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HP Viewpoint: The evolution of safety in the oil and gas industry

As a safety professional with 25 years of experience in the hydrocarbon and chemical industries, I’ve had the unique opportunity to view first-hand the evolution of safety. Upon entering this fie..

As a safety professional with 25 years of experience in the hydrocarbon and chemical industries, I’ve had the unique opportunity to view first-hand the evolution of safety. Upon entering this field, much of the early drive for safety within organizations was centered on loss of physical assets and the moral issues around loss of life. I remember hearing of a refinery in the early 1960s whose safety goal was to have only five fatalities during the coming year. This wasn’t because companies lacked a concern for the well-being of their employees. The oil business was simply perceived as dangerous, with injuries viewed as inherent to the nature of this business. First job. I star

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