Instructing for Safety
People do unsafe things for several reasons:
- They are not aware that what they are doing is wrong.
- They misunderstand instructions.
- They do not consider the instructions to be important.
- They are not given specific instructions.
- They deliberately disregard instructions.
- They are not aware of the new hazards that may have developed due to change in an operation (Management of Change). Possibly a new Job Safety Analysis is needed for the task.
These reasons may cause these situations:
- They may never have learned to do the job right.
- They may have learned it once, but not well enough for safe work habits to stick.
- They may have learned to do the job safely under normal conditions but have never realized the danger of certain unsafe acts combined with unusual job conditions.
- They do not realize the risks created by a change in equipment or the task.
Job instruction is important. Each job should be started with these points:
- Management and the crew are determined to prevent drilling accidents because they are bad for all concerned.
- Most of the crew here have never suffered a lost time accident at work
- To avoid getting hurt, each crew member must look out for his own safety and that of the rest of the crew.
- Job Safety Analysis should be completed for tasks.
- Job instruction will include safety instructions as an integral part.
- Safety instruction is neither faultfinding nor reprimanding.
- No person will attempt to operate any equipment without instructions and authorization from his driller.
- If the task is changed, step back and analyze potential new risks (hazards) created by the change.
- Persons must report anything unsafe about the rig.
- All injuries must be reported to the driller.
- Discuss company policy for issuing personal protective equipment.