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Getting to Zero and Beyond

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The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) technical report, Getting to Zero and Beyond: The Path Forward, sets the stage for continuing the discussion across the industry of the essential actions the industry must undertake to attain and sustain zero harm. The report is a compilation of discussions from various SPE sessions and expands on those discussions to identify and evaluate actions that may aid the industry by exploring current thinking and views; incorporating experiences and learnings from other industries that are mature in the application of human factors; and suggesting the next steps that will enable the oil and gas industry to meet an expectation of zero harm.

Introduction

The goal of health, safety, and environment (HSE) programs and departments is to eliminate incidents that produce harm whether to people, the environment, or property. But somehow the industry has settled into a comfort zone, a zone that tolerates incident occurrence and satisfaction with incremental improvement.

Phrases such as “you should have seen the way it was before” or “but we are better than we were” are heard and somehow enable us to accept that what we are doing is sufficient, good, and OK.

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Getting to Zero and Beyond

Jack Hinton, Chief HSE Officer, BHGE

01 September 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 9

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