Welcome to the BP Pipelines contractor website! You are an integral part of fulfilling our goals, which are simply stated: No accidents, No harm to people, and No damage to the environment. Here you’ll find important information to assist you in Working Safety at USPL, including HSSE policies, forms, toolkits, BP-specific programs, and links to industry websites as well as OQ training information. We will also be posting the latest findings from any safety incidents and lessons learned. We expect all employees, contractors, and subcontractors to:
- Actively participate in daily safety assessments.
- Speak up about unsafe acts or conditions and assist in correcting them.
- Stop the Job if something isn’t right.
Check in often as this will be a critical source of the latest news and safety alerts. If you have any ideas on other information you would find useful to include on this website, contact Karen Jacobson.
21 July 2017
Safety Bulletin – Heat-related Illnesses
Working in hot and humid weather increases the risk of heat-related illnesses and injuries, particularly for people who work outdoors for all or part of the day. Dehydration, heat rash, sunburn, heat cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are among the dangers faced by our workforce.
To prevent a heat-related Illness:
- Report to Work Fit for Duty – proper sleep, nutrition, hydration, and physical fitness.
- Stay Hydrated – drink as much water as you can throughout the day, as much as a pint of water every 15-30 minutes may be required.
- Recognize Your Limitations – take frequent breaks; average is 15 minutes per 60 minutes of work.
- Early Intervention – excessive fatigue, light-headedness, irritability, lack of coordinator, altered judgment are all signs/symptoms of heat stress illness- act quickly if any of these symptoms occur.
- Job Planning – execute heavier work earlier in the day, if possible.
Heat Stroke is the work case of a heat-related illness and can be fatal. Collapse from heatstroke is often mistaken for a heart attack or head injury, is a medical emergency, and requires immediate attention.
- Move the victim from the hot environment.
- Put the victim in a reclining position and elevate the legs and feet slightly.
- Expose as much skin as possible and apply cool water to victims skin.
- Do not immerse the victim in an ice bath.
- Administer cool fluids if the victim can safely swallow.
- DO NOT give aspirin or acetaminophen to reduce body temperature.
See USPL’s safety policy on Heat Stress for further information.
What good looks like!
When a crew discovered the existing coating on a section of pipe was 55 mils thick rather than 20 mils as expected, they were concerned about the impact on the work schedule, since the extra thickness would add additional time to the job. The AOD recognized the “time pressure” trap and informed the crew to complete what they could and he would get approval for an additional outage day to complete the work safely. Great job crew!
Golden Rules of Safety
The Contractor toolkit was created to call attention to key safety concerns and to share and reinforce the BP values with our contractors.