Schlumberger’s commitment to safety is included in our Code of Conduct, which also details the Company expectations and regulatory compliance requirements for all Schlumberger employees. Our corporate HSE Policy is publically available.
Schlumberger strives to safeguard health and security, to operate our business safely, and to protect the environment. We maintain a safe and productive work environment that is free of alcohol, controlled substances, and illegal drugs. Schlumberger operations are supported by a robust safety management system. We design our equipment and workplaces to enable safe operations. We require reporting of hazardous situations and conditions to identify opportunities for improvement. We provide comprehensive training in injury prevention, hazard identification, and risk assessment, prevention, and mitigation. We empower and obligate employees to stop a job and intervene if they consider a situation to be unsafe, a practice fully supported by Company management.
Schlumberger is continuing with initiatives to improve its HSE training programs for operational personnel, line management, and HSE professionals. A specific focus is on crisis leadership management and communication training. This training incorporates best practices in crisis management techniques and practices using global academic experts and expertise from within the Company. In addition, we conducted a corporate-level crisis management exercise and one realistic crisis management exercise for each geographic operational area.
Schlumberger is strengthening contractor management initiatives and has revised the global contractor HSE and workplace condition requirements within our global supply chain. These contractual conditions specify the minimum HSE requirements for contractors when on sites managed by Schlumberger. The requirements include compliance with Schlumberger policies for substance abuse and driving, as well as compliance with site rules, such as the use of safe systems of work (permit to work, isolation, equipment guarding, and use of safety systems), personal protective equipment, intervening to stop the job if unsafe acts or conditions are observed, reporting events and incidents, and complying with applicable regulatory requirements.
The Schlumberger HSE Management System states the principles by which we conduct our operations worldwide with regard to health, safety, and the environment in a proactive manner. Schlumberger management communicates the company's HSE philosophy to all employees, customers, contractors, and third parties associated with our business, and each Schlumberger organization must provide evidence of conformance to the system.
Schlumberger captures HSE performance data through an online, enterprise-level business system, which consolidates all HSE information. Accessible by all employees, this system allows them to monitor reported HSE events, incidents, observations, and Risk Identification Reports. Schlumberger employees are actively encouraged to report, and we use the data to benchmark our performance against industry data sources. We monitor trends and identify areas of concern for continuous improvement. In addition, the system’s functionality facilitates the investigation process and the management of remedial work plans to resolve incidents, identify learning opportunities, and incorporate the lessons learned by improving our facilities, equipment, processes, and systems to prevent incidents from recurring. It is also used to record audits and improvement suggestions, post recognitions, track HSE training, and analyze HSE data. This system is also used to assign job-specific online HSE training and to facilitate and track the testing and certification of computer-based training material.
The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) annually reports upstream oil and gas work-related safety performance statistics. The data include incidents related to both Company employees and associated contractors engaged in work-related activities. The IOGP definitions and reporting criteria are used to determine these safety data for Schlumberger:
Fatalities by Year
Schlumberger continues to promote Live and Learn, our multiannual awareness campaign to communicate the lessons learned from fatal incidents and high risks in eight categories: pressure, contractor management, driving, mechanical lifting, security, malaria, work at height, and dropped objects. Associated lessons learned are communicated company wide to employees and contractors to help prevent recurrence and to ensure continuous improvement in HSE management.
Despite significant efforts to improve safety, driving continues to be the work-related activity with the highest associated risk in the upstream oil and gas industry and within Schlumberger. Our risk-based driving and journey management approach has enabled Schlumberger in more than 85 countries – including more than 54,000 drivers, 22,000 vehicles, and over 413 million miles driven in 2015.
Every Schlumberger employee, from field to office, is required to take regular driver training. We provide fit-for-purpose training, including the use of driving simulators and driver-improvement monitors to provide real-time, in-vehicle driving performance feedback. We also have begun sharing our experience and expertise with our customers and community members through our HSE for Youth and community outreach programs.
Our comprehensive driver management system consolidates, leverages, and augments the best practices of our various business groups to eliminate accidents systematically through training, journey and trip management, safe driving behavior, and compliance (Code of Conduct, p. 8).
Employees whose jobs involve driving must comply with journey management and specific safe driving requirements. For example, all vehicle occupants must wear seat belts, and drivers are not allowed to use mobile phones or electronic devices while driving, even if the device is hands-free. Drivers must bring their vehicle to a complete stop before using any such device.
Our driving safety practices are respected throughout the industry. In 2005, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) adopted our driving standard as the foundation of its recommended land-transportation practices.
Read about our Global Road Safety Campaign.
Schlumberger journey management centers around the world reinforce safe driving behaviors and deliver increased support for drivers during each journey. The centers ensure that every trip is verified for compliance with journey management procedures where higher-risk driving environments are subject to more stringent controls and standards. By defining, measuring, and shaping driving behaviors, the centers help drivers continuously improve their performance.
Schlumberger is committed to injury prevention for all employees and applicable contractors, all the time and everywhere, through the effective implementation of industry and our Company best practices to prevent and mitigate injury and risk.
An analysis of our HSE data revealed that almost 40% of personal injuries were related to hands and fingers. Although the overall number of personal injuries has decreased during the past 10 years, limited improvement has occurred in this category. Our hand and finger injury workshops and other programs are now in place to mitigate this risk.
One of the most critical steps in mitigating risks associated with a particular job is to ensure that employees have the correct tools and the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to perform a task. Using PPE is essential to mitigating injury consequences, even after engineering controls, work practices, and administrative controls have reduced risks as far as reasonably practicable. Engineering controls involve physically changing a machine or work environment. Work practices involve training workers to perform tasks in ways that reduce their exposure to workplace hazards. Administrative controls involve changing how and when workers do their jobs, such as scheduling work and rotating workers to reduce exposures.
Schlumberger contractor and employee lost-time injury frequency (LTIF) numbers have decreased since 2012.