Safety, Security, Health and Environment

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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.

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 3.31 (Calculative). From the survey results, the SSHE Culture improvement plan was developed and implemented. Then, a survey was repeated every 3 years. Continuous improvement could be visibly demonstrated thru the result of survey, i.e, SSHE Culture Maturity Level for PTTEP was 3.71 in 2014 and lately 4.16, (Proactive level), in 2017. The next survey will be done in 2020. This has helped reducing incidents and improved overall SSHE performance. PTTEP continues to promote strong SSHE Culture within PTTEP and to our contractors towards the “Generative” level 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 assets. 

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 prevention of Major Accident Events and 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 to prevent and mitigate the hazards and their consequences. Changes on these barriers are managed through a number of Management of Change (MOC) processes to ensure additional risks are properly managed. Performance of these barriers are monitored operationally by the use of MAE Prevention Tools and Process Safety performance indicators [2].

[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

PTTEP commits to operate 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, regulatory compliance and continuous improvement. Company personnel, business partners as well as contractors working for or on behalf of the company must implement this SSHE Policy. See detailed summary of Environmental Management in the Environment Page.

2019 SSHE Contractor Forum 

On March 1, 2019, PTTEP organized PTTEP 2019 SSHE Forum at the Vibhavadee ballroom, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok under the theme “SSHE Empowerment” which inspired everyone to awaken your safety within. 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 for sustaining SSHE target zero achievement.

The forum was chaired by Mr.Phongsthorn Thavisin, PTTEP’s CEO with his clear message on the opening speech to encourage all the contractors and PTTEP staffs to support our ultimate goal of “Target Zero” and “nobody gets hurt in our operations” by driving the Generative SSHE Culture in both personal and process safety. PTTEP has continuously improved SSHE Management System (SSHE-MS) to ensure that everyone work safe and return home safely. In the forum, 60 contractors’ management representatives have committed to empower their workforces for safer operations that lead to Target Zero achievement.

In addition, to enhance SSHE knowledge for incident prevention and regulatory compliance, we received an honor from several guest speakers to share their experience, best practice, and updated SSHE legislation via Technical Conference session. There also were the SSHE exhibition booths from PTTEP’s suppliers to shown new safety technology and raised SSHE awareness through various activities. Lastly, PTTEP also presented the CEO SSHE Excellence Awards to the contractors and the company’s functions who have demonstrated good performance in SSHE Statistics for the contractors and internal PTTEP business units.

Emergency and Crisis Management

As an E&P company, 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 Emergency and Crisis Management Plan that clearly outlines a systematic structure ensuring the Company’s readiness for emergency and crisis situations, 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.), Occupational Health (Illness, injury, MEDEVAC) and Environment (spills, complaints, etc.). The Emergency & Crisis Management 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 of our emergency and crisis management plan and competency of related resources to assure that all emergency and crisis cases can be effectively managed.

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PTTEP will be a zero incident organization and the energy partner of choice where SSHE is regarded as a license to operate.


  • To achieve zero incidents through personal and process safety management.
  • Recognize the contribution of SSHE towards competitive performance and innovation for long term value creation.
  • Comply with the SSHE management system which is subject to continuous improvement, and seek opportunities for SSHE transformation.
  • Prepare for and respond effectively to emergencies, crises and security-related events.
  • Create a generative SSHE culture that is based on leadership at every level including contractors and where everybody understands the crucial importance of SSHE risks.
  • Achieve top quartile SSHE performance in exploration and production industry.


Safety, Security, Health and Environment Policy (SSHE)

SSHE is a core value for PTTEP. Adherence to safe operating standards is required to ensure the safety and health of everyone involved in our operations and communities where we operate, environmental protection and the security of our people and assets. A lifecycle SSHE management approach is required. A generative SSHE culture will help to achieve our vision of being incident free with the key objective of sustainable development.

PTTEP shall:

  • Work to achieve and sustain a generative SSHE culture driven by accountable leadership and involvement of all employees and contractors. Fundamentally SSHE performance is a line management
  • Set measurable SSHE objectives, key performance indicators and targets that are used for continuous improvement for top quartile performance.
  • Recognise compliance obligations with all applicable SSHE laws wherever we operate or the requirements of the PTTEP SSHE management system, whichever is the most stringent.
  • Manage personal and process safety risks by identifying, analyzing, evaluating and treating them using the as low as reasonably practical principle (ALARP).
  • Work with contractors and suppliers to achieve PTTEP’s SSHE requirements.
  • Continuously reinforce employees and contractors right to use of the Stop Work Authority (SWA).
  • Apply Management of Change principles to administrative, organizational and engineering changes to ensure risks remain as low as reasonably practical (ALARP).
  • Improve SSHE performance by investigating and learning from incidents and implementing audits and reviews.
  • Plan and prepare for emergencies and crises by providing resources, training and holding regular drills and exercises.
  • Promote employee and contractor’s health as part of an effective health management system.
  • Apply a drugs and alcohol free workplace program to all employees and contractors. The use or possession of drugs and alcohol while working or driving are strictly prohibited.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions aligned with the pathway to a low carbon future.

