In 2002 Total embarked in a plan to reduce its Total Recordable Injury Rate by 60% in four years, i.e. below 4 injuries per million worked hour. In 2005 the TRIR of 2.59 was an achievement for Total and for its contractors, as they accounted for 78% of the worked hours. To progress further, the ‘Pathways to a Common Goal’ project was launched mid-2006. The vision for the project is that by working together, company and contractors, all injuries and illnesses can be avoided; the strategy is to address in partnership the key pathways to that common goal.

This paper presents the conclusions of reviews conducted in the initial phase of the project. The survey of practices identified gaps with HSE guidelines in areas of prequalification, Service Quality Meetings, and the implementation of a partnership at corporate level. It was also observed that incident rates are higher when the contracting strategy is a mixture of OGP's Mode 1 and 2 strategies. Review of expectations of the HSE Management System recommended a stronger alignment of audits protocols. The industry (OGP, Contractors' Trade Associations…) having developed over years HSE Guidelines and Recommended Practices, an expanded use of tools proposed by the industry for accreditation of contractors and for self-verification of the proper functioning of their HSE management systems by contractors was recommended. Gaps identified between practices and the standard contracting process were in contractual strategy, HSE bid evaluation, correction and mitigation of contractors' deficiencies, HSE plans, and supervision of the execution of the work.

By mid-2007 an action plan was established for implementation in cooperation with contractors. The significance of this paper is to share views on key selected actions that are developed in the areas of prequalification, bridging documents, practices in site supervision, joint audits, and standard HSE work packages, and so on.

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