How do you sense if your organisation is going blind on safety?
Xavier Bontemps, international HSE leader with over 35 years’ energy industry leadership experience gained from senior roles at BP, Ineos and Total – and most recently as TotalEnergies’ Corporate HSE Director.
Kate Chauviré, Director, Academic Planning and Coordination, CEDEP
Organisations can get comfortable with risks, shortcuts become acceptable and complacency settles in as companies grow - all of which can lead to organisational blindness when it comes to safety.
Xavier Bontemps illustrates how organisations can go blind on safety with three lived experiences of tragic disasters in the oil and gas sector: the BP upstream gulf of Mexico blow out and pollution, the BP midstream Texas City refinery explosion and the downstream Total Joint Venture UK depot explosion and fire.
He explores the common root causes of these tragedies and discusses practical ways of increasing risk awareness, developing safety competency and detecting short cuts – all which can be described as safety blindness.
For Xavier, the initial prevention of safety blindness, the ability to stay alert, the avoidance of complacency and the capability of zooming in and out continuously on operations need certain best practices reinforced by strong safety leadership.
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