The Cleveland Cavaliers entered the 2017 NBA Playoffs with a Defensive Rating that ranked 22nd out of 30 teams in the league. What does Cleveland’s Defensive Rating have to do with drilling health and safety? Stick with me.
LeBron James is known for coasting into the playoffs, turning it on, and winning Championships. But, everyone knows defense wins Championships and LeBron’s normal nonchalance didn’t have many commentators convinced he could pull it off.
On ESPN Radio, Ryen Russillo repeatedly pondered, “If you are *that bad* all year on defense, can you really just flip a switch? Even if you’re LeBron James?”
We all know the end of the story. LeBron made it back to the Finals but fell short of another Championship. Cleveland’s defense was no match for Golden State’s behemoth Super Team.
Again, what does this have to do with drilling health and safety?
We are creatures of habit. If the best basketball player on the planet flip a switch to fix his defense after a season off, what makes us oil professionals think we can simply flip a switch to fix our safety issues after a weekend off?
The answer is obvious. Unless we are living a life centered around personal safety, we will never maximize our drilling health and safety. Since that’s the case, here are a few quick things you can do to start building safe habits at home and in the office.
Keeping the Lights On
Hurricane Harvey was a strong reminder to everyone in the oilfield that we must be prepared to lose power at any moment. When you lose power, the first thing you miss is lights.
Keep an Inspection Pen Light on your desk or — better yet — in your pocket to ensure you’re never personally stuck in the dark. Stock your office with plenty of lanterns to ensure your team isn’t either.
While we are on the topic of lights, it’s never a bad idea to turn them off. Whether you are leaving the office for a meeting, lunch, or even a long bathroom break turning off the lights for even a small period can help save both energy and money.
George Carlin once said, “Electricity is really just organize lighting.” When lightning strikes, you are not the only one ask risk; so is your data.
Never plug your computer directly into a wall outlet. Instead, use power strips at to protect sensitive equipment against lightning and other unexpected surges that can make your computer an expensive paperweight. As an added bonus, new smart power strips are effective energy savers that can reduce the impact to the environment and your wallet.
There’s Nothing Sadder In Life Than Wasted Talent… And Money
Beyond losing power, we also must be on guard against wasted money. Perform routine and preventative maintenance checks around the office. That dripping faucet is costing you money and driving Diane in Accounting crazy.
If you run a trucking fleet, be sure your drivers perform regular oil changes. At the least, ignoring regular oil changes can cost you gas mileage. At worst, ignoring them can cost you an engine.
Taking Out the Trash
When you deal with hazardous materials every day, you always have to keep your guard up. Proper exploration and production waste disposal are not only critically important to your company’s safety, it’s heavily regulated. Getting your employees to properly dispose of waste around the office can translate out in the field.
Pick-up that paper bag and put it in the trash on the way into the office. Equip your office with separate shredder disposal baskets for documents containing sensitive information. And please get that burnt popcorn bag out of the office… NOW.
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
None other than Jesus Christ Himself said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” (Luke 16:10) By changing even the smallest habits at home and in the office, you can drive outstanding drilling health and safety results out in the field.
What small habits do you keep around the office that translate into strong drilling health and safety practices in the field? I would love to hear from you in the comments.