The normalization of deviance is a major organizational cultural issue that is modeled and enabled by poor leadership and filters down through the organization with disastrous consequences for safety and operations. Safety technologies, procedures, policies, and programs have all evolved, yet there still remains a lot of work to do in many industries and workplaces to transform safety behaviors and attitudes.
Ahead of the release of the Trump administration's changes to Obama-era rules governing offshore oil platforms, Michael Bromwich said he is worried. "I don't think they are in the public's interest," he said. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced updated Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems regulations. The revisions reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens while ensuring that operations remain safe and environmentally responsible. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s SafeOCS program has released its 2017 annual report on Blowout Prevention System Safety, noting 18 of 25 operators associated with rig operations in the Gulf of Mexico reported 1,129 equipment component failure events.
The guidance focuses on the business purpose of health services in the oil and gas sector and the additional value that effective leadership around health and human performance can bring. SPE signed agreements with two leading industry associations to promote knowledge sharing and best practice in social responsibility. The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers recently released the second edition of Report 456, Process Safety—Recommended Practice on Key Performance Indicators. The report provides guidance on identifying leading and lagging process-safety KPIs for the upstream oil and gas industry. The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers has updated its set of Life-Saving Rules to simplify and improve them.
Well integrity and well barriers have been part of the exploitation for oil and gas for nearly a century, with the introduction of the blowout preventer (BOP) in the 1920s. In response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident that claimed the lives of 11 men and led to the worst oil spill in United States history, the offshore industry devised new technologies and methods that would allow for a quicker response in the US Gulf of Mexico.
In this study, pressure-while-drilling technologies are combined with software simulations to differentiate drilling-fluid thermal expansion, wellbore ballooning, and formation influx during riserless drilling operations. A scientist hired by federal regulators to look for ways to reduce the risk of well blowouts said it is time for the oil and gas industry to treat kicks taken while drilling the same way doctors treat heart attacks.
With the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement as a cochair of the steering committee, SPE held a 2-day summit in April to discuss the development and implementation of an industrywide safety-data sharing framework. More precise measurement can create a dilemma. One example is the precise fluid flow measurements used to control managed pressure drilling (MPD) systems. A scientist hired by federal regulators to look for ways to reduce the risk of well blowouts said it is time for the oil and gas industry to treat kicks taken while drilling the same way doctors treat heart attacks. The United States’ top offshore regulator said his agency is adopting new policies and measures to improve its working relationship with the offshore industry.
Change is constant in the oil and gas industry, bringing an increase in operational risk. As companies acquire and develop assets around the world, they must reduce their risk exposure by improving operational integrity. A recent webinar provides six reasons for ensuring strong HSSE policies are included in a company's ERP system. SPE Distinguished Lecturer Patrick Hudson discussed the types of safety culture found in organizations and the ways in which companies can improve their handling of noncompliant behaviors by employees. Gone are the days when missing a few fingers is a badge of honor in the oilpatch.
New methodology addresses underlying issues to achieve more-sustainable process-safety and HSE performance. The TRITON/TRISIS/HatMan malware incident proved that the worlds of process safety and industrial control systems should be looked at holistically, not just from the standpoint of potential cyberthreats. The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers recently released the second edition of Report 456, Process Safety—Recommended Practice on Key Performance Indicators. The report provides guidance on identifying leading and lagging process-safety KPIs for the upstream oil and gas industry. This paper aims to provide a fresh perspective on the pivotal role of integrity leadership and the needed to deliver the journey to goal zero, no harm and no leaks.
Safety depends on developing a dedicated culture mind-set and mitigation of risks, from the planning and engineering phases to the work site. These papers selected by OGF technical paper editor Gerald Verbeek present various practices for reducing and eliminating the number of incidents. In this case, a film guides the audience to make positive, personal choices whenever planning and operating a work at height. How Do Process and Occupational Safety Differ? Various industry experts discussed the progress of an initiative led by SPE and BSEE to develop a safety data-sharing framework to help mitigate potential risk in operations.
For employees to report on safety incidents, there must be a ‘just culture,’ where issues can be discussed freely and underlying causes investigated and corrected without fear of punitive actions. Companies in the petroleum industry, from exploration and production, to transportation, refining, and distribution, operate around the clock. This paper intends to raise awareness on the impact of fatigue in the petroleum industry and recommend a framework for fatigue risk management. This paper describes an operator’s experience with HFE during the construction and fabrication/installation phase of projects, including welding during the fabrication of buoyancy tanks, emergency preparedness, and the use of 3D model walk-throughs. In this case, a film guides the audience to make positive, personal choices whenever planning and operating a work at height.