Health and Safety
Protecting the health and safety of everyone who works on behalf of Ophir is of fundamental importance to the Company.
Through rigorous implementation of our HSE Management System, we ensure that we systematically identify all potential health and safety hazards associated with our operations and activities. More importantly, once we understand the hazards, we ensure that appropriate controls or safeguards are in place to prevent those hazards from causing harm to people, our assets or the environment.
Health and safety highlights
We are extremely proud of the fact that we worked for all of 2016 without a work-related injury or illness across the Group. In particular, we completed the complex Bualuang debottlenecking project and the start-up of the Kerendan Gas Processing Facility (KGPF) without incidents.
While these results are important lagging indicators, we firmly believe that health and safety can only be managed by focusing on strengthening the controls or safeguards that prevent unplanned incidents.
This involves measuring activities and behaviours that occur before an incident occurs. The leading indicator metrics system, which was introduced in early 2016, is designed to do just that. The system tracks leading metrics associated with our highest risk activities: production operations and air transportation of our workers. For production operations, we gather data to help improve the quality of our job-specific task risk assessments – the checks of safeguards that we make just before beginning a job. We have also used the leading indicators to improve our routine operating procedures. For aviation safety, we are focusing on inspections, routine checks and unplanned aircraft downtime. Ophir will continue to refine its leading indicator metrics system and metrics as we move forward.
Another area of focus for preventing health and safety incidents is learning from our near miss events. In 2016, we had a total of nine near misses in our production operations; each of these was rigorously investigated to improve or enhance the safeguards and prevent similar actual incidents. Looking at near misses and minor incidents, during 2016 we identified a concerning trend of electrical safety incidents. We then put in place additional safeguards, such as additional awareness training, certifying portable equipment and instituting enhanced controls over what equipment can be brought into Ophir’s facilities. These activities were also tracked in our leading indicator metrics system.
Process safety continues to be a significant area of emphasis in our production facilities. Although we had no spills or releases during the year – no Tier 1 or Tier 2 process safety events – we continued to work to improve our processes and procedures designed to prevent these type of incidents. In 2016, we had a particular focus on our preventative maintenance and asset integrity inspection and testing programmes.
Finally, to ensure we are meeting international best practices in Health Safety and Environmental management, we engaged with Mazars LLP in 2016 to conduct an internal audit of our HSE policies, procedures and practices.