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EY poll shows disconnects between oil and gas industry, general public

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Perceptions matter, and there continue to be major disconnects between how the oil and gas industry perceives itself and public perceptions. In a presentation at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 9 November, Deborah Byers, US Oil and Gas Leader for EY, presented results from the company’s Oil and Gas Perception Poll, conducted early this year. A total of 1,204 Americans ages 16 and older were surveyed, along with 109 oil and gas executives. The findings illuminate the need to change public perception to secure the future of the industry. Watch the video to learn about the survey’s results...

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HSE&T Corner: Supervisors should seek to understand internal, external factors that influence employee behaviors affecting safety

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Performance management and feedback play a critical role in developing and instilling a safety culture within a company. Too often, however, when an incident occurs, supervisors and managers forget that behavior does not occur in a vacuum, Michael LeBlanc, Consultant Manager for Intertek, said on 17 October at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas. “When we think of performance management, we have to take into account what goes into an employee’s decisions,” he said. Understanding both the internal and external factors that influence an employee’s thinking and decisions can help a supervisor learn to change how they think about and approach safety...

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Procedural adherence teams help align employee, company values and reduce incidents

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The industry’s traditional approaches to investigating and preventing incidents – including audits and reports – don’t work, Jerold Timpson, President of Kaufman Global, said in a presentation at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas. These methods rely on human memory, which is fallible, and often require people to incriminate themselves, which they’re unwilling to do, he explained in a video from the conference on 17 October. In the video, he also discusses the benefits of using procedural adherence teams to align values and reduce incidents...

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To address human factors, industry must improve implementation

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The oil and gas industry is now devoting significantly more time and energy to accounting for human factors when writing procedures and creating new training programs. However, human factors is not new to the industry. Groups like the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) have been looking into human factors for 20 years, Chris Hawkes, Safety Director for IOGP, said during a panel session at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas. Events like Macondo have brought this discipline into even sharper focus, he added. In this video from the conference on 17 October, Mr Hawkes explains why their industry needs to better account for how human performance is impacted by the need for social survival. He also discusses how the industry, which is excellent at developing recommendations and guidance, can be better at their implementation....

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BP’s Forman: Industry must leverage people, technology, management systems to improve performance

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As the global oil downturn grinds on and the industry increasingly accepts the fact that the days of $100 oil are behind us, industry leaders must zero in on performance factors that can be controlled. In his keynote address at the 2017 IADC Drilling Middle East Conference in Dubai on 4 October, Paul Foreman, VP Wells of the Middle East Region for BP, proposed a model for approaching and leading performance in the business of wells”...

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PSA Norway: Industry, regulators must work together to reverse trend on safety

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Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway is challenging the oil and gas industry to reverse some troubling trends. In a presentation at the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 27 September in Amsterdam, Sigve Knudsen, PSA Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, said the last couple of years have been characterized by serious incidents and safety challenges. To help reverse this trend, the Norwegian regulator has identified three areas of special focus: robustness, standardization and inter-party collaboration. Watch DC’s video with Mr Knudsen as he explains the PSA’s work in these three areas and how it plans to achieve visible and measurable results.

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Light treatment improves alertness, health, safety for offshore shift workers

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Insomnia ranks as the second most common health complaint globally and is a common problem in offshore shift work environments. Poor quality of sleep can lead to lowered concentration, slower performance and difficulty thinking clearly. In turn, this can lead to increased risks for human error, lower productivity and more downtime on the rig. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 28 September in Amsterdam, Koos Meijer, Founder of KM Human Factors Engineering, discusses a light treatment that focuses on the timing, duration, intensity and color of light exposure to activate and deactivate the brain. During the last project, more than 150 shift workers were trained and guided in two interactive offshore workshops. The crew reported feeling ...

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Bapetco builds safety-first culture on care, respect for employees

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In 2015, Gordon Graham arrived in Egypt as Deputy Drilling Manager of Bapetco, a joint venture between Shell and Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. He quickly identified several areas within HSE that required improvement and launched the Risk Champions Program. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 27 September in Amsterdam, Mr Graham tells DC about the various focus areas for this program, as well as how HSE improvements can be achieved by demonstrating care and respect for employees. Watch the video for more information.

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BP implements Global DROPS assessments across 10 regions

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To prevent incidents related to dropped objects, BP has implemented what it calls the Global DROPS Assessment, which currently covers 10 regions and 37 rigs. These assessments help to verify that contractors are monitoring and improving their dropped objects program and that corrective actions determined from lessons learned and investigations are implemented to minimize or eliminate exposure to DROPS hazards. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 28 September, Duston McConnell, Senior Global HSE Advisor for BP, explains how these assessments work and the potential expansion of the assessments beyond drilling contractors. Mr McConnell also discusses his work with the North American DROPS Chapter, which will hold its 2017 North America DROPS Forum ...

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TxDOT to undertake Energy Sector Corridor Improvement program

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Many of the Texas roadways that run through energy-rich areas of the state were not built and designed to handle the constant traffic from heavy trucks that is associated with oil and gas exploration and production. Through the Energy Sector Corridor Improvement program, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will undertake improvements to roads that experience high levels of energy-related traffic, Randy Hopmann, Director of District Operations for TxDOT, said at the IADC Shale Energy Workshop in Midland, Texas, on 13 September. In this video from the conference, Mr Hopmann discusses some of the improvements that will take place under the program, including strengthening the pavement structures and adding passing lanes. He also explains how the program will help make Texas roads safer for oil and gas employees and Texas residents alike...

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