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             Safety management System OSHAS 18001 


Leadership and Commitment

At Akakus Oil Operations we have a structured management system with defined departments and each with an organizational chart. The operation main office is based in Tripoli and the production facilities are in the south west of Libya in the Murzuq Basin, at our El Sharara Fields, Ubari. The exporting and storage facilities are based at Zawia on the coast 40Km west of Tripoli.   


Health and Safety Policy

We have a company Health and Safety policy statement for employees. These Policies are printed on each employee’s HSE Passport and posted around offices, workshops and production facilities. The Policies are Management statements showing the commitment to ensure that people can work in a safe environment and are suitably trained to perform their duties, without endangering themselves or others. We will provide the equipment and high engineering standards to ensure the work place is as safe as possible.


Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control


We are developing risk analysis systems into our operation, and are adopting the DuPont STOP Program which  identifies unsafe acts and conditions. This will give us a safer working environment and encourage the  development of a safety culture. We also have in place a permit to work system. This system requires filling in  specific Permit Forms depending on the type of work to be conducted (Hot, Cold, Confined Space Entry,  Excavation, etc.), prior to the work starting and after conducting an inspection of the work site, as a form of  checking that site conditions and equipment are safe to work on. A Lock Out / Tag Out System is also in place  to ensure the isolation of electrical, mechanical or hydraulic systems to safeguard the integrity of personnel  working on a given piece of equipment; each person working on a particular piece of equipment must isolate  that equipment by placing their own locks and warning tags on the equipment starting switches, valves, pumps  and any other devices that could accidentally be activated or opened while a work is in progress. 


Legal and other requirements

We have a Legal advisor, within the company. As part of NOC we are kept up to date with new Laws and changes that are implemented at a National level here in Libya. 


Objectives and Health and Safety Management Programme

Over the past few years we have developed and implemented several Health and Safety Procedures and Instructions to help us conduct business in a safe and sound manner. Our aim is to develop and implement a Safety Management System in accordance with the OHSAS 18001 requirements.  


Structure and Responsibility

The positions in the organization have roles and responsibilities, and are being defined by formal job descriptions. The company has an organizational chart with formal lines of reporting. 


Health and Safety Training, Awareness and Competence

Training and awareness is an area we are focusing on, and we are carrying out short, on-the-job training sections called Tool Box Talks. Also more formal programs are in place with overseas courses as well as training at the locations or in the Oil Institute in Tripoli.




Consultation and Communication

Safety based communication takes place with the help of posters and Safety Alerts posted on notice boards. The business language is English but we also post Arabic translations. Safety meetings take place in the form of department meetings and with the construction and drilling contractors that support our operation.


Documentation, Document and Data Control, and Record Management

Documentation such as procedures, work instructions, checklists, etc. are being maintained in good order and are revised as circumstances may require or at least once a year as part of our continuous improvement.  We also maintain good records of accidents, incidents and near misses, as well as communications records (Safety Alerts and memos), inspections records and actions tracking, safety meetings, training, inductions, reports, etc. With the implementation of the HSE Passport we will count on a very effective tool for recording each employee training, thus permitting us to have a more effective control of the training needs of all personnel. 


Operational Control

The operation is engineered to a high standard and all our facilities are operated by trained personnel. Safety and Environmental issues are of main concern for supervisors and operators at all the Gas Oil Separation Plants (GOSP) of Akakus Oil Operations (AOO) 


Emergency Preparedness and Response

We have trained fire crews that are stationed at our productions sites, at the CCX and at the Zawia storage facility. At El Sharara we also have 24 auxiliary crew members to support in prolonged incidents. We carry out plant emergency drills on a regular basis.



Performance Measurement and Monitoring

We record and measure improvements in safety performance. The STOP Program will help us improve in the tracking of unsafe acts and conditions; we also, as mentioned before, have our own action tracking system to close out safety related issues which have been raised on our regular inspections of the production facilities, workshops and offices.


Accidents, Incidents, Non-Conformances, Corrective & Preventive Actions

We record and investigate all accidents, incidents and near misses. The recorded information is classified as follows.


·        Near Miss, an unplanned event that had potential to injure a person or cause damage to the process or other equipment.

·        First Aid, where someone gets injured in a minor way that requires a single medical treatment, not necessarily by a medic or doctor, but rather by a trained first aid person.

·        Medical Treatment, when someone requires more than one visit to the medic to dress a wound or receive stitches and then have them removed.

·         Lost Time Injury LTI, when as a result of an accident, the person is not able to work the following day, because of the injury received in that accident. 

·        Fatality, when a person is killed as a result of an accident or dies afterward due to the result of injuries sustained by that accident.   


Vehicles and Land Transportation

Akakus Oil Operation has taken a special interest in eliminating or reducing to a very minimum the number of vehicle accidents and incidents occurring in the field. For this purpose, Desert Driving Instructors were contracted to train all personnel on driving skills on desert tracks. The Company is also purchasing speed limiters to be installed on all vehicles; these devices will help in keeping vehicles running within approved speed limits.


Inspections and Audits

Inspections are carried out by the safety group on all areas of the business. The findings of these inspections are recorded in an Action Tracking System and then distributed to the concerned departments for the implementation of corrective actions. Follow-up inspections are conducted to ensure compliance. An Auditing system will be implemented as part of the SMS development planned for this year.


Management Review

These are focused in the Tripoli office and part of our aim to constantly improve the way we operate and maintain the safest environment possible.