As is common and often necessary in our industry, SWN uses a number of different contractors to provide a wide range of services, particularly at field sites. True to our Formula and our ONE Team approach, we seek to work with contractors that strive to be the Right People doing the Right Things and who will meet the same high standards and expectations we have for SWN employees.

SWN maintains stringent requirements and processes for selecting, training and evaluating contractors. We follow a five-step process:

  • Prequalification assessment of all contractors
  • Project preparation
  • Pre-job activity, including the Training Assurance program
  • Job oversight, including daily safety meetings
  • Performance assessments

We use a third-party analysis and management system to coordinate evaluation of contractors on health, safety and environmental (HSE) issues and other issues.

As part of our HSE assurance process, we perform our own contractor assessments to hold contractors accountable for following the same HSE expectations and standards to which we hold our own employees.

Any concerns or deficiencies identified in a contractor’s assessment must be addressed within 30 to 90 days, depending on the circumstances. We provide oversight and support as needed during this period and ensure that any required corrective actions are completed.

In 2019, we finalized the implementation of a new HSE data management system to support our commitment to continuous improvement. One enhancement of this system is facilitating better accountability and tracking of corrective actions arising from both contractor and SWN operational assessments.