Workplace Health Performance in the Oil & Gas Industry

Oil and Gas Worker
September 26, 2019

“Well I can ease your pain
Get you on your feet again”
~Pink Floyd – “Comfortably Numb”

In June, the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) published its latest report on health leading performance indicators in collaboration with IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues.

The report looks at 2018 data from 33 IOGP and IPIECA member companies and organizations in the oil and gas industry, representing both upstream and downstream operators and associated contracting companies.

Two assessment tools (a gap analysis tool and a percentage tool) were used to evaluate health performance within individual companies; and also to compare performance between different parts of a company and between participating companies. Health performance for these eight distinct elements were looked at:

  1. Health risk assessment and planning
  2. Industrial hygiene and control of workplace exposures
  3. Medical emergency management
  4. Management of ill health in the workplace
  5. Fitness for task assessment and health surveillance
  6. Health impact assessment
  7. Health reporting and record management
  8. Public health interface and promotion of good health

What are the main findings from the report?

High Scores for Management of Ill Health and Emergency Management

The assessment tools have shown some consistent trends over the years that the study has been performed.

The first trend is that “management of ill health in the workplace” and “medical emergency management” have both scored the highest over the past eight years. This means that employees at participating companies have access to occupational health practitioners to facilitate rehabilitation and help them return to work after an illness or injury.

When it comes to medical emergency management, companies have a medical emergency plan that is based on sound medical advice and level of risk, and this plan is communicated effectively to employees and integrated into other emergency procedures.

Health Reporting and Record Management in the Top Three

The second trend is that “health reporting and record management” has ranked among the top three elements over the past seven years. This element is important for companies in order to collect robust data to measure their performance in other areas.

While health record management can refer to the secure maintenance of personal health records, it also means that companies keep records on raw materials, processes, products and work duties, and regularly monitor workplace exposures and perform health risk assessments.

Health Impact Assessment Needs to Improve

The last major trend in the report points to an area of potential improvement: the “health impact assessment” element has consistently been the lowest-scoring for the last eight years.

This is probably because the element deals with activities that take place in the surrounding communities of work sites.

The companies that score well on this element work with health impact assessors to determine the social and environmental impact (both hazardous and beneficial) of work projects, products, and procedures.

They also create partnerships with external stakeholders and local government to find common approaches to health management.


Read the full “Health leading performance indicators – 2018 data” report to learn more about all the elements in detail.



Jean-Grégoire Manoukian

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