Summer Safety Day at Sakhalin Energy

This year the event started on 17 June. It was attended by employees of all assets and units of the company, as well as its contracting organisations – some 10 thousand people all in all.

While the heroes of Alexandre Dumas’ novel took on the most difficult tasks and achieved success on the pages of the book and later on the screen, Sakhalin Energy has been doing this in real life for 26 years already.

“The production we are engaged in is of vital importance to the region and the entire Russian fuel and energy complex. It does not tolerate any rash decisions or slacking; therefore, the company takes unprecedented safety and security measures. Now that the company has to carry out its activities in a new format, presence of a positive work culture and dynamic assessment of risks mean a lot for the reliability of the production process, the economic stability of the company, the level of working efficiency of employees,” Roman Dashkov, Chief Executive Officer of Sakhalin Energy, said.

In this challenging period, reliable behaviour and the ability to intervene in an unsafe situation before it gets out of control are especially important for reducing the risks of incidents at our assets and facilities. This requires valuable human qualities such as self-control, composure and stress resistance, team spirit, and caring attitude towards one another. We can proudly say that the Sakhalin-2 project team has them all in spades.

However, possessing certain qualities is only half the battle – it is necessary to develop them. The best way to do this is to follow the advice of experts or exchange experience with colleagues. Safety Days are a perfect opportunity for this. Due to objective reasons, teleconferencing was one of the most widely-used ways of communication during this year’s Safety Day. It was far fr om the best, but, given that many employees and contractors of the company are working remotely, the most optimal way for holding the event.

In the new working conditions, according to Anna Lavrentieva, Chief Specialist of the Health and Safety Subdivision, it was decided to hold the Safety Day in a combined format: to arrange face-to-face meetings wherever it was possible and to use the available means of electronic communications wh ere it was not. According to the participants of the event, the latter option turned out to be quite a good alternative. It stands to reason that virtual meetings will never fully replace live communication, but in the context of anti-epidemic restrictions, on-line discussions were not only useful, but also highly interesting for many participants. In general, about half of all summer Safety Day participants took part in the event remotely.

The organisers received positive feedback from numerous participants of the event who pointed out its good preparation, high quality of visual materials, and the topicality of issues proposed for discussion. All of them admit that they are looking forward to the next meeting on the Safety Day in winter.

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23 June 2020