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Environment

Date: 09/17/2009

Hannah Scott is critic and coach, inquisitor and instructor, and enthusiastic defender of Schlumberger environmental standards.

Hannah Scott

Hannah Scott is an environmental manager for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Sustaining (EMS) organization and one of Schlumberger’s lead environmental auditors. She is not only a sharp observer of every little detail in her path—she’s also critic and coach, inquisitor and instructor, and enthusiastic defender of Schlumberger environmental standards.

Schlumberger has 65 lead environmental auditors who inspect our 550-plus sites. To assist them, and to ensure consistent measurements, the environmental management group uses a Compliance Audit Tool (CAT). The CAT covers six main areas of risk: environmental management, waste and resource management, legal compliance, site history, spill prevention and control.

The environmental assessment process is rigorous. Compliance to 85 requirements needs to be demonstrated. Of those, 13 are considered Category 1 requirements, meaning they are of critical significance to Schlumberger.

Sites are given a grade from 1 to 5, with Grade 1 denoting high compliance and Grade 5 next to none (extreme noncompliance). A site must obtain Grade 2 to be considered compliant.

“My role as an environmental auditor is not just about compliance at one site,” says Scott. “It’s to assess and improve the environmental performance of the EMS group globally. I aim to provide support and coaching to HSE personnel in order to bring about improvements and to raise environmental awareness within our organization.”

In 2008, over 96% of Schlumberger sites (of which around 550 are considered to be environmentally significant) achieved compliance with the requirements of the company’s Environmental Management Standard. In cases where local environmental regulations and company standards diverge, sites must opt for the more stringent of the two—which is often the Schlumberger standard.

Viewing the site is just one part of the audit process. Auditors also interview key players such as the site manager, waste management and loss prevention team members and the maintenance supervisor. Do they know the site environmental objectives? Is each team’s training up-to-date? How many Environmental Risk Identification Reports (RIRs) have been recorded in QUEST this year? Is the waste management company audited? What’s being done to reduce energy and water consumption?

It’s company policy to comply with local environmental laws and regulations wherever we operate. In cases where local and company standards diverge, sites must choose the more stringent, which is often the Schlumberger standard. “For example, Schlumberger requires 110% containment for storage of hazardous materials,” notes Scott.

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