SSHE in PTTEP

About SSHE

PTTEP is committed to safety as one of its business principles. Our aspiration is to achieve zero accident (Target Zero) by instilling a proactive safety culture and emphasizing process safety and personal safety of all employees and contractors. The company implements the Safety, Security, Health and Environment (SSHE) Management System that is in line with our policy and complies with international safety standards. PTTEP ensures that everyone who works with us returns home safely and actively prevents severe accidents or impacts on our stakeholders and the environment.

Emergency and Crisis Management

As an E&P business, we fully realize the critical importance of maintaining high safety standards, together with the accompanying requirements of an effective SSHE Management System. As such, PTTEP has developed its own Emergency and Crisis Management Plan that clearly outlines a systematic structure ensuring the Company’s readiness for emergency situations and thus also, the primary responses to be followed in the event of a crisis, or potential crisis, all of which are aimed at the protection of people, environment, asset, and reputation. Our corporate Emergency & Crisis Management Standard and Plan sets out a key structure which efficiently links the Emergency and Crisis Management Plans of all (existing and new) operating assets (domestic and international) to the key support center at the corporate head office. This emergency and crisis management key structure is classified into 3 tiers based on the severity level and the response capability of each asset; it also covers scenarios comprehensively, i.e., Safety (fire, explosion, well pressure controls, etc.), Security (bomb & terrorist threats, theft, etc.), Health, Illness, injury, MEDEVAC and Environment (spills, complaints, etc.). The Emergency & Crisis Plans at all our assets and the corporate level are tested and challenged with exercises on a regular basis. Results and feedback from all these exercises are invariably presented back to both the asset and corporate teams to enable continuous improvement. PTTEP as an E&P business is always seeking out ways to better our emergency planning, deploy more effective exercises, and use more competent resources from which we draw upon for support, so that we can assure every one of our high safety standards.

2018 SSHE Contractor Forum 

On March 9, 2018, PTTEP organized PTTEP 2018 SSHE Contractor Forum at the Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Hotel Bangkok under the theme “SSHE Leadership in All Level to achieve Target Zero and Sustainability”. The forum brought together PTTEP and our contractors with the key objective to demonstrate PTTEP’s strong commitment to continuously improve Safety, Security, Health, and Environment in our operations.

The forum was chaired by Mr.Phongsthorn Thavisin, PTTEP’s PEP (President, Exploration and Production) with his clear message on the opening speech to encourage all the contractors in driving a strong SSHE Culture by demonstrating strong SSHE Leadership in all levels of the organization to move the SSHE Culture forward from currently “Proactive” to the next level of “Generative” SSHE Culture to continuously support our ultimate goal of “Target Zero” and “nobody gets hurt in our operations.” Apart from SSHE, for this year, the dimension of Sustainable Development was added to the Forum to encourage the responsibilities on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in our Supply Chain, including compliance to PTTEP’s SSHE Management, Supply Chain Standards, the Labor Policies and the Anti-Bribery and Corrupt Practices. There was also an award ceremony for contractors who demonstrated continuous excellence in SSHE performance during the past year.

In the forum, we received an honor from Dr.Sarawut Kaewtathip; Deputy Director-General of the Department of Mineral Fuel to present a topic on Thailand E&P Decommissioning on to make the audiences aware of the government’s concerns on the E&P decommissioning process which might start to happen soon. We were further honored by Mr.Nat Vanichyangkul; Managing Partner for ASEAN Corporates in Environment Resources Management from ERM, to present a topic on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in our Supply Chain management which we wanted all contractors and stakeholders to comply with our practices.

In the afternoon session, two workshops were conducted. Starting with a presentation from SHELL on SHELL Safety Journey highlighted on SSHE Leadership & Engagement, the first workshop was run on the theme “SSHE Leadership in All Levels” which led us to identify ways forward in developing SSHE Leadership to all level of the workforces. The second workshop was then conducted on “A Collaboration in ESG for PTTEP’s Supply Chain Management”. SSHE and ESG Initiatives and commitments were developed from the workshops. PTTEP would follow up with all of the represented contractors to continue with the implementation to ensure effectiveness of our SSHE and ESG Management. 


PTTEP SSHE Culture Management

SSHE culture improvement is key in improving the SSHE performance of the organization. PTTEP developed a SSHE Culture Improvement Model since 2011 in reference to the SSHE Culture Maturity Model from IOGP (International Oil & Gas Producers Association) which identified 5 levels of SSHE Culture from Pathological (1), Reactive (2), Calculative (3), Proactive (4) to Generative (5). The first survey in 2011 demonstrated PTTEP’s SSHE Culture Maturity level at 3.11 (Calculative). The SSHE Culture improvement plan was developed and implemented. Then, a survey was repeated every 3 years which demonstrated continuous improvement of SSHE Culture Maturity Level for PTTEP, i.e., 3.71 in 2014 and lately 4.16, Proactive level, in 2017. This has helped reduce incidents and improved SSHE performance. PTTEP continues to promote strong SSHE Culture towards the “Generative” level both within PTTEP and to our contractors which would support our ultimate goal of Target Zero.

Process Safety

Our business supplies hydrocarbon to meet the country’s energy demand. Inevitably, hydrocarbon contains safety hazards, which could result in Major Accident Events (such as fire and explosion) endangering human life, the environment and our asset.

