Strategic Partnerships for Reducing Health Risks in the Workplace
- Fouad Rizk (Exxonmobil)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility, 16-18 April, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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- Conference Paper
- 2018. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 7 Management and Information, 7.2 Risk Management and Decision-Making, 6.2.4 Industrial Hygiene, 4.3.4 Scale, 6.3 Safety, 6.2.3 Exposure Assessment, 7.2.1 Risk, Uncertainty and Risk Assessment
- Risk Assessment, Risk Discussion, Partnership, Collaboration, Risk Reduction
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Historically, Industrial Hygienists have focused on recognition and evaluation for the control of exposure health risks. Even with mature strategies in place, Industrial Hygienists often find it challenging to effectively communicate risk with management to continually drive exposure reduction. This paper will provide an overview of a global risk reduction process and tools to enhance risk communication, while partnering with management to reduce and eliminate risk.
A successful risk reduction process is a collaborative team effort involving Industrial Hygienists, workers and line management that use input from a mature exposure assessment process, which identifies activities with potential exposures above threshold limits and supported by associated effectiveness measures such as field assessments, regulatory audits and workplace incidents. Once these activities are identified, discussions regarding control measures take place to review the risk, consider the limitations of personal protective equipment, evaluate administrative controls and challenge the risk owners to consider possible engineering controls. Following the discussions, a control measure that is risk- based, fit-for-purpose and sustainable is agreed upon with the risk owner. This includes at a minimum, the validation of current controls or engineering solutions that reduce or eliminate the hazard.
Strategic partnerships involve input from workers and line management to prioritize risks; as well as to brainstorm control options and select cost effective mitigations. It has been shown that the risk reduction process further increases partnerships between industrial hygiene and line management in the mitigation of future health concerns, as well as strengthens business line ownership for future health risk solutions. Implementation of our global process has resulted in enhanced risk communication with workers and management, reduction in exposures and the identification of cost-savings through reduced energy costs, personal protective equipment usage, and productivity savings. These benefits will be demonstrated by presenting examples of successful risk reduction projects, ranging in size from simple engineering modifications to large scale innovative solutions, from across the world.
The information presented in this paper will help industrial hygiene and safety professionals, as well as line managers implement sustainable controls to protect workers. The strong interaction and partnership between the industrial hygiene professional and the business line will help boost the value of industrial hygiene to the organization.
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