The safety of our employees, contractors, and communities is not negotiable and will not be compromised. Safety underpins our core values and is at the forefront of decision-making at every level of the Apache organization.
The oil and gas industry has a number of inherent risks. Our daily operations involve large and powerful machinery, flammable materials, and chemicals. Workers are often outdoors, in all seasons and all types of weather. And our people drive tens of millions of miles each year, putting them at risk for driving incidents.
Our work teams strive to identify, assess, and mitigate risks associated with our operations. Primary responsibility for safety rests with operational personnel, including individuals involved in drilling and well service, who are the ones undertaking the actual tasks. Whether during pre-job planning, on-site observations, or post-incident investigations, employees and contractors have a responsibility to manage risks to help ensure that all workers arrive home safely at the end of their workdays.
We offer a wide range of training programs for employees and contractors to promote their full understanding of, and compliance with, our health and safety policies and programs and to help build the skills needed to work safely. In addition to providing specific skills, these training programs encourage personal responsibility for safe operating conditions and help build a culture of individual accountability for conducting job tasks in a safe and responsible manner. Our online training platform, which is incorporated into Apache Academy, gives employees easy access to safety-related information. We have hundreds of training courses available to keep field employees and managers informed about evolving issues and best practices. We also expect our contractors to have high-quality training programs for their employees. Although our contractors bear responsibility for training their employees, we evaluate the effectiveness of their training programs when making decisions about which contractors will work for us.