Ivanhoe Energy considers the safety and health of its personnel and the protection of the environment to be of primary importance. The company's goal is to comply with all federal, state and local regulations in the jurisdictions in which it operates, and to operate in accordance with petroleum industry safe practices. Contractors working for Ivanhoe Energy are required to operate in a similar manner.
A well-structured safety program requires the full involvement and support of management and employees. Ivanhoe Energy's managers and supervisors have the responsibility to provide a safe working environment, well-defined accident prevention procedures and effective training for all employees. In addition, each employee has the responsibility to prevent accidents by working in a safe manner, wearing prescribed protective equipment and reporting any potential hazards that could cause an accident.
The company maintains organized communication channels with local, state and national regulatory agencies to ensure that we stay abreast of all new and developing requirements and regulations. This allows Ivanhoe Energy to remain in legal compliance with evolving requirements. Health, environmental and safety standards and procedures are reinforced with our employees and contractors through one-on-one discussions, tailgate meetings, and monthly and quarterly reviews.
Employees and contractors are encouraged to make suggestions to improve health, safety and environmental protection, and to be proactive in the development of new and improved procedures for new operations as they develop. Critical operations are conducted with specialized equipment, by people trained and certified in the use of that equipment.
Required pre-project environmental inspections are carried out before starting any project to identify concerns and to ensure that we impact the environment and wildlife as little as possible. Post-project cleanup is monitored to make sure the site is clean, safe and as close to original conditions as possible.
Ivanhoe Energy currently disposes of produced water in accordance with local and state regulations. Solid and liquid wastes are transported to certified waste-management facilities. Employees and contractors are instructed to follow proper waste-management procedures, and report any infractions or recommendations to minimize any pollution caused by our operations.
Our goal is to maintain a strong health, environment and safety record and to improve our employees' and contractors' awareness by providing formal training programs and by rewarding good performance.