Health, Safety, Environment & Quality
Safety Vision Statement
U.S. Well Services, LLC (“USWS”) believes that all incidents are preventable and that priority one is having all employees go home healthy every day.
To accomplish this mission, we actively encourage every employee to take personal responsibility for their individual safety as well as the safety of their entire crew. We have also created "10 Pillars of Safety" to help our clients and employees stay safe at all times.
Ten Pillars of Safety Excellence
I will always be fit for duty
I will always wear my PPE
I will always wear my seat belt
I will always obey the cell phone policy
I will always use spotters when moving any vehicle or equipment
I will always take personal responsibility for the safety of other employees
I will always protect the environment and communities where we work
I will never disable safety equipment or devices
I will never perform or overlook an unsafe act
I will never perform a task before being fully trained
Stop Work Authority (SWA)
SWA is the Company’s commitment to our employees of their right to ask questions if anyone feels that they are in an unsafe situation or being asked to perform an unsafe task. Although SWA may require shutting down the job on occasion, in most cases simply answering a question is enough to resolve the matter. In those cases where a shutdown is necessary, USWS has an established "restart protocol". Senior operations and HSEQ personnel will collaborate to remedy the situation. Once resolved, the matter will be discussed with all affected employees, the unsafe condition will be eliminated, and then work can resume safely.
"At US Well Services, one of our core values is that each and every person should go home safe every day. We try to make this happen by simply looking out for each other. A powerful tool to accomplish this is your Stop Work Authority (“SWA”). Simply put, you have the right to ask questions, to point out an unsafe act or condition, or to state that you are not properly trained to perform a task. Your supervisor will then work with you to rectify the situation. You have my personal guarantee that any employee who validly uses SWA will not face discipline of any kind. If any employee feels that they are receiving any negative response because they used SWA, then contact me immediately."
— Richard P. Hoffman, Vice President of HSEQ
HSE-Nexus is the comprehensive safety database developed by U.S. Well Services. This database allows the seamless integration of several different data sets and allows USWS to view the information more holistically, while increasing our capabilities to spot and predict service quality trends. HSE-Nexus truly is where data becomes information.
PSM360® is a program developed by U.S. Well Services that incorporates our lean operations mindset (LEAN360®) with a traditional program of process safety management (PSM). The LEAN360® program focuses on eliminating waste (defects, overproduction, waiting, non-utilized talent, transportation, inventory, motion, and extra processing) with a 6S approach--safety, sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain.
PSM360® is a program whereby safety is embedded into a task or procedure via administrative controls, training, risk hazard analysis, incident investigation, emergency planning, audits, contractor management, and employee involvement.
The safety of our employees, customers and the environment is USWS number one priority. We are committed to reducing the hazardous risk associated with the inhalation of respirable silica dust on hydraulic fracturing sites.
USWS has developed SANDSHIELD® to mitigate silica emissions below OSHA PEL standards. SANDSHIELD® consists of specialized equipment, work processes, and engineering controls to mitigate exposure to silica.
In a continuing effort to improve driver behavior and move toward our goal of 0 incidents, USWS is now in Phase II of the USafeDrive® Program. Utilizing state-of-the-art video and electronic logging technology, we are assisting our drivers in improving their situational awareness, driving behaviors and improving compliance with both DOT regulations and USWS policies and procedures.
The USafeDrive® units are installed in all heavy vehicles as well as crew vans. Additionally, we are now in the process of adding trailer tracking systems to all trailers to allow us to locate all pieces of equipment on any fleet at any time which improves equipment utilization.
The new USafeDrive® units are not only purposed as our DOT required Electronic Logging Devices, they also have video capabilities with inward and outward facing cameras to assist with incident investigation, facial recognition, distracted driving recognition, as well as allowing USWS to improve the Driver Training program based on findings gathered from the new systems.
In addition to the features listed above the new USafeDrive® Program also provides -
- Increased Utilization/Security
- Enhanced Accident Investigation
- Additional Maintenance Information
- Driver Accountability
- Ease of Installation
- GPS Location
- Speeding Alerts
- Harsh Event Notifications
- Crash Alerts
Probably the most important aspect of the new system is the video capability which pulls together the drivers actions and the movement, time, space and speed of the vehicle to assist in incident investigation and individual driver improvement programs. We are excited to see what the future holds as we continue our push forward to 0 driving incidents.
USWS-U® is the remote training program developed by U.S. Well Services. This remote learning program supports traditional classroom and hands-on training by giving our mobile workforce additional opportunities to complete training electronically through videos and virtual classrooms. The training modules include safety policy refreshers, equipment/task support, and other professional development learning opportunities.
Environmental Commitment Statement
USWS fully recognizes and embraces the role we have in protecting the environment in the communities where we live and work. By way of reaffirming our corporate ownership of environmental stewardship, we have incorporated the following three ideals into our operational mindset:
USWS will have a positive societal impact regarding the air, land, and water in the communities where we live and work.
USWS will tirelessly research, explore, and develop products and processes that minimize the environmental footprint of our operations.
USWS is committed to LEAN operational programs in order to minimize or eliminate the creation of waste materials.
To help us achieve these ideals, USWS will commit time and resources to researching the best practices and will perform ongoing audits of our processes to guarantee the effectiveness and sustainability of our commitments.