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LNG producer Atlantic has copped the 2013
BG Chairman's Awards in the Health Category
for its pioneering work in managing the risk
of fatigue to its employees and service
The BG Group Chairman's Awards were
established by BG to showcase excellent per-
formance in health/safety/security/environment
(HSSE) and asset integrity in its worldwide
operations. This is the second time that
Atlantic has copped the award. In 2010,
Atlantic won the Health category award for
the Safety Village, an innovative safety induc-
tion process for its service providers.
In a statement, the company said the
Atlantic Fatigue Risk Management System was
developed in 2012 in preparation for the Sep-
tember 2012 maintenance outage of Train 2,
the largest outage in Atlantic's history. The
Fatigue Risk Management System introduced
new policies, procedures and practices designed
to continuously monitor and improve the safety
and health aspects related to employee fatigue.
These measures helped to make the service
outage one of Atlantic's safest ever.
The statement said Fatigue Risk Manage-
ment also contributed to the company's recent
achievement of 20 million hours worked with-
out a lost time injury, the equivalent of more
than years of continuous operations without
Nigel Darlow, Atlantic's chief executive offi-
cer, in the statement hailed the win as a
tremendous achievement, especially consid-
ering the numerous entries received from BG
global's subsidiaries all over the world.
"It's an honour to receive this commendation
from the BG Group chairman," Darlow said
in the statement. "This is a major endorsement
of Atlantic's hard work and of our deep com-
mitment to ensuring the safety of our employ-
ees and service providers and the safety of
Henley Harewood, Atlantic's vice-president
of HSSE, credited the win to the collaboration
between the company's HSSE, procurement
and supply chain management and mainte-
nance outage teams.
"We work hard to mitigate or eliminate
every risk that can come from a process plant
facility. Our objective is to make Atlantic one
of the world's leading facilities in the area of
personal and process safety and asset integrity,"
Harewood said in the statement.
Dr Ishvan Ramcharitar, Atlantic's consultant
occupational health physician who guided the
development of the Fatigue Risk Management
System, explained in the statement that the
system's measures significantly reduce any
potential negative impact that fatigue could
have on the company's maintenance outages
and regular operations.
"In 2012, as part of its annual routine main-
tenance, Atlantic planned a 28-day shutdown
of its Train 2 facility. Given the scope of works,
some 3,000 persons were going to be brought
onto the facility. This was the largest shutdown
ever undertaken in Atlantic's history and fatigue
was identified as a significant risk to the deliv-
ery of a safe outage," Ramcharitar said.
The system was subsequently developed to
mitigate that risk.
Components of the Atlantic Fatigue Risk
Management System include fatigue awareness
sessions for all staff and a shuttle service to
minimise the likelihood of fatigue-related inci-
dents during the commute to and from the
company's Point Fortin facility.
Another core component is the consecutive
working period policy. Under this policy,
employees who work during shutdowns are
entitled to one compensatory day off for every
seven consecutive days or nights worked. Work
in excess of 14 consecutive days or nights
without having at least one mandatory day
off, is prohibited. The company has also suc-
cessfully encouraged some of its service
provider firms to adopt this policy.
Atlantic also adopted the Occupational
Fatigue Exhaustion Recovery (OFER) Scale, a
tool used in international industry to objectively
measure and monitor work-related fatigue.
This is the first time the OFER Scale is being
used in T&T.
Christina Butterworth, BG Group's head of health, shares a victory moment with (from left),
Atlantic's Nigel Darlow, chief executive officer; Henley Harewood, vice-president,
health/safety/security/environment, and Dr Ishvan Ramcharitar, consultant occupational health
Atlantic wins fatigue
risk management award
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