Health and safety – for our employees, contractors and the communities where we work – is of primary importance at Range; it is woven into our business. With nearly 8,000 employees and contractors, the success of our health and safety efforts is evidenced not only by our industry-leading safety record, but also by our commitment to compliance, contractor management, employee training and technology deployment. Best practices for safety procedures are used by Range to help maintain an efficient, safe working environment. Dedicated health, safety and environmental employees support our efforts in each divisional office, conducting frequent site inspections and engaging employees in safety and preparedness programs. Our policy is that every shift at each Range location must begin with a safety meeting.
Range personnel manage company locations to ensure that programs and processes are implemented–paying particular attention to maintenance.
In addition to the operations workforce, Range maintains a group of dedicated site inspectors who proactively inspect various sites looking for hazards or factors that may cause unsafe conditions or lead to a future violation of regulatory requirements. Through regular visits, the company is able to monitor potential environmental or safety impacts and is often able to identify areas of concern and hazards prior to any issues arising.
Site personnel are provided details about Range’s expectations for safety. A Stop Work protocol allows any individual at a site to stop ongoing work if imminent danger exists to personnel, property or the environment. The company believes and communicates that any shortcuts that create hazards are unacceptable. Focusing on a safe work environment helps our personnel and contractors eliminate potential environmental, health and safety impacts. With dedicated, trained personnel and supervision dedicated to safe operations, Range is able to meet production goals in a safe manner.
To help ensure a safety conscious workforce, Range utilizes a combination of computer based training and live safety meetings to continually educate personnel and contractors. We have also worked with first responders to develop customized well site training to best prepare them in case of an emergency. Range implements Safety Alerts to address industry incidents and so called near misses. These alerts describe an incident and its impact, to help educate personnel and prevent future occurrences.
Range’s contractor management program is another way that Range promotes safety. The program verifies that contractors maintain a viable safety program and conducts compliance audits to ensure that contractors are operating safely on Range locations.
As a part of Range’s due diligence, we conduct an audit of potential partner companies prior to doing business with them. A compliance audit confirms that proper procedures are maintained and that the contracted company complies with regulatory guidelines for proper waste handling and disposal.
Lagging and Leading Indicators
To gauge the company’s safety and environmental performance, Range uses both lagging and leading indicators. The lagging indicators are a reflection of incidents that are in the past and reflect what has already occurred. This statistical data identifies how Range is performing using OSHA’s criteria for determining rates for injuries and incidents that result in lost time or restricted duty. The statistics are compared to the industry. Range also compares performance to other industrial groups and consistently works to improve performance.
Leading indicators are those used to show progress in minimizing injuries or impacts. We know that providing knowledge to employees creates better hazard awareness, and that helps decrease the probability of an incident. For example, a leading indicator may be how many employees have been trained for a particular process, reflecting the progress made toward prevention.
Range surpassed the milestone of more than one million consecutive man-hours worked by our employees with no OSHA recordable incidents, maintaining its OSHA recordable injury rate below the industry average. In 2014-2015, Range also accumulated nearly 3.6 million man hours worked without a time loss incident.
Range Resources Health and Safety by the Numbers – 2015 Calendar Year
*2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics
According to data available from the Department of Labor & Statistics, Range outperformed the oil & gas industry average by a factor of 2.5 on Total Recordable Incidence Rate (TRIR) and achieved a 0.1 on Days away, Restrictions and Transfers (DART) which was 0.7 days better than the oil & gas industry average and 1 less day than all industries.
Range is open and proactive in our efforts to mitigate incidents and impacts. Notices of Violation (NOV) are received when an impact or release has been identified as a violation of regulatory codes. Nearly all of Range’s NOVs have originated from self-reporting. When Range personnel identify that a reportable incident has occurred, timely notifications are required within allocated timeframes established by the various state regulatory agencies.
If an NOV is issued, Range utilizes a Management System approach to identify the root cause(s) that could have contributed to the incident or caused a violation. Once these have been identified, corrective actions are developed and assigned. Major impacts are communicated to other divisions in the company to help prevent future events and to increase personnel awareness. Range’s goal is, of course, to operate with no violations, but when an incident occurs, Range takes immediate steps to address the issue and prevent re-occurrences.
Range works with local governments and safety officials to develop traffic coordination plans when possible. These plans look at site specific conditions that help minimize traffic impacts during operations. Range coordinates with area schools to manage our operations with their school bus schedules and routes. Additionally, Range posts signage on local roadways to ensure employees and contractors follow the approved traffic routes and any other site specific traffic conditions.
Range has engaged with local engineering firms to develop traffic plans to ensure the most efficient local trucking routes with the least amount of impact to the community.
In our core operating area, Range also employs a host of traffic management personnel and practices. Including, but not limited to roving traffic monitors, restricted speed limits and GPS technology to ensure the traffic coordination plan is followed. We make every attempt to minimize the temporary impacts by clearly communicating traffic plans and guidelines to all of our contractors for every location.
For additional information see Range's best management practices fact sheets below.
Best Management Practices: Drilling
Best Management Practices: Completions
Best Management Practices: Production