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Abstract The challenge of developing a strong, competent, and safe construction labor workforce is not a new concern, but is more challenging in regions with a large percentage of third country nationals. The Gulf Region is characterised by a multi-cultural multi-national workforce, with over 85% of the population being South Asian, predominantly from low-income economies such as India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. A high proportion of these immigrants work as laborers in the oil and gas industry. Given that their education and skills are often limited due to low educational attainment and poor literacy levels, it is crucial to provide them with the knowledge required to work safely and contribute to a safe work environment. Third country nationals as the main source of labor in the Gulf Region provides increasing challenges to host countries. The need for effective, well-managed, competent, safe workforce is getting stronger at a national and international level. This paper summarizes one program that has successfully worked to build a solid workforce foundation and provided continued education in safety with multi-national labor-level workforce.
Abstract Global oil and gas upstream safety data shows that over a 20-year period 18% of fatalities have been associated with dropped objects or falls from height. Industry associations have also reported 60 to 70% of high potential events were related to dropped objects. In response, an oilfield services company developed a risk-based DROPS standard based on industry best practice with deployment tools to ensure consistent global implementation. Using the comprehensive DROPS industry best practice available, the company focused on implementation, using a risk-based approach applied across a diverse range of operational exposures. A risk-based DROPS standard was developed with a set of mandatory fundamental controls and a DROPS risk matrix used in a range of implementation tools to assess risk for operational activities and work sites. Site assessments were used to identify the additional risk-based controls required for each specific work environment. This paper describes how the company has utilized available industry best practice, with a risk-based approach to focus on achieving consistency in implementation, and ultimately realize HSE performance improvements across o global organization. A network of assigned personnel in field operational locations were trained to lead the DROPS Standard implementation. To date, over 1000 operational locations worldwide have assessed their operational DROPS risk, assigned DROPS Zones, developed site specific DROPS registers and documented their applicable controls in site specific procedures. Key implementation performance objectives were developed and monitored to track implementation status, including completion of assigned training, utilization of the risk-based deployment tools provided and phased internal compliance auditing. The implementation of the DROPS Standard and the associated training, communication and awareness campaigns have led to an increase in proactive DROPS reporting and an overall reduction in DROPS incidents. The risk-based methodology and associated deployment tools have enabled globally consistent implementation of industry best practice.