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Drilling It Safely

Shared understanding, definitions of process safety, barriers could benefit industry

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By Kelli Ainsworth, Associate Editor In the drilling industry, the journey to process safety can often be much more complicated than the journey to personal safety. While the latter has already been built into the way the industry operates, many companies are still seeking the best way forward with the former. For Atwood Oceanics, although the company recognizes there is still a long road ahead, their journey to process safety has already resulted in “forward progress with regard to prediction and prevention, and even control of the possible process safety incidents that we might have offshore,” John Gidley, Vice President of HSE, said at the 2017 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 15 March. Atwood’s journey began ...

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New interface protocols drive communication efficiencies between subsea control modules and subsea sensors

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The Subsea Instrumentation Interface Standardization (SIIS) network released its Recommended Practice and Standard Text for inclusion in API17F, the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Standard for Subsea Production Control Systems. The three instrument interface protocols, covering analogue devices, digital serial devices and Ethernet TCP/ IP devices, will help improve subsea reliability by standardizing communications between subsea control modules and subsea sensors. SIIS was established in 2003 with a remit to create an open standard for the benefit of the oil and gas industry as a whole. The new Recommended Practice and text for an API Standard is expected to improve communication between members and strengthen the subsea control system ‘community’, reduce project lead and delivery times, remove repeated one-time engineering costs, ...

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HSE&T Corner: Involving employees in JSA development, making corrective actions visible increase buy-in to incident prevention programs

Bill Murphy (left) and Phil Molé (right) of Velocity EHS emphasized the importance of employee buy-in to incident prevention programs during a presentation at the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 7 February. Ensuring that employees are made aware when their feedback or reporting leads to a corrective action is one way to secure their buy-in. Employees can also be included in the development of the job safety analysis.

While the first and most important objective of an incident prevention program is to ensure employees get home safely, a strong program does more than protect people from harm. “They have the benefits of increased productivity, reduced costs and lower employee turnover,” Phil Molé, EHS Expert for Velocity EHS, said on 7 February at the 2017 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. “You improve employee morale and job satisfaction overall because you create the kind of environment employees like to be in.”

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Wirelines

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On 3 February, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of H.J.Res. 38, which is a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties and Resource Conservation,” a rule from the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The rule regulated methane emissions via venting and flaring limitations on public and Indian lands.

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Big data brings insights but also cybersecurity exposure

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A critical theme that ran throughout our Critical Issues in Drilling and Completions Q&A’s in the last issue of DC was around data and how that’s taking center stage in the digital oilfield. That theme continues in this issue, where you can read about the latest evolution in intelligent coiled-tubing technologies (Page 42). Even in this hard-hit segment of the market – down by a whopping 41% from 2014 to 2015, then by an additional 39% in the year that followed – companies are looking toward data as the next step for advancing efficiency and cost effectiveness.

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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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