Start Safe 2019
Building on our strong safety record in 2018, Noble set goals for continuous improvement in our relentless pursuit of a no-harm workplace.
Building on Our Safety Performance
January of each year often finds people reviewing their past accomplishments and setting new goals for the upcoming year. As a company, Noble is no different. We outline our Start Safe Plan by reviewing past HSE performance and looking for areas to improve. This includes personal and process safety, environmental performance, and the risk potential of events that may happen. In 2018, we achieved a new company record for lowest personal injury rate and also improved our environmental and process safety performance.
We do not rest on our success, however, and we continue to strive for operational excellence and a no-harm workplace each and every day. To guide this effort, Noble’s 2019 Activity Plan defines annual targets and improvement activities for the upcoming year. For 2019, these target areas include personal safety, environmental impact, process safety, operational downtime, and cost control management.
Expanding Our HSE Toolbox
Noble has a comprehensive “toolbox” in the form of policies, procedures, and work processes for use in rig operations. In 2018, Noble added the 3C Process and Safe System of Work as tools to improve operational performance. The 3C Process details how we Communicate, Commit, and Confirm to deliver safety and operational excellence.
First, communicate job planning during handovers, pre-tour and transition to work meetings to encourage all personnel to think about how to execute the job safely. Next, workers commit to planning using the Step 7 Method. The Step 7 Method is a simple and structured approach that allows for consistent and disciplined review of the plan, work preparation, and the hazard awareness required for safe execution of operations. In the Safe System of Work, starting work is NOT Step 1. Finally, we confirm procedural discipline, identify gaps, and review for learnings and continuous improvements.
Communicate, Commit, and Confirm will continue to be our focus as we execute safe and efficient operations. Promoting and using the 3C Process reinforces a strong work culture and maintains a consistent way of working across the fleet.
Focus Areas – Rigging & Lifting
Rigging and lifting operations have a high potential for HSE risk, which is why Lift Safe is one of the ten mandatory HSE requirements of the Live Safe Code. In 2015, Noble implemented new requirements for rigging and lifting operations and safety performance greatly improved, but areas for improvement remain. No matter where the lift occurs—on the rig floor, in the moonpool, or out on deck—all lifts must follow rigging and lifting requirements and the prescribed Lift Plan. Noble will focus on non-crane-related lifting events and events with non-standard rigging as areas where we can heighten awareness and provide additional training.
Focus Areas – Subcontractor Safety
Analysis of recordable injuries showed that, in 2018, subcontractors grew to be the most injured position on board Noble vessels. This highlighted the need to put additional controls around how we vet and manage all subcontractors that perform services on board our vessels. Noble will focus on ensuring subcontractors have received the appropriate training to perform their tasks safely and update supervision requirements for subcontractors performing services on board Noble vessels. Our commitment to procedural discipline and the Safe System of Work must be at the forefront of everything we do and engage all personnel from all companies on our rigs.
Fleetwide, we achieved SAFE Day performance of 98.3% of available days in 2018. Since the SAFE Day program started in 2016, Noble has continued to see improvement in the number of SAFE Days achieved by the fleet. These results are making a positive contribution to our safety metrics. The key to Noble’s success resides in our employee’s commitment to make every day a SAFE Day—one day, one tour, one person, and one task at a time.