At this moment, new hazards are cropping up at your oil fields, refineries, rigs, and offices all over the world. But how long will it take your safety supervisors to be notified and address them? Days? Weeks? More?
In the meantime, persistent hazards can become major emergencies that cost money, productivity, and even lives. Prevention could save oil and gas companies millions, if only they could implement safety solutions fast enough.
Using a Reporting Dashboard
Many companies in the industry are turning to new tech solutions like hazard reporting dashboards. Safety software allows big enterprises to analyze safety issues across operations, pick up on trends, and update safety protocols with immediacy.
To see how it works, let’s look at the CloseWatch Dashboard by Zeteky. This industrial web-based solution allows parent companies to observe real-time data from individual operations. By pairing the dashboard with Zeteky’s FirstHand mobile reporting app, oil and gas companies can facilitate fast hazard reporting, enterprise-wide.
A Common Scenario
During day-to-day work, the app/dashboard duo can halt all kinds of safety issues. Let’s look at how it works in real life.
Imagine that an oilfield worker notices there is no safety spotter on duty during a big equipment delivery. This is a major concern, because equipment transportation brings some of the industry’s biggest safety risks, especially on oilfields in developing nations. About 79% of transportation accidents are due to human error and 81% lead to injury or fatality.
In this scenario, the oilfield worker can use FirstHand on their mobile phone to upload a hazard report to the company’s CloseWatch Dashboard. The issue is instantly routed to the correct person, who can intervene to assign a spotter immediately.
Plus, information about the incident is timestamped, geographically pinpointed, and stored in the system for future reference. If a government regulator comes calling, the company has easy access to proof of its high safety standards.
Trending and Planning
Beyond daily hazard reporting, a dashboard can also provide other benefits that are important for company operations and strategic planning.
TRENDS: A dashboard is the perfect tool for uncovering trends across your enterprise. In fact, you may be surprised to discover costly issues you never even noticed before, like frequently missing/stolen equipment, unexpected mechanical failures, and certain high-risk employees who refuse to follow safety protocols. When these issues are observed across your operations, you can get a sense of where more training and leadership is needed.
BENCHMARKING: The data from the dashboard is also incredibly helpful for goal-setting. If you want to reduce line blowouts by 50%, first you need to know how many line blowouts you currently have per month. Then in the following months and years you can check the benchmark and see how you measure up.
CRITICAL ISSUES: Every oil and gas enterprise has certain troublesome divisions. Maybe it’s a refinery with particularly high employee turnover, or a rigging operation with a terrible safety record. The dashboard allows you to pinpoint the deeper safety issues at these operations and take action to address them.
SAFETY SUPERSTARS: A dashboard also allows you to stop throwing excess money at divisions that don’t need it. If one of your refineries has an outstanding safety record, you’ll see it in the numbers and can use them as a shining example for the whole operation.
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: When it’s time to plan your finances for the coming year, you can pull data from the dashboard to plan your resources. This is a huge timesaver in terms of budgeting for things like safety training, personal protection gear, hazard signage, and equipment that needs to be replaced.
The biggest innovation offered by reporting dashboards is the ability to monitor safety issues globally. No longer is there a communication lag between your home office and your far-flung operations at remote oilfields. It’s all web-based for maximum connectivity.
This is a revolution for the oil and gas industry, which has been criticized for communication failures that have led to infamous environmental disasters. Instead of waiting for safety hazards to become catastrophes, consider using a dashboard/reporting app duo to put your company at the forefront of the industry.