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Fossil fuels make the world go round. They warm our homes, they are used to build our houses and, in some instances, they are even used to clothe us. As the easier to access sources begin to dwindle so our industry is pushed to find and use sources that are more difficult to extract raw materials from. This, coupled with an increased emphasis on safety following last year’s spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has put Health and Safety firmly back to the top of the agenda.
Health and Safety has many different aspects. Each works together to ensure that – industry wide – we protect staff and assets as best we can. Particularly in off shore locations, we have to acknowledge that our industry is one where every day staff members are exposed to major hazards. By training them to recognise these hazards and work to with best practise and standard procedures we can try to mitigate them where possible.
The safety of those who work in the sector is always our number one priority. Instruction on personal safety be it on an off shore or remote location or a land based one, is of utmost importance. Bluntly, learning to look after yourself and your colleagues saves lives.
Creating and developing a culture of safety is one of the ways we can promote personal safety across the industry. This requires leadership from within each organisation in the sector. Commitment to safety excellence from the top of an organisation can have a fundamental impact in all other layers. A willingness to do more than just comply with the regulations and actually embrace them and make them part of everyday work can only come from the top.
While safety of the staff is number one priority and will remain so, training staff in understanding and recognising when assets need replaced or need inspection is another key process in a good health and safety system. Be it pipelines through to drills, all the kit we use industry wide is should be checked on a regular basis in accordance with guide lines. The work we do is risky enough without neglecting basic assets and thus storing up problems for the future.
Finally, the last pillar of ensuring safety within the Oil and Gas industry is to make sure that staff know, understand and regularly drill on emergency procedures. Drills will never prepare someone for a real emergency but they will get as close as they can to showing what a pressured situation would bring.
Instituting these strands of Health and Safety ensures that the Oil and Gas industry remains at the top of its game and safe for staff, clients and customers going forward. We at Hazell Engineering are committed to the most professional and responsible standards for all oil and gas recruitment, this is reflected in the personnel we represent and the clients we work with.
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