We strive to ensure safe operations that protect people, the environment, communities and material assets, to use natural resources efficiently and to provide energy that supports sustainable development.
Our ambition is to be an industry leader in health, safety and the environment and in carbon efficiency. This ambition informs the strategic direction for our work on HSE. We want to be recognized for our sound HSE performance and results and a driving force for improving HSE standards and solutions.
We are mindful of the fact that our ambition to be an industry leader in HSE and carbon efficiency requires recognition from beyond the Statoil organisation - including our contractors, clients, peers, regulators, investors and neighbours. We further recognise that the oil and gas industry is facing increased scrutiny and heightened public concern about the integrity and HSE performance of its activities. This highlights how sound HSE performance is a prerequisite for our long-term value creation.
The board of directors emphasises the importance of understanding factors that create risks in order to avoid major accidents, and Statoil's business security culture takes a preventative and proactive approach to managing risk. We are committed to understanding the increasingly complex security threat picture facing our business activities, and to protect personnel working on our behalf, assets, interests and customers from the consequences of malicious activity with reasonable and realistic measures.
Tools and methods
We have developed and use tools and methods for handling and controlling process safety. We use security risk analyses in our business processes to balance protective security with the values we want to protect, and ensure that appropriate response mechanisms are in place to minimise the impact of any security incident.
These tools and methods are used to minimise the risk of accidents and incidents with a high potential for escalating into major events. We work systematically to mitigate risks that are critical to operating safely and reliably, and continuous improvement for better safety results has high attention in all our business areas.
Courses, workshops and training
We are determined to learn from incidents and accidents to prevent similar occurrences in the future, and we believe that accidents can be prevented. Hence, we have a strong focus on prevention. However, we recognise the risks associated with our business and are prepared to handle situations that require immediate action to save lives and protect the environment, facilities, equipment and any third parties who may be affected. As such, Statoil holds regular emergency response courses and exercises. During 2012 Statoil also continued the programme of major accident workshops held across the company.
In order to meet our goal of improving safety results in all our businesses, Statoil holds numerous training sessions in compliance, leadership and risk management. The compliance programme focuses on the integration of our values in all activities, and on compliance with internal and external requirements.
Statoil uses SIF (serious incident frequency) as a key indicator to monitor HSE performance. This indicator (number of serious incidents, including near misses, per million hours worked) combines both actual consequences of incidents and the potential for incidents to develop into serious or major accidents. The results with respect to serious incidents have been improved over the recent years. The overall serious incident frequency (SIF) improved from 1.1 in 2011 to 1.0 in 2012.
Psychosocial working environment
Statoil strives to ensure a working environment that promotes job satisfaction and good health. We emphasise the psychosocial aspects of the working environment and promote the good health and well-being of all our employees. We make systematic efforts to design and improve the working environment in order to prevent occupational accidents, work-related diseases and sickness absence.
Improving the process of risk-based health surveillance in Statoil has been a cornerstone for improving management of risk for exposed groups during 2012. This involved the establishment of a risk-based matrix for group health surveillance, to identify risk exposed individuals, that includes precise criteria for inclusion. Securing a well-functioning practice for risk-based health surveillance is a prerequisite for both targeting risk mitigating actions at group level and towards specific exposures at our facilities.
Five strategic areas for risk assessment have been identified: chemical exposure, workload, noise, ergonomics and health promotion.
This work involves monitoring of physical, chemical and organisational factors in the working environment, and a system for following up on groups or individuals that are exposed to risks in their working environment. Special attention is devoted to chemical health hazard, and during 2012 there was a strengthened focus within the company on noise issues in design in construction and production. This focus will remain strong in the company in 2013, during which attention will be given to collaboration with contractors to reduce the noise burden.
The sickness absence rate in Statoil decreased from 3.8% in 2011 to 3.7% in 2012. The sickness absence is followed closely by managers at all levels.