Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has launched a new customisable behaviour-based safety (BBS) system to cater for the safety requirements of the oil and gas sector and other industries.

Ihtimam (I Care) is a fit-for-purpose tool created by PDO to assist in the identification of the root causes of unsafe behaviours enabling the system’s users to develop targeted solutions before an incident occurs. This proactive approach is achieved through the use of customised observation cards, training, and prompt and active management of findings, requests and observations. It is currently being used in various disciplines including drilling, construction, driving, and catering.

PDO has already trained more than 3,500 PDO and contractor employees on the programme during trials and some companies have already recorded dramatic improvements in safety performance. All involved in the initial pilot have praised the new programme with clear understanding and ownership from senior management to front line staff.

The launch event, which took place at PDO’s Mina Al Fahal headquarters, introduced Ihtimam to a diverse audience of stakeholders, including staff and contractors, through an interactive exhibition featuring games, a maze, and hazard rooms. It also showcased the importance of identifying hazards in the immediate environment and how they affect safety both in offices and at worksites in the field.

In a speech delivered at the event, PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said: “Safety is an overarching priority at PDO and we have worked hard to improve our performance in this regard by introducing a host of new control and mitigation measures. Ihtimam is one such measure which focuses specifically on the aspects of human behaviour which can lead to incidents.

“There is a need for constant compliance, vigilance and intervention whenever and wherever we witness dangerous conduct, practices and procedures. The responsibility lies with every individual, and this new system is a potential game changer in our industry and beyond.”

Ihtimam, which is replacing the extensively adopted STOP programme, has been piloted in PDO and a number of its contractors, prior to its official roll-out which began earlier this year. One company reported that by introducing a number of safety measures including Ihtimam, it had experienced a significant reduction in its Lost Time Injury Frequency going from six per million manhours to zero.

PDO’s Corporate Health, Safety and Environment Manager Mohammed Al Salmani said: “In developing Ihtimam, it was important that we created a system which not only serves PDO’s safety requirements better, but could also be implemented outside PDO.

“We are currently in the final stages of trade marking Ihtimam, as we believe it could be a useful tool for other organisations.”

Last year, PDO achieved a record safety performance with a Lost Time Injury Frequency per million manhours of 0.2 – a reduction of 9% on 2016 and in the year to-date the Company is delivering a further 30% reduction to 0.14.
Note to editors: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is the major exploration and production company in the Sultanate. It accounts for about 70% of the country’s crude-oil production and nearly all of its natural-gas supply. The Company is owned by the Government of Oman (which has a 60% interest), the Shell Group (which has a 34% interest), Total (which has a 4% interest) and Partex (which has a 2% interest). Gas fields and processing plants are operated by PDO exclusively on behalf of the Government.

For further information please contact the PDO External Affairs Directorate:
Karima Farid Al Shahaibi,
Media Relations Advisor,
Tel: 2467-7756
E-mail: karima.kf.shahaibi@pdo.co.om

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