. Employees are alerted when they speed, accelerate too fast or brake suddenly, and supervisors review reports of their employees’ driving performance on a weekly basis. The data gathered by this system is used to produce an IVMS rate as a leading indicator of our driving performance. The IVMS rate provides our management team with key insights into driver habits, which can help prevent on-road motor vehicle incidents. 

We offer a recognition program that awards points to drivers who reach mileage milestones without triggering an IVMS alert. Recognition points may be exchanged for prizes, including the opportunity to buy a fleet vehicle at a 50% discount.

Ergonomics

To further protect employee health and safety while on the job, we offer dedicated ergonomics resources. Through our online ergonomics training module and a workstation posture evaluation tool, we encourage employees to maintain healthy posture and avoid injuries associated with overusing muscles and repeated tasks. 

Corporate Campus Safety

Our corporate campus employees also have ownership in maintaining our safety culture. Through targeted communications, we increase safety awareness in the corporate environment, focusing on behavior often caused by distraction or lack of safety knowledge. Tangible safety tips, safety meetings and floor wardens all help to increase our safety performance on our corporate campus.

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