environment, health and safety
ARC’s commitment to leadership extends to all of its business
program and are also required to comply with standards set
activities including safety management and operating with
out in the ARC Contractor’s Health and Safety Handbook.
respect for the environment. ARC operates in a socially
The third-party contractors’ employees are further provided with
responsible manner and supports the communities that our
an orientation of ARC’s Health and Safety program at the job site
employees and contractors work and live in. ARC believes in
prior to commencing work.
building relationships with industry partners, government and its communities based on mutual trust, transparency and respect.
In 2003, ARC continued its implementation of SAFETY 2000 as its standard for safety training for our entire field staff.
With the continued strong growth of the Trust, a separate Asset
The course enables field employees to obtain 16 different
Integrity group was established in 2003 within Operations to
certifications over a five-day training period. This exceeds
manage ARC’s safety, environmental and technical integrity
industry recommendations. ARC conducts emergency response
programs. This group ensures that our operations meet or
exercises to ensure a high level of response capability from staff
exceed regulatory requirements and comprises experts in safety
under challenging situations.
and environmental management, as well as technical engineering expertise with respect to maintenance management and facility integrity.
Legal proceedings relating to a contractor’s fatality that occurred on an ARC lease site in Drayton Valley in November 2001 were completed in January 2004. The fatality was associated with a third-party contractor retained by ARC to perform a well servicing operation. In its judgment, the court recognized that ARC’s
Protecting the health and safety of ARC’s employees, contractors
actions were not a contributing factor to the fatality; however,
and the public is of primary importance. We develop and
ARC was fined for failing to ensure, on the day of the incident,
implement training programs to enhance health and safety
that a complete technical review of the contents of ARC’s MSDS
awareness for both employees and contractors. All of our
(Material Safety Data Sheet) for sweet crude oil occurred.
employees clearly understand our goal to have the highest standards in our health and safety practices. We will not
ARC maintains its standards through an internal auditing system.
compromise these standards to achieve other corporate goals.
Self-audits are conducted on a regular basis and ARC also performs annual audits on a chosen group of vendors from each
ARC maintained its safety record of zero lost time accidents
business unit to ensure they have proper health and safety
for employees and contract operators directly employed by
programs in place. ARC is continuously improving its safety
ARC for the eighth year in a row. ARC also expects a high
management systems to reflect ongoing changes to regulations.
standard of safety performance from third-party contractors. Contractors are required to have their own approved safety