Golden rules, simple goal

​​​​​​​​​​​For the excited children of Woodsiders at Families Night trying on personal protective equipment and participating in hands-on experiments, Woodside Week was simply great fun.

But there was a deeper message. Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) used such activities to teach families about our Golden Safety Rules (GSR).

The GSR are 10 rules with simple icons and instructions on actions to be taken to protect ourselves and each other. When the rules are followed, they keep people safe by addressing fatality risks. The Foundations rule sets the safety standard for all work, and the other nine rules apply to specific work such as driving, electrical and working at heights.

“Since the GSR were introduced in 2005, there has been a 60% improvement in personal safety performance,” explains vice president HSEQ Fiona Hick. Fiona notes that the goal of the GSR is simple. “The rules exist because we care about our people. We want them to go home to their families the same way they came to work. These rules are integral to our safety mindset and how we work, supporting us to achieve a Perfect HSE Day every day,” she says.

But after 13 years of changes in Woodside and the oil and gas industry, it was important to ensure that the GSR remain relevant. A review that involved more than 700 Woodside staff and contractors, plus comparisons to external benchmarking, found that Woodside’s GSR were easy to understand and fit for purpose.

However, the review highlighted that opportunity existed to increase recognition of the GSR icons, simplify language, and increase their application across all locations. “The GSR were refreshed to align icons with international guidance and ensure legislative and policy changes were captured,” says business resilience manager Bruce Towie.

Based in Woodside’s Yangon office in Myanmar, Bruce understands the importance of ensuring the GSR are applicable globally. “Not only did the Exploration HSEQ team visit us and support the refreshed GSR roll-out, but we also had the rules translated into the Myanmar language so we could share them with staff and contractors,” he adds. “This has enabled us to apply the rules in our office, and ensure those we work with understand and apply the GSR in their work too.”

Operations process owner Ross Trainer was based in Karratha for 16 years, and has been working in our Perth office since 2016. Ross says he’s supportive of the refresh because the rules can be applied in the office, site, and even at home. “When people have personal accountability that is reinforced through leading by example, doing the right thing even when no one is looking becomes second nature,” he points out. “This is good because the GSR are portable and should be shared at home with family.”

Many injuries that require time off work occur at home, often caused by household chores such as climbing ladders to clean the gutters, DIY electrical work and driving, he adds. “If people’s mindsets include the GSR at work and at home, the amount of injuries that happen to staff and contractors will reduce,” Ross says. “At the end of the day, family comes first – and that’s a great reason to take the rules home.”

If you’d like to refresh your GSR knowledge, visit the HSEQ intranet page.

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