In addition to providing
high-quality training, Occidental also encourages innovation to reinforce our culture
of safety. For example, Occidental Permian supplements the company safety training with
an array of customized activities, as part of a program that was updated in
“People Observing Work for Risk Reduction,” also known as
Enhanced Power2, teaches behavior-based safety observation in order to reinforce
effective safety habits and encourage peer support and accountability.
Participants learn to identify and document situations and behavioral factors
that either pose, or reduce, a safety risk. The resulting feedback is
continuously analyzed for trends and drives future training.
Targeting Occidental managers, supervisors and
contractors, Occidental Permian offers an intensive two-day program on “Essentials
of Safety Leadership Training.” The course, developed with outside safety
experts, blends conceptual content with practical breakout sessions. More than
1,000 Occidental Permian staff and contractors have participated in the program over
the past two years.
Occidental Permian employees created a web-based “Safety Toolbox” to
share information, video lessons and performance metrics. In addition, to
further encourage participation, employees have established a recognition
program to acknowledge colleagues for innovative projects such as the
development of a well control simulator. The program also recognized similar
projects submitted by 15 contractor service companies in 2010.
Occidental Permian’s safety culture gets an additional boost from a
24-hour video surveillance well-monitoring system that already covers 75 percent
of Permian’s workover rigs. Instruments monitor wind speed and direction,
temperature and alarms, and cameras allow personnel in Midland and Houston
control rooms to coordinate with workers in real time. Further deployment of
this system is ongoing.
Picture: From a control room in Midland, Texas, Occidental
Permian personnel can monitor activity at workover rigs throughout the business