An ongoing commitment to health, safety, and the environment (HSE) is embedded in the way Schlumberger works worldwide. Schlumberger HSE for Youth program shares the company’s HSE expertise in the community to help young people make responsible decisions related to HSE topics.
HSE for Youth focuses on helping young people analyze risks and hazards in the everyday situations they face. In 2012, Schlumberger HSE for Youth teams led workshops around the world, including personal security in Malaysia, road safety in Mexico, and Internet security in the United Arab Emirates. Trained HSE for Youth volunteers facilitate the workshops, and provide age-appropriate resources to help these young people become more aware of—and empowered to manage—HSE issues they may face.
Road traffic incidents are ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the tenth leading cause of death worldwide, and projections indicate that over the next two decades this will rise, unless there is stronger commitment to road safety.
HSE for Youth road safety workshops are designed to engage young people in learning about the dangers of the road, whether they are in a vehicle, riding a bike or walking down the street.
Over 60 youth participated in road safety workshops in Mexico where they learned how to become safer—and more aware as pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and passengers—learning safety tips such as wearing seat belts or the dangers of texting while driving. The workshop participants were also encouraged to share these important road safety messages with their families and friends and how they can foster safe behavior with others.
The Internet and mobile phones have made communicating easier than ever before, yet there are security issues, especially for young people who may not be aware of the potential dangers. At an HSE for Youth workshop in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the first workshop to be held there, over 50 children gained insights regarding personal security in the online world.
As part of the workshop, participants learned about the security issues of sharing too much personal information—such as posting or texting names, passwords, email or home addresses, and photos—and how to protect against online predators. The facilitators also encouraged the children to let their parents know if they are subject to cyberbullying or other online activity that makes them uncomfortable.
At an HSE for Youth workshop in Malaysia, 23 participants attended a personal security workshop on how to be safer at home and in their communities. The workshop focused on helping the children become aware of general and location-specific risks in their everyday lives and on making the right decisions about their personal safety. The workshops covered issues such as how to say “no” when facing a potentially unsafe decision, keeping a card with emergency phone numbers and safety tips on answering phones and doors at home.
In summary, HSE for Youth program was initiated in 2008 by the Schlumberger HSE organization and is facilitated through workshops led by trained volunteers that include Schlumberger employees and their spouses, customers, and members of local communities. Since its inception, the program has provided age-appropriate workshops to children around the world. Reaching out to young people from ages 8 to 18, HSE for Youth focuses on seven areas where Schlumberger can share its HSE expertise—injury prevention, road safety, personal security, malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness, water, and climate change.
To date, more than 4,000 young people and 400 volunteers have participated in over 150 HSE for Youth workshops in more than 25 countries.
HSE for Youth workshop attendees review personal and internet security tips with the instructor.