Recognizing this potential, PTTEP employs Process Safety Management, as part of an integrated SSHE Management System (SSHE MS) to prevent and mitigate Major Accident Events in our operations. The management system is based on the oil and gas industry’s recognized Process Safety Management Framework, which in brief is based on the following four principles [1]:

  • Commitment to Process Safety;
  • Understanding process hazards and risks;
  • Management of process hazard risks to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) throughout the asset development lifecycle; and
  • Learning and improving from experience.

We take a multi-disciplinary approach to drive these principles across the company by ensuring various integrity aspects of our facilities, namely:

  • Design Integrity – to rigorously review MAE risks and build facility commensurate with the risk using recognized industry standards and best practices;
  • Maintenance Integrity – to maintain the built-in integrity throughout the asset’s operating life;
  • Operating Integrity – to operate with discipline, within the defined integrity envelope; and
  • Well Integrity – to ensure Design, Maintenance and Operating integrity of our wells.

The outcome of the process risk management can be represented in form of multiple barriers against identified hazards and their possible causes.

In 2017, PTTEP carried out a variety of initiatives and activities to continuously improve our process safety performances with our employees and contractors. These included:

  • Employing MAE Prevention Tool, which monitors the status of MAE barriers;
  • Regular monitoring and communication of process safety performance indicators in the operating assets;
  • Development of e-Management of Change (e-MOC) to drive consistent effectiveness and improve process efficiency;
  • Allocation of time for knowledge sharing on process safety (Process Safety Moment); and
  • Regular safety training for employees and contractors.

Loss of Primary Containment (LOPC) incidents are monitored and analyzed for the opportunity for lessons to be learned. In 2017, there was zero LOPC Tier 1 and Tier 2 [2] case from our operations.

[1] Energy Institute High level framework for process safety management and Center of Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) Risk Based Process Safety.

[2] Per American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice 754 Process Safety Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries and IOGP Report 456 Process safety – recommended practice on key performance indicators.

Medical and Occupational Health

To achieve a healthy mind and body for PTTEP individuals and the organization as a whole, PTTEP medical team has developed an E-Health Book system. It is an electronic health database that allows employees to easily access individual health records via the company’s intranet. The E-Health Book will contain employees’ annual medical checkups and health risks which will also help the company to plan health promotion activities and medical checkup programs that are appropriate for each employee and the whole company. PTTEP also plans to conduct Health Risk Assessments (HRAs), the results of which will be used to further improve our current medical checkup programs. In addition, PTTEP has a risk-based health checkup criteria for contractors, a practice based on our company standards that allows PTTEP to monitor the health of both our employees as well as contractors.

Environmental Management in PTTEP

PTTEP is committed to operating the business conscientiously and responsibly towards society and environment through adhering to the Safety, Security, Health, and Environmental (SSHE) Policy, which includes the commitment to environmental protection. Company personnel, business partners as well as contractors working for or on behalf of the company must implement this SSHE Policy. Our implementation of the Environmental Management System (EMS) is integrated in the SSHE Management System implementation, and is aligned with the ISO 14001 international standard.

To achieve Target Zero and the company’s sustainability strategies, the Green Practices Roadmap laid out the strategic plan for the environmental pillar. The roadmap supports the mitigation of environmental impacts from our operations, lowering of our carbon and ecological footprints, as well as creation of value-added processes to our business.

To strengthen the EMS implementation, the company focuses on the management of the environmental aspects and impacts for all company activities including product transportation, waste management, other logistics activities and supply chain management. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study is required for every oil and gas exploration and production projects including decommissioning projects. A summary of the company EIAs as well as Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and the case studies of EIA/SIA Reports is addressed in the Capital Project Management section. In addition, stakeholder management also plays an important role in driving the business success through the appropriate management of their expectations and agreed objectives. PTTEP’s stakeholder management can be done through either the company stakeholder management process or the EIA process. As part of the business development, the company also carefully examines the Merger and Acquisition (M&A) activities, in which SSHE issues and performances are evaluated based on the SSHE criteria during the SSHE Due Diligence Process.

For an effective management of our environmental impact, PTTEP has continued the certification and implementation of ISO 14001 for all our domestic operating assets, and PTTEP Australasia (the Montara Project in the Darwin Base and the Perth office). We also strive to extend this certification to our domestic and international assets in the future.

Last but not least, PTTEP commits to 100% reporting of our environmental performances in accordance with the Sustainability Reporting Guideline (G4) of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G4) and the Oil and Gas Sector Disclosure (OGSD). The environmental performance reports cover the following, but not limited to: energy consumption, GHG and air emission, water withdrawal, water discharge, waste disposal, spill, biodiversity and ecosystem services, produced water disposal, and drilling waste disposal in all production phases and assets under PTTEP operational control.

For the continuous improvement of our environmental performance, PTTEP has developed an environmental information database, and has continuously reviewed and updated the data collection method and database itself. The data reported since 2010 has continuously been assured by an independent external party as well as publicly disclosed in PTTEP Sustainability Report. In addition, we also benchmark our performance against peers in the International Association of Oil and Gas Producer (IOGP).