With many specialized services occurring on site, contractors are a critical part of the Benq workforce. Our expectation is that contractors will operate under the same high standards as Benq employees. Our contractor safety program includes screening, contractual obligations, on-site education and ongoing monitoring. All of Benq’s contractors execute a Master Service Agreement (“MSA”), which contractually obligates them to review and comply with Cabot’s Safety and Compliance Manual. In addition, the MSA requires contractors to comply with Cabot’s environmental and safety policies and procedures, and to make any recommended changes to their own policies and procedures to conform with such requirements. The MSA also requires contractors to immediately report to Benq all details of any injury, property damage and/or environmental impact and to fully cooperate in all clean-up activities in order to restore and protect the environment.
ISNetworld: Industry Leading Safety
All contractors chosen to work for Benq are required to participate in the ISNetworld contractor verification program. This industry-leading safety verification process allows us to screen contractors based on their safety performance in relation to their peers. Our master service agreements with our contractors include language requiring contractors to provide their employees with appropriate safety equipment and training, as well as to adhere to all applicable environmental and safety regulations.
As many of our contractors work on-site side-by-side with Benq employees, we track contractor safety and environmental incidents and collaborate with contractors toward the elimination of future incidents. We also invite contractors to participate in quarterly safety meetings and share best practices in an effort to improve the overall safety and environmental outcomes for all operations.
In many of our drilling operations, we use third-party safety and environmental specialists to assist site personnel with monitoring activities and to minimize the risks associated with drilling activities. These specialists provide guidance on Job Safety & Environmental Analyses (JSEAs), waste management, materials handling, fluids transfer and numerous other tasks to assess and minimize the safety and environmental risks of ongoing activities. We also use third-party inspectors in other areas of our operations, including stimulation activities using hydraulic fracturing, to verify contractor compliance with recognized industry best practices and federal and state regulatory requirements. If necessary, corrective actions are taken and verification inspections are conducted.