At Whiting Petroleum Corporation, we are dedicated to protecting employee health and the environment. We do this by conducting our operations in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, by fostering a work culture that rewards and holds employees and contractors accountable, by reducing discharges and waste, by minimizing land disturbance and by encouraging efficient use of natural resources. We maintain facilities, provide training and conduct operations to protect our employees, our contractors and the public. We ensure that our employees and contractors are aware of health, safety and environmental issues through training and communication. It is our expectation that safe work practices are employed and that all personnel on Whiting locations understand this.
TRIR: Total Recordable Incident Rate.
DART: Days Away, Restricted, and/orTransferred rate.
Contractor Safety Management overview:
Whiting is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of all personnel performing work on its facilities and to the protection of the environment in which it conducts business. Meeting our commitment to environmental, health and safety (EH&S) excellence is a responsibility shared by everyone working on Whiting locations. Despite operational urgency or importance, work shall not be conducted at the expense of the environment, safety or health of workers or the public. In order to meet this expectation, Whiting has established a robust and proactive contractor safety management program. Elements of this program include:
- Contractor outreach and Safety Stand Down meetings
- Communication to contractors of their right to invoke Stop Work Authority without fear of retribution
- Contractor Safety Reviews and site inspections by operations and health and safety personnel
- Clearly communicating Whiting’s Key Expectations and Responsibilities for Contractors and Subcontractors
- A requirement for contractors to review and understand the Whiting Safety Orientation Video that highlights the safety requirements that Whiting expects contractors, sub-contractors and employees to follow to ensure a safe working environment. This video is available in both English and Spanish
- Whiting employs ISNetworld to evaluate our contractors’ historic safety performance and ensure their health and safety programs meet regulatory requirements. Contractor performance history is reviewed when they are brought on board with Whiting and periodically thereafter as long as the contractor continues to conduct work for Whiting. Safety performance is a significant consideration in vendor selection
- Whiting had no Tier 1 or Tier 2 Process safety events at Whiting in 2017
- Implementation of the TPS Alert program which is designed to ensure contractor and consultant Drug and Alcohol programs are compliant and standardized. This also allows Whiting to have visibility of individual contract employees and their involvement and compliance in a program
- Continued focus on contractor Health and Safety Management systems and programs to ensure contract companies and their employees comply with Whiting and industry requirements that include:
- Intensive on-site Contractor Safety Reviews or audits conducted in conjunction with various operations personnel
- Implementation of a New-Contractor desktop program review, which ensures minimum expectations are met for contractors working on Whiting locations
- Over 10,000 contract employees completed Whiting’s Online Contractor Safety Orientation
- Over 3,000 Contractor Field Safety inspections were conducted
- Over 2,700 Hazard Identification Reports were submitted by field personnel that identified potential hazardous conditions and behaviors throughout field operations
- Random wall-to-wall drug and alcohol testing at active work locations
- Comprehensive Internal Health and Safety Audits are conducted throughout our operations. The primary objective of these audits is to assess the effectiveness of Whiting’s Health and Safety Management Systems and evaluate area compliance with applicable agency regulations and industry consensus standards
- Internal Emergency Response Training and Drills have been conducted in all major field offices. Realistic fire scenarios were used to test the Whiting Incident Command System (ICS) to ensure communication, coordination, and overall readiness for emergency situations
Whiting has developed a robust routine maintenance program to track and trend equipment maintenance concerns through resolution. Whiting tracks equipment inventory and maintenance activity electronically in a computerized maintenance management system. This allows Whiting to target recurring maintenance issues and enhance equipment reliability. Preventative Maintenance (PM) is one of the key aspects of Whiting’s maintenance program. We have implemented these programs to help ensure reliable operation of our equipment. We have leveraged manufacturer recommendations, industry best practices and input from other sources, including our inspection programs, to develop and influence our PM programs. Whiting continues to evaluate these PM plans for improvement opportunities.
Whiting uses industry leading software to ensure Asset Integrity and Maintenance:
We leverage software for safety critical equipment corrosion monitoring, inspection planning and scheduling, and remaining life calculation. It incorporates recent advances in technology for optimizing inspection time and cost savings.
Another software solution is used to manage Work orders and provides a single platform to organize and manage all your work from initial requests through approval cycles, planning, scheduling, execution, completion and reporting.
There were no Tier 1 or Tier 2 Process safety events at Whiting in 2017.
Vehicle Fleet Management
Whiting’s Vehicle Fleet Management is an integral part of our commitment to safe operations, environmental stewardship, and operational excellence. In April 2017, Whiting implemented the Pedigree Technologies GPS Fleet Management System, and it was completed in January 2018 to include 495 fleet vehicles in ND, MT, CO, Texas. The Pedigree system allows for greater visibility and transparency into the driving habits of our employees, promoting safe behaviors, accountability and insight into how improvements and training can be tailored for each company driver. Creating a safer environment in the communities in which we operate and share the road is vital to our success and the safety of those around us.
Whiting’s Fleet Management Program has marked several successes since the implementation of Pedigree in April of 2017, including but not limited to:
- A 22% decrease in fuel (gallon) consumption
- A 10% increase in miles per gallon economy
- A 13% decrease in miles driven, reducing on-road exposure
- A 21% decrease in total Tons of CO2 emissions by reducing fleet size, increasing efficiency
- Promoting improved driving habits – reducing hard acceleration and braking by 15% and speeding events by 40%
- Reducing at fault accidents, down 35% from previous year.
Whiting’s Fleet Management, Operations and Environmental, Health and Safety Departments work closely together to identify cost saving and efficiency opportunities, driver training needs and road hazard awareness. Together with the communities we work in, we can reduce emissions and make the roads we travel together safer.
Communication of Safety Data Sheets
We communicate our health, safety and environmental performance expectations with our employees, contractors and the public to ensure that our decision-making process addresses significant issues. An important aspect of this communication process is access to the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Whiting Products
Crude Oil (Sour)
Crude Oil (Sour) Williston
Crude Oil (Sweet)
Crude Oil (Sweet) Williston
Natural Gas (Sour)
Natural Gal (Sweet)
Natural Gas Condensate (Sour)
Natural Gas Condensate (Sweet)
Natural Gas Liquids (Sour)
Natural Gas Liquids (Sweet)
Produced Water (Sour)
Produced Water (Sweet)