We provide orientation, training, coaching and mentoring to ensure employees and contractors have the skills, preparation and qualifications necessary to perform work in the field safely and efficiently.
The Training and Qualification element of our Responsible Operations Management System (ROMS) and related standards enable our field personnel to operate safely and to adapt to changes in our drilling and production activity and portfolio. Each ROMS element sets minimum training requirements considering compliance, hazard recognition and implementation of standards and procedures. Additionally, field supervisors incorporate coaching and mentoring techniques that influence positive safety behaviors.
As the executive owner of this ROMS element, the vice president of HES&S sets priorities and expectations, tracks and reports progress to the ROMS steering committee, and is accountable for the results of our training and competency programs. To strengthen accountability, our HES support staff ensures training is properly designed, assigned, delivered, monitored, tracked and recorded.
In 2019, we focused on ensuring our workforce understands ROMS. This resulted in improved training, and distributing easy-to-understand field reference tools on life critical procedures including confined space entry, control of hazardous energy and other safety procedures to make them easier to implement.
Employees and contractors recorded over 53,000 hours of HES training in our Learning Management System (LMS) in 2019 with a strong emphasis on life critical expectations. The training included topics such as regulatory compliance, safe work practices, driving, incident investigation and safety leadership training. We also qualify individuals at the awareness or advanced level of operational skills through our Qualification Management System (QMS). These skills include how to light a flare or restart a compressor, in line with our facilities Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Process safety encompasses programs to prevent hydrocarbon releases that have the potential to impact people, property and the environment. It means designing and maintaining our facilities so they work as intended, thus protecting our employees and the communities in which we operate. These programs include our design and construction standards, mechanical integrity, safe work practices, operating procedures and management of change.
Marathon Oil also completes a targeted, in-depth process hazard analysis (PHA) to assess process safety-related risks. We partner with third parties with expertise in the PHA methodology to lead the assessments to identify risks and appropriate safeguards, such as alarms and relief devices.
We strive to improve our process safety programs and performance, track and investigate process safety incidents and near misses, develop corrective actions and share them throughout the company. Process safety incidents are classified using American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice 754. In 2019, we experienced 0 Tier 1 (high-consequence) or Tier 2 (medium-consequence) PSEs at our designated facilities in our U.S. resource plays, Marathon EG Production Limited (MEGPL) and Equatorial Guinea LNG Holdings Limited (EG LNG).
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