Developing a zero incident safety performance culture in a remote location with a local multi-cultural workforce requires visible management commitment, robust management systems and continuous workforce engagement. A zero total recordable injury rate has been maintained by ConcoPhillips’ Algeria Business Unit since July 2008. This accomplishment represents over three million hours of ongoing simultaneous activities namely operations, construction and drilling.

The business was acquired in 2006. The Menzel Lejmat North (MLN) operations facility is located in the southern Sahara desert. In addition to MLN, there is a support base in Hassi Messaoud, a government liaison office in Algiers and the BU headquarters in Houston. MLN has a diverse workforce of approximately 125 staff of 12 nationalities; including company employees, contractors and the national oil company (NOC) secondees. Since OSHA-type statistics are not a regulatory requirement, company standards and self-regulation provide the only basis of influence with the NOC and the contracted workforce.

The key points to developing a zero incident safety performance include the following:

Management Commitment

The management team has delivered a consistent message that promotes planning for safe work, visible line management, support of safe work practices, and continuous improvement of personal and process safety. The concept is to instill safety into everything we do.

Management System Implementation

The system provides a common language to communicate procedures and to measure progress in a standard context. Line management is accountable for implementing and maintaining these management systems in alignment with the corporate standards, which facilitates continuous HSE performance improvement and ensures compliance.

Contractor Engagement

All contractors working at our facilities are embraced by a zero incident safety culture that is practiced by management and employees. Safety performance goals and expectations are communicated to everyone to establish one workforce with common objectives.

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