Safety has always been a key focus area for the oil and gas industry, more so since the Gulf of Mexico incident in 2010. Industry players have been tightening and reviewing processes and procedures to ensure risks posed to people and the environment are minimised, and mitigating measures can be swiftly employed in the event of an incident.
PETRONAS is committed to the highest safety and health standards. We are enhancing the governance of health, safety and environment (HSE) in PETRONAS through the restructuring of Group Health, Safety and Environment Division (GHSED) to enable Business Units to have greater accountability. GHSED is also proactively developing a framework to consolidate the mandatory HSE standards to be implemented Groupwide.
The main objective is to raise PETRONAS’ HSE performance, reduce business risks and exposure, and maintain consistency in the implementation of HSE standards and requirements. The Framework is a set of mandatory requirements for all operating units and is targeted to be completed by the end of 2011. It will strengthen our HSE Management System (HSEMS) implementation which seeks to establish a pervasive HSE culture in the Corporation.
Ensuring the integrity of assets, and assessing the safeguards in place are integral components of maintaining a safe operating environment. We continue to monitor and review the integrity and reliability of our assets through our Operational Excellence and Process Safety initiatives. Our governance procedure has been enhanced with the introduction of HSE Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the President and Executive Vice Presidents. They will be assessed based on the performance of their respective businesses’ Fatal Accident Rate (FAR), Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF), Major Loss of Primary Containment (LOPC) incidents and major fires. The inclusion of these KPIs will help drive improvements in PETRONAS’ process safety and capability performance.
To drive and strengthen HSE governance across the Group, the HSE Mandatory Control Framework (MCF) was implemented, focusing on the overall HSE management and controls from the aspects of safety, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
To strengthen product stewardship practices across PETRONAS, we have begun developing and rolling out implementation plans across the Downstream business. Measures to manage fatigue at the workplace and a fitness to work guideline have been developed by PETRONAS to better protect the health and safety of our workforce and communities where we operate.