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Health, Safety, Environment & Quality

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Leadership in Health, Safety, Environment & Qual- ity (HSEQ) is a core value within PGS and employ- ees strive, every day, to adhere to principles put in place to maintain a culture where the goal to prevent harm to people and the environment becomes intrinsic in the Company’s business pro- cesses. HSEQ management and reporting is a key element in evaluation of business performance for all management levels and the Board of Direc- tors.The PGS principles are defined in the open- ing statement of the Company’s new HSEQ Policy Statement:

total Recordable Case Frequency (TRCF)












“We believe that all accidents are avoidable. Making a difference in HSEQ means we have to ‘live’ our HSEQ commitment on a 24/7 basis by:

  • Acting in a safe and responsible manner.

  • Leading by example and promoting trust.

  • Intervening and welcoming inter- vention from others.

  • Stopping any activity we feel is un- safe or where control is being lost.

  • Accept responsibility for our actions.

  • Contribute to continual improve- ment.”

HSeQ Performance In 2008 PGS rolled out a new HSEQ ini- tiative called “The Road Ahead”, a five year HSEQ strategy aimed at industry leading performance for systems, plant and equipment and people.

In 2008 the Company experienced one fatality in its 50% held joint venture in Russia, PGS Khazar.The fatality occurred in Astrakhan during a lay up period when vessels were undergoing maintenance.The vessel in question was positioned in a dry dock and one member of the crew fell from an access staging into the dry dock.This incident was fully investigated, root cause established and action taken to prevent reoccurrence.

PGS experienced thirteen lost time incidents in 2008, compared to twelve in 2007. Overall, LostTime Incident Frequency (LTIF) was 0.63 per million man hours in 2008, compared to 0.65 for 2007.TheTotal Recordable Case Frequency (TRCF) improved to 1.94 per million man hours in 2008 com- pared to 2.55 in 2007.

As part of “The Road Ahead” HSEQ


initiative, achievements in 2008 includes:

  • Increased awareness in the organi- zation of HSEQ and Security.

  • Implementation of a new HSEQ Policy Statement and Environmen- tal Statement.

  • PGS Golden Rules of Safety estab- lished.

  • Improved incident reporting and investigation.

  • Improved HSEQ co-operation between the business units and the Group HSEQ.

  • Improved focus on ‘Office’ HSEQ.

  • Development of Environmental Aspect Registers.

  • Identification and selection of a HSEQ software package to manage HSEQ data on a global basis.

  • Appointment of a HSEQ Manager for Data Processing &Technology.

marine operations During 2008, the marine emergency response competence was developed to a significantly higher level than ever before in PGS. Regional Marine Acquisition teams, vessels, sales and marketing teams, as well as corpo- rate functions, were all involved in table-top, as well as realistic role play, training and exercises organized on a regular basis in co-operation with Falk-Nutec in Bergen.The exercises during 2008 have also allowed the emergency response teams to bene- fit from the functionality available through the ‘1 -Voice’ Crisis Manage- ment tool.

For vessel operations, analysis of 2007 data showed an increasing trend to a high proportion of injuries, both recordable and minor, to be attributed to cuts from various sharp objects and hand tools as well as slips, trips and falls. As a response, two cam- paigns were run onboard all vessels highlighting the hazards resulting in cut injuries and slips, trips and falls, including mandatory training in the use of sharp tools for all crew and changes to the induction training.The results of the campaigns included a conclusive reversal of the trend in cut injuries as well as a reduction in slips and trips.

MarineTRCF increased significantly from 1.48 per million man hours in

2006 to 2.20 in 2007 as a result of fleet growth and difficult market condi- tions in the global maritime crewing market. In 2008, PGS experienced a leveling off with aTRCF of 2.26 per million man hours.This is despite a to- tal increase of 65% in the PGS marine workforce since January 2007.

2008 also saw a further increase in total HSEQ reporting from the seismic fleet, with a significant 16% increase year-on-year in the number of reports from the field operations, and now represents a 35-fold increase in the number of HSEQ related reports recorded centrally compared to 2004 when web-based reporting tools were introduced to the marine fleet.

Following the accomplished improve- ments in reporting and standardiza- tion of data gathering during the previous three years, PGS Marine were, in 2008, able to put a higher focus on root cause analysis of a broader range of reported incidents than has been achieved in the past. With all seismic crews now manned with personnel trained in theTopSet® root cause analysis techniques and with new procedures and targets, the proportion of reported incidents that resulted in detailed root cause investi- gations aimed at preventing reoccur- rence was significantly increased. PGS believe that this approach will reduce the frequency of repeated incidents as basic root causes are identified and eliminated, or mitigated.

With such a large volume of HSEQ data now received from the ves- sel operations (in excess of 14,000 reports from vessels in 2008) PGS introduced the ‘SAFE Card’ unsafe act and improvement suggestion system to replace the previous unsafe act reporting system.This change is designed and intended to empower the workforce to capture improve- ment potential while still maintain- ing a strong tradition of unsafe act reporting and personal intervention. LTIF for Marine was 1.35 per million man hours in 2008, compared to 0.61 in 2007. Improved reporting standards contribute to the increase in LTIF from 2007 to 2008.

onshore operations In 2008 Onshore experienced a great


improvement in HSEQ performance with LTIF of 0.08 incidents per million man hours, compared to an LTIF of 0.58 in 2007.The Business unit experi- enced only a single LostTime Incident (LTI) in late January 2008, which was a frostbite case in Canada, thereafter, reaching 12.4 million hours without a LTI in 2008 and this has continued into 2009 reaching nearly 15 million hours (14.92) through to mid-March 2009.To- tal Recordable incidents also reduced from 32 in 2007 to 23 in 2008, with a corresponding reduction inTRCF of

    • 2.67

      per million man hours in 2007 to

    • 1.73

      in 2008.This is a 35% decrease in

frequency for the year.

There are numerous examples of superior incident prevention perform- ance on individual Onshore crews, with 2 crews exceeding 3 million hours without LTI in Mexico & Peru, 1 crew achieving this milestone with over 2 million hours in USA and ad- ditionally 3 other crews exceeding 1 million hours in Brazil,Tunisia & Morocco. The Onshore crew in Peru completed its programs and were LTI free over 2 years and achieved 5.3 mil- lion man hours without an LTI.

Onshore focused on people, depart- ment heads, managers and subcon- tractors during 2008 by increasing training and accountability for HSEQ. The business unit implemented a computer based basic HSEQ training and induction program which all staff were required to complete. For subcontractors, a tight subcontrac- tor management standard was put in place coupled with aggressive auditing and accountability. Onshore continued the strong implementa- tion of vehicle management, design, tracking and dedicated driver moni- toring supervision programs during 2008, including the introduction of purpose built and engineered person- nel carrier vehicles in Mexico.This focus on transport led to a marked reduction in vehicle incidents such that there was no recordable incident that occurred as a result of vehicle incidents in 2008.

Onshore have continued these increased efforts, particularly in HSEQ training, HSEQ meetings, manager visits, HSEQ drill and are highly focused to continually improve upon


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