Driving Safety

Date: 09/07/2009
Location: Paris

Schlumberger manages driving risks in more than 80 countries. Here Area HSE Manager Wayne Fulin discusses ways of achieving the company's goal of crash-free driving

Wayne Fulin

Schlumberger manages driving risks in more than 80 countries. Here Area HSE Manager Wayne Fulin discusses ways of achieving the company’s goal of crash-free driving.

Why is managing driving safety important?
Driving is the number one cause of fatalities within the oil and gas industry. At Schlumberger, we drive more than 29 million miles per month. The subject of driving safety has received Board-level attention and has been a core discussion point at forums that enable employees and senior management to interact on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) issues. We work in over 80 countries in which standards and driving conditions vary. As a result, we have set our global driving standard at a level of best practice for all regions where we consistently exceed local requirements.

Tell us about the Schlumberger driving management program.
Training is a top priority. Schlumberger has world-class driving training centers in Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Russia and the United States. We also have sub-centers in France, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. The driving centers offer a variety of courses in support of our goal of crash-free driving. Courses are centered on journey management best practices and establish the expected behavior for a Schlumberger driver through theory and skill development. Core training is further reinforced by driving simulators. The required regulatory compliance training, complemented by supporting practical exercise, is included where appropriate.

Describe the driving-simulator training.
We have mobile driving-simulator units for both light and heavy vehicles that provide “real life” road situations. Our DriveSIM team leaders coach drivers on the simulators, and at field locations they review Journey Management assessments, perform audit and inspection team follow-up, evaluate driver trainers and driver assessors, and they assist with road hazard assessments. The DriveSIM teams have also supported driver training for some of our key clients.

Is driving training available for all employees?
Every employee of Schlumberger, field to office, is required to take regular driving training—the idea is to embrace a safe driving ethic whether we are driving on the job or with our families on our own time. Safe driving awareness training is also provided for non-drivers to allow them to assist drivers in recognizing hazards and responding proactively. Passengers can be victims as well and can play a vital role in crash prevention.

What other initiatives are in place?
We have driving safety champions around the world and their activities are focused on one thing—reducing the number and severity of crashes. Our goal is crash-free driving. We strive continuous improvement in our driving training programs, and maintaining a high level of awareness for driving safety. For example, raising awareness about fatigue and its affect on driving safety is part of a new campaign in 2009. Fatigue is always an in a 24-hour business and in regions of high activity. The likelihood of a fatality increases significantly when fatigue is a factor.

Tell us what the company will be focusing on next.
The biggest challenge with driving safety is encouraging drivers to apply their training consistently and to apply it on and off the job. There is very little room for error, however repetition builds complacency. When conditions are not ideal, when other drivers do not act as they should, we are sometimes not prepared and become victims of the situation. There have been cases when a fellow employee who faithfully wears a seatbelt at work has died in a crash while off the job because of not wearing a seatbelt, or that this has happened to a member of their family.

Another focus area is sharing our knowledge with our families and the community—especially with young people. Driving safety programs are conducted for employees and their families primarily during HSE Days, and they have also been held in the community in conjunction with clients and local officials in several countries around the world. By sharing our driving safety knowledge and expertise with families, we reinforce the concept among employees—both on and off the job. In this way, safer driving can become a habit whenever, wherever employees get in a vehicle.

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