Safety and responsible citizenship is integral to the culture at Solaris.  We care about the communities where we operate, and we strive to help our customers operate safer and more efficiently. We expect all our employees and subcontractors to comply with all federal, state and local regulations; adhere to best practice standards; and embody our corporate values of teamwork, accountability, safety, integrity, transparency and efficiency. 

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Safety Benefits From System Design

Improved dust control
Solaris’ Mobile Proppant Management System is designed to reduce airborne silica dust. The system has several dust collection elements, most notably built-in dust collection units at the top of each silo that collect silica dust created in the sand-loading process. We have engineering controls throughout the following processes:

  • Sand Loading Process. Proppant is loaded through a closed loop so that the risk of sand or silica dust exposure is reduced. Dust created in the loading process is collected in dust collection units at the top of each silo. A self-cleaning system periodically clears dust from the dust collection unit, so that it can be pumped downhole. 
  • Delivery to the Blender. Solaris’ Proppant System delivers sand to the blender safely and efficiently. Each silo unloads sand onto a covered shuttle belt conveyor, which feeds a covered central conveyor, or dual belt. The shuttle belt conveyors are built on a track system that allows the conveyor to move back and forth for accurate delivery to the central or dual belt. We control our conveyors electrically though variable frequency drives, which allow for precise controlled and accurate delivery of sand, which reduces silica dust. 
  • Automation. Our systems are also available with AutoHopper™ control, which is an automated function that allows our system to deliver sand to the blender without a person visually monitoring and manually controlling the speed of the belts. This allows us to fully enclose the hopper, further reducing potential silica dust exposure on the well site.

Reduction of personnel on site and physically on equipment
Solaris systems use a single point of control, meaning it only takes one person to run the entire system, which is a significant reduction versus traditional and box-based proppant handling equipment. Solaris’ AutoHopper technology further reduces headcount and movement required on the well site by automating proppant delivery to the blender.  Conventional/containerized solutions require personnel to operate different pieces of equipment during the process, whereas Solaris is one integrated system and is operated with the touch of a button.

100% Electric Fleet
Our Mobile Proppant Management and Mobile Chemical Management Systems are all electric and do not rely on hydraulics. The traditional benefits of being all electric include:

  • Eliminate hydraulic fluid on site, therefore fewer drips and spills
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Improve reliability, which reduces required time to complete an operation

In addition, our Systems can be powered by the same generation source used by the growing number of electric frac fleets (“e-fleets”) now being deployed to the market. The added benefits of powering our Systems through these generation sources include:

  • Reduce live diesel fueling, which also leads to fewer drips and spills
  • Further improve reliability, which reduces required time to complete an operation
  • Lower noise level impact

Reduces proppant spillage, losses and disposal
Our Mobile Proppant Management Systems’ adjustable belts allow for accurate proppant delivery into the blender.  This promotes clean well sites before, during and after a job is complete thereby reducing potential cleanup costs and waste disposal. 

Increased well site visibility  
Solaris’ systems have built-in LED lights on the tops and bottoms of each silo. This overhead lighting provides enhanced lighting on the well site, which creates safer night time working conditions and reduces the need for another diesel-powered light plant.

Improved vehicle traffic flow and accessibility
The reduced footprint of our systems allows for better traffic flow on well sites. This means that more sand trucks can offload in parallel, but also allows more space for other vehicle traffic to move around in a safer manner.

Solaris Safety and Training Program

Safe Mile Campaign
We regularly monitor and track performance data from our fleet of light duty trucks used by our field services personnel, including speeding, seatbelt use, braking habits, degree of corner turns and acceleration to identify risky behaviors by drivers. Once identified, we take corrective action through training and/or disciplinary action. In early 2018, we noticed seat belt infractions were one of the most commonly violated safety practices. We began sharing this data with field supervisors and incorporating safe driving practices into our safety training and reminders. We also placed a “Make Your Next Mile a Safe Mile” sticker above each of our light duty vehicles’ driver side door handle to remind our employees that safety on the road should be a top priority. 

Regular Job Safety Analysis Checklists
We have developed standard operating and safety procedures for the tasks we train our employees to perform. Compliance with these safety procedures is a primary focus of our operations. The job safety analysis checklist describes the hazards and recommended safety practices for each of the steps of rigging up a chemical silo. Solaris has developed safety analyses like the one below for all of the tasks that our employees perform.

Regular safety bulletins 
The Solaris Health, Safety and Environment department sends out regular safety bulletins to remind employees about the importance of safety and providing helpful information on how to stay safe. Topics range anywhere from tips on avoiding driving infractions to being aware of seasonal risks such as increased traffic during back to school season.

Training Tracker
We take Safety Training very seriously and regularly require our employees to take interactive training courses. In 2019, Solaris employees completed 4,423 hours of health and safety training. We offered 16 different HSE training courses, and each learner spent an average of 24 hours completing the courses. Contractors, agents, and temporary employees completed a total of 48 hours of HSE training courses.

Solaris has driven an over 90% reduction in both our Total Company Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) and Total Company Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) through continued focus on safety and training.