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One of the ways we share information and expectations to strengthen the Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) performance of the company and our contractors is our online prequalification system.
To contract or provide services to our U.S. operations, contractors must enrol in PEC Premier, complete a Standardized Safety Questionnaire (SSQ) and provide quarterly updates. This website provides information and tools to help contractors use PEC Premier and work with us to continuously improve EH&S performance at our worksites. Failure by the contract company to provide quarterly updates will cause the contractor to show as a higher risk to Encana.
A contractor's PEC score is based upon its answers to the online SSQ housed at PECPremier.com. The questionnaire provides us with an overview of the contractor's representation of its EH&S programs and policies.
If we consider a contractor to be of greater risk due to the types of services it provides, we may conduct our own EH&S Contractor Audit. A contractor's risk status with Encana is determined by their PEC score or by the EH&S Contractor Audit. An EH&S Contractor Audit score always overrides a PEC score. We determine an EH&S risk ranking based on the PEC or EH&S Contractor Audit score; our hiring managers use this ranking to make hiring or contracting decisions.
Some risk controls/mitigation measures may be justified; represents an acceptable level of risk.
Risk controls/mitigation measures must be implemented to allow work to proceed; efforts to reduce risk to a LOW level should be undertaken.
Extensive risk controls/mitigation measures must be implemented and business unit vice-president approval is required to allow work to proceed; efforts to reduce risk to a MEDIUM or LOW level must be undertaken.
Stop activities; work cannot proceed until risk is reduced to a lower level.
Contractors in the high or extreme risk category may not be able to perform work for Encana.
PEC Premier technical assistance: 1.800.892.8179
Questions about PEC Premier, the SSQ or Encana expectations: Jennie Anderson, 720.876.3728
Colorado: Danny Knutson, 720.876.3513
Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas: Jena Guill, 469.461.2435
U.S. Requirements: Shawna Moser-Mese, 720.876.3013
Wyoming: Ann Etcheverry, 307.537.6125
Final scores will determine status for use. Criteria weighting is subject to change.
Proactive measures can also trigger an audit based on costs (the more we spend on a given contractor the more we are using them, which means they are more likely to be audited), being new to the field (or new to Encana), and requests from the hiring manager. Failure by the contracted company to provide PEC with quarterly updates will rate the contractor as higher risk and may lead to an EH&S Contractor Audit.
Our auditors will periodically evaluate contractors’ EH&S programs. Auditors’ findings override the PEC SSQ score and subsequent risk ranking. Audits usually result in a number of action items that the contracted company must complete by a specified date, which typically lowers the contractor’s risk ranking.
Prequalification helps all of us feel confident in the integrity of our worksites. These tools are common in the natural gas industry in North America, with hundreds of producers and tens of thousands of contractor companies using them to manage their record keeping needs, reduce internal administration costs and improve reporting.
In the U.S. the system is PEC Premier and in Canada, this system is ISNetworld.