The human factor | 337 (July 2017)

How employees handle themselves in the workplace is key to industrial safety, says the Head of LUKOIL’s Department of HSE & RD Igor Zaikin.

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Igor Zaikin

How employees handle themselves in the workplace is key to industrial safety, says the Head of LUKOIL’s Department of HSE & RD Igor Zaikin.

What are LUKOIL’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) priorities?

ВThe company dedicates a lot of attention to ecological concerns, and thus LUKOIL’s efforts to protect the environment encompass all stages of production: from extraction to sales. One of our key goals is to implement technical and technological solutions that minimize the company’s impact on the environment. At the same time we try to keep our employees informed about the relevant responsibilities that they have due to the nature of our work.

How would you compare Russia’s environmental regulations with those of other countries?

I’ve had the chance to work in many different regions – from Europe, to Africa and Asia – and my experience boils down to one key principle: all requirements stipu late t hat your ef fect on t he environment should always be minimal. Of course there are different procedures and documentation methods regulating various economic activities.

If we talk about industrial safety, what are the most common causes of emergencies at production sites?

Accidents caused by technological faults or equipment deficiencies number in the single digits.

The human factor is usually the culprit, often involving someone not evaluating the risks of certain actions appropriately. That’s why it’s important to communicate clearly to each employee that his life is the most valuable asset to him and everybody else. We’ve created a special bonus payout fund to encourage employees to report and resolve potentially dangerous situations.

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What kinds of people are involved in LUKOIL’s HSE efforts?

These are mostly former production people involved in their relative field of expertise. They have to not only be brilliant organizers and have an impeccable understanding of the technology behind oil & gas production, but must also understand all the requirements for their work to effectively solve the tasks set before them. Finally, these people must also be trusted by their colleagues and have a solid reputation.

What personal characteristics are most important for your work?

Probably the most important would be integrity and an attention to detail. Without those two traits it’s basically impossible to focus enough attention on studying a production site’s working conditions and analyze what steps need to be taken so it’s up to code. You also have to be able to stand your ground. This unyieldingness has to be directed at convincing people of the importance of following all safety procedures.

LUKOILIs there a professional secret to avoiding any accidents on-site?

It’s impossible to take into account all contingencies in a single set of instructions that would completely eliminate the chance of an accident. But that’s not really necessary. It’s enough that each employee learn to analyze all the potential consequences of any actions before taking them. In my opinion if everybody thinks before acting, that’s enough to avoid unpleasant incidents.

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