At Whiting, protecting the health and safety of our employees is paramount in sustaining a culture that values caring for others, quality of work, productivity and company pride. Our Health and Safety programs are designed to guide employees in the recognition of hazards and the assessment of those risks that are inherent to our industry. Through Health and Safety training, we prepare our employees to use industry best practices and consensus standards to mitigate risk in a manner that not only protects themselves, but protects their co-workers, the public and property.
Whiting’s Health and Safety management system includes programs that address:
- Employee exposures to hazardous substance
- Risk assessment, hazard recognition and mitigation
- Incident investigation practices designed to identify cause
- Control of hazardous energies
- Fire risk and protective measures
- Contractor safety management
- Selection and use of personal protective equipment
- Electrical safety
- Working in confined space and communication of hazards
Recurring hands-on and classroom training to our programs ensures that employee proficiency and focus, regarding safety performance, is maintained in the workplace and at home.
Whiting’s Health and Safety Department works closely with our industry peers, OSHA and NIOSH to identify the chemical and physical exposure risk to our employees and contractors. Our company has taken part in NIOSH studies and surveys to assess risks associated with tank vapors, silica and general oil field safety. Our Industrial Hygiene program has established a monitoring program to assess employee exposure risk to benzene, organic vapors, hydrogen sulfide, noise, flammable atmospheres, silica and naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). Results from this program has allowed us to implement engineering and administrative controls that either eliminates or minimizes the risks of exposure to provide a safer workplace for those performing work on our locations. This is an ongoing program designed to identify new hazards and re-validate previous monitoring results.