During 2014, BP Georgia and its contractors worked 3.9 million man-hours and drove 7.7 million kilometres with no fatalities and no major accidents.
We investigate every incident to identify contributing factors and causes so that we can take the actions to stop it from happening again. We continue to encourage our employees and our contractors to report near misses.
In addition to learning from near miss reporting, we conduct monthly reviews of incidents and quarterly reviews of trends with operations, maintenance, project, engineering and HSE leaders. We analyze immediate and system causes, identify focus areas, agree and implement improvement actions.
We continued to carry out regular awareness campaigns for BP employees and contractors based on lessons learned and covering important safety topics, such as risks from: high potential consequence incidents, snakes, heat, cold, ice, icicles, fire, slips, trips and falls, finger injuries, barriers, lifting, normally occurring radioactive materials, safe driving, and carbon monoxide.
Our focus is on safe, reliable and compliant operations. Protecting our people and plant while delivering excellent performance is a key priority.
Assessing, prioritizing and managing risk
In accordance with BP group requirements, we systematically review major risks and update a risk register annually. Quarterly, we bring together our leadership team and specialists from operations, maintenance, projects, HSE, engineering and pipeline technical authorities to review risk scenarios, protective risk barriers, potential impact, and agree actions plan based on prioritization. The BP Georgia risk assessment feeds into wider risk assessments covering operations in Georgia and Azerbaijan. Our goal is to continuously improve prevention barriers and mitigation measures to maintain effective risk identification, prevention and management.
Maintaining a safe work environment
We carry out a range of self-verification activities to make sure that personal safety is not being compromised.These include checks on day-to-day work covering tasks such as lifting, working at heights, electrical equipment testing, confined space entry, hot work, energy isolation, excavation, scaffolding and the use of personal protective equipment.
Our health and safety site leads have the role of advising operations on how to continuously improve performance, conducting self-verification activities and inspections and supporting OMS conformance. On a daily basis they focus and process safety related tasks and oversee contractors’ activities. They participate in and review Control of work risk assessments to ensure that hazards are identified and adequately addressed. They also participate in incident investigations to determine root causes and develop corrective actions, coordinate emergency exercises, facilitate and lead safety meetings and HSE awareness campaigns. In 2014, all site health and safety leads undertook a baseline review under the ‘Excellence programme’. It is designed to help HSE professionals further develop the skills and capabilities they need to meet their career goals.
Control of Work
Wherever BP operates, systematic implementation of the group’s Control of Work practice is a must for BP employees and contractors. Control of Work requires that all work activities are planned well in advance and delivered by competent people. Task related risks must be assessed and managed, and the work controlled and executed under permit.
Most importantly, control of work obliges everyone to stop unsafe work. Its processes provide a work environment that allows tasks to be completed safely and without unplanned loss of containment, which could damage the environment, plant or equipment.