With its well-maintained units, proper equipment, disciplined drivers, advanced GPS technology and deployment of Quick Response Teams (QRT), SF Oil Inc. have experienced NO MAJOR ACCIDENTS OR HIJACKINGS SINCE ITS EXISTENCE.
Because we value our clients' confidence and trust, Safety & Security is our top concern. It is not an afterthought. Nothing comes before it. It is the be-all and end-all of our operations.
Road Safety Orientation
Drivers undergo Road Safety Orientation that focuses on the following:
- Defensive Driving
- Road Courtesy
Drivers and helpers are responsible for their own units and must treat them with the utmost respect. They must always keep the unit clean and in good running condition.
No Over Speeding
All SF Oil units are equipped with GPS devices powered by a Texas based satellite. It is the same technology used by one of the biggest names in the oil industry. One of its features is the speed tracking technology. All drivers must not go beyond the maximum speed limit of 80kph. In the event a driver exceeds, GPS monitoring personnel will immediately call the attention of the driver to slow down and make an inquiry. The company created a reward system by giving incentives to drivers with no over speeding record.
No Accident Policy
Drivers must exercise all the safety precautions before, during and after operations. Accidents are not an excuse, no matter how big or small.
Providing the Best Equipment
All drivers and helpers are provided with Personal Protection Equipments (PPE) to avoid any physical injuries.
The Role of Contingency Plans
A contingency plan is like a 'game plan' or a set of instructions that outlines the steps that should be taken before, during, and after an emergency. It looks at all the possibilities of what could go wrong and, 'contingent' upon actual events, has the contacts, resource lists, and strategies to assist in the response to the spill.
Elements of a Contingency Plan
At first glance, an oil spill contingency plan may appear complicated. It is heavy on details about the numerous steps required to prepare for and respond to spills. It also covers different spill scenarios and addresses different situations that may arise during or after a spill. Despite its complexity, a well-designed contingency plan should be easy to follow. Although they may differ in many respects, contingency plans usually have four major elements in common:
- Risk assessment
- Hazard identification
- Vulnerability analysis
- Response Actions
Planners use hazard identification and vulnerability analysis to develop a risk assessment. The risk assessment is then used as the basis for planning specific response actions.
Contingency planners compare the hazard and the vulnerability in a particular location to see the kind of risk that is posed to a community. The plan then addresses those problems by determining how best to control the spill, how to prevent certain populations or environments from exposure to oil, and what can be done to repair the damage done by the spill.
It is impossible to know when an oil spill is going to happen and how much oil is likely to be spilled. However, it is possible to identify where oil is stored, the corridors through which it travels, and the industries that use large quantities of oil.
Different situations can affect the ability of response personnel to contain and clean up an oil spill, such as weather conditions, geographic isolation, and spill size. Private companies and locals design their contingency plans to address spills from many locations and under many different conditions. The following information is usually collected as part of the hazard identification.
- Types of oils frequently stored in or transported through that area.
- Locations where oil is stored in large quantities and the mode of transportation used to move the oil, such us pipelines, trucks, or tankers
- Extreme weather conditions that might occur in the area during different times of the year.
- The location of response equipment and personnel trained to use the equipment and respond to the spill.
The vulnerability analysis section of a contingency plan provides information about resources and communities that could be harmed in the event of a spill. This information helps personnel involved in cleaning up a spill make reasonable, well-informed choices about protecting public health. The environment vulnerability analysis information might include the following:
- Lists of public safety officials in the community.
- Lists of facilities such as schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and prisons.
- Lists of recreational areas such as camp grounds.
- Lists of special events and when they take place.
- Identification of parts of the environment that are particularly susceptible to oil water pollution.
Response actions are developed to address the risks that are identified in the risk assessment. A carefully designed contingency plan will describe major actions that need to be taken when a spill occurs. These actions should take place immediately following a spill so as to minimize hazards to human health and the environment. The following response actions should be included in a contingency plan:
- Notifying all private companies or government agencies that are responsible for the cleanup effort.
- Getting trained personnel and equipment to the site quickly.
- Defining the size, position and content of the spill, its direction and speed of movement, and its likelihood of affecting sensitive habitats.
- Ensuring the safety of all response personnel and the public.
- Stopping the flow of oil from the ship, truck, or storage facility, if possible, and preventing ignition.
- Containing the spill to a limited area.
- Removing the oil.
- Disposing of the oil once it has been removed from the water or land.
Area Contingency Plan
Because a single plan cannot address the unique conditions of all areas, other organizations have developed many plans for smaller areas. These plans, known as Area Contingency Plans, may cover only a few counties. These plans describe the area covered by the plan; describe the responsibilities of an owner or operator and government agencies in removing, mitigating, or preventing a discharge; and list all equipment, dispersants, or other mitigating substances and devices available to an owner or operator and government agencies to ensure effective and immediate removal, mitigation, or prevention of a discharge.
Area Contingency Plans may be broken into sub-areas based on higher risk, such as busy transportation corridors and environmentally sensitive areas.
Area and sub-area contingency plans are prepared with involvement of the local public for resources under their control. They are important to contingency planning because they often have special knowledge about areas where oil might be spilled and resources that might be affected.
