The oil industry has seen many booms and busts in its history, and it’s common in times of low oil prices for companies to face significant pressure to cut spending. This can lead to production slowdowns, decommissioned rigs, layoffs and other cuts with similar far-reaching consequences. It can even lead to unsafe working conditions if the HSE budget also ends up on the chopping block.
Although commodity prices may be beyond your control, periods of downturn can create opportunities for companies to invest in their future by acting strategically now. Your safety program is one of the best places to invest your time and resources during this critical juncture, and we’re here to tell you why.
Get Ahead While You Can!
Currently, companies in the upstream oil industry are facing many of the same challenges and are being limited by many of the same constraints. This may sound comforting, but the choices that your company (and your competitors) are making right now are going to determine how successfully you are able to resume operations and increase production once prices pick up again. When that time comes, will your company be at the front of the pack? How can you prepare yourself now to lead in the future?
Safety outcomes have a direct impact on the bottom line, making your HSE program a terrific place to turn to when you’re searching for an impactful way to improve your overall business performance. On the flipside, a mismanaged HSE program has many potential costs, including higher injury rates and insurance premiums, fines, disruptions to operations, lost productivity, damage to property or equipment and decreased standing with potential customers, investors and partners.
In other words, investing in safety can set you apart from the competition. If you are looking at your current approach to HSE management and are seeing some gaps, now is the time to invest in safety and get a good system in place to report, track, analyze, and mitigate risk in order to improve your safety performance.
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