Better incident reporting observed in energy industry

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AN OBSERVATION of increased incident frequency within the oil and gas operators and business partners in Brunei is the result of improved reporting, rather than a reflection of actual standards of Quality, Health, Safety, Security and Environment (QHSSE), said an industry expert.

“For this year, it (reporting) has been really, really good. We have received a lot of reporting… Yes, we see a higher number of incidents but it's because of better reporting. In the past, people would say ‘we have few incidents’ but that's perhaps because we don't report (so well). For us, even the minute details are reported,” said Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) Wells Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Advisor Nur Liyana Fatimah Hj Matdanan.

She was speaking to The Brunei Times during QHSSE Workshop organised by BSP Technical Wells HSE Network in Seria on Thursday.

It is, a monthly gathering of HSE representatives from operators and business partners to discuss and share HSE lessons, including operators, contract holders and the government's Energy Department under the Prime Minister's Office.

According to Nur Liyana, better reporting was not only seen with operators such as BSP but also with their business partners. While in the past, business partners would object to contracts because of “unrealistic” expectations.

But they are now challenging operators on contracts for which they may not have the relevant HSE capabilities.

The HSE Advisor also said that the greater sharing of knowledge has led to improved HSE mechanisms in the country that are being adopted at a global level, giving an example of BSP's “Six Hands-Free Rules” (aimed at reducing hand and finger injury incidents).

It began implementation in Brunei in 2013 and is now “escalating to other (Shell) operating units” worldwide.

With regards to transparency with the public,sensitivities over reporting incidents still existed on the business side, Nur Liyana said.

However, the industry is making strides internally, with the aim that transparency and visibility will cascade down to all parties involved, she said.

“The culture has improved a lot… they (partners) listen to you and give you their opinions. In the past, it was just HSE experts from the operators telling partners what to do… companies share their own incidents with the other business partners. In that way, there is visibility and transparency among everyone,” she said.

She added that yearly audits looking at incident reporting help to improve safety standards.

The Brunei Times