Page 37 - Corporate Responsibility Report 2018
P. 37

 A Safety School for GTE’s Managers
As part of the continuing integration of operations teams into safety processes, 75 of the company’s managers have completed intensive, three-day hands-on Safety Leadership Training in Cartagena.
The course focuses on training the managers on risk factors and safe practices for the highest risk activities the company carries out. The curriculum, which was originally developed at Texas A&M University and was adapted by GTE, is delivered in partnership with a company that specializes in safety training. It is a blend of theoretical learning and practical exercises in specific areas, such as encountering hazardous materials, first aid, flammable substances, mechanical lifting, working at heights and in confined spaces. The curriculum is also in alignment with Colombian Technical Standards as well as standards set by international organizations.
Additional managers will continue to be trained throughout 2019.
A Safe Driving Program
GTE works hard to eliminate unsafe conditions and practices at all of its facilities to protect workers and maintain the integrity of its operations. Once produced, the company’s crude is sold on site or transported to a different location for sale, often by road on trucks. This means that thousands of truck trips, often hundreds of kilometres long on a variety of roads, are necessary. All drivers transporting GTE’s crude work for independent trucking contractors.
GTE Managers participate in a hands-on fire safety training session in Cartagena.
Driving on Colombia’s roads brings a number of factors into the safety equation, including vehicle maintenance, road conditions, weather, pedestrians, animals, motorcycles and other vehicle drivers. To manage these risks, GTE’s Health, Safety and Environment Department (HSE) has developed a comprehensive driving plan that, added to their existing training, better prepares drivers for all of these factors.
GTE’s driving plan contains a number of focus areas, including:
• Driver and instructor training
• Detailed planning before each trip
• Use of an in-vehicle monitoring system to improve driving behaviour
• Random in-route audits to identify improvement and non-compliance
• Road hazard assessments
• Self assessments for drivers
Safety 35

   35   36   37   38   39