2017-2018 Corporate Responsibility

Excellence in Safety and Health

We believe a culture of safety with a focus on continual performance improvement is achieved through hands-on workforce engagement and active participation of employees and contractors, communities, regulators and advocacy groups. 

We believe a culture of safety with a focus on continual performance improvement is achieved through hands-on workforce engagement and active participation of employees and contractors, communities, regulators and advocacy groups. NewTrack, a custom incident management information system, is used to monitor and report our safety performance and incidents. A data analysis allows us to convey lessons learned and communicate opportunities for improvements to our workforce, senior leadership and Board.

We host regular safety meetings and provide specialized training for our employees, contractors and emergency response teams. Positive behaviors are reinforced through a periodic review of our SERC Management System programs and policy.

Stop Work Responsibility
Every member of Team Newfield has the authority and responsibility to “stop work” on a location to address unsafe behaviors or conditions... preventing safety or environmental events. We encourage all employees, contractors and any other onsite workers, to remain alert for at-risk behaviors and to apply the stop work method when necessary.


Safety Performance

Safety is an integral part of our corporate culture and it permeates our daily activities. Our robust safety programs are in place to ensure we continuously improve our safety performance today and into the future. We use a variety of statistical tools to support our multi-year objectives and long-term vision for promoting a culture of safety.


A new safety program was introduced in early 2018 designed to improve the safety performance and increase the efficiencies of our vehicle fleet operations. GPS tracking devices were installed on all company-owned vehicles—providing real-time location, performance data and maintenance alerts and allowing us to capture and evaluate specific metrics related to organizational safety. These state-of-the-art devices also will enable us to monitor what we are doing correctly and identify opportunities to improve the driving behaviors of our employees. 

We use Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) as an indicator of safety performance, and because we hold our contractors to the same standards as our employees, we include their performance in our safety statistics.

Newfield maintains a zero incident safety goal and is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of every employee and contractor as well as residents of the local communities where we operate. No fatalities have occurred on Newfield locations since 2014.

To learn more about our interactions with contractors and vendors or find contractor resources, visit our Contractor Management page.

Proactive Measures

In an effort to advance our safety measures continually, we have focused on implementing several incident prevention initiatives, including training, safety observations, near-miss reporting and incident alerts.

We have engaged a third-party training provider with safety training modules designed specifically for the oil and gas industry. In 2017, we also developed a training matrix for our SERC Management System that identifies employee training requirements and responsibilities by role throughout our operations. Nearly 100 percent of employees identified completed their designated safety training courses.

In addition to SafeStart, our behavioral safety program, our employees made approximately 700 safety observations to identify both positive and at-risk behaviors and conditions and hazards. We also recorded more than 90 near miss events and implemented a root cause analysis of each incident. Reporting unplanned events that do not result in injury or damage allows us to proactively identify risks and prevent future incidents of a similar nature.

Incident alerts are another proactive tool we use to avoid potential injury and other safety issues. These alerts are sent from the operations management team through the organization as an educational tool to communicate recent incidents and prevent future events. Previous incident alerts also are collected in a library archive for employees to review as needed.

2017 Safety Highlights

We launched SafeStart, a company-wide training program, focused on reducing critical errors. The program teaches workers to recognize risky behaviors like rushing, frustration, fatigue and complacency, and modify their behavior so that the risk of injury is reduced.


We conducted multiple safety stand downs to communicate incident trends or specific hazards and educate our employees on how to mitigate them. Stand downs allow us to identify pertinent safety issues and quickly address them throughout our operations.


We are committed to completing Job Safety Analyses for each job to determine hazards, environmental impacts and safe procedures for selected jobs. By identifying the hazards and impacts associated with each step of a job, solutions can be developed to control those hazards before the task is initiated.


We participated in the National Safety Council’s 2018 Safety Month and provided our employees with helpful tips on how to plan ahead for emergency situations, prioritize health and wellness, prevent slips, trips and falls and stay safe on the road. Additionally, we took part in OSHA’s 2018 Safe and Sound Week by reviewing API’s Rules to Live By with our crews on-site. Some of the topics covered included hazard recognition, energy isolation, working at heights and hot work permitting.


Safety At A Glance




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