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Petroleum De­vel­op­ment Oman (PDO) has launched a new cus­tomis­able be­hav­iour-based safety (BBS) sys­tem to cater for the safety re­quire­ments of the oil and gas sec­tor and other in­dus­tries.

Ih­ti­mam (I Care) is a fit-for-pur­pose tool cre­ated by PDO to as­sist in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the root causes of un­safe be­hav­iours en­abling the sys­tem’s users to de­velop tar­geted so­lu­tions be­fore an in­ci­dent oc­curs. This proac­tive ap­proach is achieved through the use of cus­tomised ob­ser­va­tion cards, train­ing, and prompt and ac­tive man­age­ment of find­ings, re­quests and ob­ser­va­tions. It is cur­rently be­ing used in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing drilling, con­struc­tion, driv­ing, and cater­ing.

PDO has al­ready trained more than 3,500 PDO and con­trac­tor em­ploy­ees on the pro­gramme dur­ing tri­als and some com­pa­nies have al­ready recorded dra­matic im­prove­ments in safety per­for­mance. All in­volved in the ini­tial pi­lot have praised the new pro­gramme with clear un­der­stand­ing and own­er­ship from se­nior man­age­ment to front line staff.

The launch event, which took place at PDO’s Mina Al Fa­hal head­quar­ters, in­tro­duced Ih­ti­mam to a di­verse au­di­ence of stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing staff and con­trac­tors, through an in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing games, a maze, and haz­ard rooms. It also show­cased the im­por­tance of iden­ti­fy­ing haz­ards in the im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment and how they af­fect safety both in of­fices and at work­sites in the field.

In a speech de­liv­ered at the event, PDO Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Raoul Res­tucci said, “Safety is an over­ar­ch­ing pri­or­ity at PDO and we have worked hard to im­prove our per­for­mance in this re­gard by in­tro­duc­ing a host of new con­trol and mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures. Ih­ti­mam is one such mea­sure which fo­cuses specif­i­cally on the as­pects of hu­man be­hav­iour which can lead to in­ci­dents.

“There is a need for con­stant com­pli­ance, vig­i­lance and in­ter­ven­tion when­ever and wher­ever we wit­ness dan­ger­ous con­duct, prac­tices and pro­ce­dures. The re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with ev­ery in­di­vid­ual, and this new sys­tem is a po­ten­tial game changer in our in­dus­try and be­yond.”

Ih­ti­mam, which is re­plac­ing the ex­ten­sively adopted STOP pro­gramme, has been pi­loted in PDO and a num­ber of its con­trac­tors, prior to its of­fi­cial roll­out which be­gan ear­lier this year. One com­pany re­ported that by in­tro­duc­ing a num­ber of safety mea­sures in­clud­ing Ih­ti­mam, it had ex­pe­ri­enced a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in its Lost Time In­jury Fre­quency go­ing from six per mil­lion man­hours to zero.

PDO’s Cor­po­rate Health, Safety and En­vi­ron­ment Man­ager Mo­hammed Al Sal­mani said: “In de­vel­op­ing Ih­ti­mam, it was im­por­tant that we cre­ated a sys­tem which not only serves PDO’s safety re­quire­ments bet­ter, but could also be im­ple­mented out­side PDO.

“We are cur­rently in the fi­nal stages of trade mark­ing Ih­ti­mam, as we be­lieve it could be a use­ful tool for other or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Last year, PDO achieved a record safety per­for­mance with a Lost Time In­jury Fre­quency per mil­lion man­hours of 0.2 – a re­duc­tion of 9% on 2016 and in the year to-date the com­pany is de­liv­er­ing a fur­ther 30% re­duc­tion to 0.14.

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