Safety – getting back to basics


At Petrofac, we maintain an uncompromising commitment to safety.


Our aspiration is for zero incidents, and this is embodied in our strategy and our internal safety campaign – Horizon Zero. We detected that accidents that occur at our projects could have been avoided if basic safety rules were followed. This is why we decided to take our people ‘back to basics’ with a global campaign.

Safety – Back to Basics campaign objectives:

  • We want to reinforce a safety culture that everyone at Petrofac will embrace
  • We want all our employees to understand the basic rules of safety and how to apply them
  • We want people to take ownership – safety is everyone’s responsibility
  • We want everyone to understand that when it comes to safety there are no compromises

Campaign pillars 

To help us achieve the objectives of the Safety – Back to Basics campaign, we identified six different areas of focus. We call these our campaign pillars.  

  1. Leadership 
  2. Hazards identification and risk assessment 
  3. Life-Saving Rules 
  4. Welfare 
  5. Complacency  
  6. Ownership  

1. Leadership  

In previous years, we enhanced our safety tools and processes to make the responsibilities of site leaders more explicit. We recognise the importance of local leadership in setting an example to follow and preventing accidents. We are focusing on the role of leadership as one of the main pillars of best practice. 

We each need to take personal ownership for working and delivering safely. Safety should take precedence, regardless of conflicting priorities or pressures. We should all take responsibility for protecting our safety and the safety of everyone we work with. 

Brent Pasula, Group Head of HSSEIA 

2. Hazards identification and risk assessment 

When we are overly focused on the bigger picture, we are in danger of becoming complacentTo tackle this, we are working on setting up ‘cold eyes reviewsan unbiased analysis of our processes and practices, at all of our sites. 

We are breathing new life into our ‘Hazard Hunts’, allowing workers to perform a hazard hunt in an area different from the one they work in, identifying and rectifying potential hazards. Download the Hazard Hunt best practice kit here.  

We are also strengthening last-minute risk assessments and line of fire awareness sessions. You can download the Line of Fire poster pack here

3. Life-Saving Rules 

The nine life-saving rules provide us with actions we can take to reduce the risk of accidents and fatalities. You can find more about what these are on our Life-Saving Rules page 

4. Welfare  

Improving the mental health and wellbeing of our people can enhance decision making on site and improve overall safety and productivity. The Covid-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the wellbeing of our people,; which led to an increased focus on mental health and wellbeing programmes as part of the Safety Back to Basics campaign. Mental health and wellbeing are vitally important in ensuring that we continue to operate safely. 

The main aims of this pillar are:  

  • Cold eyes review of current welfare arrangements 
  • Reinforce the roles of the Employee Assistance Programme champions across the business 
  • Increasing the number of welfare programs  
  • Support the wellbeing of our  people 

5. Complacency  

Worker distraction causes a number of incidents. We all need to refocus our attention on overcoming complacency, identifying potential safety risks, and reinforcing existing safety processes and rules.  As part of this pillar, we will: 

  • Empower workers to intervene when they observe an unsafe situation or behaviour that may put their safety or the safety of their colleagues at risk 
  • Improve managers’ and supervisors’ engagement with their workforce and ability to identify distracted workers

6. Ownership  

Safety is everyone’s responsibility, at every level of the organisation. We aim to drive safety Ownership in all our locations. We will: 

  • Underpin that safety is everyone’s responsibility  
  • Influence safety culture with all of our contractors  
  • Increase regular communications with contractors’ senior management  
  • Launch the Together, we are safer (I am responsible, I own it) campaign 

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