About AIM for ZERO

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Apache’s success and future growth requires a culture in which every employee is confident that safety and environmental responsibility are valued as much as the entrepreneurial spirit and the growth of the bottom line.

It requires a culture in which every employee and contractor feels empowered to stay true to The Apache Way without fear of repercussion. By doing so, we can be confident in our ability to find the balance necessary to: optimize our operations,  contain costs, adapt to changing business conditions, strengthen mechanical integrity, be environmentally responsible and maintain a safe workplace and an aligned workforce.

What is AIM for zero?

AIM for ZERO is a companywide initiative to instill a mindset of safety and environmental responsibility in our employees and contractors at all levels. But it’s more than a HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environmental) program; it’s a way of working and empowering our workforce to do the right thing, regardless of the situation.

AIM for ZERO is about balance – finding the perfect integration of production, safety and environmental responsibility.

AIM for ZERO presents a way of modifying workers’ and contractors’ behavior at all levels, so as to raise awareness of and eliminate “at risk” activities. By changing our behavior and attitude of communicating and executing safety and environmental responsibility, all employees and contractors will be able to take personal responsibility – in other words, “own” – their individual role in Apache’s pursuit and achievement of operational excellence.

Simply put, AIM for ZERO is the creation of:

Apache

Improvement

Methods for

Zero incidents

"Z" is our reminder that zero is the goal: zero incidents, zero near misses, zero preventable occurrences, and zero fatalities. Zero is achievable. It is a mindset and an absolute belief that production can and must be accomplished safely and environmentally responsible. Zero is having the right focus for the job at hand, every time, no matter how routine the task may be.In order to hit the mark: I will believe that I can accomplish each and every task I attempt safely and environmentally responsible. I will believe that successful production is tied to being safe and environmentally responsible and that I have control in producing these outcomes.

I will aim to:

  • Use the stop work authority that has been entrusted to me when I believe it is required.

  • Communicate, whether in person or electronically, to alert others to potential hazards.

  • Act in accordance with organizational values, safety and environmental policies, even when challenged by others.

Empowered employees and contractors

"E" reinforces the fact that each of us are empowered and expected to do the right thing – even when no one is watching. AIM for ZERO provides the empowerment and tools we need to ensure that our workplace, whether on land, offshore or within four walls, is a model of safety and environmental responsibility. “E” reminds us that we can stay true to The Apache Way without fear of repercussion or reprimand. Each individual has both the power and authority to affect our team and the larger whole. We have the ability and responsibility to create what Apache will become.

In order to hit the mark: I will take ownership of my work and ensure its safe completion and that it is done with environmental responsibility – task by task.

I will aim to:

  • Do the right thing no matter the situation – whether there is a supervisor present or not.

  • Identify the need for action and take initiative without prompting.

  • Demonstrate pride in my work by signing my name on every task I complete.

Responsibility for yourself and others

"R" alerts us to the importance of being responsible – for ourselves and others — especially where health, safety, security, and environment issues are concerned. Many of the hazards, incidents, and accidents we experience are due to nothing more than a lapse in focus. By taking responsibility to communicate any possible safety or environmental hazard and maintain focus on every task, situation, and piece of equipment — rather than waiting for someone else to do it — we will do more than just AIM for ZERO, we will consistently achieve it.

In order to hit the mark: I will actively participate in the process of identifying and reducing risks for myself and workgroup, reporting potential hazards, and keeping the lines of communication open.

Here are some of the ways that we can ensure that we are responsible to those around us and ourselves:

  • I will respect the opinions of my co-workers and contractors as it relates to safety and environmental responsibility, even if they are different than my own.

  • I will voice my concern to any employee, supervisor or contractor if I believe safety or the environment is in any way being compromised.

  • I will work with my peers to make sure that our work product meets, if not exceeds, environmental laws, regulations, permit conditions and best industry practices.

