Addressing a panel session at the 10th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) in Bangkok, Thailand, RasGas Company Limited’s (RasGas) Chief Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Officer, Khalid Thamer Al-Hemaidi, emphasised the importance of leaders in ensuring a robust safety culture within an organisation.
“In an industry that faces significant health and safety challenges, RasGas maintains a strong safety culture where ‘nobody gets hurt’. This culture is deeply embedded throughout the company by our leaders, who demonstrate their commitment to safety every day,” stated Mr. Al-Hemaidi at the session titled, ‘Targeting Perfect HSSE Culture, Sustainability and Community Harmony’.
“Effective leaders are able to drive such a culture, as it is underpinned by trust and accountability, going beyond policies and procedures. It is a mind-set, a set of unwritten standards and behaviours that every leader at RasGas is expected to have,” continued Mr. Al-Hemaidi.
RasGas’ rigorous and systematic approach to personal and process safety has made the company an industry leader in safety and health performance. Over 2005 to 2015, the Total Recordable Injuries Rate (TRIR) decreased by 93%, while the Lost-Time Injuries Rate (LTIR) decreased by 94%.
Mr. Al-Hemaidi confirmed that the company’s zero-incident approach not only shapes safety efforts across the business, but also sends a powerful message to employees that their “wellbeing is a top priority in our organisation”. Indeed, a 2015 employee survey confirmed that 93% of RasGas employees view the company’s safety culture as a key strength, and ‘commitment to safety’ has been the highest ranking company value in the last four RasGas organisational climate surveys.
RasGas is not only an industry leader in safety but also continues to develop new methodologies to improve best practice within the organisation. Cristopher Leon Aguilar, a Reservoir Engineering Advisor at RasGas, sheds light on a new methodology that helped enhance the multi-layer Pressure Transient Analysis of post-completion and surveillance commingled well tests at RasGas during the ‘Integrated Reservoir Management II’ session at IPTC.
This year, more than 2,000 delegates attended the 10th International Petroleum Technology Conference, where energy professionals meet to examine the oil and gas exploration and production industry