Panda Tank & Vac Truck Services has the specialized trucks and tank trailers to safely haul drilling fluids and oilfield waste anywhere in Western Canada. From initial delivery of fluids to hauling contaminated soil and drill cuttings to a disposal facility, we are experienced in managing the entire transportation process to and from your well / plant sites.
We also provide vac trucks, heater units, hot oilers, pressure trucks, filtration units, gamma jets, fluid storage and inventory management.
This OHS Manual outlines our health and safety management system, and provides reference to other documents and aspects of the system.
We believe integrity is the foundation of our individual and corporate actions that drives an organization of which we are proud.
- We are a responsible corporate citizen committed to the health and safety of people, protection of the environment, and compliance with laws, regulations, and company policies.
- We are honest, trustworthy, respectful and ethical in our actions.
- We honor our commitments.
- We are accountable for our actions, successes and failures.
We believe teamwork leverages our individual strengths.
- We are committed to common goals.
- We expect everyone to actively participate on the Panda Tank & Vac team.
- We openly communicate up, down, and across the organization.
- We value the diversity of our workforce.
Our customers are at the center of everything we do, and our products, services and business processes must be tuned to their needs. Every action we take must be aimed at doing the best job for our customers - both external and internal and we must listen to our customers and champion their interests at every moment.
Today’s environment demands that we remain flexible and responsive. We will always strive for market leadership, taking advantage of market opportunities and maintaining a competitive edge. Our organization will remain focused on operational excellence, and creating the most cost-efficient and customer-centric structure.
We respect every individual. We draw strength from equal opportunity and diversity, at the same time supporting personal growth and development. We value and we all benefit from the spirit of each individual.
HEALTH, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY STATEMENT
Panda is committed to operating its business in a manner that prevents harm to people and the environment.
Health, safety and environmental considerations of our activities are integral to the success of our organization.
The authority, responsibility and accountability for health, safety and environmental aspects of our business will be clearly defined.
In accordance with these principles, Panda aims to:
- Provide adequate control of the health safety environmental risks arising from our work activities
- Consult with our employees on matters affecting their health and safety
- Provide and maintain safe shop and equipment;
- Ensure safe handling and use of substances
- To provide information, instruction and supervision for employees
- To ensure all employees are competent to do their task, and to give them adequate training
- Comply with applicable health, safety and environmental legislation;
- To prevent incidents and cases of work related ill health.
- To maintain safe and healthy working conditions
- Continuously improve, review and revise health, safety and environmental policy as necessary at regular intervals.
ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY
The health and safety of people, protection of the environment and the minimization of loss to equipment or property are the key priorities that form the basis for Panda's HSE Management System. Employees at all levels are expected to reflect these priorities during the performance of their work activities. The following "Measures of Success" are beliefs that management and employees must share to foster a positive, proactive, and continually improving HSE culture.
SAFETY: MEASURES OF SUCCESS
- Accidents/incidents are preventable
- Operational and transport exposures can be reasonably safeguarded
- Safety is a shared responsibility between management and employees
- Safety is a line management function and all levels of authority are accountable for events and conditions under their control
- Preventing accidents/incidents is good business
- Working safely is a condition of employment
SENIOR MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
At the senior level, management is responsible and accountable for the planning, leading, and controlling required for the prevention of loss and the continuous improvement of the HSE system. This is accomplished by:
- Ensuring, as far as reasonably practical, the health, safety, and welfare of all employees and others at our sites or affected by our operations
- Ensuring that all employees are made aware of their HSE responsibilities and duties
- Providing HSE leadership by endorsing the HSE Policy, as well as initiating and directing the formulation of annual HSE plans and objectives
- Providing the financial and human resources required to administer the HSE management system and monitor its effectiveness
- Being familiar with action plans regarding HSE risks, opportunities, and current issues
- Providing guidance and advice regarding HSE initiatives and concerns
LINE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Line management includes District/Facility Managers, Field Supervisors, and Operations Managers. Line management is responsible and accountable for the operational planning, organizing, leading, and controlling required for optimum results and continuous improvement of the HSE system. This is accomplished by:
