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.
06 October 2017
Third Quarter toolkit is now available!
In this issue: The new requirement for electrical contractors to have a NFPA 70E electrical program is discussed as is the new requirement for gloves being used in sandblasting. There’s also information on BP Pipelines’ new procurement team as well as some recent good catch/near miss instances. Finally, there’s information regarding benzene, crystalline silica and driving in school safety zones.
14 September 2017
Sandblasting: Importance of proper PPE
In the first 8 months of 2017, there have been two sandblasting safety events on a BP Pipelines worksite. The following directive is a result of these two incidents.
Beginning immediately, USPL requires that all contractors performing sandblasting on for BP Pipelines provide a sufficient supply of gloves while working and to change the gloves immediately after they become wet. We ask that you do this to maintain a safe work environment and consider your safety our primary concern.
What good looks like!
While a crew was performing hand excavation of a pipeline they noticed a strong smell of crude oil. They discussed the smell for a moment and then used their calibrated four gas monitor to test the atmosphere in the excavation. Within 10 to 15 seconds, the Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) sensor alarmed. The crew immediately stopped work, evacuated the excavation and met inside a building away from the excavation to discuss the hazard and develop a mitigation strategy. The crew agreed to allow the recently exposed soil to air out for 30 minutes and then perform additional testing with the four gas monitor. The next air monitoring survey showed no elevated LEL in the excavation and work was allowed to continue. The crew demonstrated excellent use of conducting dynamic hazard assessments while performing tasks. The crew also properly acted on the hazard assessments, communicated the identified hazards, executed a stop work to reassess the working conditions and developed a plan to mitigate the hazard.
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.