Improving Contingency Plans
After an oil spill has been controlled and cleaned up or after an exercise, the companies, as well as the locals, that were involved in the emergency or exercise, should assess the usefulness of their contingency plans. Information gathered during the assessment, such as problems that had not been considered in the original plan and the successes or failures of cleanup techniques used, is used to revise and improve contingency plans.
Lessons learned during oil spills and exercises are also shared with other private and regional organizations. They too may learn and improve their contingency plans.
Planning for an oil spill emergency helps to minimize potential danger to human health and the environment by ensuring a timely and coordinated response. Well-designed local, regional, and national contingency plans can assist response personnel in their efforts to contain and clean up oil spills by providing information that the response teams will need before, during and after spills occur. Developing and exercising the plan provides opportunities for the response community to work together as a team and develop the interpersonal relationships essential to the smooth functioning of a response.
Because the approaches and methods for responding to oil spills are constantly evolving and each oil spill provides an opportunity to learn how to better prepare for future incidents, contingency plans are also constantly evolving and improving ─ ensuring increased protection for human health and the environment.
Screening of Applicants
Before hiring driver/helper applicants, they must submit the following requirements:
- Birth/Marriage Certificate (NSO copy)
Clearences (original copy):
- Barangay Clearance
- Police Clearance
- Municipal Trial Court (MTC) Clearance
- Regional Trial Court (RTC) Clearance
- Fiscal (Office of the Provincial Prosecutor Clearance)
- National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance
- Complete Background Investigation (CBI) – to be conducted by the Internal Security Officer (ISO)
Medical Certificates (physical examination of the following):
- Hepatitis A and B
- ECG (for 35 year olds and above)
- Urine test
- Stool test
- Blood test
- Drug test
- Dental Records
- Location map (signed by the Barangay Captain)
- Driver's License
- Government issued Identification Card
- Accomplished SF Oil Inc. Biographical Data
Each unit is equipped with a GPS Tracking Device that is monitored 24/7. During deliveries, the movements of the units are closely monitored to ensure that the drivers are following specific routes and only stop at allowed safe locations.
Road Security & Anti-Hijacking Orientation
With close coordination with local and other Law Enforcement Agencies, drivers and helpers are provided with vital information that focus on the following objectives:
- How to identify security threats.
- How to identify proper authorities/officers of the law and its Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
- Dissemination of 'Modus Operandi' of lawless elements engaged in hijacking activities.
- Measures to be taken during and after actual hijacking incidents.
Actions on Actual Hi-jacking Incidents
During actual hijacking incidents, the company immediately activates its Quick Response Team (QRT) to perform the following tasks:
- Deployment of the Quick Response Team together with the local police to secure the unit and its occupants.
- The personnel monitoring the GPS Tracking coordinates the actual location and movements of the unit to the responding team.
- Filing of appropriate criminal charges to arrested suspects (if any).
Actions When a Loaded Unit Malfunctions
Whenever a loaded unit malfunctions and is stuck on a unsecured area, the Quick Response Team will be deployed together with the mechanics to immediately repair and secure the unit.
With the constant need for safety, security and efficiency in the field of logistics and hauling, we continue to find ways to make sure that we have the right tools and equipment to give our customers the best service they deserve. Because of this, we invested heavily 0n GPS Trackers to enhance the visibility of our trucks and drivers. GPS Trackers are a web-based tracking systems that utilize GPS, GPRS and Web Technologies.
The system tracks the exact location, speed, and status of each of our vehicles. It creates real-time reports that can be reviewed by the management. This helps us to improve our overall efficiency. It also sends out alerts if the truck is deviating from its designated route, effectively creating what we call in the business as geofences.
Because the system gives us information on the speed and status of the trucks, we now are able to monitor our drivers' behavior. We now know if they are overspeeding or reckless, thus, we can reprimand them immediately to prevent accidents and increase safety. We can also use the reports created by the system to review idle times, harsh breaking , harsh acceleration, and trip duration. The driver can also inform us if they are in trouble by pushing an ‘SOS’ button that alerts us immediately. We can also use the ‘engine immobilizer’ to disable the engine when the need arises.
These precautions are all part of our total commitment to safety and security. Distress signals are simultaneously sent to all concerned staff members even if they are not logged in to the system, via SMS or email.
GPS Tracking Features
Monitors status and location of vehicles.
Sends distress signal to assigned personel.
Monitoring of Driver Behavior
Recklessness, overspeeding, and excessive idle times are monitored.
Shuts down the engine when a command is sent by authorized personel.
Monitors vehicle parts for preventive maintenance and to ensure trucks are running in excellent condition.
We make sure our equipment and trucks are well maintained and in excellent condition. Aside from our team of highly experienced mechanics, we use our GPS Trackers' Fleet Management System for preventive maintenance and ensure that every part of our trucks is in prime condition. It alerts us when it is time to change oil, tires, brake pads, and even when vehicle registration is nearing its expiration date. Even if we are not logged in the system, the system alerts us through SMS or email to make sure we don’t miss anything
Here at SF Oil, we are absolutely committed to providing the best for our clients. And we always make it a point to invest in the latest technology that will help us continue our efficient, safe and secure operations.