Security has become an increasingly important concern across the oil and gas industry. Operations in several countries in Latin America are affected by common criminality associated with organized and unorganized groups. On top of this, terrorism poses a high potential risk for oilfields situated in areas, such as Colombia, that are within the influence of guerrilla organizations.

This paper shares practical experience of how an oilfield services company fully integrated security into its management system in Colombia, which the company considers to be a high risk country from a security perspective.

The paper describes how management commitment and leadership concepts were applied to day-to-day operational decisions in extremely challenging personal security environments, while at the same time supporting interaction with customers, authorities, and just as importantly with employees and contractors.

The paper also shares practical tools that are being used to assess the risk level of a particular location, region, or country, based on statistics associated with three criteria: armed conflicts, common criminality and travel risk. Assessment of the criteria makes the management team's decisions on security issues more quantifiable and less based on intuition.

In addition, the paper demonstrates how security can be effectively managed as another business factor, aligned with the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) strategy and fully integrated into the corporate management system.

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