Challenges and Effective Strategy for Managing Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene at Onshore Remote Environments of Garraf, Iraq Operation
- Shairizal B Badzri (Petronas Carigali) | Ahmal Kamal B Abu Bakar (Petronas Carigali) | Vanessa Clare (Petronas Carigali)
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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, 4 Facilities Design, Construction and Operation, 7.2 Risk Management and Decision-Making, 6.1 HSSE & Social Responsibility Management, 6.1.6 Contingency Planning and Emergency Response, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 6.2.4 Industrial Hygiene, 6 Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility, 7.2.1 Risk, Uncertainty and Risk Assessment, 7.2.5 Emergency Preparedness and Training, 4.1 Processing Systems and Design
- Iraq, Remote Environment, Medical Emergency Response Plan, Health, Fatigue Management
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Working in remote oil and gas operations of PETRONAS Carigali Iraq Operation in Garraf, Iraq presents a multitude of health challenges including significant delays to medical diagnosis and treatment.
In addition, remote areas like Garraf are susceptible to significant environmental exposures, predominantly risks of communicable diseases with limited access to basic necessities, extreme temperatures during summer (up to 55°C); limited medical expertise and communication as well as security threats. These factors further post risks to personnel working in the area to suboptimal medical care – including unnecessary and delayed medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) as well as suboptimal care during transport.
This paper describes the challenges faced at Garraf Operations as well as the Occupational and Industrial Hygiene (OH/IH) strategies adopted to minimize and manage associated risks. Planning and preventive controls discussed in this paper includes but not limited to, fitness to work, fatigue management, heat stress management, food and water hygiene, health and wellness programmes as well as substance misuse programme. Proactive and comprehensive identification of a country's limitations is essential in determining the most effective and efficient recovery plan. Additionally, site location, situational factors as well as thorough Health Risk Assessment shall be considered when establishing Medical Emergency Response Plan (MERP).
In short, plans and strategies adopted by PETRONAS Carigali Iraq Operations in managing OH/IH challenges could be replicated and/or referenced as lessons learnt when operating in remote locations.
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