Working responsibly

Preventing major accidents

We place great emphasis on working to prevent major accidents in our projects during planning and operational phases.

Our management system uses a number of tools to help us do so:

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

Keeping close control

We use our gated Project Delivery Process (PDP) to ensure we understand and control risks at key project stages across different business activities. The PDP helps us 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 Hazard Policy (CMAPP) across Group activities, with a strong emphasis on risk control, and the auditing and assurance of contractors, equipment, personnel competencies and the interfaces between them.

We use the PDP to manage CR issues and apply these standards to all operated projects and it also helps us challenge partners in non-operated ventures. Specific 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 a ‘gatekeeper’ who is independent of the project. The gatekeeper closely monitors the project’s integrity and performance, identifying and implementing corrective actions when required.

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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 damage 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 set in place plans and mechanisms to manage our risks in our operated projects.

To manage occupational safety on a daily basis, we use a number of mechanisms, including: CR management system procedures, behavioural safety initiatives, management visits, audits, permit 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.