By A Staff Reporter — MUSCAT — Confirming its adherence to safety, Oman LNG, the Sultanate’s main liquefied natural gas (LNG) company, achieved five million man-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI). The remarkable achievement followed staff commitment and dedication towards HSE practices along with the re-focus and re-launch of the 12 Life Saving Rules in 2011— a simple and clear list of “dos and don’ts” that helps to make sure that the rules are followed and people are protected. In addition, the increasing engagement and intervention by employees to prevent unsafe working practices, which is reflected, during the year-long of 2011, by a total of 4,862 unsafe act and condition observations and reported safety walks, had a significant impact on achieving this record.
Oman LNG annually holds HSE Week which offers an opportunity for staff, contractors and their families to reflect on good Process and Personal Safety practices at work and home, healthcare enlightenment on health mishaps and provides free screening exercise. All these activities are aimed at building a commitment to compliance with safety rules and promote healthy living among the OLNG family. The HSE Week also sharpens staff and contractors’ scope of understanding of best HSE practices through interactive sessions.
“This achievement follows strict adherence from company’s staff and contractors, and confirms Oman LNG’s substantial efforts at maintaining the superior quality of our operations, our careful and consistent attention to health and safety, and that we undertake our activities with a deliberate concern for the environment,” said Jan Brouwer, company’s Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Manager.
In 2011, Oman LNG re-certified by the International Organisation Standardisation (ISO), and received the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) Certification.
The certifications follow an extensive, independent audit conducted by Vincotte International, an accredited certification body on the company’s business processes to assess all requisite requirements for conformity, such as compliance to governing legal and other requirements, staff/contractors competency, documentation of processes, emergency preparedness and response, and performance measurement, monitoring and improvements.
The company, Oman’s primary LNG exporter, contributes between 12-15 per cent to the Sultanate’s gross domestic product (GDP), and is the largest contributor to Oman’s economy after oil.