Our safety strategy

We are committed to a future where we have zero safety incidents.  

We are committed to protecting our people, our clients, and the communities we work in, as well as  the assets we design, build, operate and maintain. Our aspiration is for zero incidents.

Horizon Zero

Horizon Zero is our internal safety campaign, designed to help our teams eliminate the potential for incidents to occur on site or in the office.

Horizon Zero encourages each employee, and those we work alongside, to: 

  • Recognise hazards and reduce risk by identifying, understanding and dealing with them
  • Take personal ownership for safety by demonstrating personal commitment and competence throughout the organisation
  • Assure asset integrity by maintaining assets in a safe, reliable and efficient condition

We will achieve these objectives through leadership, communication, and co-operation.

Renewing our commitment to safety

During 2019, we continued with the implementation of a Group-wide Safety Improvement Plan, which was formulated in response to 2018’s safety incidents. This Plan recognised the Group benefits from robust policies and systems, but that certain behaviours needed to be further developed, some 
competencies needed to be enhanced, and reporting more disciplined. Themes included:

  • Site safety leadership – existing safety tools and processes (such as the Petrofac Assurance Index, the Golden Hour programme, and quarterly Business Unit Reviews) were enhanced, to make the responsibilities of site leaders more explicit. In addition, the scorecards of site leaders and
    managers were updated to include additional HSSEIA-related accountabilities
  • Enhancing competencies – new requirements were introduced relating to various higher-
    risk operations and activities. For example, a certified scaffolding manager is now assigned to support each project, high risk trade-specific competency verification programmes were rolled-out across all projects, and additional HSSEIA support is provided to all sites entering the pre-commissioning and commissioning phases
  • Addressing the risks of complacency – several measures were taken to ensure that reporting is further enhanced, that any breaches of rules and guidelines are appropriately addressed, that managers and leaders scrutinise the information presented to them, and that all employees and subcontractors continue to treat safety as a value

Strengthening our safety culture

Alongside our Safety Improvement Plan, initiatives included:

  • Implementing a new global HSSE induction programme. This programme has been introduced for all
    new employees at all Petrofac sites and offices worldwide
  • Introducing a new HiPlus initiative – in evaluating our safety performance, we have begun to pay more attention to what we call HiPlus incidents (occasions where staff have gone above and beyond requirements and made an exceptional contribution). This helps us to recognise good practice and outstanding achievements
  • Rolling out verification of competency for more high-risk trades – we extended our approach to the verification of competencies of the personnel working on our sites, including a Rigging Competency Assessment system to ensure that qualified lifting specialists are always available
  • Reinforcing our case management processes – in instances where an injury does occur on our sites, we implemented a new case management process to ensure that personnel receive appropriate medical treatment, and do not return to work until they are fully fit
  • Implementing new awareness campaigns – we continued to roll- out safety awareness programmes across our sites, including new campaigns relating to near misses, dropped objects, and lifting-related risks
  • Developing a new process for safety management in peripheral areas – more emphasis was placed on the peripheral areas of our project sites, to ensure that the related safety risks are not overlooked

Read our Health and Safety policy

We always put the safety of our people first