The oil and gas industry is rapidly developing innovative technologies - new types of fuels and distribution systems, technologies to produce in the most remote and harsh environments, integrated gas developments on scales never before achieved. While the world demands innovation to meet its energy needs, society also holds increasingly higher expectations. Energy must be supplied not only reliably and affordably but safely, in a manner that protects health and the environment and with due consideration to the concerns of stakeholders.
To meet the challenge of protecting workers, communities and the environment, Chevron has broadened its vision of health, environment and safety (HES) risk management. This new approach draws on best practices, experience, and science across a range of technical specialty areas within the HES fields, and it integrates this knowledge into a single, structured comprehensive procedure, RiskMan2. Within the context of a corporate-wide risk management process, the RiskMan2 procedure will ensure rational and consistent HES risk management.
A key to RiskMan2 is the recognition that HES risks do not act as independent variables, but they are highly interdependent. A holistic view of risk with clearly defined mechanisms for assessment, prioritization and action is critical. RiskMan2 provides the structure and tools to achieve this integrated picture and to understand risk trade-offs. RiskMan2 also provides a framework for identifying and appropriately applying continually advancing HES science and technology. More than ever, it is critical to have a robust decision framework to guide the use of HES tools so that they can be optimally applied in a business context. Finally, RiskMan2 provides a structured process for consideration of societal values outside of the science and technology arenas.