Building On Our "No Harm" Culture
We continue to mature our NO HARM culture. An employee survey to gauge our safety culture conducted in the fourth quarter of 2016 generated an overwhelming 92 percent response rate. The results validated our efforts to continue to build an integrated safety culture as we work toward a culture of sustainable excellence. Process safety, which was a special focus of communication in 2015, moved higher in employees’ responses, and we continued to see high personal ownership of responsibility for safety.
In 2016, we focused on reinforcing the importance of identifying and communicating potentially hazardous conditions. This emphasis on observations helped to significantly reduce potential incidents by defining and reinforcing positive behaviors.
Our “Leading NO HARM” classes have continued and have become an integrated part of the organization's culture. During 2016, we added an advanced training and competency program within our U.S. onshore operations. This program, which uses our Greeley Training Center to provide realistic competency testing with minimized risk, has become a benchmark for peer companies.
We also continued to emphasize contractor engagement in our NO HARM culture. In the Marcellus Business Unit, for example, we held a safety appreciation breakfast that paired Noble Energy operation teams with partnering contractors to present safety topics relevant to our operations. Approximately 66 contractors representing 33 companies and 65 Noble Energy employees were in attendance.