Located in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin, the Hibernia and Hebron oil platforms are found over 300km southeast off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Operating in the harsh environment of the Atlantic Ocean, these platforms are designed to withstand severe weather. In addition to the structural engineering used to keep the platforms safe and secure, thorough inspections are made in preparation any time an inclement system is forecast.
Allison Organ is a SSHE Lead (Security, Safety, Health and Environment) with ExxonMobil Canada. ExxonMobil Canada operates the Hebron project and supports operations on the Hibernia Project. Allison has been looking after the safety of offshore workers, together with her team, since 2013. Today, this includes workers on both Hibernia and Hebron. To ensure a secure work environment, the SSHE team involves every department offshore. When a potential storm is forecast, each department completes its own adverse-weather checklist. These checklists outline the specific actions they are required to take before, during and after heavy weather. This process ensures all departments on the platforms are engaged in safety planning and preparation for adverse weather conditions.
Permit-to-work assessments are also performed before inclement weather sets in. These assessments are essentially formal safety evaluations to make certain that all jobs on the schedule are considered with the weather in mind. Where necessary, some tasks may be postponed until after the weather clears to ensure worker safety.
At the end of the day, job number one for everyone on Hebron and Hibernia is safety. While the SSHE team may lead the charge, everyone on board does their part and works together to prepare the platforms and protect workers from the harsh weather of the North Atlantic.