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Life Saving Rules

SAFETY BY CHOICE, NOT BY CHANCE

Foreword
The 12 Life Saving Rules are a part of Nexens continued commitment to create a safe work
environment for our employees. The Life Saving Rules will lay the cultural foundation to achieve
zero serious incidents. Utilizing clear direction and instruction about occupational safety, the
Life Saving Rules apply job performance standards and workplace rules in a fair and consistent
manner to all employees and partners of Nexen. The Rules are created from industry lessons;
they are a tangible contribution to strengthening our safety culture and are intended to be shared
across Nexens businesses and operations.
The Life Saving Rules Accountability Model affirms Nexens commitment to a safety first culture.
These rules will become an integral part of our management and personal performance metrics.
As a Nexen employee or partner, you are responsible (and authorized) to stop any work that does
not comply with these rules and other procedures. There will be no repercussions - that is our
commitment to you.
Whether its a conventional drilling site or a state-of-the-art offshore platform, personnel
management methods determine both operating performance and business success. Nexen is
committed to creating a safe work environment for our employees; we aim to train our people
to make the right choices when it comes to health and safety. Together lets do the right things
for the right reasons.

Life Saving

Always Conduct a Hazard Assessment

Ensure Safe Systems of Work

Follow the Management of Change (MOC) Process

Isolate Energy Sources

No Breaking of Containment Without a Valid Work Permit

Do Not Enter a Confined Space Without Authorization

Work Safely at Heights

Conduct Safe Lifting Operations

Drive Safely

10 Assess All Ground Disturbance Hazards


11 Do Not Work Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol

g Rules

12 Ignition Sources are Not Allowed in Areas Where Hydrocarbons


May be Present
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Nexen will provide a safe place of work and a culture where:


Health, Safety, and Environment expectations and individual


responsibilities are effectively communicated

Pre-job hazards will be assessed and appropriate controls


developed and in place for the level of risk mitigation required
before the work commences

Appropriate personnel are trained, competent, and in place to effectively


and safely manage all activities associated with our operations

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided as per the activity


hazard assessment and the minimum site requirements

It is expected that YOU shall:


Take personal responsibility for Health, Safety and Environment

Work to the defined instructions, procedures, and practices for the work you
are doing and immediately advise if any control measures are inadequate.
This means use the correct tool, in the right way and keep worksites clean,
tidy, and obstruction free

Obey all signs and barriers and use the correct Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) effectively

Report all incidents, including near misses, immediately

Speak to your Supervisor about work that you feel you are not trained or
competent to carry out

STOP any job that feels or is unsafe


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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 1

ALWAYS CONDUCT A HAZARD ASSESSMENT

Nexen will provide a safe place of work and YOU shall not
carry out work unless:

All hazards associated with your tasks are identified and risk assessed
prior to commencing any work

Communication of hazards and control measures are implemented to


ensure worker understanding and protection prior to commencing the
work (e.g. Tool Box Talk)

The job will STOP and risks will be reassessed whenever there is a
change in work method or the work environment

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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 2

ENSURE SAFE SYSTEMS OF WORK

Nexen will provide a safe place of work and YOU shall not
carry out work unless:

There is a valid work permit issued, when required

The work is clearly defined, authorized, and communicated to all


those affected

Documented authorization is obtained before overriding or disabling


safety critical equipment

The job is properly supervised by a competent person from start to finish

Planned and unplanned changes are assessed and updated with


necessary control measures in place

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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 3

FOLLOW THE MANAGEMENT OF CHANGE


(MOC) PROCESS

Nexen will provide a safe place of work and YOU shall not
carry out work unless:

A hazard assessment is conducted with all involved parties impacted by


the change, when required

There is a developed work plan that specifies the timescale for the change
and any control measures that need to be implemented

All required approvals and controls are in place

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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 4

ISOLATE ENERGY SOURCES

Nexen will provide a safe place of work and YOU shall not
work on energized equipment or systems unless:

The method of isolation and discharge of stored energy is agreed upon


and executed by a competent person

Isolations have been checked and approved

Isolations have been tested and are proven to be effective

A system is applied to manage, communicate, and record all isolations


installed as well as verify removal between shifts, work groups, and at the
end of work periods

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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 5

NO BREAKING OF CONTAINMENT
WITHOUT A VALID WORK PERMIT

Nexen will provide a safe place of work and YOU shall not
carry out breaking of containment unless:

The work has been hazard assessed, defined, authorized, and


communicated to all those affected

The system being entered is confirmed to be effectively isolated, purged,


depressurized, and tested

There is monitoring conducted to prevent an explosive atmosphere from


arising and to prevent exposure to hazardous substance

The worksite escape routes are identified and free of obstruction

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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 6

DO NOT ENTER A CONFINED SPACE


WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION

Nexen will provide a safe place of work and YOU shall not
enter into any confined space unless:

Alternatives have been ruled out

All personnel involved are competent and trained for the specific work needs

Control of the entry is being done under a Permit to Work that includes a
Tool Box Talk

Testing of the atmosphere has been conducted as defined in the confined


space entry permit

You have received approval for entry

A standby person is stationed outside the confined space in a ready state


and a rescue plan is in place; more than 50% of fatalities in confined spaces
are due to failures in the rescue plan
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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 7

WORK SAFELY AT HEIGHTS

Nexen will provide a safe place of work and YOU shall not
carry out work where there is a potential for persons or
objects to fall unless:

