The challenges of safety for TotalEnergies: TotalEnergies’ core value, safety, ensures the protection of the women and men working for and with TotalEnergies. Our safety performance also brings about operational efficiency on our projects.
Our main safety challenges
Within E&P, our main safety challenges include initiatives that seek to protect not only TotalEnergies employees, but also external contractors, partners and suppliers, in the ultimate aim of ensuring that every single person involved in E&P’s activities across the globe returns home safely after a good day’s work. We have improved and are still constantly improving workplace safety on all our operated sites around the globe. We identify and prevent the risks emanating from our operations and transportation activities: by risk-mapping, by developing mitigation tools, and by continuously updating from experience learned. We also seek to improve the operational efficiency of our activities: it is by implementing strict procedures and by fostering a strong management culture that we ensure ever-improving safety. Sharing E&P’s safety culture with our partners and external suppliers is of paramount importance in all our global operations.
The Zero Fatality Program, a key feature of our HSE roadmap at E&P
The 2021 HSE Roadmap for Exploration & Production is a perfect illustration of how the E&P branch is putting safety at the very top of its list first to ensure the well-being of its internal and external partners alike.
This HSE roadmap comprises three major axes for safety, TotalEnergies’ core value:
1) Safety at the workplace and the Zero Fatality Program,
2) Prevention of major accidents through an improved management of critical barriers,
3) Learning from incidents by implementing efficiently lessons learned from their associated Return of Experience.
Our main goal: Zero fatality
The Zero Fatality Program, the key feature of this HSE roadmap, was created in 2019 after the Group recorded four unacceptable fatalities. It has three components:
- Safety Green Light (SGL),
- Joint Safety Tours,
- Life Saving Checks.
In particular, the SGL is the final barrier before embarking on any work and concludes the toolbox talk between all work party members and the operator representative. While the toolbox talk provides the opportunity to explain the scope of work and everyone’s role, as well as reviewing the risks and associated mitigation measures, the SGL empowers frontline workers to raise their concerns and confirm whether or not they feel safe to proceed. Four questions are asked before deciding whether to go ahead with the work:
- What is the job to be done?
- What should I do if change occurs?
- What could happen that might have serious consequences?
- Am I ready to start my work safely?
A climate of confidence is thus established, whereby the team leader encourages everyone to intervene and ask questions, to become actors for safety, protecting themselves and their team members by speaking up to clear all doubts or signal any risks of non-compliance with the permit to work. See something, say something. Potential accidents are thus avoided, helping contribute to the E&P branch’s drive towards achieving its Zero Fatality goal.