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A Look at Our Safety Culture – Over the Years

The oil and gas industry has made evolutionary strides in our safety culture in the last twenty-five years. There was a time when deadly incidents were commonplace. They were considered the cost of doing business. Today we are doing a lot better.

As the industry has changed, we have utilized safety professionals, some who have come up through the ranks and some who have come from outside the industry.

These safety professionals have made major contributions to the evolution of our safety culture over the years. Some see themselves as a resource to support safe and efficient operations embracing the behavioral side of safety.

Some have come as safety cops who focus strictly on regulatory compliance. Some have come with an emphasis on procedures. Some are there only to investigate incidents after the fact.

(…)We need to get these guys to be good coaches and not bad cops, and you will see vast improvements in your safety and efficiency.

This is an excerpt from my book ‘Commit to Safe and Efficient Operations’ you can get a copy here:

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Kris's Bio

After 20 years of working with clients involved in high-risk operations around the globe, Kris founded The Callen Group in April 2017 in order to focus solely on developing and promoting high-performing operational cultures that lead to safe and efficient operations.

He founded Performance Coaching International, served as president from 2005 – 2009, was Senior Vice President at The REACH Group from 2009 – 2017, and is a highly respected Senior Leadership and Safety Facilitator. In addition, he was highly involved in the mergers of Global Marine and SantaFe, Hercules, and TODCO as well as Talisman’s North Sea Operations transfer from Total. Kris remains on the cutting edge of advances in the area of behavioral safety, predominately in the Oil and Gas Sector.

Kris’ career has taken him to 90 countries training over 35,000 people. He has been intimately involved with the development and implementation of Behavioral Safety Processes with Enterprise Offshore, Orion Drilling, Hercules Offshore, as well as the former GlobalSantaFe which is now Transocean. In 2019 Kris authored the book “Commit to Safe and Efficient Operations” published by PennWell. This book outlines a clear roadmap for bringing many cultures together and simplifying the safety tools that are used day in and out.

Kris holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Belhaven University, Jackson Mississippi, in Accounting and in Business Administration. He is passionate about creating a performance culture where safety and efficiency go hand in hand. He currently divides his time between Lafayette, Louisiana, Tampa, Florida, and Houston, Texas, and has four grown sons: Braxton, Taylor, Joshua, and Noah.