It’s not just a rumor: safety reporting is now happening in real-time at oil and gas operations. Instead of taking days or weeks, it’s taking moments – and saving thousands of dollars by limiting the impact of safety hazards.

Most operations still use an old-fashioned paper observation card system, where safety reports are written down and given to a site manager. But we’ve all seen the limitations of this system. By the time these cards make it along to a safety supervisor, hazards have had ample time to get much worse. The paper card process can take up to 10 days.

Faster, Simpler, Safer

A real-time solution, like FirstHand by Zeteky, allows workers in the field to instantly submit safety reports with pinpoint accuracy. It take just a few minutes to open the app, share the issue, attach a photo, and click to submit. The report is immediately routed to the right people.

Not only is it an easier and less frustrating solution, but it’s a solution that’s found right in the pockets of site workers: cell phones. This has set the stage for high adoption rates in companies that use safety reporting apps, because workers already feel familiar with the format. Reporting apps make employees empowered and accountable for safety hazards.

A Scalable Solution

When a reporting app is paired with a reporting dashboard, the company has a virtual command center for handling safety issues. This setup can easily scale up to the size of your operation, which puts global monitoring of safety issues within reach of any oil and gas company, big or small.

Far-flung operations in remote oilfields can be monitored as easily as issues at the home office. A reporting app is web-based, making it available around the world 24/7. It’s also easily brand-able, meaning your employees see your company’s name and logo, not some outside vendor.

Reports and Trending

Over time, a real-time safety reporting app builds a complete picture of safety across your operations. You can see which individual locations are your biggest rule-breakers, because 10% of your operations could be causing 50% of your safety issues.

Create reports, set benchmarks, and track trends across time. An upper level health, safety, and environment (HSE) manager can use all of this information to develop new safety standards and training plans.

The Value of Reacting Fast

The bottom line for oil and gas companies is that fast action contains risks, which saves money and lives. This gets to the core of the oil and gas industry’s biggest threat to safety: complacency. 

Complacency – being too comfortable with glaring hazards – was named as the root cause for Deepwater Horizon and numerous other energy industry catastrophes. Employees had been inadvertently encouraged to accept and ignore a high level of safety threats. Before a safety report ever reached an HSE, workers and supervisors were minimizing the issue and failing to act.

When your company culture accepts hazards and lets them flourish, any little issue can spark a big problem. But when a company consistently addresses even the smallest risk instantly, nothing is ever allowed to escalate into a disaster.

That’s a huge step forward in safety for any operation – and all it takes is a modest investment in safety reporting software. Real-time reporting is within reach. Reshape your company’s safety strategy with FirstHand by Zeteky