Strategic development by geographical area, coupled with the new business approach, is having a significant influence in all areas of work organization, HSE system development and implementation included.
The number of subcontractors involved in Saipem projects is noteworthy, accounting for more than half the hours worked at Group level. Specific programmes have therefore been implemented to ensure continuous management of their activities, since these have an important impact in terms of the hazards and risks generated both for the project itself and for the health and safety of Saipem personnel.
Another critical HSE issue is the high presence of Local Content. In order to minimize the potential risks engendered by local unskilled resources, a multi-channel transfer of know-how has been adopted. Special centres have been set up on Saipem projects and sites so that HSE training can be delivered in the classroom and on the ground.
Finally, Saipem has launched the Leadership in Health and Safety (LiHS) programme as well as an Environmental Awareness Campaign in order to involve the entire workforce in the various initiatives developed locally and thus reinforce the Group’s HSE policy and mission worldwide.
In light of the results of the root cause analysis carried out in relation to fatalities in 2011, the following actions were agreed upon with Top Management:
- Safety Forum with major subcontractors;
- Working At Height (WAH) Campaign.
The Safety Forum was targeted at all major subcontractors working on Algerian projects. Many accidents in fact occurred in Algeria and the purpose of the forum was to understand their common causes and to reinforce the commitment of Saipem’s subcontractors to HSE issues.
The forum lasted 2 days and involved Saipem and subcontractor management and, where possible, CEOs or Area Managers. The event was also an opportunity to share methodologies and best practices.
The WAH Campaign was set up because most accidents are WAH related. Saipem appointed a highly specialist third party to assess the Company’s methodologies, procedures and on-site practices in order to identify any potential gaps that might lie at the heart of such accidents.
In addition, Saipem is providing a new training programme that focuses on WAH activities, as well as dedicated tutors to monitor ongoing projects. Different levels of training will be available for supervisors, HSE professionals, WAH rescue teams and workers. At present 2 major projects, one in Algeria and one in UAE, have been selected for application of the new approach.
Safety performances in 2011 were in line with targets set, with an improvement registered in the total recordable incident frequency rate.
Despite this positive trend, 6 fatal accidents occurred in 2011, 4 of which involved subcontractor staff falling from heights.
Ersai is aware that many local vendors and subcontractors need assistance and support in developing their capabilities and products to meet international standards.
In August 2011, Ersai commenced a comprehensive health and safety programme for subcontractors with the aim of helping them improve their systems and their overall HSE performance. Audits are conducted regularly by Ersai on vendors and subcontractors to assess their QHSE Management System against ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 standards and to provide feedback on the improvement actions that need to be taken. In 2011, QHSE assessment audits were conducted on 8 main subcontractors and vendors. Ersai also launched a series of monthly meetings with subcontractors working on site in order to discuss QHSE issues on a regular basis and to follow-up on the implementation of the measures required. In addition, HSE training sessions were organized for the personnel of subcontractors (CIS, CMS, Bolashak, RBG Kazakhstan, SGS) working on Ersai premises.
Petrex SA has been in Peru since 1983. At the end of 2011 it had operations in all oil and gas regions in the country, counting 32 operative rigs. Due to its long presence, Petrex has become an important player in the regions where it operates, impacting locally through job creation, as well as business and knowledge development.
In 2011 the company ran the Supervisor Training Project, a six-month programme in which 15 new employees were trained to become supervisors or coordinators of drilling activities. The scheme dealt with topics such as drilling operation management, well control, industrial safety, document handling, quality, occupational health, environmental management and human resources. The rationale behind this project was the belief that motivated and capable staff working as a team are vital for achieving the company’s goals, above all health and safety objectives.
In addition, Petrex cooperated with local Universities to spread HSE awareness. In 2011, a total of 152 students from the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho University and 55 students from the Cabimas Technological University Institute took part in workshops organized by Petrex on HSE issues such as environmental management in the oil industry, basic rig components, ISO 9001 and industrial health and safety.
During 2011, Saipem India Projects (SIP), the centre of excellence created in Chennai (India) to manage Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts, extensively developed its competencies and overall expertise in onshore and offshore oil & gas projects.
SIP’s transformation into a full EPC hub is one of Saipem’s major achievements over the last few years. In its journey towards becoming a fully-fledged centre that can be used on all projects and HSE related initiatives in the Saipem World, the company has also been working on the finalization of its HSE management system in line with Saipem principles.
SIP has revised its HSE Policy document to focus more on objectives, spelling out Management’s commitment, the responsibilities of employees and the specific organization and arrangements required for full implementation of the Policy. By incorporating appropriate HSE aspects into design work from the home office down to the project sites, from a very early stage SIP aims to assess and manage the risks for people, assets or the environment which may arise from our activities.
As regards health issues, all employees are covered under an in-patient medical expense reimbursement scheme or cashless in-patient medical care scheme from MD India Health care Services Ltd. Saipem’s Medical Services have developed a special programme, the SPP (Strategic Planning Programme), for follow-up and cost control. In SIP, this programme has been incorporated into GIPSI-software, which manages medical and health services.
SIP has made a breakthrough in organizing programmes on:
- Women’s health and preventive care.
- Health awareness on malaria and dengue fever.
- First aid training for the selected employees to assist the safety wardens and the company doctor in the event of an emergency.
- A Typhoid and Hepatitis B vaccination campaign for over 650 people.
Over the years, the continuous process of analysing and studying the risk factors in our various activities has allowed Saipem to introduce and implement prevention procedures and appropriate technologies to reduce the accident rate.
Given that the human factor is one of the main causes of accidents, Saipem has dedicated significant resources to information and training. In this context, SIP has developed a Training Matrix covering job type and position, and training sessions are arranged on a regular basis on issues such as:
- HSE for all new employees and for people being transferred to operating projects.
- The LiHS programme.
- Emergency Response Team drills and training.
Finally, SIP organizes a defensive driving course for the drivers used by the company.