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Company’s Revised Approach to Safety Strives To Make Standards More Natural

Topics: Safety/health

ExxonMobil has traditionally used industry standards driven by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to classify safety events on the basis of the treatment or restrictions provided. However, this treatment-based approach has limitations. With its focus on administrative reporting and incident-escalation management, the approach does not naturally resonate with workforce members to enable desired cultural changes. A hurt-based approach has been adopted to mitigate the limitations of the treatment-based approach.

Traditional Treatment-Based Approach

In the treatment-based approach to personnel safety, an incident, from the treatment or restrictions provided, is classified as a lost-time incident (LTI), restricted-work incident (RWI), medical-treatment incident (MTI), first aid, no treatment, near miss, or unsafe act/unsafe condition. These are usually represented by the traditional safety pyramid (Fig. 1). Benefits of this approach include

  • It provides historical metrics common across multiple industries.
  • It allows comparisons on a similar basis.
  • It is consistent with many government/regulatory-agency reporting requirements.
This article, written by Editorial Manager Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper SPE 163757, “A Hurt-Based Approach to Safety,” by R.M. Smith, SPE, and M.L. Jones, ExxonMobil, prepared for the 2013 SPE Americas E&P Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental Conference, Galveston, Texas, 18–20 March. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Company’s Revised Approach to Safety Strives To Make Standards More Natural

01 August 2013

Volume: 65 | Issue: 8

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