Health & Safety
A focus on safety, health and preservation of the environment puts people and the community first and is the right thing to do. It also makes good business sense. A strong safety culture and dedicated environmental stewardship reduces risk, enhances productivity and builds a strong reputation in the communities in which we operate. We have earned a reputation as a safe and an environmentally responsible operator through continuous improvement in our safety performance. This makes us an employer of choice for current and new employees.
We invest in safety training and coaching, promote risk assessments and encourage visible safety leadership. We sponsor emergency preparedness programs, conduct regular audits to assess our performance and celebrate our successes through the annual contractor safety conference where we acknowledge employees and contractors alike who have exhibited strong safety leadership during the course of the year. These many efforts combine to create a culture of safety throughout the company and provide a positive influence to our contractor community.
Antero holds periodic Contractor HSE Meetings to review HSE performance, collaboratively solve problems, address public concerns, provide an open forum and most importantly to recognize the dedication and commitment to the HSE Antero Ideals that are being upheld by Antero’s contractors
On-Site In-Field Safety Representatives – Antero has safety representatives who are continuously on site 24/7 during every significant operation, including drilling, completions and flowbacks.
Antero defines a ‘Near-Miss’ as an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage, inclusive of spills, but under slightly different circumstances had the potential to do so. Near-miss incidents are to be reported to the Antero operations or Health, Safety, Security and Environmental teams verbally or in writing. Once reported, near-miss incidents are tracked within Enablon, Antero's incident management system, and subsequently as part of Antero’s performance metrics.
Once logged into Enablon, near-miss incidents are categorized using Antero's HSSE Risk Matrix, and investigated. The goal of the investigation is to identify Safety Management System or Environmental Management System issues that contributed to the near-miss incidents, and reduce and where possible eliminate factors that lead to near-misses in the future. After completing the near-miss incident investigation, Antero will determine contributing factors and root causes that led to the near-miss incident. Antero will then develop and assign corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence. Corrective actions go through a RACI (responsible, accountable, consulted, informed) process that includes representatives from all related operational groups to ensure viability.
As a whole, the HSSE team combined with operations reviews near-miss incidents for trends, such as frequency, location, phase of operation and cause and will implement corrective and preventive actions to avoid reoccurrence. A safety alert is often created to communicate the incident and findings to other operational groups to improve awareness and when appropriate to other industry parties, regulatory agencies, and first responders.
For near-miss incidents involving service providers and contractors, the process is the same as above, with the exception that the contractor would complete the investigation, identify the root cause(s) and subsequent corrective actions and Antero verifies completion of corrective actions.