Operational excellence

"O" represents our continuous commitment to operational excellence, which links our values and behaviors to the way we do our business every day. That way of doing business involves putting safety, compliance, and production on balanced footing within all sectors of our business. Operational excellence is about “embracing the and” while ensuring production, safety and environmental responsibility are inextricably linked.

In order to hit the mark: I will never promise what I cannot deliver and will courageously model The Apache Way, knowing I can prioritize safety and environmental responsibility with production and compliance, and do so without fear of repercussion.

I will aim to:

  • Never remove safety from any production decision I make.

  • Consider the environmental impact with the work for which I am responsible.

  • Balance each area of operational excellence, never making decisions without considering the impact on another area.

WhY AIM FOR ZERO is important

AIM for ZERO is intended to establish and maintain a safe and environmentally responsible workplace where everyone returns home safely at the end of every day and the environment is protected. This initiative provides the tools and resources to empower employees to always do the right thing, identify potential hazards and stop work whenever it is necessary.

AIM for ZERO is important because without a safe and environmentally responsible workplace we are unable to achieve Operational Excellence. We live and work in a time where sacrificing safety or environmental responsibility for any other variable, regardless of its impact on the bottom line, is unacceptable. It is core to how we approach our work and protect not only each other, but our environment as well. Our shareholders, governmental regulators, and communities in which we work expect nothing less.

Apache’s success and future growth requires a culture in which every employee is confident that safety and environmental responsibility are valued as much as the entrepreneurial spirit and the growth of the bottom line. It requires a culture in which every employee and contractor feels empowered to stay true to The Apache Way without fear of repercussion. By doing so, we can be confident in our ability to find the balance necessary to: optimize our operations, contain costs, adapt to changing business conditions, strengthen mechanical integrity, be environmentally responsible, and maintain a safe workplace and an aligned workforce.

How it works

An idea or suggestion is entered by the employee or contractor into the Observation Form via the Apache network, www.ApacheCorp.com or by dialing 1-855-296-6400.

  1. The issue or suggestion is described as well as a potential solution.
  2. The solution portion is optional but encouraged because workers closest to the operations often have the best ideas to improve performance or make the workplace safer.

When Stop Work Authority is exercised, the employee or contractor should enter the event into the Observation Form.

  1. Describe the event that led to the Stop Work Authority being exercised.
  2. If possible, describe what should be done to prevent the need for Stop Work Authority in that type of situation.

When a Hazard Observation is made, the employee or contractor should enter the hazard into the Observation Form.

  1. If safe to do so, remediate hazard.
  2. If hazard poses a significant threat to health or the environment, the supervisor of the area should be contacted for immediate action.

Resolution of inputs:

  1. Inputs are automatically sent by the system to the immediate supervisor, HSSE and the appropriate manager.
  2. The supervisor, in consultation with the submitter and any other appropriate persons, will develop and document a plan (including responsible party/ies and timeline) to address the item.
  3. All stakeholders approve the plan for implementation.
  4. A plan is implemented and tracked to closure.

Closure of inputs is documented on Observation Form.

  1. Actions taken are documented.
  2. If no action is taken, the reasoning is discussed with the submitter, supervisor and HSSE.
  3. All stakeholders approve closure.

AIM for ZERO meetings are included with normal monthly safety meetings.

Monthly attendance is required for field employees and contractors, supervisors, foremen and HSSE.

  1. Quarterly attendance is required for district manager, regional functional managers and professionals associated with the region/district operation.
  2. Yearly attendance is required for senior region and corporate management (region vice president, office of the CEO, vice president HSSE) and corporate professionals.
  3. Items for discussion should include, but are not limited to:
    1. AIM for ZERO inputs with wide application,
    2. Review of leading and lagging metrics,
    3. HSSE goals (as applicable for group) progress,
    4. HSSE plan (as applicable for group) progress,
    5. Tools for identification of hazards and risk mitigation, and
    6. Safe work behavior techniques.

Roles and Responsibilities

Every Apache employee, contractor and leader has defined responsibilities with AIM for ZERO. It is the responsibility of each to understand his/her role and work to implement the initiative and follow through on the detailed responsibilities. Below are the defined responsibilities for each work group.

