Maersk Oil has just introduced eight Incident-Free Life-Saving Rules to support its goal of eliminating high potential incidents and unsafe practices.


Maersk Oil has introduced the Incident-Free Life-Saving Rules in a bid to ensure continuous improvement in personal and process safety in the company. The rules help define and apply risk controls within the wider Control of Work process. They focus on major risk areas and are being introduced to avoid injuries and save lives.


The Life-Saving Rules are based on the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) guideline (2013).


“Safety is a central priority and fundamental to Maersk Oil’s success - and the introduction of the eight rules is part of our commitment to be Incident-Free,” says Gretchen Watkins, Chief Operating Officer at Maersk Oil.


The Incident-Free Life-Saving Rules will be cascaded to all staff and to all contractors along with other safety materials: compliance will be an integral part of their success. The rules provide a common and standardised set of requirements that are aligned with the company’s objectives.


“These rules are mandatory for everybody working for Maersk Oil – in the field or in our offices. They set out how specific high risk activities must be carried out and will help guide excellent safety behaviours and practices. We are all held accountable for following them,” says Watkins.


Maersk Oil will also focus on supervisor training to give leaders the tools and knowledge they need to be personally accountable and give their team members the guidance they need to stay safe.

Learn more about Life Saving Rules by watching the short video.

Control of Work

In an effective learning organisation, as Maersk Oil wants to remain, the company places a high value on learning from incidents. This process is a fundamental part of the safety culture for all employees. To stimulate that learning, all staff and contractors are reminded that everyone is vulnerable to hazards every day. Everyone has a role to play in protecting people, the environment and Maersk Oil’s reputation and assets.


“A Control of Work process has mapped out requirements and aims to standardise many of the human elements of process safety. It emphasises the importance of effective risk assessment and control in our work. Whilst focusing on operations, it also makes it clear where support from the office is required,” explains John Mossman, Director of Health and Safety at Maersk Oil.


“As our audits and investigations of High Potential Incidents and Injuries have become more thorough, we now have a better understanding of the overall picture. We have formed a global Control of Work team to help address areas of weakness identified. Throughout 2016, the team will identify and standardise effective procedures and maximise learning opportunities for the whole organisation.”

Process Safety

Good process safety is the outcome of doing many things very well,” according to Mossman. “It requires our facilities to be planned and executed well and be properly inspected and maintained. It also requires operational integrity and this is all underpinned by good leadership.”


Operational integrity is about staying within safe operating limits and this is where the Incident-Free Life-Saving Rules and the control of work process help to ensure consistency in all locations.


“The rules provide more certainty around barriers related to the human element of our work. We are reliant on both human and hardware barriers to fulfill our Incident-Free ambition,” Mossman concludes.


The Life-Saving Rules are a continuation of the work done in 2015 including the Incident-Free Refreshers, the Safety Stand Down and the Global Safety Days which brought together 5,000 employees and contractors.