How bad it could be...?
Our safety programs have been built around a vision that Nobody Gets Hurt as well as the principle that the safety of our colleagues is more important than the number of ‘incidents’ we see on paper.
To manage personal safety across our operating facilities we employ the 'HURT-based' approach – a method used widely at ExxonMobil facilities around the world.
By using the HURT-based approach, we focus on what the worst-case scenario could have been to ensure even the most minor incidents receive the attention and mitigation they deserve.
Regardless of the severity of an incident, if it had the potential to severely hurt someone a full investigation is performed to ensure others do not get hurt in the future.
Outcomes from the investigation are implemented and lessons learned are shared broadly, from our work sites in PNG to our colleagues in facilities across the globe. This approach allows for a more thorough and detailed evaluation of safety standards and processes.
For example, an incident may have occurred where a staff member receives a very minor injury. Following an investigation, it is determined that in this instance the worst case scenario did occur. As the worst case scenario is only minor then a small investigation is warranted.
Alternatively, another incident might occur where a person is involved in an incident where they receive no injury at all. However, if during the evaluation it is determined that the worst case scenario could involve a major injury or fatality, then a larger and more detailed investigation will take place.
The HURT-based approach has helped to ensure that risks are appropriately identified and that suitable safety barriers and procedures are put in place to ensure the worst case scenario does not happen.
This approach to personal safety is a reflection of our safety vision and fosters a culture of caring amongst our workforce.