- Communicating and ensuring that all employees are familiar with regulatory, Panda and applicable operating company HSE standards and requirements
- Complying with and monitoring employee and contractor compliance to regulatory, Panda and applicable operating company HSE standards and requirements
- Participating in ongoing operation and maintenance of the HSE program in an active and visible manner
- Providing leadership by communicating HSE objectives and expectations to employees within designated areas of responsibility
- Applying performance standards as required for meeting expectations and achieving HSE objectives
Examples of supervisory personnel include Team Leaders, Service Supervisors, and Shop Foremen. Supervisors are responsible and accountable for maintaining a safe worksite by:
- Providing leadership by complying with, monitoring, and insisting on employee and contractor compliance to regulatory, Panda, and the operating company’s HSE standards and requirements
- Providing leadership by commending employees for appropriate behaviour or implementing corrective measures as required in order to maintain established HSE performance standards
- Ensuring that employees are familiar with regulatory, Panda, and the applicable operating company’s HSE standards and requirements for the operations being performed
- Ensuring that all equipment is maintained in a safe operating condition, that hazard assessments are performed as specified in the Safety Standards Manual, and that hazardous conditions or unsafe acts are identified, evaluated, eliminated, or controlled
- Communicating with operating companies’ representatives regarding HSE issues relevant to operations being performed
- Ensuring that employees under their direction are properly trained to perform their tasks in a safe and environmentally responsible, or remain under the guidance of a qualified worker
- Ensuring appropriate, well maintained safety and personal protective equipment is available and worn as required, and that employees receive adequate training in the use, limitations, and maintenance of the equipment
Your HSE responsibilities as an employee or contractor are:
- Taking reasonable care to protect your health and safety, or the health and safety of other workers or anyone exposed to our operations. Complying with and performing work activities according to established HSE standards, procedures, and practices
- Refusing to perform work that poses or may pose imminent danger to you or to any other individual. "Imminent Danger" means a danger that is not normal for a workers occupation or a danger under which a person engaged in that occupation would not normally perform during his or her work. If you refuse to perform work that might be dangerous, inform your supervisor or manager. The applicable manager or supervisor shall investigate the situation and take actions necessary to eliminate or control hazards
- Reporting all potential hazards, unsafe work practices, accidents/incidents, injuries, illness, spill/releases, violations, and non conformances to your immediate supervisor
- Using and maintaining designated safety and personal protective equipment as required to minimize or control hazards
- Asking your supervisor or manager for clarification and direction when you are unsure about a specific task or operation
As far as reasonably practical, contractors are responsible and accountable for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, and all individuals exposed to the contractor’s work. Prior to being hired, contractors who perform safety sensitive work or work that involves environmental risks will be subject to and HSE program evaluation. These contractors must meet the requirements specified and on the Panda "Contractor Selection Checklist" in order to be eligible for hire. A copy of the checklist can be found.
In addition to the above noted requirements, all contractors are responsible for:
- Complying with and ensuring that all persons under their direct control comply with all applicable regulatory requirements
- Complying with Panda HSE standards and requirements when directly involved in a Panda operation, or when directly supervised by a Panda employee
- Ensuring that all work activities are carried out in a manner that will not compromise the health and safety of any individuals
- Communicating to their personnel, as well as others present at worksites, applicable HSE information that will allow operations to be performed in a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible manner. Examples where applicable communications can take place; safety meetings, hazard assessments, or general communication
- Consulting with Panda management as required when in doubt about any matter pertaining to health, safety or the environment
- Inspecting and maintaining their equipment in a safe operating condition as specified by regulations and the manufacturer
- Ensuring that hazard assessments are performed as required, that HSE worksite inspections are per formed as required, and that hazardous conditions or unsafe acts are identified, evaluated, and eliminated or controlled
- Maintaining WCB and Insurance coverage as stipulated in contractual agreements and as required by regulatory requirements. Contractor insurance requirements are specified in the Safety Standards Manual
All visitors to Panda are required to report to the facility office. Visitors are not allowed in work areas without authorization from the facility manager, and must be accompanied by an escort. Work areas include shops, yards, tank farms, warehouses, and operational worksites. When visiting a Panda facility or worksite, visitors shall:
- Follow the instructions of the site supervisor or escort
- Wear the personal protective equipment when required