| Faza Suraj |
THE BSP Technical Wells HSE Network organised a QHSSE (Quality, Health, Safety, Security and Environment) Workshop at the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) on Thursday.
Nur Liyana Fatimah binti Hj Matdanan, the Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) Wells Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Advisor, said, “This year, reporting activities have been really good. The number of incidents have increased because of better reporting, as in the past we weren’t reporting so well which had led to ‘fewer incidents’, but now even the smallest of details are reported.”
According to her, it is not only BSP which practises better reporting but also their business partners.
She said, “Greater sharing of knowledge on improved HSE mechanisms is being adopted at a global level.”
In this regard, she gave an example of BSP’s “Six Hands-Free Rules” which is aimed at reducing hand and finger injury incidents. It was implemented in 2013 and is now expanding beyond Brunei to Shell’s other operating units worldwide.
Nur Liyana accepted that sensitivities over reporting incidents still exist. However, she said that the industry was making strides to ensure that transparency and visibility would have no barriers between parties involved.
“The culture has improved a lot. Now companies share their incidents with their business partners and the partners listen and give feedback based on their own opinions. That way, there is visibility and transparency among parties concerned.”
She also informed that there are audits on incident reporting yearly to improve standards.
Among oil and gas operators and their business partners in Brunei, increased incidents are because of improved reporting, and it is not a reflection of actual standards of QHSSE, she added.