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Video demo from IADC HSE conference: How to put your back back in

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Lower back pain is commonly caused by stress or pressure on the discs, which sit between the vertebrae in the spine, Peter Guske, a physical therapist and President of The Back Saver System, said at the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. In this video from the conference on 7 February, Mr Guske demonstrates an exercise that can alleviate back pain when performed regularly. He also explains how overall body strength can help prevent back pain and injury.

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Behavioral reliability, transformational leadership among characteristics of high-reliability organizations

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One key characteristic of high-reliability organizations is that they have a safety culture with behavioral reliability. This means workers are encouraged and expected to operate safely 100% of the time. To develop a safety culture with behavioral reliability, organizations need transformational leaders who are willing to lead by example in order to effect culture change. Watch this video with Jim Spigener, Senior Vice President of DEKRA Insight, from the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference on 8 February in Houston to learn more about the key characteristics of high-reliability organizations.

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Competency management for safety-critical roles key to reducing major drilling incidents

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When competencies are not appropriately identified and assigned to safety-critical roles, the probability of human error increases. Increased human error has shown to be a direct precursor to major incidents that happen during drilling operations. To reduce human error and to ensure safety-critical personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct their jobs, organizations need to develop and validate a comprehensive competency management system for these roles, according to Luis De La Fuente, Global Training Manager for Lloyd’s Register. Watch DC’s video with Mr De La Fuente from the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference on 8 February in Houston for more information.

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Quintero: Industry should look to storytelling techniques to ensure lessons are learned from incidents

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Storytelling is a powerful device for helping humans to remember lessons learned. For ages, it’s a primary method of communication that humans have used for passing on knowledge and history. In the drilling industry, storytelling can play an important role, as well. In particular, companies can use this method to help employees retain lessons learned from incidents by linking the reasoning behind safe drilling procedures with real-life stories of tragic accidents that caused the need for such procedures. To learn more about this training method, watch DC’s video with Alan Quintero, Partner at Trenegy Inc, from the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference on 8 February in Houston.

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IADC kicks off first student chapter to connect students with professionals

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IADC’s first-ever student chapter, at Texas A&M University, received its certificate of organization at a luncheon held by the association’s Houston Chapter at the Petroleum Club on 31 January. “When you’re a student at a university and you’re in your last few years, you don’t always know what’s out there,” Andy Hendricks, 2017 IADC 2017 Chairman and President/CEO of Patterson-UTI Energy, said at the luncheon. “Having an organization like IADC at the student level allows students to really understand what kind of career opportunities are out there and where they might fit in the professional oil and gas industry.”

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SPE/ICoTA conference to demonstrate essential technology for production optimization

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IADC will be exhibiting at Booth #909 at the 2017 SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference, which will celebrate technology and innovation as the keys to surmounting challenges in production optimization. The event is co-sponsored by SPE and the Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA). The conference convenes 21-22 March in Houston.

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IADC launches workgroup to develop advanced well control certification

One of the questions IADC’s enhanced well control workgroup is weighing is how much high-fidelity simulation should be required as part of the course. Mark Denkowski, IADC Executive Vice President of Operational Integrity pointed out that there are a limited number of facilities in the world that have top-of-the-line simulators. However, scenario-based exercises, if facilitated properly, can offer realistic training even without high-fidelity simulation equipment.

IADC has kicked off the development of a scenario-based well control certification that will cultivate both technical and human factors skills through interactive exercises and simulations. “The industry came to IADC with a recognized need for well control training that would build upon an individual’s WellSharp training,” said Brooke Polk, IADC Director of Program Development and Technology.

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