An approved, fixed, and guarded platform is available for work or, if this is
not practicable, certified fall restraint or fall arrest equipment is used and
secured to an appropriate anchor

A visual inspection of the fall restraint or fall arrest equipment is carried


out before and after use

All tools and loose objects are stored in a secured manner

Fixed barriers are placed around openings where there is the potential to fall

Work from ladders is limited to light work of short duration

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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 8

CONDUCT SAFE LIFTING OPERATIONS

Nexen will provide a safe place of work and YOU shall not
conduct a lift unless:

The lift is planned with all hazards assessed including proper clearances
from electrical hazards and stationary objects

The equipment is certified for use, clearly marked for maximum load rating,
and subject to a visual inspection before use

All lifting equipment safety devices are in place and are functioning correctly

A work permit is in place for lifting of personnel

The load is controlled at all times by use of tag lines or other


approved means

Effective communication is maintained throughout the lift operation

There is no one under a suspended load


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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 9

DRIVE SAFELY

Nexen will provide a safe place of work and if you need to


drive on company business YOU shall:

Be a licensed driver, obey the speed limit, and adjust your speed to
road conditions

Buckle your seatbelt; ensure your passengers do the same

Not use cell phones or other distracting devices while driving;


when tired, pull over to a safe area

Inspect vehicle prior to operation

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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 10

ASSESS ALL GROUND DISTURBANCE RISKS

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Nexen will provide a safe place of work and YOU shall not do
any ground disturbance unless:

All underground, surface, and overhead hazards have been assessed,


clearly identified, located, and marked appropriately on drawings;
machinery is kept at a safe distance

Appropriate work controls are in place prior to entering excavation to


protect the worker from cave in

Workers have been provided with adequate access/egrees prior to


entering excavations

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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 11

DO NOT WORK UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF


DRUGS OR ALCOHOL

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Nexen will provide a safe place to work and YOU shall not
participate in any drug or alcohol activity including but not
limited to:

Reporting to work over the legal or corporate tolerable limits

The use or possession of alcohol, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia on


Nexen worksites

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LIFE SAVING RULE NO. 12

IGNITION SOURCES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN AREAS


WHERE HYDROCARBONS MAY BE PRESENT

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Nexen will provide a safe place of work and YOU shall not
use ignition sources where hydrocarbons are present:

No person will smoke outside of designated areas where hydrocarbons


may be present

Use of mobile phones, cameras, or PDAs without authorization in areas


where hydrocarbons may be present is prohibited

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PROMOTING SAFE BEHAVIOR


The Essentials
Set clear expectations and highlight the importance
of individual accountability
Ensure required training is successfully completed
Provide ongoing coaching and mentoring
Regularly reinforce Nexens commitment to safety
and each individuals responsibilities in creating a
safe work environment

Event

Setting Clear Expectations


At all levels of the organization,
provide clear direction, instruction
and coaching on Nexens safety
standards and safe work procedures

Leading by Example

Planning Ahead
Conduct thorough hazard
assessments
Adopt safe systems of work
Ensure MOC is applied when
changed conditions warrant

Choose safety over productivity


Demonstrate safe work practices
on a daily basis
Reinforce Nexens safety culture
through coaching, recognition, and
performance management
Learning and Mentoring
Apply continuous improvement
to all safety procedures
Encourage shared learnings to
improve safety awareness

Pro-active Behavior
Do not hesitate to STOP work if
conditions may be unsafe, proper
procedures are not being followed
or conditions may have changed

Creating a Safety Culture and a


Safe Work Environment
Every individual is accountable
for their own and their co-workers
safety

Engage

Encourage

Deliver

PROMOTING SAFE BEHAVIOR PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

Coaching and Mentoring

Event

Encourage and Recognize


Praise positive safety behaviors
Provide recognition for above average
or exceptional safety performance
individuals and groups

Encourage and Recognize

Provide regular feedback on progress or


where performance could be improved
Encourage shared learnings and new
approaches to improve safety performance

Corrective Action

Nexen believes all employees come to work


motivated to contribute to their own and to
the companys success. Occasionally, individual
performance may fall below the standards
required to accomplish a task properly and
safely. Meeting performance standards is
important in all aspects of Nexens business
and particularly when it comes to safety practices.
The first steps in encouraging employees to
meet Nexens safety standards are through
training, coaching and mentoring. Should an
employees performance fall below the
required standard, Nexen supports a progressive
approach in correcting performance lapses. A
one-off mistake due to lack of awareness may
be dealt with differently than an intentional
breach of a safety rule. One may lead to a
verbal coaching moment, the other to a formal
warning or perhaps termination for cause
should the infraction be serious enough.
Nexens Corrective Action Guidebook
(Calgary) and Performance Improvement and
Disciplinary Guide (UK) describe key steps
and processes in managing employee performance that does not meet accepted standards. Consult with your HR representative on
the appropriate application of the performance
improvement and corrective action procedures
in addressing a performance issue.

Coaching

Corrective Action

STOP WORK AUTHORITY


Silence is consent

Key Principles:

Each of us is expected to comply


with The Life Saving Rules

Do it safely or not at all

As an employee or contractor
for Nexen, you are responsible and
authorized to stop any work that
does not comply with these rules,
regulations and/or procedures

There is always time to


do it right

There will be no repercussions that is our commitment to you

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