Health & Safety
We work on projects and in environments that can be challenging and sometimes hazardous by nature. Our priority is to ensure that all JKX, subsidiary and contractor employees work in a safe environment, where effective systems of work are maintained and appropriate procedures and processes are in place.
|Areas of focus
|Awareness, competence and behaviours.
||We select our people with care, train them in key safety-related skills and competences and regularly assess their performance.
|Suppliers, contractors and partners
in the supply chain.
|We rely on suppliers, contractors and partners to carry out our work safely and effectively. We ensure that they are aligned with our HSEC expectations and we monitor their performance against these expectations.
|Customers and products.
||We assess, manage and communicate the hazards associated with our products, communicating topical information to help users handle them in a safe and environmentally-responsible manner.
We are committed to continuously improving our health and safety performance. During 2011 we again maintained our progress, with a significant decrease in our AIFR (All Injury Frequency Rate) figures. The AIFR figures represent the health and safety incidents per 200,000 man-hours. Although this is a good performance, we remain alert to potential issues at all times.
Health and safety is a never-ending journey, not a destination.
We work hard to ensure that suppliers and others meet the high standards we set ourselves, and during the year our team completed the fabrication, construction commissioning and start-up of the new Russian Gas Processing Facility and a Well Workover Programme without a Lost Time Injury.
In occupational health, the drug and alcohol policy which was successfully introduced in Bulgaria has been rolled-out right across the Group.
Risk management is a central part of our strategic management. We believe that investment in education and continual professional development leads to more effective risk management.
We are proud to continue to maintain our OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety accreditation which is now accompanied by our ISO 14001 Environmental Accreditation in conjunction with Lloyds Register (LRQA). These are both internationally-recognised specifications for occupational health and safety and environmental management systems.
The accreditation process demands regular and comprehensive management reviews; we carried out such a review in 2011 which gave us the assurance that we have the appropriate systems and processes in place.
The ISO 9000 series Quality Management accreditation is planned for 2012.
As drilling operations can pose significant risk, we again improved the risk management aspects of these activities in 2011. We continued to utilise the skills and knowledge of UK expatriate supervisors on-site which has enabled us to define and manage risk more clearly using Western methodology.
We select supervisors for their expertise as well as for their familiarity with the regions where we operate. They understand local working practices and look to enhance the education and training of our contract drillers.
In 2011 we employed an experienced Lead Drilling Engineer in the London office to plan, review and authorise Group drilling operations which has significantly strengthened our capability to identify and manage the risk.