Any company existing in the 21stcentury workspace with prospects of growth must take its health, safety and environment (HSE) policies seriously.HSE management is responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and optimizing operational processes in the areas of environmental management, health protection and occupational safety.For industrial enterprises in the exploration and production of crude oil, natural gas and geothermal energy, HSE management plays a special role in order to meet health, occupational safety and environmental protection requirements. This applies to offshore and onshore drilling in any country around the world.
Over 200 people are killed each year in accidents at work and over one million people are injured. Over two million suffer illnesses caused by, or made worse by, their work.
Preventing accidents and ill health caused by work is a key priority for everyone at work. People are at the core of every successful business, therefore quality health, safety and environment(QHSE) policies cannot be overemphasized.
Benefits of HSE
Providing health and safety information and training helps you to:
- Ensure your employees are not injured or made ill by the work they do,
- Develop a positive health and safety culture, where safe and healthy working becomes second nature to everyone;
- Find out how you could manage health and safety better;
- Meet your legal duty to protect the health and safety of your employees.
Checking HSE practices in the workplace
Checking that you are managing risks in your organization is a vital, sometimes overlooked step. Checking involves setting up an effective monitoring system (active or reactive), backed up with sensible performance measures. This requires time and effort, and may vary across sector.
Active and reactive methods
The active method monitors the design, development, installation and management of operations. This is preventive in nature and includes: routine inspection of premises, plants and equipment, safety drills, and staff health surveillance systems. Unlike the active method which is preventive, the reactive method, uses incidents and accidents as indicators of health and safety performance to highlight areas of concern.
Most organizations use performance as part of their monitoring measures. Checking performance against a range of pre-determined measures is one of the most frequently used techniques of monitoring. However, selecting the right measure is critical, as the wrong one can be counter-productive.Remember, Safety is a choice you make!