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 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.

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’ 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.

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 in PTTEP

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. 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. The company EIAs as well as Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and the case studies of EIA/SIA Reports are 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 operating assets in Thailand, Australia and Myanmar.

Last but not least, PTTEP commits to 100% reporting of our environmental performances in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standard 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).