The successful implementation of this Policy requires total commitment from PTTEP employees and contractors at all levels.

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The PTTEP Safety, Security, Health and Environment Management System (SSHE MS), a reflection of our Corporate Vision and Strategy, is essential for the effective operation of all SSHE and SSHE-related activities. The SSHE MS provides the principles for conducting any PTTEP operations with regards to safety, security, health, and environment.

PTTEP SSHE MS is aligned with the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) as well as the international standard, such as ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001.

Effective implementation of the PTTEP SSHE MS will build a solid foundation for the "Step Change in SSHE" in underpinning our License to Operate.

7 elements of PTTEP SSHE MS

SSHE MS ElementAddressing
1 . Leadership and Commitment Top-down commitment and SSHE culture, essential to the success of the SSHE MS
2 . Policy and Strategic Objectives Corporate intentions, principles of action and aspirations with respect to SSHE
3 . Organization Resource and Documentation Organization of people, resources and documentation for sound SSHE performance
4 . Evaluationand Risk Management Identification and evaluation of SSHE risks, for activities, products and services, and development of risk reduction measures
5 . Planning and Operational Control Planning the conduct of work activities, including planning for changes and emergency response
6 . Implementation and Monitoring Performance and monitoring of activities, and how corrective action is to be taken when necessary
7 . Audit and Review Periodic assessments of SSHE MS performance, effectiveness and fundamental suitability
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Key Achievement Milestones

At PTTEP, we firmly believe that all incidents are preventable and “Target Zero” is attainable. In 2020, this message is still cascaded down from the top management right down to all employees and contractors.

PTTEP creates a culture of safety for all of our employees and contractors, in every stage of work. The company has in place a policy and a Safety, Security, Health and Environment (SSHE) Management System, which aligns with international standards, to manage risks and ensure that no accidents occur in the workplace.

SSHE Performance 

  • Top quartile SSHE performance in Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) and 2nd quartile in Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) compared to 2018 International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) average performance.
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emission intensity by 14% compared to base year in 2012.
  • No occupational illnesses recorded for employees, and the company achieved the Total Recordable Occupational Illness Rate (TROIR) target of zero cases per million hours workedorked. 

Maintaining SSHE Standards

  • Process safety performance showed positive improvements continuously. PTTEP promoted the training sessions on individual responsibility for process safety, “My Barrier” programs to manage process safety hazards and barriers.
  • Based on the latest survey in 2017, the result of SSHE Culture Survey was 4.16 out of 5 at Proactive Level. The company has established the goal of achieving a “SSHE Culture Level 5”, the highest level possible, in order to embed safety as an ingrained behavior amongst employees by 2020.
  • Maintained the 4Ls Program (Lifting and dropped objects, Land transportation, Leakages, and Leadership) to manage risks and dangers, communicate more effectively, and ensure the safe management of operations.

Management System Certification

  • ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management Systems
Domestic Assets: Arthit, Greater Bongkot North (GBN), Greater Bongkot South (GBS), S1, PTTEP1, and Sinphuhorm.
International Asset: Zawtika Project, Myanmar
Petroleum Development Support Base: Songkhla and Ranong Bases
  • ISO 45001 : 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management
Domestic Assets: Arthit, Greater Bongkot North (GBN), Greater Bongkot South (GBS), S1, PTTEP1, and Sinphuhorm.
Petroleum Development Support Base: Songkhla and Ranong Bases

Recognitions and Awards

  • Global CSR Awards 2019, Gold Level in Best Environmental Excellence - PTTEP Teenergy Project
  • Energy and Environment Foundation Global CSR Awards 2019, Energy and Environment Foundation
  • Thailand Energy Awards 2019, Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), Ministry of Energy
  • LESS (Low Emissions Support Scheme) Award, Letter of Recognition for the third consecutive Year, The Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO)
  • Green Meetings Certificates for PSB Songkhla (Plus level) and RSB Ranong (Standard level), Thailand Business Council for Sustainable Development (TBCSD)
  • 2019 Green Office Award at the Excellence (G-Gold) Level, Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • 2019 Green Procurement Certificate for the third consecutive year, Thailand Environmental Institute (TEI)
  • NACC Integrity Awards 2019, National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)
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