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More worker fatalities are caused by vehicle crashes in the United States than by any other incident type; and fleet vehicle crashes result in the most costly worker injury claims. Despite these facts, many companies that operate fleets do not take a proactive approach to reducing the risks of fleet vehicle crashes and the associated costs. By taking such an approach, organizations will reduce the incidence of vehicle crashes, in turn protecting both their employees and the bottom line. This case study illustrates how Abbott Laboratories, a major corporation in the health care field, achieved both goals by instituting a comprehensive fleet safety initiative.
ADNOC Drilling, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has launched a rig fleet expansion program that involves acquiring “dozens” of land, offshore, and island rigs by 2025. In the first phase of the program, ADNOC Drilling in November acquired four land rigs for $100 million. The rigs, which will join the fleet in the first quarter of 2020, were manufactured in the UAE by National Oilwell Varco and will be deployed in ADNOC’s onshore fields, which currently contribute more than 50% of ADNOC’s daily Murban oil production capacity. ADNOC Drilling’s rig fleet has expanded to a current total of 95 from 29 in 2010.
Gorilla Safety’s oil and gas product caters to specific needs of fleet operations. If features dynamic logbook management for transparency into driver availability and history; bulk document management, which enables quick retrieval of documents; bulk unidentified logbook management; non-vehicle logs; multiple location and Department of Transportation number support; in-app messaging; and other features.
Auditing - the very word can scare the most seasoned safety professional. The fear of finding the unknown has kept many people from doing the necessary task of reviewing and examining the policies and procedures put in place to keep people safe. Compare this to not going to the doctor because you are afraid of the diagnosis.
What Is an Audit?
An audit is defined as a systematic, methodical review of safety policies, procedures, rules and regulations. The goal is to determine how current systems are working and if they can be improved through revision, reworking or revocation.
An audit is not simply:
A checklist is a tool, often used during an audit to ensure the auditor remembers everything they need to assess. For example, you can use a checklist to determine if there are enough fire extinguishers or whether or not safety meetings were conducted. An inspection is another tool to evaluate things and behaviors. Inspections provide a snapshot of current conditions but does validate whether systems and procedures are working properly and if not, why they aren’t.
Audits, when done correctly, provide an assessment of the overall management system that is in place to manage the fleet and fleet risk. Audits may be formal or, informal and conducted by external or internal auditors. One example of an informal audit is one performed routinely by a supervisor with oversight responsibilities. By design, formal audits yield a final written work product that should be reviewed by those held accountable for policy implementation. Once language is agreed upon, the report should guide corrective and preventive action plans.
The environmental impact of transportation operations is a concern to many types of entities. Sustainability initiatives have been undertaken by organizations ranging from corporations and universities to government entities. The goal of this paper will be to explore the impact of vehicle selection, operational practices, and driving practices have on improving fleet sustainability. The positive impact of green fleet practices on sustainability initiatives will be demonstrated through successes achieved by a variety of organizations.
The transportation sector accounts for 28% of total USA greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, second behind electricity generation (34%). Nearly 97% of the transportation GHG emissions came through direct combustion of fossil fuels, with remainder due to carbon dioxide from electricity for rail and hydro fluorocarbons emitted from vehicle air conditioners and refrigerated transport. Transportation is the largest end-use sector emitting carbon dioxide--the most prevalent greenhouse gas. Organizations ranging from the US Park Service, cities, universities and corporations have developed sustainability plans that include sustainable fleet resolutions.
An update on the EPA SmartWay Transportation Partnership project will be provided. Covenant Transport received the SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award in both 2009 and 2008. An interview with John Arthur Daniel, VP Capacity Development and Karen Hampton, Fleet Analyst from Covenant Transport was conducted to illustrate the successes and challenges with implementing strategies from the SmartWay Transportation Project.