Safety is an inherent part of daily work, and Stena Drilling strives for continuous improvement in terms of goals for health, safety and environment.
Stena Drilling’s fleet consists of both drillships and drilling rigs that operate worldwide. Safety is always a top priority at Stena Drilling, and everyone, management and employees alike, takes joint responsibility for preventing any injury to people or damage to the environment. Each person working offshore undergoes a thorough training programme which is regularly updated to ensure compliance with legal requirements and the company’s own rules.
Safety work at Stena Drilling is highly structured. All employees who discover a safety risk are encouraged to immediately stop what they are doing and register it in the STOP observation system. There are also extensive training programmes aimed at helping the crew to systematically identify all potential risks. Particular focus has been directed towards identifying risks related to falling objects and to raise awareness about that, a separate observation programme called DROPS has been developed.
“Safety is always top priority.”
All STOP and DROPS observations are entered into an electronic database. The best examples are selected at the end of each month and prizes are awarded to the persons who made the observations in question. A total of over 118,000 STOP and DROPS observations were reported for the entire fleet during 2016. Many of these are minor observations of course, but by highlighting and responding to each potential risk, a positive safety culture is established and maintained onboard.
Another focus area in 2016 was risks related to hand and finger injuries. By increasing awareness of these risks, several innovative solutions and procedures have been introduced. These include the crew using different types of tools as far as possible, to avoid having their hands directly involved in the tasks they perform. The project has had a positive impact, and as a result of the new procedures, the number of hand and finger injuries in 2016 fell by 31% compared with the previous year.
SAFETY IN FOCUS DURING EXPERIENCE-SHARING
Stena’s operations encompass many different industries, and safety is always a priority issue. To ensure the sharing of knowledge and experience within Stena, the companies meet regularly in a forum called QSE, where representatives from the different business areas are able to exchange ideas and share successful initiatives introduced in the operations. Safety was the topic at the autumn QSE, with a particular focus on issues related to the human factor, which is a constant key issue for effective safety work, regardless of sector. The forum is a tool for gathering all the knowledge that is out there in the different companies and sharing best practices from the individual companies, which can then be spread and benefit other parts of Stena’s operations.
ULTRA-MODERN TRAINING FACILITY OPENED
During the year, Northern Marine Group (NMG) took a major step in expanding its capacity for safety training within the maritime and offshore drilling sectors. Through the newly acquired subsidiary Clyde Training Solutions, NMG opened a state-of-the art training centre by the River Clyde in Glasgow in autumn. In addition to multiple classrooms, the centre’s facilities include a deep-water pool, a fire training ground with a helideck and a HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training) module. The courses in maritime safety training are accredited and the centre has created about 30 new jobs for trainers and other staff. Work is also in progress to expand the centre and also to offer accredited courses for the offshore, oil and gas industry. The new facility is one of the most advanced of its kind in Europe, and provides unique opportunities for offering education and training for maritime and offshore personnel in one place.
HEALTH AND SAFETY DEVELOPMENT
Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) is a measure of workplace safety used for the crew on board and is reported as Lost Time Injury (LTI) (injuries that leave the employee unable to work the following day) per million exposure hours worked.
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BRIDGE OFFICERS’ SKILLS ENHANCED BY TRAINING IN HUMAN FACTORS
To ensure constant safety awareness on the bridge, Stena Line decided in 2016 to expand the bridge officers’ BRM (Bridge Resource Management) training. The BRM training is aimed at training bridge teams to always make the best decisions by systematically and efficiently utilising all available resources. It is fundamentally about promoting open communication and positive questioning. Efficiently using all available resources strengthens cooperation among employees. In this way, unnecessary mistakes can be avoided and the team is equipped to work together as safely and efficiently as possible. Basic BRM training is always included for bridge officers, but the advanced course will have a clearer Stena profile and will also take into account the company’s culture and values. The course includes training in a simulator, with participants practising different situations and then analysing how the methodology is used in the group. The course is provided by Chalmers in Gothenburg and the training will begin in 2017.
4,800 training hours will be devoted to advanced BRM training for about 200 officers.
TRAINING INCREASES INFORMATION SECURITY
Information is an extremely valuable and sensitive asset, both for business and privacy protection reasons, and it is therefore of paramount importance to protect it from unauthorised access. Stena’s information management is regulated by a Group-wide policy and is organised within the framework of an information security system. Technical solutions such as encryption and firewalls are an important part of the security work, but it is also about establishing a security culture in which information is processed with awareness and responsibility by everyone. To increase the employees’ awareness of existing security risks, Stena has developed Stay Secure, an e-learning course for the employees. The e-learning course provides a systematic and accessible presentation of different situations in which an information risk may arise, to enable employees to practise their responses to these situations. As a complement to Stay Secure, Stena is also creating a series of short 5-minute exercises, which will be sent out once a week over a period of several weeks. The exercises will be tailored to the recipient’s role within the organisation and can also be completed on a mobile.
JOINT ACTION FOR FIRE SAFETY
Stena Line works continuously to keep safety awareness updated. Regular weekly safety drills are conducted for seagoing personnel, in which they practise their safety awareness and actions by dealing with staged situations. Fire safety is an example of an extremely important issue onboard and it goes without saying that all Stena’s vessels meet all regulations in the area. In addition to the standard procedures, a special project to exchange best practice specifically in the area of fire safety was also launched in autumn 2015. The project is a collaboration between Stena Line, Stena RoRo, Stena Teknik and Northern Marine, with the aim of identifying any potential risks onboard. This knowledge forms the basis for both technical measures and for enhancing education and training of seagoing personnel. In addition to the continuous internal safety work, Stena has also contributed its fire safety expertise to an international project, run by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), for which the final results were published in early 2016.
PREVENTIVE MEASURES REDUCE RISKS
Regular safety inspections are conducted to ensure that Stena Renewable’s facilities are safe workplaces and comply with all relevant regulations. The inspections follow a standardised format in accordance with Stena Renewable’s HSE systems and provide a systematic review of potential HSE risks and fire safety. Any nonconformities are documented in the system for follow-up and actioning. Safety inspections are preventive in nature, aiming to detect nonconformities in good time, thereby minimising the risk of injury to people or damage to the facility.