July 7, 2008 | Mark Paradies

TapRooT® Summit: Oil Exploration & Production Best Practices Session

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Sanjay Gandhi, leader of this session, sent me the following notes:
As the facilitator, I was assisted by Hal Curry, Malcom Gresham, and Heidi Reed. 

There were 22 persons and we broke the session into 5 groups. 

21 out of 22 people were from the oil and gas sector.  1 person was from the electricity transmisson sector.

The good practices currently implemented at a number of the companies are:

(a) In Qatar, one company uses pictographs to train their contractor employees’ in HSE; this is done as the company employs workers from India, China, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Oman, etc. and most of these workers do not speak English and have limited knowledge on HSE. 

For example during toolbox talks the company shows workers 2 pictures; one in which a worker is wearing their PPE correctly and another where the worker does not wear any.

(b) Hess has implemented an objective for their employees that they must undertake at least 3 proactive TapRooT® investigations annually.  This metric is measured for each employee that is TapRooT trained.

(c) ConocoPhillips is using “Brag Boards” for their safety meetings in which employees who post safety issues discussed in safety meetings on Brag Boards are recognized and rewarded.

(d) One company uses visual safety signage to communicate HSE information about chemical safety to their employees.

(e) One company in North America is doing a gaps analysis on its policies and procedures.  They are in the process of physically checking whether or not they have adequate SPAC to safely manage their operations.

(f) PetroCanada started an asset integrity program last year in which they started testing their pipeline integrity. This was as a result of corrosion formation in their pipelines due to a gas injection system that they use. They have not had leakages in their pipelines as a result of this PM program.

Given below are some areas that the participants identified as improvement areas:

(a) All groups identified the need to train workers at different levels on TapRooT®. Middle management and new recruits were identified as target groups for this training.  It was felt that currently the HSE folks are typically the ones that are trained on TapRooT® and therefore expected to investigate incidents and accidents; line management does not always take ownership of the process.

(b) Due to turnover of employees from one company to another, some oil companies in the Middle East and North America are in the process of developing standardized HSE training that would be acceptable to all operators.  This would lead to a reduction of wastage in re-training employees that move from one operator to another.

(c) One group recommended the setting up of safety leadership teams (SLTs) that provide appropriate leadership, guidance, culture and role model behaviors.

(d) One group identified a weakness in the succession planning and mentoring program for new recruits and those that move higher into the organization.

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