Safety is an integral part of our corporate culture and it permeates our daily activities. Our robust safety programs are in place to ensure we continuously improve our safety performance today and into the future. We use a variety of statistical tools to support our multi-year objectives and long-term vision for promoting a culture of safety.
A new safety program was introduced in early 2018 designed to improve the safety performance and increase the efficiencies of our vehicle fleet operations. GPS tracking devices were installed on all company-owned vehicles—providing real-time location, performance data and maintenance alerts and allowing us to capture and evaluate specific metrics related to organizational safety. These state-of-the-art devices also will enable us to monitor what we are doing correctly and identify opportunities to improve the driving behaviors of our employees.
We use Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) as an indicator of safety performance, and because we hold our contractors to the same standards as our employees, we include their performance in our safety statistics.
Newfield maintains a zero incident safety goal and is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of every employee and contractor as well as residents of the local communities where we operate.
To learn more about our interactions with contractors and vendors or find contractor resources, visit our Contractor Management page.
In an effort to advance our safety measures continually, we have focused on implementing several incident prevention initiatives, including training, safety observations, near-miss reporting and incident alerts.
We have engaged a third-party training provider with safety training modules designed specifically for the oil and gas industry. In 2017, we also developed a training matrix for our SERC Management System that identifies employee training requirements and responsibilities by role throughout our operations. Nearly 100 percent of employees identified completed their designated safety training courses.
In addition to SafeStart, our behavioral safety program, our employees made approximately 700 safety observations to identify both positive and at-risk behaviors and conditions and hazards. We also recorded more than 90 near miss events and implemented a root cause analysis of each incident. Reporting unplanned events that do not result in injury or damage allow us to proactively identify risks and prevent future incidents of a similar nature.
Incident alerts are another proactive tool we use to avoid potential injury and other safety issues. These alerts are sent from the operations management team through the organization as an educational tool to communicate recent incidents and prevent future events. Previous incident alerts also are collected in a library archive for employees to review as needed.