HSE Engagement and Programmes

In order to step up HSE performance and enhance safety culture among the company staff and contractors, in 2019 KPO initiated a Safety Leadership Improvement Journey consisting of six elements:

  • Consolidation of rule sets;
  • Consequence management;
  • Safety leadership and coaching;
  • Management presence on site;
  • Reward mechanism;
  • Soft barrier management.

Consolidation of rule sets

In 2019, in addition to three Golden Rules, KPO introduced 11 Life Saving Rules.

With the aim of enhancing safety culture, standardization across all organizations in the oil and gas industry, as well as improving the exchange of knowledge, experience and lessons learned, KPO has decided to adopt Life Saving Rules designed by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP).  Life Saving Rules underpin Golden Rules and focus attention on 11 types of high-risk activities.

Types of high-risk activities:

Golden Rules and Life Saving Rules are applicable to all KPO, contractor and subcontractor personnel since employees’ behaviour both positive and negative has a big impact on HSE performance.  

Consequence management

To ensure a just culture and fair approach, the HSE behavioural accountability and consequence management model was updated.  This model ensures a systematic examination of employee’s behaviour that has had either positive or negative consequence, and determines the appropriate level of reward or sanction.  The new model includes the following:

  • Analysis form of HSE behaviour,
  • Description of more detailed results and consequences of positive and negative behavior,
  • Examples of non-compliance to Life Saving Rules and possible consequences.

Leadership and coaching

In 2019, a Safety Leadership and Culture Programme was successfully launched.  Over 1,000 front line supervisors of KPO and contractors’ completed this course where they improved their knowledge and skills on coaching, engagement and intervention.  In order to increase personnel awareness Corporate Safety department together with the Project Execution HSE department produced a Safety Leadership and Coaching Programme video.

Management presence on site

HSE Leadership and Management Tours programmes define a necessity for all KPO management to be visible in the workplace and interact with the workforce to monitor overall HSE performance and encourage continuous improvement in line with the KPO Policy, regulatory requirements and industry best practice.

HSE tours are conducted at two levels:  HSE leadership tours intended for KPO Directors, Controllers and contractor Managers, and HSE Management Tours for KPO Front-line Supervisors.

In 2019, the total number of HSE Leadership Tours was 85 vs the target of 60 (142% of the target) while number of the HSE Management Tours reached 476 vs the target of 350 (136% of the target). As part of HSE Leadership Improvement Programme, a Guidance on HSE Tours was updated.

Reward mechanism

KPO Management encourages achievement of safety leading indicators by developing employees’ skills to timely identify, intervene and report any unsafe situation, such as unsafe condition, unsafe act/behaviour or near miss.

Soft barrier management

As a part of the Company’s policy to assure personnel’s competency involved in engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of assets, a document defining the main principles of competency development and assurance, and areas of improvement identification was produced.  In addition, HSE competency of front-line Supervisors was assessed.  This activity is continued in 2020.

Engagement with peer companies

In 2019, three major joint ventures, TCO, KPO and NCOC successfully continued a collaboration effort in the HSE with a sole purpose to build jointly a sustainable culture of safe behaviour.  On top of that, exchange of information, lessons learned from incidents and best practices took place.  This initiative also is aimed to simplify, standardize and implement uniform requirements and develop industry-wide practical solutions.  

During the year 2019, three meetings of JV HSE were organised in Aksai (KPO), Atyrau (NCOC) and Tengiz field (TCO).  In the course of these meetings, such topics were considered as learning from incidents, safety culture and safety leadership, contractor management process, road safety, employee health and welfare, and emergency response.  All parties found HSE collaboration of mutual benefit.  The initiative will be continued in 2020.

HSE Card programme

HSE Cards by type of observation, 2017-2019

Company gives highest priority to personnel safety and prevention of near misses. HSE Card programme has been successfully functioning at KPO since 2012 and has become one of the key tools of a proactive approach to HSE risk management across KPO. This programme allows personnel to observe, to intervene, where required, to stop work and report via HSE Card about any noticed unsafe condition/ behaviour and near miss, and to make suggestions.

KPO contractors’ personnel also participate in the HSE Card Programme. In 2019, 69 Contractors reported 19,676 observations, which made up about 70% of all received cards.

  • At year-end 2019, 4,145 employees were engaged in the HSE Card Programme.
  • Throughout 2019, 29,342 observations were made.
  • 61 Near Misses were reported via the HSE Card and further investigated in order to prevent potential incidents.
  • Over 17,308 interventions were made resulting in corrective actions; 92% of actions were closed at the end of the year.
  • 100% KPO employees completed the HSE Card E-learning.

Road Safety

To ensure sustainable road safety performance, KPO continues implementation of its Road Safety Improvement Plan. In 2019, 100% short-term activities of this plan were performed, including the following:

  • Key objectives in road safety were identified in the 4-year HSE Strategic Plan;
  • Road Safety Steering Committee was set up;
  • Two Transport Safety Inspectors were employed to control quality of technical inspections, maintenance and repair of contractors’ vehicles;
  • Settings in In-Vehicle monitoring systems were aligned with the IOGP criteria; KPO Directorates receive weekly reports on driving behaviour of drivers, which are also published on the Intranet;
  • Road safety risks of major KPO travel routes were assessed.

Besides, as part of engagement with the local community the following events took place:

  • Five Road Safety billboards were installed in Aksai;
  • KPO organized: a Road Safety campaign dedicated to the International Children’s Day in June, and the meetings with schoolchildren of the Burlin District schools jointly with Road Safety Police in September and October;
  • Audio adverts on a local radio were broadcasted on topics, such as: use of seat-belts, speed enforcement, safe pedestrian crossing, use of a child-seat, danger of smoking while driving, drunk driving, etc.