A focused BP road safety campaign has had dramatic results
How did Yaaquub and his team change driver behaviour in Oman?
When we began work at Oman’s Khazzan field in 2007, we created a road safety programme with the aim of protecting the workers travelling to and from our facilities on local roads. Since 2007, our people have journeyed nearly six million kilometres in Oman without a single reported lost time injury related to driving. That’s equivalent to travelling to the moon and back nearly eight times. On any given day there may be hundreds of vehicles on the road, so it has been important to make sure we help employees and contractors adopt a safety-first mindset when they are driving.
Our safety programme in Oman focuses efforts on driver behaviour. Drivers are given periodic training and are subject to regular road assessments. We track every journey using a vehicle monitoring system that gauges speed, braking patterns, distances driven, seat belt use and rest periods taken. Drivers are then provided with safety scores and feedback on how to improve. We have also held driving awareness days for BP employees and their families.
“The programme has given our workforce a personal appreciation of the results of vehicle accidents and a sense of empowerment to prevent them both at the workplace and at home.”Dave Campbell, vice president and chief operating officer, BP Oman
We have introduced a new process for assessing and planning journeys, which takes into account important factors such as known road hazards and rest breaks, and communicating details with drivers. We encourage employees and contractors to avoid long, tiring journeys wherever possible. We have introduced a daily bus service for the 350km journey from the capital Muscat to the Khazzan area in the interior of the country, cutting out hundreds of trips by smaller vehicles. Apart from the safety benefits of the programme, strict adherence to our road rules has helped to reduce fuel consumption by 15-20% and maintenance costs by 20-30%. So there have been cost and environmental benefits too.