Driving Progress through a Paradigm Shift: The Importance of a Strong Safety and Quality Culture to the Oil and Gas Sector

In the business world, the word progress is commonly associated with technological advancements, as well as developments in processes and procedures. There are additional drivers to progress and their significance can also have powerful results.

In the oil and gas sector, studies have shown that for companies to be successful in the long run, it’s critical for them to incorporate a strong culture of safety and quality.

How about we take a step back to understand the full picture?

The Traditional View of How Oil and Gas Companies Should Operate

While traditionalists will claim that an industry strongly based on scientific processes and technology don’t need to focus on employee-centered processes or procedures, their thinking has since been proven to be antiquated and potentially dangerous.

How so, you ask? Well, empirical research has proven that high-reliability organizations (HROs), which by nature, have a labor-heavy component to their operations, have shown a decline in performance when the physical and mental needs of their employees weren’t being met.

Introducing Crew Resource Management (CRM)

Designed to help create a safe and flexible work environment, CRM “is an effective development and application of nontechnical skills that improves the safety and efficiency of well operation teams.” Applying this method to labor-intensive industries, such as oil and gas, has brought about improvements in company performance. Simply stated – it works.

Incorporating CRM Principles into the Mix: The Newly Defined Safety and Quality Culture

In present times, organizations run by forward-thinking leaders have a strong culture of safety and quality. Worker safety has been and continues to be an area of focus and the addressing mental health issues has been a high priority.

In many cases, what makes these safety and quality-focused cultures is the application of the seven CRM principles, which fall into the following categories: communication, situational awareness, decision making, teamwork, management of crew member’s capacity and leadership.

Our Key Learnings and Recommendations: Only a Click Away

By downloading our report ‘The Integration of Safety and Quality Culture in Oil and Gas: A Checklist for Crew Resource Management (CRM),’ you will:

  1. Learn more about the key categories within the checklist
  2. Gauge how strong your organization’s culture of safety and quality is (based on the key CRM principles)
  3. Identify gaps in your existing culture of safety and quality

Access your report here and gain insights!

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