No matter what industry it is, the health and safety of each member of the staff should be paramount. In the oil and gas field, ensuring the safety of every employee is vital – from the oilfield monitoring equipment staff at remote sites to the administrative operations team members. Since the oil and gas field has its own unique risks and liabilities compared to other industries, it’s particularly important to maintain a safe work environment, updated safety procedures, and competent and trained staff.
The Center for Disease, Control, and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the culture of “safety first, job second” has persistently decreased the fatality rates at offshore oil rigs gradually. Many other oil and gas companies have also taken a keen interest in offshore safety initiatives; they work consistently to engage their workforce in enhancing safety.
In today’s post, we’ll talk about the tips on how to prevent safety hazards and maintain an injury and fatality-free offshore rig.
Ensuring a safe and secure workplace, particularly on oil rigs, must be the primary aim that surrounds the behavior, attitude, and mentality of all employees: workers, subcontractors, supervisors, managers, executives, including vendors and visitors.
It’s a sensible idea to keep a constant reminder that everyone on the rig should do their part in maintaining safety in the work environment. This includes abiding by the rules and regulations and recognizing all potential threats and hazards.
It’s up to the leaders of the organization to set a safety standard. If the rest of the workers see that the management is committed to safety, then it’ll set a good example for them. However, the staff members won’t likely determine if they see their superiors not following the same policies and procedures.
In the country, all new and transferred oil rig workers are required to attend a mandatory orientation such as SafeGulf and IADC RigPass. These are the requirements before they are allowed to enter and work on the rig floor. These orientations are a fantastic opportunity for employees and contractors to learn the rig and their company’s operational procedures and policies, along with the worksite regulations and expectations. Everything that will be acquired on these orientations will contribute to a safe workplace.
Training should be a continuous pursuit; it’s a constant and ongoing initiative that offers education on the machinery and other oilfield monitoring equipment used on the rig and the safety protocols involved. Providing regular training for employees demonstrates your commitment to safety.
Personal Protective Equipment
Every work site has a mandatory personal protective equipment. These include the required wearable gears that workers need while they are doing their job on the rig, such as respirators, gloves, hard hats, safety glasses, steel-toed boots, and fire-resistant attire. An important rule to follow is: no one should be allowed on the work site if the required PPE is not worn. The right protective gears are critical in preventing accidents and injuries and should not be overlooked.
Respectful and Dependable Community
In order to build a respectful and dependable community within your workplace, you must introduce a safety-first concept to your staff members. Hosting safety talks is a good initiative. Instead of an ordinary lecture, you can make the talks more engaging by doing interactive group discussions and allowing your employees to voice out any concerns or questions they have regarding safety protocols. Aside from hosting talks, you can also make all the necessary information available to everyone online or on paper.
All machinery, including oilfield monitoring equipment, must be routinely checked and maintained. Well-maintained machinery will effectively prevent premature failures, which can lead to potential risks and hazards. You can then repair or replace any damaged or faulty equipment when needed. With well-maintained machinery, you are promoting a safety-first workplace by setting a mechanical integrity plan.
Paying particular attention to safety is vital in any industry; however, this mindset is especially critical to oil rig workplaces. Following safety protocols and procedures, using well-maintained machinery, and establishing trust, dependency, and competency among the staff on oil rigs are all critical considerations. Be safe on site and stay proactive. We hope these pointers help you foster a safe and ideal oil rig work environment.