What does safety as a priority look like? A Trinidad HSE Manager breaks it down

If anyone knows safety, it’s Steve Bodiford.

The Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager with a division of Trinidad Drilling has been employed in oil since 1982, and specifically began his safety management career in 1993.

When you ask him what his job responsibilities include, the first thing he says is,

“promote safety in every action I take.”

Bodiford is responsible for all HSE within his division, where he ensures crews are trained to comply with Occupational Health and Safety Administration guidelines, starting with the employees’ very first orientation.

“Remember, this is where the new employee gets his first impression of the company’s core values, safety culture, and company expectations,” said Bodiford.

Steve Bodiford, HSE Manager Trinidad Drilling

He’s a busy guy, because he’s also responsible for regulatory compliance, risk management and claims, and working with third party personnel to make sure they’re safe on site, too.

Safety meetings, and training, make the difference

Safety means constant communication, and looking out for each other: therefore, meetings are regular parts of the day for all workers on the rig, Bodiford noted.

Safety meetings are held throughout the day. It just depends on what operations are going on,” said Bodiford. “Meetings are when job tasks are discussed, along with hazards that may be present during the job, and steps to mitigate them.”

There are five main kinds of meetings:

  1. Pre-tour meetings: “This is the start of your day. Crews discuss the jobs they will be involved in and the hazards they may face,” said Bodiford. Information is relayed from the Rig Manager, Driller, and the company rep.
  2. Pre-job meetings: These occur throughout the day. Crews may have discussed a job at 5:15 a.m., but later in the day it’s important to go over it again, to ensure that all crew members are on the same page and aware of their job duties. Crews have their job safety analysis (JSA) available and review them to ensure that everyone clearly understands the manner in which the job can be safely completed. “Most of the time the jobs you discussed at the morning pre-tour meeting get changed during the day due to different issues,” explained Bodiford. “Crews have to ‘Stop’ and discuss the new job and review the JSAs to ensure everyone is aware of the hazards with the new job.”
  3. Weekly safety meetings: Crews meet after they get off tour and discuss how their week is going with the Rig Manager and company rep. They talk about behavioral observations, safety alerts, equipment needing repair, upcoming jobs and also share feedback and suggestions on how we can make the jobs safer or more efficient.
  4. Fire and emergency response drills: Crews have to be ready at a moment’s notice in the event of a fire, emergency on location or if a well-related issue arises. “Drills help crews become familiar with the proper steps and procedures needed to effectively respond to and manage an emergency,” said Bodiford.
  5. Spill drills: Crews have to be familiar with the location of both safety and spill response equipment, know how to use it and the steps to prevent further contamination of the site in the event that an actual spill were to occur.

But all the meetings in the world won’t work, unless everyone is fully engaged in the safety culture. And at Trinidad, they are.

“When you have a company that treats everyone as family and it carries over to the rig site, it just works,” said Bodiford. “The crews spend more time together than they do with their own families. They watch out and take care of each other.”

Check out other safety blog posts to learn more about what we’re doing to make sure everyone who goes to work with us goes home safe.

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