Employees:

  • All Apache employees are empowered and urged to submit suggestions and ideas to improve HSSE performance.

Contractors:

All Apache contractors are empowered and expected to submit AIM for ZERO inputs to improve HSSE performance.

Supervisors/foremen:

  • Encourage employees and contractors to fully and actively participate in AIM for ZERO.
  • Required to initially review ideas/suggestions for urgency of implementation:

High: Act immediately to avoid risk of injury or environmental damage. As time permits, follow AIM for ZERO process for documentation purposes.

Moderate: Follow AIM for ZERO process.

Low: Follow AIM for ZERO process.

  • Required to develop and approve “Plan of Action” working with submitter, HSSE and manager.
  • May request technical assistance from district or region personnel.
  • Required to develop a resolution with the primary owner, HSSE and manager.
  • May request technical assistance from district or region personnel.
  • Required to approve closure of idea/suggestion by implementing or not implementing. When an idea/suggestion is not implemented a “face-to-face” discussion is required with submitter to discuss the reason(s) for not implementing.
  • Coordinate monthly AIM for ZERO meetings.
  • Behavioral suggestions for success and obtaining positive results with AIM for ZERO:
    • Always thank the person for the input.
    • Give prompt feedback and acknowledgement for the idea/ suggestion.
  • Give honest feedback:
    • Good idea, or
    • Low-value or non-material.
  • Suggest ways for improvement to increase chances of implementation
  • Act timely on the idea/suggestion.
  • Communicate in person.
  • If idea/suggestion is successfully implemented, acknowledge person as soon as possible in public.
  • “Mining” for suggestions:
    • Read accident and audit reports of other operations to determine hazards or root cause. Relate their incident or audit findings to your workplace.
    • Use the information gained by MBWA (Management by Walking Around) to alert workers to potential hazards.
    • Encourage suggestions under your control.
    • Conduct brainstorming sessions (planned or impromptu) with your direct reports to solve safety or environmental issues.

HSSE

  • Encourage employees and contractors to fully and actively participate in AIM for ZERO.
  • Required to initially review ideas/suggestions for urgency of implementation:

High: Act immediately to avoid risk of injury or environmental damage. As time permits, follow AIM for ZERO process.

Moderate: Follow AIM for ZERO process.

Low: Follow AIM for ZERO process.

  • Required to develop and approve “Plan of Action” working with submitter, HSSE advisor and manager.
  • Required to develop a resolution with the submitter, supervisor/ foreman, and manager.
  • Required to approve closure of idea/suggestion by implementing or not implementing. When an idea/suggestion is not implemented a “face-to-face” discussion is required with submitter to discuss the reason(s) for not implementing.
  • Required to attend monthly AIM for ZERO meetings.

Professionals (engineers, supply chain, administrative)

  • Encourage employees and contractors to actively and fully participate in AIM for ZERO.
  • As requested, provide technical assistance to evaluate the ideas/suggestions.
  • Required to attend AIM for ZERO meetings at least quarterly.

Managers (district manager, field managers, production managers, drilling managers, construction managers, engineering managers)

  • Encourage employees and contractors to actively participate.
  • Required to initially review inputs.
  • Required to develop (if appropriate) and approve resolution while working with the submitter, supervisor/foreman and HSSE.
  • Provide resources (people, time and capital) to support the supervisor/foreman and HSSE.
  • Required to attend AIM for ZERO meetings at least quarterly.

Senior region and corporate management (region vice president and vice president - HSSE)

  • Region vice president should review inputs and provide positive reinforcement to submitters.
  • All required to provide resources (people, time and capital) to support AIM for ZERO efforts.
  • Required to attend AIM for ZERO meetings at least annually.   
 

WATCH: AIM for ZERO Videos

Orientation
AIM for ZERO Orientation

Introduction
AIM for ZERO Introduction

   

Cultural Behaviors
AIM for ZERO Cultural Behaviors

Work Rules
AIM for ZERO Work Rules

 

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