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Moving Beyond Failure Rates

Updated: Dec 17, 2023


As a HSE Consultant in the oil and gas industry, I have observed that while reducing incidents is essential, it should not be the sole focus of a safety strategy. This blog post will explore the limitations of focusing solely on failure rates and highlight key areas to target for a comprehensive safety improvement strategy.


Redefining Safety Leadership

Safety leadership is more than just setting rules; it's about fostering a culture of safety and continuous improvement. Evaluate your leaders' safety skills and invest in training programs to enhance their ability to drive change. Effective safety leadership can significantly impact the organization's safety performance.


Enhancing Performance Coaching

Often, managers and supervisors lack formal training in safety coaching. Investing in such training programs can equip them with the skills to support their teams effectively. It's crucial to reinforce and evaluate these skills consistently, ensuring they are a fundamental part of the safety culture.


Encouraging Employee Involvement

Employee participation is key to successful safety outcomes. Provide opportunities for employees to actively engage in safety programs, audits, or safety blitzes. Ensure that their involvement is recognized and valued. Empowering employees to take ownership of their safety leads to better engagement and improvements.


Streamlining Safety Communications

Safety communications should be clear, impactful, and multi-media. Assess and enhance your communication methods regularly to ensure messages are received and retained. Aim for communications that drive focus and continuous improvement in safety practices.


Revamping Safety Motivational Programs

Traditional safety incentive plans may need a refresh. Keep abreast of the latest motivational strategies and adjust your incentive programs accordingly. Transition to more effective programs while maintaining the same budget, ensuring a smooth change that continues to motivate workers.


Developing Advanced Safety Metrics

Move beyond traditional lagging indicators and focus on leading indicators that can predict safety improvements. Select metrics that align with your desired safety outcomes and measure progress towards these goals. Communicate these metrics effectively as part of your safety strategy, using visible improvements as a motivator.


In summary, to create a well-rounded safety strategy in the oil and gas industry, it’s vital to focus on areas beyond just reducing failure rates. Emphasize developing safety leadership, enhancing coaching, encouraging employee involvement, refining safety communications, updating motivational programs, and introducing advanced safety metrics. By doing so, you can foster a proactive safety culture focused on continuous improvement and excellence. Remember, the key to safety success lies in strategic thinking and targeted actions that drive meaningful improvements.


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