Working responsibly

Preventing major accidents

We work constantly to minimise risks to people and the environment, having put extensive safety measures and procedures in place to avoid accidents at every phase of our activities.

We use a number of tools to help us do so:

  • Cairn Operating Standards, applied to our Project Delivery Process (PDP) (see below) across the business lifecycle;
  • our Corporate Responsibility Management System (CRMS), which defines the Standard Operating Procedures applied in our projects;
  • high standards of programme design, equipment and the application of good industry practice and international legislation; and
  • highly competent staff and contractors.

Keeping close control

We use our gated Project Delivery Process (PDP) to understand and control risks at key stages of all our projects. The PDP helps us to focus on what is important and apply good practice in line with our requirements, as well as international and national standards. This includes the application of our Corporate Major Accident Prevention Policy (CMAPP) across Group activities, with a strong emphasis on risk control, the auditing and assurance of contractors, equipment and service quality, personnel competencies and the interfaces between them.

The PDP and our standards also help us to challenge partners in non-operated ventures.

Project Delivery Process

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Our operated project types (e.g. seismic, drilling) must meet defined criteria at designated ‘stage gates’. Each stage gate has defined actions and deliverables, which must be signed off by an internal, independent ‘gatekeeper’. The gatekeeper closely monitors the project’s integrity and performance, identifying and implementing corrective actions when required.

Prepared to respond

Although we focus on prevention, we must be prepared to respond to any accident or incident that may impact people, the environment, our assets or our reputation. To respond to high-impact, low-frequency events, we maintain a crisis and emergency response capability, which we test regularly and look to continuously improve.

Managing occupational safety

We provide our people with a safe system of work, and our employees have a responsibility to follow it. Major contractors have their own systems, which we assess for compatibility and bridge any gaps or differences.

We reinforce the safety of our people through the business:

  • all risks are managed to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) levels;
  • operations must adhere to our CRMS, including CMAPP; and
  • we have plans and mechanisms in place to manage our risks in our operated projects.

To manage occupational safety on a daily basis, we use a number of mechanisms, including: CRMS procedures, behavioural safety initiatives, management visits, audits, permits to work, toolbox talks, safety drills and training. Our people and contractors are encouraged to cease work if an unsafe condition or risk to the environment may occur. We do not resume work until risks are understood and controls are in place. We also have a robust incident investigation process that ensures incidents are recorded and investigated, and lessons are learnt.

Read about our approach to safe drilling offshore Mexico in our CR Report