Empowering the Field Workforce to Own Safety Performance
To improve safety going forward, Marathon Oil is focusing on safety leadership engagements and contractor management. We held two safety leadership forums in the first quarter of 2018 for 90 field operations and health, environment and safety (HES) leaders at all levels of the organization in our U.S. unconventional resource plays. Participants discussed strengths and opportunities to improve our safety culture, learned safety leadership skills and developed asset-level safety commitments. Our CEO and senior operations leaders attended the forums to underscore Marathon Oil’s moral obligation to keep people safe and for individuals to take personal responsibility for their own and their coworkers’ safety. They emphasized that our workforce must take the time to do their jobs safely and stop the job if they have any concerns about safety.
We piloted safety leadership courses in our Oklahoma and North Dakota Bakken assets in the first quarter, and are conducting courses in effective safety conversations and safety leadership across our unconventional assets, with a goal of reaching over 800 field-facing supervisors by year-end 2018.
Customized contractor management plans developed by the asset teams, which were initiated at the forums, set expectations for safety leadership engagements and provide a risk-based approach for managing contractors. These plans identify the methods for improving contractor safety performance, such as the required number of safety leadership engagements, the frequency of contractor performance reviews, and the frequency and type of required contractor safety audits.
To measure contractor performance, we are tracking OSHA recordables, the Serious Event Rate for incidents with negative consequences and near misses, and the number of proactive safety observations, which is a leading indicator. If warranted, Marathon Oil will stop working with contractors who do not meet our expectations for safety.
Other steps we are taking in 2018 to improve safety are increasing Company oversight on production sites, and enhancing incident investigations through additional guidance to ensure consistency and proper root cause analysis. We believe through transparent reporting, thorough investigation and sharing of safety events, we can prevent recurrence.
Marathon Oil produces or uses crude oil, natural gas, diesel fuel and other potentially hazardous materials. As a responsible operator, we supply information to, and work with, applicable parties to foster the safe use, handling, transportation, storage, recycling, reuse and disposal of materials, products and wastes.
Our product stewardship efforts include providing online Safety Data Sheets (SDS) with information on the health and safety aspects of the products we produce and use for employees, contractors, suppliers and others. SDSs for all chemicals at our well sites are available for use by our workforce and emergency services personnel. Additives and other fluid components used in hydraulic fracturing fluids in specific Marathon Oil wells are voluntarily disclosed on FracFocus.
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