People as a Way to Control Risk
There are some people in the oil and gas community that believe poor processes, not personnel, were the cause of the Macondo incident. Don’t count Kevin Lacy, former BP vice president for drilling and completions, as one of those people. In the past, Lacy has raised concerns about the way the oil and gas industry looks at people and processes. Lacy spoke at DecomWorld’s 3rd Annual Offshore Safety Conference and his speech can be read here.
A natural response to catastrophic incidents is to blame inadequate processes. However, as it turns out, most processes for offshore sites are adequate. The training of people is the true catalyst for controlling risk. If employees were trained to gain proficiency as opposed to passing a test, there would likely be fewer incidents.
Currently, there is a culture of “This won’t happen” among well site employees. This mentality is dangerous because frontline employees need to be prepared in order to mitigate risk. Industry leaders are fighting to change this mentality to “This will happen, but how do I make sure it won’t happen to us?” This change in philosophy acknowledges risk and establishes the conduct necessary to mitigate it.
Employees are more likely to heed safety requirements if they feel that management is sincere in their pursuit of risk management. Often times, safety initiatives are pushed down from the top, but with little conviction from management. If managers are present at well sites, a sense of credibility is projected to the frontline workers. This has proven to be an effective way to make sure the pursuit of higher production and cost reductions do not compromise safety.
Changing the cultural elements of these well sites can be a complicated task. It is necessary to have a system in place that helps manage safety and training. Accupoint’s cloud-based SAM solution allows you to manage employees from anywhere at anytime. SAM ensures that all of your training and competency management documents are stored in one secure location.
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