Double awards triumph


Woodside has continued its recent stellar record of environment awards, collecting a national award for the third year in a row. The Environment Excellence Award was presented at the 2017 conference of the Australian Petroleum and Production Exploration Association (APPEA), held in Perth in May. Woodside also won APPEA’s Safety Excellence Award, making it the first time a company has won both awards the same year. ​

“Winning these awards is a team effort and reflects well on everyone,” said Fiona Hick, vice president Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ). Fiona said excellence in HSE management started with the right vision and strategy, executed by passionate and competent people who drove excellence. “Our submissions reflected the great work done by our HSEQ function and by leaders across the business who lead by example to champion HSEQ culture and performance,” she said.

Key themes in our submission for the Safety Excellence award included: risk management; contractor engagement; process safety; injury performance; major accident events; workforce engagement; and industry safety leadership. We highlighted our total recordable injury rate (TRIR) in 2016 of 1.64, and the fact it represented both a 60% decrease since 2012 and the lowest TRIR in the company’s history. 

Woodside’s collaboration with IBM to implement Watson for HSEQ also featured in the submission. “Our goal with Watson for HSEQ is that it will improve the way we learn from previous incidents, provide insights to prevent future events and so will support us towards leading HSE performance,” says Fiona.

 APPEA board member Eric Streitberg noted that Woodside saw health and safety performance as essential to business success and growth.  “The company’s Process Safety Management initiative (PSMi) implemented a framework to ensure that all Woodside assets and business functions have a standardised, globally applicable approach to managing process safety,” he added.

 “PSMi also helped to eliminate key process safety management vulnerabilities and implemented high-priority improvements that Woodside considered necessary for a step-change in performance.” The company achieved zero recordable injuries on the North Rankin Complex during the execution of the North West Shelf’s Persephone Project, as well as zero health and safety incidents on Balnaves Decommissioning – the company’s first decommissioning project. 

The integrated turnaround at the North West Shelf Project – which involved all five LNG trains, the North Rankin Complex and the Goodwyn A Platform – was another great success from an HSEQ perspective. “Woodside achieved an exceptional health and safety performance in executing this complex and far-reaching project – and it also laid a strong foundation for future improvements in safety management,” said Mr Streitberg, who is also Buru Energy’s executive chairman. ​

For the Environment Excellence Award, Woodside’s key focus areas in the submission included: strategic planning; risk management; visible leadership and workforce engagement; climate change and energy efficiency; environmental monitoring programs; building in-country capability through strategic environment partnerships; and industry-wide leadership and partnerships.

Mr Streitberg said Woodside had consistently shown excellence across all facets of environmental performance. “Woodside has integrated world-class environmental management into its exploration and its facilities,” he said. “The company seeks to protect its workers, its communities and the environment by delivering sustained leading HSEQ performance.” 

He also noted that Woodside focused strongly in 2016 on energy efficiency and the sustainable production of energy, noting that for the first time energy efficiency was a metric in our corporate scorecard. Fiona said it was important that Woodside did not rest on its laurels but continued to improve its HSEQ performance. “We are making strong progress towards delivering on our goal of industry-leading performance in HSEQ,” she said.  

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