While we have written on how safety and productivity are inter-related, we have not really examined it in some specific industries. Let’s take the Oil & Gas industry. Injuries and other incidents used to be relatively more common in Oil & Gas over other production and manufacturing industries, just based on their hazardous environments. From heavy rotating pumps, to large scale use of industrial chemicals, to remote locations; certain factors have always made that industry a challenge from a safety perspective. But programs over the last several decades have brought modern safety programs to the industry.
One thing the Oil & Gas companies know is how to analyze data. Oil & Gas companies were pioneers in data historians and using that data to increase throughput and yields. Safety is no different. Our research shows that almost half (51%) of Oil & Gas companies use analytics to manage complex decision making around safety performance. That is compared to only about 40% of all other companies. Oil & Gas companies are just plain more likely to be using the analytical tools available to them to manage safety.
As Aberdeen always states, top performing organizations realize investments in safety is not only a cost avoidance and compliance measure, there are also tangible operational benefits. By realizing that safety does more than just prevent adverse events, companies will be able to increase brand reputation, improve efficiency, and ultimately the bottom line (Table 1).
Table 1: Examining the Best-in-Class vs Oil & Gas
|Definition of Maturity Class||Mean Class
Top 20% of aggregate
Middle 50% of aggregate performance scorers
Oil & Gas
The Best-in-Class are clearly doing something right when it comes to safety and safety technology. But Oil & Gas companies as a whole are doing better than all of the other companies. That can be tied indirectly to their history of using data analysis to solve complex operational problems. But they can do better and strive for Best-in-Class. Starting with some key points below:
- Continue investing an analytical capabilities and skills in managing safety processes
- Use Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) data collection and Incident Management capabilities to create a process feedback loop. Incident Management data can give great insight into JHA accuracy.
- Read the Aberdeen Report on Safety and Operational Excellence
- Listen to a great webinar Aberdeen with Remedy Interactive did on safety with some cogent and real-word advice.
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